Playlist for next Edmonton Ukulele Circle, if any
Cafe Blackbird, Every 2nd and 4th Monday
9640 142 Street, 6:30-8:30
Player’s Choice (always)
Bogani Cafe, Every Third Sunday, Led by Greg R. Thanks, Greg!
2023 111 Street. 2 – 4:30
2:00-2:30 Arrival. Place café order at till. Greet and get to know each other. Tune your ukuleles. Settle in.
2:30-3:30 Song List*
3:30-4:00 Open Mic
This is an opportunity for you to stretch yourself in front of a friendly audience. Prepare a song to perform as a solo, or lead the group in a song of your own choosing. It can be a song we’ve already done, or something new. If you are leading a song that is not in the Blue book, bring along 20 charts.
4:00-4:30 Informal Strum Along with Friends
We Answer Your Questions In Advance Sometimes
How does Player’s Choice work?
Way #1: You can show up and decide on the fly what song you’d like to lead from the Blue or Yellow books (Beloff’s Daily Ukulele/Daily Ukulele Leap Year).
Way #2: You can bring printed music and hand it out at the Circle. (20 copies minimum, 35 if people are going to have one each) We’ll keep one copy for posterity, but you can of course take the rest home if you like.
Way #3: You could decline to lead a song by passing on your turn to lead, and just show up to play.
Way #4: If you wanted, you could ask for a song, and ask someone else to lead for you. However, we’re a pretty friendly bunch and leading your own song is fun and easy.
Way #5: You can also forewarn people if you think they’d like to practice first. (Hint: many people would love to practice first. A chance to run through the song before playing it in public is often the difference between playing successfully and whoopsing it all except C and G.)
- You could announce your song (or make your printed music available in advance) at any Circle for the next one.
- You can post your song choice on the main page Circle announcement, and others can arm themselves with some technique. Find the announcement for the next Circle, and put your comment there.
That sounds good, but there’s at least one song in that book with 18 chords. If I learn too many, I might forget some of the stuff I already know.
That’s an excellent opportunity to drink the delicious hot beverage you bought at the Cafe and listen to the music. Or you could just play the chords you know and skip the rest. We’re cool. Chances are that others at the Circle are choosing songs of varying complexity, and there will certainly be some you can play.
What’s a repertoire list?
Repertoire Lists are groups of songs that we want to be able to rely upon for performance pieces. You can see them on the Repertoire page, which will grow as we add songs. Currently, the pieces are primarily from the books, but more advanced lists will eventually contain arrangements from other sources.
When we use them, we usually pick one list to go through, with another in reserve to “cherry-pick” from if people pass on choosing their own song.
Okay, but I’m new, and that sounds scary! What if there’s an FMaj7 chord in there?
Do not be afraid. James Hill will show you how to deal.
Or, find a friend and get them to play F while you play Am. What? WHAT? You just teamed FMaj7… polychord style.