Friends: Pleasantview Music Swap tonight

Musical Instrument Swap Meet at Pleasantview Hall

It’s Ukulele Jam Camp time!

  • WHEN      7 P. M. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • WHERE    Pleasantview Hall
    10860 57 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
  • ADMISSION   $2.00

It’s time to clear out your music closet to make room for stuff from other people’s music closets!

The Music Swap Meet is presented by our good friends at the Northern Bluegrass Circle Society. There will be books, CDs, records, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, PA equipment, and much more for sale. (Sometimes trade. Sometimes to give away.)

Free coffee and snacks. I hear there’s fried chicken and coleslaw, and a post-swap jam session too.


Event: Ukulele Jam Camp

Join the ukulele community Sat/Sun October 14-15, 2017 for a weekend of workshops and music on the shores of beautiful Isle Lake!

It’s Ukulele Jam Camp time!

  • WHEN      Sat/Sun October 14-15, 2017
  • WHERE    Camp He Ho Ha
    Hwy 16, about 1 hr west of Edmonton, AB
  • REGISTRATION   $149.00

It’s the 2nd Annual Ukulele Jam Camp, presented by our good friends at the Northern Bluegrass Circle. Workshops led by noted ukulele-ist Mark Baker!

Your fee covers three one hour workshops, Saturday night accommodations, meals, snacks, and a mini festival. Jam until the wee hours. Or sleep. We won’t judge you. Did we mention that the food is excellent? It is.

Register and see schedules and more information at the Ukulele Jam Camp site.

It is excellent fun and a great way to meet other players (and ogle their ukuleles). You’ll meet Acoustic Music Workshop people too. Ogle their banjos!

Don’t be sad and regretful in the doldrums of winter when you overhear everyone lovingly reminiscing about their woodland musical adventures. JOIN THEM!

Event: Chautauqua Festival Ukulele Workshop with Gary Glewinski

Join the ukulele community Friday, August 18 for a free event!

Gary Glewinski will lead a beginner workshop at 1 P. M. (kids and youth welcomed) and a group playalong at 2 P. M.

Chautauqua Festival Workshop

  • WHEN      Friday, August 18, 2017, Beginners Workshop: 1:00 P. M.  Ukulele Community 2:00 P. M.
  • WHERE    Chautauqua Tent: Strathcona County Community Centre Parking Lot
    401 Festival Ln, Sherwood Park, AB
  • REGISTRATION   Free of cost! Drop in.

If you enjoyed (or missed out on Gary’s workshops at the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival, be sure to come on out to Sherwood Park to join in. For those coming at 2:00, please bring a stand and your yellow Beloff book.


Group Lessons for Beginners

Welcome to all the new folks who have come to check out the circle!

Sooo, several of the new players have asked about group lessons. You are in luck, as our friend Ron Mercer is offering a series through Strathcona County starting January 19, 2017 through March 9.

If you’re looking for one-on-one instruction instead, let us know, as we can help connect you with a teacher.

Read on for more information!

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Let’s learn Pachelbel’s Canon! (Easy)

Here’s a very simple three-part ukulele performance tab for a short version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (The tab’s in ukulele-friendly C, though). Want to learn it to play at Cafe Blackbird?

Haha, just kidding. Ours is MUCH easier. If you’re not sure about playing ukulele tabs, don’t worry. It is very simple to learn. Click through for printable music and a tab guide!

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Playalong – I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling (1929)

If you’ve seen Sita Sings The Blues, you’ve heard Annette Hanshaw.

This tune has a nice minor and 7th progression that is fun to play along to. The video is (technically) in the same key as the chart, but just a little off speed, so… ehh. I played it and had fun anyway.

I’ve Got A Feeling I’m FallingAnnette Hanshaw

Playalong lyrics and chords below.

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Playalong – Log Driver’s Waltz in Nashville Numbers

You may run across a kind of notation called the Nashville Number System, especially if you find yourself in the woods with some bluegrass players. They may appear instead of traditional chord letter names on a sheet of paper with song lyrics, or they might be hollered or signaled using fingers.

Do you know how to read Nashville numbers? (It’s interesting that Nashville names it. Jazz people have been doing it for decades, you dig.)

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