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David Hall
02/11/2014



You are quite right Robin. I forgot the Puppy had already escaped out of the window to get to the kennel, remember people it is "How Much is that Puppy in the Kennel" Okay enough said on that one. Someone was asking where we were playing next week-end so for the sake of clarity the date is Saturday the 8th Nov. Venue is Claypole Village Hall, start time around 2.15pm. This is a fund raising event for the Guide Dogs Assc. to run from 2-4pm. See you Wednesday.
David.H.
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JeffT
02/11/2014



David, I have heard that there maybe 2 Village Halls in Claypole? Is it Main Street, Claypole, Lincolnshire NG23 5BA?
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JeffT
02/11/2014



Just been looking at the “ instrumental” bits on Bird Dog.
The strum appears to go:
DUD on C, DUD on F, DuD on Bb, U on G.

An easier rendition might be:
DD on C, DD on F,  DuD on Bb, U on G7.

The script that we have is very inconsistent as to when this appears.

Also it appears to be in the background during the separate phrase “He's a bird dog” without any reference to the speed or timing of the words.

What do you think?

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David Hall
06/11/2014



Hello happy band, let me just say how I envy you playing at Claypole this weekend. It will be a great afternoon so go ahead and have fun, fun, fun.  November is proving to be our busiest month this year and now reads like this. Saturday the 8th, Claypole Village Hall (2pm for 2.15.start) or there abouts. This for the Guide Dogs Assc. Song list you rehearsed yesterday. Monday. November 24th joint rehearsal with the Singing for Fun Group. 2pm. Balderton church Hall.(opp Chequers Pub).Main St. 3 songs 1: Winter Wonderland. 2:Frosty the Snowman. 3: When a Child is Born. Thursday 25th November for Newark Patchwork. 8pm.Highfield School, London Rd. Song list to be agreed at our next rehearsal on the 19th. November. Saturday 29th, November. 3 to 4pm at The Troc Annual Xmas Party, usual break for coffee and cake.  Again songs to be agreed though Carols would seem to be the of the day here.  December not looking too bad as yet but watch this space!
David.H.  
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robin hardy
06 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Travelling Light'
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robin hardy
06 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Putting On The Agony'
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robin hardy
06 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'How Much Is That Puppy In The Kennel'
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robin hardy
07/11/2014



Hi All,

I'm hopeless at remembering what we said at each session.

So I suggested someone should put the playing notes up on the comments page . . .

. . . my mistake, it seems I volunteered when everyone took a step backwards!

PLEASE, PLEASE do post on here if I get any of this wrong, or have missed something.  If both of those 2 things don't happen it will suprise to me.

1. Firstly, although it's not on the play list, I gather "Happy Birthday" will be required - so remind yourselves of the chords for that one if you need reminding:-

GHappy birthday to Dyou
Happy birthday to Gyou
Happy birthday to dear Dinsert Cname
CHappy Gbirthday Dto Gyou

2. In singing the Blues The Solo Whistling is now being performed by the Banjolele section strumming on their own, with no whistling (clever trick that)

3. Travelling Light - I have amended line 3 of the last verse to remove the "Hmmmnn ...", and put in "Travellin' Clight,", as that is what we sing (actually, if I'm honest, I "Hmmmnn ..." to absolutely everything, regardless)

4. Putting on the Agony - I have added the repeat line of the last Chorus, with 2 beats added to the end of the usual chorus to give a lead in to the "finale" repeat last line, which slows, and builds to the big finale on "style" with stacato strumming of the D chord to finish. The extra A7's put in for added emphasis on those words.
This of course is skiffle, so what precedes the slower ending is at quite a lick!

