All Summer Long

ukulele ladiesIt’s still summer here in Melbourne and in places where it is winter, you have the summer to look forward to.

I wrote the following poem to remind everyone to make the most of it while you can, with your ukulele of course.

All Summer Long

Ukulele Lady, Rock-A-Hula Baby

On the Beach, Just Out of Reach

Of Big Boss Man, Get it While You Can

Let the Good Times Roll, Heart Full of Soul

Down by the Seaside, Roll with the Tide

Sea and Sand, Listen to the Band

Party all the Time, Come Rain, Come Shine

Crazy, Maybe, Blame it on a Ukulele

Play that Song, All Summer Long

Kat  (Apologies to all the song writers)

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Bayside Ukes is Back for 2018!

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Bayside Ukes is raring to go in 2018. Hope all our members have had a great summer break and are looking forward to some more ukulele fun.

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, January 30) our sessions will recommence at the Hampton Community Centre from 7.00 pm. New members are very welcome or if you are visiting our town just pop in.

Hope to see you all there.

Kat, Bayside Ukes Member.

Ocean: Ukulele Song by Anuv Jain

It is great to hear wonderful and original ukulele songs from around the world. I discovered the beautiful music of Anuv Jain, a young performer from india and have to share his lovely song, Ocean, with other ukulele fanatics. It is accompanied by a great animation.

Here is a link to his Facebook page: Anuv Jain (Official Page).

Seasons Greetings from Bayside Ukes

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Bayside Ukes has had a great year. We finished the last term with Performance Night playing some great group songs that we had been working on for a while. Well done everyone.

Thanks to everyone who did solos for our entertainment. It was wonderful to hear the contributions of songwriters and some new covers.

The performances were followed by drinks, snacks and lively conversation.

We look forward to more fun times in 2018, whether you are an old hand or fairly new to the ukulele.

Wishing our members and readers a very Happy Festive Season and New Year.

Kat, Bayside Ukes Member

Here’s the wonderful Taimane Gardner and Jazzy Jazz with a festive tune to get you in the mood

Charm of the Ukulele

The ukulele can take you on all kinds of musical journeys. Melbourne Indie Duo  Charm of Finches (sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes) use the ukulele to great effect in their hauntingly beautiful song Sky Watching. The video was filmed in Victoria’s picturesque Otway National Park amongst the tree ferns and towering native trees and has a romantic yet strange ghostly feeling in a place where you might see spectres from a bygone era.

Ukulele Death Squad: Melbourne Gig

Adelaide’s Ukulele Death Squad (website ) are coming to Melbourne for a gig and workshop on 28 November at the Open Studio in Northcote.  It should be a lot of fun. Here is link to get tickets: Tickets

They are also playing at the Newport Bowls Club (24 Nov) and the Queenscliff Music Festival (25 Nov).

Check out their latest video of Paris On a Train.

The Lows and Highs of G

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Often when you have two or several ukuleles there is one that you play more than the others. It’s your favorite and it just feels and sounds wonderful. So how do you bring back the passion for your other ukes if they are being neglected?

To make the most of your collection it can simply be a matter of increasing your repertoire and playing the right song for the right uke. Some music sounds better when played on a particular size or type of ukulele (eg resonator or banjolele). But if, like me, you have two ukuleles of the same size and a similar type this won’t make much difference.

I have two concert ukes. I bought the second one because I love the feel and the sound it makes and the size suits me. It is so playable that I was not using my other concert ukulele, which seemed a complete waste. A couple of other members of our group have low G strings on their ukuleles which can give more of a bass sound to a song. So I replaced the high G string on my first use with one of the Aquila Red Series low G strings and it sounds completely different. It’s also great to play with a felt pick, especially on the “boom Dit-ty strum” (see earlier post) and makes the uke more resonant.

The low G works particularly well on a Tenor sized ukulele but you can even put one on a soprano uke. You will have a deeper sound while still playing the chords for the GCEA tuning. A Tenor ukulele with a low G is a great alternative to buying a larger baritone ukulele, especially if you find the fingering too difficult with the change of chord structure necessary for the DGBE tuning.

Have a look on You Tube as there are many videos with a comparison of low and high G strings, as well as reviews for wound and unwound strings.

Now I can switch between ukes depending on the song and am enjoying playing both my ukuleles. So if you feel you have been neglecting one of your ukes, try a low G for a change of sound and some renewed enthusiasm.

Kat