HARRISON UKULELE GATHERINGS
Harrison Uku Facebook group page has more info about us & when we local ukulele players meet.
We mostly strum and love singing too... how 'bout you?
Our gatherings use Ukulele Season songbooks 1 & 2, Mission 1 & 2 songbooks and Vancouver Uku Circle book.
As a beginner friendly group, we do not teach lessons though as hosts, we'll steer new players in a 'life long learner' direction.
UKULELE SEASON SONGBOOK ONE
65+ classics and 'new to you' contemporary tunes include:
- El Condor Pasa - Am C F Am - a lovely key to sing in...
- How’s About You - Dave Rawlings - Misty's version
- Leaving Of Liverpool - key of C
- Love is a Rose - play along with a 1 woman band
- Lost Boys - the grandchildren know this one
- Wagon Wheel - play along video - fun!
UKULELE SEASON SONGBOOK TWO
More very singable songs, classic and contemporary, include:
- Emmylou - great tune by two young songwriters
- No One Knows My Name - play along with Gillian and friends
- Swimming Song - possible ode to swimming in Harrison Lake
- Till Kingdom Come - Coldplay in C variations
- To Have and Have Not- Billy's social justice root show!
SPECIAL EDITION FOR THE HARRISON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS SONG:
Celebrating a 40th anniversary with 40 songs for this year's ukulele Workshop
- All I Want is You - we have lots of fun with this one
- Bird Song - C - play along; be one of the Wailing Jennys :)
- Go To Sleep Ya Little Baby - another one chord wonder - F or C
- Oh My Love - The Small Glories, past festival performers and workshop facilitatiors
- Sasquatch - Charlotte's song hits home here in Harrison
SONGS 'waiting in the wings' to play at future gatherings:
- Best Day of My Life - C F... that's it... two chords
- House Is A Home - written by Ben Harper & his Mom
- Mr. Tambourine Man in G - as requested!
- Spirits - The Strummbellas - a Juno winning song
- Songbird - Eva Cassidy’s version, not the Bee Gees :)
HELPFUL TEACHERS & RESOURCES:
- BEGINNER site - 2 chord songs - help build up muscle memory
- Brett’s 5 strums - he's patient and thorough
- CHANGING CHORDS - take your time... you'll feel confident soon
- Cynthia line’s Island Strum - fun stuff! - "play it slowly…”
- Dr. Jill's Play Along Videos - great fun to play with
- DR. UKU - has tunes, chords and lyrics and lots of patience
- Ukulele Mike - he shares technique with intentional practicing, like this 'fly away' game
- PLAY UKULELE BY EAR - Jim's 26 three min. tutorial videos are invaluable
- FINGERPICKING - Cynthia's a great teacher
- SINGING AND PLAYING... at the same time?!! - Aldrine's tips
- WRITE YOUR OWN SONGS - the basics to keep in mind
- The Ukulele Teacher - shows you the difference in methods and sounds
- BYTOWN - multiple books, LARGE PRINT, coloured chords
- CATHY'S CHORDS - beginner, easy-to-read sheets
- CHELTENHAM - they've picked the best from the rest
- GLOSUKECLUB - Great selection; coloured chords
- JIM'S UKU SONGS - lots of songs, chords imbedded
- RICHARD'S - 1,000+ songs
- SOUP - great lyric pages; chords on top
- STEWART GREENHILL - interactive song sheet
- SAN JOSE - index, colour coded levels
- UKUELE WEDNESDAYS - London's jewel of a songbook
Videos & songbooks presented are copyright with respective authors & publishers and so are for discussion & study only.
Origins of Ukulele Season
I let my 'true colours show' musically in July 2014, while entered pre-retirement and grieving the death of my younger sister. I loved music having grown up in a family that sang on road trips and around campfires on Auntie's farm. I have a wee background in music; high school choir, then flute and piano lessons as young adult. However, I was intimidated by string instruments, even ones with four! Then the stars aligned; Friend Nikki visited with her ukulele and after I retired,
I dusted off a ukulele songbook our son created for me and
I jumped in and bought my first real ukulele - a Kala Tenor.
After a season of learning ukulele online, I began lessons with a human local professional teacher John M. I began to seek out locals to connect with over a mutual love of learning the ukulele. After waiting for someone else to create a group that meets locally during daylight hours, I started to promote the idea with support and encouragement of my dear friend Patsy. Since the creation of our local gatherings in September of 2016, word continues to spread that we are a fun-loving players. I hope this little story of Ukulele Season inspires you to pick up a ukulele and sing out.
Earla Dawn Legault