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Cafe Blackbird, June 11
9640 142 Street, 6:30-8:30

Player’s Choice (always)


Bogani Cafe, June 17. Led by Greg R. Thanks, Greg!
2023 111 Street. 2 – 4:30

We’re continuing our musical journey through the blue Beloff Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition. Our mandate is to attempt every song in the book.

During these sessions, we will all be challenged musically. We’ll play each song once to familiarize ourselves with the rhythm, melody and roadmap. Then we’ll go over it a second (or third) time to reinforce what we’ve just learned. Before we go on to the next song, I’ll ask you to share any tips or insights that you may have for me. Improvement, not perfection is our goal. And fun. Music is to be enjoyed. Let’s all learn to smile!

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*

In My Life, p 186
In My Room, p 187
In the Middle of an Island, p 188
In the Still of the Night, p 189
It Never Rains in Southern California, p 190
Isn’t She Lovely, p 191
It Had to be You, p 192
It Was a Very Good Year, p 193
It’s a Good Day, p 194
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie, p 195
It’s Now or Never, p 196
It’s Too Late, p 197
It’s Not Unusual, p 198

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

*The ones we don’t get to this month, we’ll start with next time. Some are quite demanding.


Cafe Blackbird, June 25
9640 142 Street, 6:30-8:30

Player’s Choice (always)


Cafe Blackbird, July 9
9640 142 Street, 6:30-8:30

Player’s Choice (always)



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.

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