Welcome to the Tulsa Ukulele Club Website

Welcome to the Tulsa Ukulele Club website. We are a group of people of all ages who enjoy playing the ukulele. We welcome every level of player from beginner to professional. We play a wide variety of music, as diverse as our membership. Right now, if you come to one of our meetings you are going to hear a lot of old time standards, country, folk and blues, posssibly some Gospel, but we are welcome to new influences.

While our emphasis is on ukuleles, we welcome other instruments too. Bring your harmonica or guitar and of course, a kazoo is always welcome.

We are a family oriented organization and encourage the entire family to attend, even the little guys, so long as they do not disrupt the meeting. Watch this site for special announcements for meetings when we will be offering free beginner's ukulele lessons.

Unless stated otherwise, we will be meeting at the NYC Pizza shop, 49th and Harvard on Thursday evenings, starting at 6:30 PM. We have Open Mike nights on the 2nd Thursday and program rehearsals and jam sessions on the other Thursdays.

Thank you for visiting our Blog. You will also find a lot of useful links for songs and instruction material in the Handy Links section on the right side of the page.

We also have a web page that contains a lot of the songs in our song book -- see https://sites.google.com/site/tulsaukuleleclub/

We also have a YouTube channel and a Facebook page ("Tulsa Uke Club").

Please contact us if you have any questions at tulsaukes@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Performance songs from The Yellow Daily Book

This is a list of older and happier songs I chose from the Yellow Book (YB) to perform mostly at retirement homes. We started practicing this list, up to Let It Be, last meeting. We intend to work on these songs every first Thursday meeting. I have actually performed this list of song in a solo ukulele performance and the retirement home residents loved the songs. The songs were familiar and many residents sang along.

Okay, here's the list: (song title,key, page)
Ain't We Got Fun, C, Y-17
Ain't She Sweet, C, Y-16
Baby Face, G, Y31
Beautiful Dreamer, C, Y-33
*The Best Things In Life Are Free, G, Y-34
Bill Bailey, D, Y-35
Blue Skies, Am, Y-38
Bye Bye Blues, F, Y-38
By The Beautiful Sea, C, Y-42
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, G, Y-43
Dinah, F, Y-61
Five Foot Two, C, Y-82
Give My Regards To Broadway, G, Y-89
Glow Worm, G, Y-95
Hey Good Looking, C, Y-108
Indiana, F, Y-129
Jambalaya, C, Y-140
Ja Da, C, Y-138
King Of The Road, G, Y-143
Let it Be, F, Y-146
Let The Rest Of The World Go By, F, Y-150
Look For The Silver Lining, C,Y-153
Mister Sandman, G, Y-161
Moonlight Bay, F, Y-165
My Blue Heaven, C, Y-169
On The Sunny Side Of The Street, G, Y-183
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, C, Y-193
Ring Of Fire, A, Y-197
Sentimental Journey, A, Y-205
Side By Side, C, Y-210
Three Little Birds, C, Y-237
Toot Toot Tootsie, C, Y-243
Walk Right In, G, Y-255
What A Wonderful World, C, Y-260
When The Saints Go Marching In, C, Y-267
*When You're Smiling, G, Y265
Whispering, C, Y-267
Yes Sir That's My Baby, C, Y-278
Yankee Doodle Boy, F, Y291

Additional Hawaiian Songs from the YB:
Aloha Oe, C, Y-21
Hukilau Song, G, Y-115
Lovely Hula Hands, F, Y-156
On A Beach At Waikiki, F, Y-184
Pearly Shells, G, Y-186
That Hawaiian Melody,C, Y-228
Tiny Bubbles, F, Y-241
Ukulele Lady,C, Y-249

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

9 Oct 14

Open Mic Night is 9 Oct 2014. Come out to participate or watch or both. Bring your ukes and books in case we end up jamming.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Open Mic, 2nd Thursday, 14 Aug 2014,

Come out and perform or watch. Bring you ukulele (and books) either way for you never know when we might end with a jam session or talk you into performing.

We try to video record the performances and upload them to our YouTube channel (Tulsa Ukeclub). If you prefer your performance not to be recorded that is fine as well.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tulsa Ukulele Jam July 31, 2014, songs played

Here's the list of tunes played at the Tulsa Uke Club Jam Thursday July 31st.
Tulsa Ukulele Jam
July 31, 2014
1 Jambalaya 150bpm 4/4 straight tempo
2 Five foot two 160bpm 4/4 swing
3 That's Amore 140bpm 3/4 waltz tempo
4 Glow-Worm 125bpm 4/4 shuffle
5 Goodnight, Irene 115bpm 3/4 moderate waltz
6 You are My Sunshine 150bpm 4/4 straight
7 Proud Mary 130bpm 4/4 straight
8 Tiny Bubbles 120bpm 4/4 swing
9 Oh, Susanna 145bpm 4/4 swing
10 Pearly Shells 120bpm 4/4 swing
11 Hukilau Song 120bpm 4/4 swing
12 This Land is Your Land 145bpm 4/4 straight

Thank you Therese for recording this info.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wacky Hat Fifth Thursdays:

Only several times a year is there a fifth Thursday. On this fifth Thursday we are granted an extra time that in that month to gather together and play our ukuleles.

I dub this special day Wacky Hat Fifth Thursday. So join me this Thursday to play our ukuleles and don an Wacky Hat (or a normal hat) if you desire.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tulsa Ukulele Club and its summer 2014 transformation.

A lot of people in our group have invested in the two Daily Ukulele song books and we are using them more and more in our meetings rather than printed out song sheets.
Advantage: Actual song score shows how the song is played precisely. We don't have several versions of the same song at the table.

We have sadly had some of our long time members move away while joyfully seeing a host of new players join us. With the newer players at meetings we have been going through the Yellow and Blue books, as we call them, picking out easier songs and jamming. For myself it has been an enjoyable time reconnecting with these songs. As a group changes so does the song list for possible performance songs. After some discussion at last night's meet it was agreed to take this approach for our new performance song list:

1. Pick easy songs from the Yellow and Blue books that we enjoy and would like to perform.
2. Develop Intros ,Endings, and determine repeats (if required for song length).
3. Work on these songs at meetings during the rehearsal period.
Advantage: We won't need to print out any new song sheets to practice. We can practice right from our Yellow and Blue books. We might want to make notes in these books pertaining to the Intros, Endings, and Repeats. 

If we do perform we have two options for on stage music:
A. Actually use the Yellow and Blue books on stage. Having our song list on a sheet with our performance songs and page numbers. Ideally working from one book for a time then changing to the other and not changing out books constantly between each song.
Advantage: Only one sheet to print out and we use books we have.
Disadvantage: Using two heavy books and switching them out during the performance.
B. Actually use a specially printed out songbook derived from the Yellow and Blue book songs we have chosen. 
Advantage: It will be lighter and the songs in set list order. 
Disadvantage: Requires printing and now we have another book.

Now some members my not be interested in performing and we respect that but one might assume that we all like to be proficient at playing songs. Whether practicing these songs for performing or proficiency together we can use this list. 

So, we are taking suggestions. Look through the books and pick out some beginner to intermediate songs. Let us know your ideas for performance songs.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

17 July 2014 Meeting:

Let's do a rehearsal/Jam tonight at the NYC Pizzeria.