5. "How much is that Puppy . . ."  This one is in 3/4 time!  I have added a "STOP / / / " at the end of each verse to show that there is a 3-beat pause at the end of each verse.  We seemed to be doing this naturally in the previous practice, but less so this week.  Also, verses 2 and 3 are to get a serious point across (and hopefully encourage punters to put their hands in their pockets!), so the doggie Woof-Woof impersonations of Percy Edwards being a dog are to be kept to the first and last verses (no holding back after the last!) and of course Meows, tweeting, bunny-hopping (?) and fish sounds (?) are allowed in the third verse.
COULD someone PLEASE remind me how we are finshing this one - is it all woofs and pooper-scoopers, or did we throw a repeat in?

6. "Bird Dog" - this is a new one - The intro is to be played only by those confident with the rhythm and tempo, with a repeat of the same four chords shown on the song sheet.

We have the Gals singing the first part of the first four lines in each verse, with the Guys singing/saying the words in italics, with all singing the last lines, and also the whole of the chorus sections "Hey, Bird Dog, get away from. . ."

We are not playing the 4 chords shown between the verses, instead we are playing 4 bars of C to keep the rhythm flowing, and all Saying "He's a Bird Dog" in the places where it currently says "He's a Bird Dog" (but not between the chorus and the following verse "Johny kissed the teacher . . . ").

To finish, (PLEASE correct me if this is wrong, this is how I understand it) the last line is repeated TWICE (i.e. sung 3 times). The first repeat is slightly faded (quiter) but the last line slows and builds, with real emphasis on the words from the F chord on - follow Tony on this!.

I haven't changed this on the play list - perhaps Jeff could do that as I'm not sure how you would want the playing pattern shown for the intro, and the removal of the chords between the verses to be replaced by 4 bars of C chords with the "spoken" "He's a bird dog".

7. Things - We finish on the word "do", and do not play the alternating G7/C chords on the song sheet.

8. "Guide Dog" Repeat the last line, slowing, with real emphasis on "you sure do help me see", and stacato strumming on the final C chord.

Phew - I hope I have interpreted what we decided ok - YOU MUST post in the comments straight away if there are errors here, and especially if you think the whole thing should be disregarded by the rest of your band colleagues, and I should be drummed (sorry, Uked) out of the band!

If nothing else, it's helped me.

Break a leg,

Robin.

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robin hardy
07/11/2014



Ooops - so sorry that diatribe came out twice - I don't know how . . . oh, I think the screen went blank, then I clicked "refresh screen" - that probably caused the double posting. - sorry!
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tony dawes
07/11/2014



Robin you are a Hero! How on earth did you remember all that, I have trouble with what day it is. Where it says " Follow Tony on this" proceed with caution I could have nodded off at that point.
Seriously though, Great Job Robin, Thanks!
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robin hardy
07/11/2014



Thanks Tony - it took no time at all!
(do you know a good divorce lawyer?  The other half seems to be saying that a ukulele constitutes valid grounds! )
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chris
07/11/2014



Robin not quite sure on what you said could you repeat it?
Oops, Chris.
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tony dawes
07/11/2014




Chris, that's like deja vous all over again.
See you Sat.
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David N
07/11/2014



I have just printed off the updated versions of Travelling Light, Putting On The Agony and How Much Is that Puppy In The Kennel. I have also noted the comments re the other songs......Hope I got it right?. As I left early on Wednesday there was still discussion re a couple of songs to be kept 'up the sleeve'. Was that decision made and if so what are the songs please. (Looking forward to tonights concert)
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tony dawes
07/11/2014



Hi Everyone! I suggest that we take along some well known Encores : Your Sixteen and Living Doll I suspect that we can manage those without Practice.
2 Suggestions for Chritsmassy songs for December, Winter Wonderland and Marys boy child.
If I do not see you this evening I will see you at 2PM at Claypole. Keep Strumming
Tony
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JeffT
08 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Bird Dog'
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JeffT
08 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Christmas Island'
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David Hall
08/11/2014



Hello again, someone has asked if we are getting together next Wednesday, The answer is not that I am aware. Also an eagle eyed member of our group pointed out that the date for our Newark Patchwork gig should read Tuesday 25th Nov, not Thursday.(thanks Rita). Off now to enjoy a w/end away with family. Have a good time this afternoon.
David.H.
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Andy Stanton
08/11/2014



Next Wednesday was supposed to be the beginners' group. I cancelled it last time because I was tied up with something else.  I haven't got any definite plans for this coming Wednesday, and I guess the group could do with the practice given the number of gigs coming up.

I also want to rethink what the alternate Wednesday groups are about.  I sense there is more demand for an improvers' course rather than a beginners' course in which case I would need to change the format.  What are people's thoughts.
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David N
08/11/2014



Andy........I>d vote for an 'improvers' course.
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Andy Stanton
08 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Only You'
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jackie wilson
08/11/2014



Had a super night at the Concert Hall watching the UOOGB!!! Thank you to Robin for alerting us all that time ago and arranging some tickets, it was really great. A few more practices and who knows (we can certainly take a lot of tips from them)!!!!!
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JeffT
08 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Winter Wonderland'
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JeffT
08 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Mary's Boy Child'
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JeffT
08/11/2014



Tony, I have posted "Mary's Boy Child" and "Winter Wonderland" as requested could you proof play them as you have the original copies. Can others of you have a go at Christmas Island to check it out. Anybody fancy Blue Christmas?
Andy, it may be a thought, if practical, to have sub play lists for things like Christmas songs so they don't imping on our playlist all year?
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JeffT
08/11/2014



To all who played the Guide Dog gig today
(note: I don't do patronising)
It was an awesome set in difficult circumstances and Bird Dog 'the arrangement' was  a well executed joy!
 
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JeffT
08/11/2014



Andy, the end of the first verse on Only You, E, Eb+, E7.
Is it reasonable to play the E 4447, Eb+ 3336 and E7 4445 ?
Just trying to make sense of how I can make the chord changes!
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Andy Stanton
09/11/2014



All three of these chords already exist in their lowest inversion, and E7 already has an alternative inversion.  I've now added three chords but indicating they are inversions by adding a ^ to the chord name.  We now have E^, Eb+^, Ebaug^ (always put both names in) and E7^^.

If you want these to be played as alternates in the songs just make the necessary adjustments to the song sheets.
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Tony Dawes
09/11/2014



Hi Jeff, Thanks for that, I will be giving them a blast later today!
Ref yesterdays gig, pity the audience couldn't hear and the front line couldn't hear the back but we had a blast and a laugh that's the main thing! Not even a free tea?
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chris
09/11/2014



Yesterday's gig after talking with people afterwards,was a surprise at how well we played and thoroughly enjoyed by people who attended. Maybe next time we can check out the stage PA system. Well done everyone. Chris.
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Tony Dawes
09/11/2014



Hi All, I have had a look at Mary's boy child and Winter wonderland and would suggest the following: Mary's boy child; There are 2 chords that we don't normally use F#Minor
and B minor7.Both are fairly straight forward so I would think manageable.
Winter wonderland appears at first sight to be complex but by ignoring the turnround chord of G7+5 and having a straight forward ending the whole thing becomes easily managed.
Certainly worth a try! At least it avoids the usual Chritsmas clichés.
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JeffT
09/11/2014



Guide Dog gig. One of my close neighbours (not somebody being nice) said this morning how much she had enjoyed our playing and singing and how there were a lot of people jigging and singing along. She is a singer and said also that it had inspired her to try to play.
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JeffT
09/11/2014



Mary's boy child? maybe more Boney M than Harry Belafonte
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JeffT
09/11/2014



Just found this ad'. who's up for it?
Do you have a small sized classical guitar that no longer gets used, or have the need of a micro-bass ukulele in your life, but cant afford a new one? Then you should build one for yourself.

The kits I supply contain all of the hardware needed for the conversion, a set of Aquila Thundergut strings and a quality 4 band active preamp EQ. Of course, I also supply a full set of detailed instructions, supported by many colour photographs which explain how to build one of your own. £33.00

How it works:
You supply a quarter, half (recommended) or three quarters size classical guitar.

Search your shed or nip down to the hardware store to pick up these tools (minimum requirement):
* