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David Hall
02/06/2014



Just a short reminder that we meet this week at the White Hart. Song for our German supper gig is as we agreed: Button up your Overcoat. Cockney Medley. Travelling Light. Five Foot Two Medley. Oh Boy. Wooden Heart. In that order.
Now two more dates for your diaries. Newark Carnival. We have been asked if we would play at the carnival on Sunday the 22nd June,from the back of one of the decorated floats as the carnival procession goes though the town to the riverside park.I know sounds fun does'nt it? We have also been asked if we would do a gig for "Reach" a charity working with adults with learning disabilities. This is proposed for Friday the 11th of July At Barnbygate Methodist Church @7pm. Can we discuss on Wednesday?
David H.
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Andy Stanton
02/06/2014



These are interesting developments.
I think we should do the carnival float but it will be a challenge.  You MUST be word perfect.  I've already explained the difficulties with doing uke gigs in the open air: first, there is precious little amplification available for an instrument whose sound does not carry, and second, the breeze.  If all was well and you had a perfect clear day without a breath of wind, that will immediately vanish as soon as the driver engages first gear and moves away.   There is no short cut to this.  I would suggest a medley of no more than four songs that you learn off word perfect, and chord change perfect, in order that you can dispense with song sheets completely.  If you feel you can't do this, then I strongly advise you to turn this down.
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Andy Stanton
03/06/2014



Hi everyone,
Here's a thought that has spun off from the beginners' group.
YouTube!
YouTube has a vast collection of people who are only too keen to explain strumming patterns.  I have been downloading these clips to use as material for the beginners' group, and it has gone down well!
Look for strumming patterns for the different time signatures, 3/4, 6/8, 2/4, 4/4.
It's useful to start these playing and just accompany them once you feel confident.
Example 1



Example 2



Also, try listening to strumming on other string instruments.
Example 3



Click to ENLARGE video clip

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JeffT
04/06/2014



Re Carnival: Although I am noted for volume and could possibly use amplification, I am not available on that date (I tend to agree with Andy)  
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Andy Stanton
07/06/2014



NEWS   NEWS   NEWS

If you use a smart phone or an Ipad to use the website you will notice that the site is a lot more user friendly than it used to be.
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Robin Hardy
09/06/2014



Andy - what a great facility - the mobile access makes it possible to scale most of the songs to fit on one screen - and be readable!  

Should work really well on 7inch tablet screens.

This makes me see the value of another piece of technology which would get round the "faces in song sheet" syndrome - do we have enough funds for "Google Glass" all round?

Thanks Andy - from my Android phone - Robin
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Andy Stanton
09/06/2014



Robin:  Thanks for demonstrating to my satisfaction that you can post from a smart phone!
That sounds like a result!
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Andy Stanton
09/06/2014



I'd like some help here!

People have pointed out certain format problems when trying to print off the song sheets.  I've seen to it by replacing tables with divisions.  As I never had any problem with this before I made the alterations I have absolutely no idea if it has dealt with the formatting problems people have talked about.
So if you have had a problem could you let print one of your problem sheets and let me know the result.

Thanks
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Andy Stanton
10/06/2014



Just in case folk might find it convenient I have put the songs for the German evening together (and in order).  You can get it if you click here for the pdf file.
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David Hall
10/06/2014



Hi Andy, In reply to your comment 09/06 I still have problems formatting the songs. I have to go via Internet Explorer to be able to alter the margins and shrink the song to fit the page but I do manage it somehow! Not sure what if anything there is that you can do. Thanks for the song list by the way what a good idea!
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Robin Hardy
11/06/2014



Hi Andy, re the printing issue, the problem which I witnessed earlier today and had a solution for appears to have miraculously disappeared.  This is either because I have installed updates to Microsoft Vista this evening, or have you changed something today?
I had been getting the "slider bars" (as seen at the right of each screen for scrolling) appearing on the printouts, and some of the lines missing from the songs. I corrected this by changing the drop-down menu item on the print preview screen from "As laid out on screen" to "Only the selected frame".
As of now, the "slider bars" are not appearing on prints (without me changing anything) and the option which had been on the print preview screen mentioned above is no longer there.  The options are still on the PRINT OPTIONS screen, but "greyed out" so cannot be changed.
Perhaps the problem is now resolved, but if anyone is still having print issues like I was, they may need to look for a similar print option to change - or run the software update option if they are using Microsoft Windows and/or internet explorer.  
If anyone has got this far, and still has the will to live, I hope this is of help! (The things we go through for the sake of our loved ones - ukuleles, that is!)
Regards, Robin.
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Andy Stanton
13/06/2014



I'm grateful to Robin for finally coming up with the solution to this when it had evaded me for some time.  We all use our internet browser of choice.  In my case I use Firefox.  Although I took some care to ensure the script I was writing for the web site was compatible across a number of the best known browsers it hadn't occurred to me that different browsers handle print functions differently.

If the printer is chopping parts of the script of on the right hand side then you need to adjust the Page Setup.  Click on File on the Menu Bar, and on the drop down menu click on Page Setup. The first thing that springs readily to mind is that the margins around the page need adjusting.  I set 10 mm for the top, left and right margins and 15 mm for the bottom one.

Then when you come to print out a song sheet click on File on the Menu Bar, and on the drop down menu click on Print Preview.  On both Internet Explorer and Firefox there is a box on the menu bar that allows you to adjust the size of the copy you want to print out.  Experiment with this until you find that the song sheet is as it should be.

When you are happy with it then click on the Print button on the menu bar.

By the way, I didn't have any of this fuss with Firefox.  Something you want to bare in mind if your PC uses Microsoft Vista is that Microsoft have stopped supporting security updates for your version of Internet Explorer.  As Mozilla don't do an operating system, just a series of applications one of which is Firefox, they don't have the massive ongoing commitment to support everything.  The upshot is that they will continue to provide security updates for Firefow indefinitely.  The point is that Interent Explorer will get gradually out of date and you computer will become vulnerable to hackers.

So I'm sticking with Firefox because it will remain bang up to date regarding its security, but I also find it is easier to use.  If you want to download it, it is free, Google Firefox and take it from there.
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Andy Stanton
23/06/2014



So as soon as this pub close. As soon as this pub closes.
As soon as this pub closes, we'll raise the banner high.




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Andy Stanton
23/06/2014



How did it go on Sunday?
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Tony Dawes
23/06/2014



Hi Everyone
How did the festival gig go? I hope that no-one fell off, did you manage to get round on the one song and which one was wearing the pink pyjamas.
Thanks to all of you who came to listen to the Cavalier Dance Band in the afternoon, I hope that you got a flavour of what we play,it would be nice to know what it sounded like as the sound on the stage was quite dead.
See you all next week
Talk soon
Tony
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David Hall
23/06/2014



Well what a week-end of contrasts that was! Our Friday gig well received and thoroughly enjoyed by our German guests. Sundays outing was a bit different with our seating on the trailer hampered by the sponsors advertising and float decorations. Nevertheless we performed like real troopers and I have received very positive feedback from our float sponsors. Our main problem was one of volume which made it difficult for some of the group(especially on the outside) to hear where we were at. Lessons were learnt, not least the fact that we could have used our music stands and played a variety of songs from our list. Listen we did very well and I know the float sponsors were thrilled with our performance so give yourselves a pat on the back and don't be surprised if next year!!!!!!
Regards David.
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jacq
23/06/2014



Friday night was GREAT and I heard LOTS of very good comments from our German Guests but also from the English hosts who commented on what a happy, Happy Band we were and on how much fun it seemed to be to belong to a Uke group
For myself, I am very pleased to have joined our loverly group

Sunday was hard going for all the reasons David has said BUT, again, I have heard nothing but wonderful comments from those at pavement level !!

Andy, we thought the Band was SUPER. The sound was projected well and our little gang were bopping away---albeit sitting down !! And you should have seen the little ones dancing---next generation is on your wavelength !
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Andy Stanton
24/06/2014



Music stands are all well and good, but they are no substitute to the discipline of laearning the words and playing without prompts.
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David Hall
24/06/2014



I agree wholeheartedly Andy and I hope we can get to that stage someday but at my age, well, every little helps! Okay on with the show. Next gig at "THE TROC" Saturday 28th. for their B.B.Q. I suggest we aim to be there at around 3.30pm for a 4.pm start. For those of you attending the song list is, in this order. (1) Button up your overcoat. (2) Singing the blues. (3) Leaning on a lamp post. (4)Maggie. (5)Living Doll. (6)Dirty old Town. INTERVAL HERE. (7)Putting on the Agony. (8)Bye Bye Love. (9)Lily of Laguna. (10)Travelling Light. (11)Oh Boy. (12)Oh when the Saints. Oh and just in case!!! Singing in the Rain. and You are my Sunshine. We will be playing in total about one hour, Banjo's welcome!
David H.
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chris
24/06/2014



After Friday I think we all took that belief in ourselves, a lot further on Sunday after being totally exposed both to the elements and to the people. Tony the band sounded spot on. Andy I agree maybe Traveling light is the song we might try?. Well done everybody.
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Andy Stanton
25/06/2014



I would put a question mark over Leaning On A Lamp Post.  I seem to remember there were difficulties with the bridge then we never really worked out.  We are not going to get an opportunity to practice it again before Saturday.  Perhaps something else instead that we know we are good at.
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Bob Cawson
25/06/2014



You might be interested to know that the Spalding Ukulele Orchestra are playing on Sunday July 6th at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding (2pm until 4pm)
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Robin Hardy
25/06/2014



Hi All,
Its good to hear last week's gigs were well received and the band enjoyed the experience.
Strange . . . the more I am away the better the band seems to get!
Well here's more good news - I'll still be away for the TROC gig, so you'll get better still!  I'm sorry I'll miss it.
If you would like to substitute something for " . . .
lampost" as per Andy's suggestion, how about "Have you ever seen the Rain" - that seems to go well.
All the best for the Troc.


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Robin Hardy
25/06/2014



Hi All,
Its good to hear last week's gigs were well received and the band enjoyed the experience.
Strange . . . the more I am away the better the band seems to get!
Well here's more good news - I'll still be away for the TROC gig, so you'll get better still!  I'm sorry I'll miss it.
If you would like to substitute something for " . . .
lampost" as per Andy's suggestion, how about "Have you ever seen the Rain" - that seems to go well.
All the best for the Troc.


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Andy Stanton
26/06/2014



By the way, my band are holding what we call a public band practice on Monday.  What this means is that some of the pieces we play we might do a number of times until we get them right, we're not setting up the PA and there is the scope for some dialogue between the band and the customers during the course of the evening.  It's more informal than a regular gig!




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Tony Dawes
26/06/2014



Love to be there but Monday evenings are my band practice night.
Talk soon
Tony
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David Hall
26/06/2014



Sorry for the delay in replying to your last comment Andy, so many hospital appointments of late. I did include (2) extra songs just in case and if the rest of the group feels strongly about it we can substitute on the day. As you do not say where you will be rehearsing on Monday, can I ask as I would like to be there.
David.H.


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Andy Stanton
26/06/2014



We're at the Organ Grinder, Portland Street, 8pm onwards
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David Hall
27/06/2014



Thanks Andy, I have today tried to add a song to our list " Under the Boardwalk". The song appears to have come out alright except for some additional chords and words above the song . Is there anything I can do now without having to do the whole thing again? Hope you can help!
David,H.
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Andy Stanton
27/06/2014



I've made the necessary corrections so "Under The Boardwalk" comes out as it should.
It was just a small detail that you need to observe when inputting songs.  If you put anything in square brackets the programme understands the contents to be chords and will try to make sense of them.  If you need to make a comment or as in this case do call and response then either:-
1. Use italics.
2. Use curved brackets.
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Andy Stanton
28/06/2014



Hi Everyone,

I've just this moment put George Gershwin's "Summertime" on the play list.
I understand that people have been learning this, so it seemed right to do so.
What I don't know is what key you have been playing.  The one on the play list is E minor.

NB to work out the key of the song it's usual safe to say the chord you play on the last word of the song indicates the key.

If you are playing in another key then please let me know and I will change it.
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David Hall
30/06/2014



A brief reminder and a big thank you.
Don't forget we meet this Wednesday the 2nd of July, usual venue. We will be looking at the songs for the "Reach" gig on Friday the 11th. As we only have the one meeting before then I suggest we stick to our tried and tested numbers.( with the exception of Lily of Laguna). Also thanks for turning out "en masse" for our gig last Saturday at the "Troc" It seemed to me almost a repetition of our last gig there but again I have already received very favourable feedback.
David H.
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Andy Stanton
30/06/2014



I agree we should stick to "tried and tested numbers".  There are some numbers that are very good and we would like to do but we haven't got there yet, and we are not sufficiently confident with to get away with playing them in public.  Maggie is a brilliant song but we've not got it right yet. Ironically we are better at "Lily of Laguna" which now appears to be the number we drop.

We need to be hard nosed about this.  If we perform in public we need to do the ones we KNOW we can do, rather than ones we would like to do but DON'T KNOW that well.

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