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andy stanton
18/12/2015




Ok folks,
Here's my little Christmas present to you all this year.
First a clip with a tutorial on how to play Blue Christmas:-





and if that wasn't enough, here are the words and chords so you can play along:-

Blue Christmas

I had a smashing time on Wednesday.  Thanks to all for making me feel so welcome, and still part of the band.
Alternatively you can sing the whole thing in D.  It's only a tone lower, and frankly I find it a lot easier
andy stanton - 18-12-15

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andy stanton
01/01/2016





Happy New Year, folks!
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tony dawes
01/01/2016




Happy New Year everyone!
Happy New Year fellow ukers keep on strumming.
chris - 01-01-16


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david n
02/01/2016




I>ve just woken up. It>s 2016, (8.05pm really).
I>d better wish each and every one of you a very happy new year also, can any one tell me if we are meeting on Wednesday?
I hope so David
rita cutts - 02/01/2016


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jacq
04/01/2016




Happy New Year Everyone ------------ gonna be a good one (something to do with waters or bones!)
Hope to see you on Weds -- do we need to bring any music?
Jacq
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jefft
04/01/2016




Hi, I am struggling with no phone and very limited Internet.
Yes NewUkes this Wednesday (1st Wednesday in the month) I will be bringing the folder of songs (six copies of each) but if you have anything you want to try that is not in the folder then please bring min 6 copies.
I will be publishing the list of songs in the folder, if this connection holds up.
Jeff
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andy stanton
05/01/2016




Well here's a little treat.  I've just posted 'Ashokan Farewell'.
What? you may ask!  It's not a song, it's a fiddle piece.
It is actually a tab.

I have just laboured long and hard to work out a way of embedding a tab into a song sheet, and Ashokan Farewell is the culmination of the fruits of my labours.  I've also put a short tab on the front of Sunny Afternoon.

Admins, on your version of the menu there is an additional item, 'ADD A TAB'.  I hope you find the tab editor friendly.

For my next trick I'm going to end war and hunger, then I'll have a crack at poverty.
Now that you have conquered the Tab world, instead of defeating war and hunger you could have a crack at bass tabs. OH Joy!
I have just said farewell to Ashokan.
Thanks Andy

tony dawes - 07-01-16


Great idea with the tabs Andy. At the moment I'm trying to put into tab Fields of Gold by Sting. It's a nice way to read notes. Complications arise now I've a low G string on my uke
and low notes seem to be in short supply. If this works I might try Human by the Killers next.
Keep on strumming.
Regards Chris.

chris - 07-01-16


Simply beautiful tablature. Thanks so much for your dedication, time and expertise Andy. Paddy.
paddy - 07-01-16


I am sorry everyone. Of course I have written tab for low G.  The answer to that I suppose is that I wouldn't choose to finger pick on a re- entry tuned uke.  Tony you might have to wait for your bass uke tab.  The miracles I can do in no time, the impossible takes a bit longer.

andy stanton - 07-01-16


Of course Tony, if you were to write a tab for the bass part indicating in the title of the tab it was a bass tab, and then clearly identified it as such on the song sheet there is no reason why it shouldn't be a bass tab.
andy stanton - 07-01-16


Thanks Andy, I might have a go at that. Are the tabs convertible for baritone/tenor guitar?
tony dawes - 08-01-16


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andy stanton
09/01/2016





Tony,
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I've given everybody access to the routine that creates tabs.  You can display these on the comments page by using the Embed Tabs button on the comments input box.  At present the bit that allows you to embed tabs in songs is still restricted to the website administrators.
andy stanton - 09-01-16


Ha, ha!

I've just seen what the email notification of this post looks like, and just when I thought I had it licked.

andy stanton - 09-01-16


Thanks Andy, got that one down! Great job!
Tony

tony dawes - 10-01-16


Hi Andy,

Happy New Year!

Really like the idea of the add a tab routine.

As Jeff is obviously not around (i.e.he hasn't broken this yet) I thought I'd have a go as his deputy in these matters.

On my first attempt to create a tab, I got a blank column (must have input 4 x "X"), then got what I wanted in the second column, then tried to delete the first blank column.

Must have done something wrong and managed to accidentally come out of the Add a Tab routine.

Now when I go back in I am unable to input columns at all and the tab remains blank.

I have tried to add tabs both logging in in my name, and as admin (though I think I may now have admin rights however I log in?)

Any ideas?

R.

robin hardy - 10-01-16


It seems to be working perfectly.  I'll get back to you about the controls for the routine.
andy stanton - 10-01-16


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bob cawson
11/01/2016




Play list for this Wednesday just placed on web site.  Apologies for late publication but continuing major parental health issues over the past 7 weeks have taken up all of my time.  Hopefully I should be able to make this Wednesday.
Bob
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robin hardy
11/01/2016




Hi all,

Was just playing through "Everyday", and there was an unresolved A7 in the last line, so have inserted the "[D]" before the last word "way".

Cheers, R.
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jefft
16/01/2016




Well I am back from Foreign Parts (Norfolk) and my phone line, pole, and Interweb have been restored, all be it with a bit of string.
I have taken the bull by the horns and tried out the "new" tab system, (see Smile on the song sheet)
I only broke it temporarily a couple of times by pressing delete at the wrong point.
(Andy only, see comments in the reply to this)
Jeff
Just played the Smile tab. It's so lovely. Thank you. Takes guts to be a toreador. Paddy.
paddy - 19-01-16


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jefft
16/01/2016




Andy, information only.
1) my mail notification seems to have gone again.
2) when I made a mistake and added my own underscore to the tab title, I deleted it and go the following message: Warning: unlink(temptab.txt): No such file or directory in /var/www/vip4/sites/vip7576169/h t t p d/htdocs/createtab.php on line 72
(had to add spaces in h t t p to get it accepted in this script)
Jeff,

Well done.  Once again you've uncovered failures in my coding.  Thanks.
You'll now find that try as you like you can't included the underscore character in a tab name.  That will be done for you.

The business of presenting tabs by themselves on a song sheet is work progress.  Well done on the tab for smile.  I look forward to trying it. I've altered it slightly in this way.  I've started it with the the chord of C, and finished it with '(c) Charlie Chaplin'.  This is so the four tags now operate in a body of text. So now you'll find it works.

I must get round to working out how they can operate without these additions, but it's all getting fearfully complicated.

andy stanton - 17-01-16


Thanks for 'Smile', it's really good.
andy stanton - 17-01-16


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david n
19/01/2016




Advise me please! Where am I tomorrow? (Is it Old White Hart or shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.......the other place). Thanking you in advance.
Hi Davidn, I clicked on the diary entry for next Weds, 27th Jan, and Oscars is clearly entered as the venue there, so that's where I'll go next week. This week, (tomorrow)it's the White Hart. If that's not right for some reason, please somebody, let me know, thanks. Paddy
paddy - 19-01-16


David, the diary doesn't lie (well not on this occasion!)
Bob

bob cawson - 19-01-16


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bob cawson
19/01/2016




I have just placed a play list for tomorrow on the site.  I have been confined to quarters for the past few days with flu.  If I am up to it I'll be there tomorrow but if not can someone else collect the funds and take along a copy of the song sheets for Jenny, the new member.
Thanks,
Bob
No probs, Bob
All in hand
GET WELL SOON X
Jacq

jacq - 19-01-16


Hi Bob, get well soon,keep strmming.
tony dawes - 21-01-16


That's like strumming but faster
tony dawes - 21-01-16


Get well soon Bob. Paddy x
paddy - 21-01-16


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jefft
22/01/2016




Corrected spelling of twenty "Chatanooga Choo Choo" and removed last bar of the Into in "Cotton Fields"
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paddy
23/01/2016




Hi everyone. I've inserted the ending to Song Sung Blue as we agreed on Weds. I listened to SSB from Neil Diamond's Moods album, then firmed up the words and added a brief, simple intro. ALSO Chatanooga choo choo has been given wheels with a short intro, outro, and simple arrangement so we all get to the station together. It had to be done, as it collapsed in the middle when we tried it. Keep strumming. Paddy x
Hi Paddy, thanks for that, I have just tried song sung blue on the bass and it seems to work well. Chatanooga works on the uke.
Thanks
Tony

tony dawes - 24-01-16


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bob cawson
24/01/2016




Just placed a shortened play list for this Wednesday on the site.  However, to meet the CW theme for this month, forthcoming Dementia Group event next month and the U3A Sunny session you may wish to try out the following:

I've been working on the railroad*
This little light of mine*
Sugartime*
When I'm 64*
Don't fence me in**
Don't be cruel**
Return to sender**
Keep on the sunny side*

*Can be down loaded from the South Ontario Ukulele Players web site: londonsoup.weebly.com/soup
** Can be download from the Austin Ukulele Society website:  austinukulelesociety.wordpress.com/ukulele-music-library/

Failing that some may have the song sheets passed around sometime ago but I will bring sufficient copies (hopefully!) for all on Wednesday.

Hi Bob, a some of these are already in our "Songs from other sites page" or already exist in the format that we use.
Do you want them added to our "Song List"?
Sorry wont be with you Wednesday
Jeff

jefft - 27-01-16


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bob cawson
24/01/2016




Just received Nottingham County Show 14 May 16 Music Timetable.  We are on from 1230 to 1300 and 1500 to 1530.  Full timetable will be available on Wednesday; other performers on the day are Nottingham Concert Band, Will Cleasby Jazz Quintet and Carlton Male Voice Choir.
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paddy
27/01/2016




Dear fellow strummers, pickers, bassists, singers, I have: 1) Entered text on 'Song Sung Blue' to make it crystal that the ladies sing the little echoes in brackets 2) Fixed the inexplicable long TACET in 'Things' (Davidmc, well spotted) and added a simple melodic little intro 3) added a short ending to 'Diana' so no more 'ad nauseam'. Now it's time to stroke my 16 year old cat and savour a glass of red. Cheers! Paddy  
Why do we have any tacets in Things (apart from the bits that are labeled Stop)?
jefft - 27-01-16


Well done Paddy,thanks for all your efforts. That includes the cat and the wine!
tony dawes - 28-01-16


We appreciate your positive attitude Tony. Paddy x, Meatloaf sends purrs.
paddy - 29-01-16


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chris
31/01/2016




Hello Tony,Rita I've picked up a red bookstand from Oscars will keep it until I see you.
Keep on strumming.
Chris.
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rita cutts
31/01/2016



Thanks Chris
I'd forget my head if it was loose.
Cheers,
Rita.
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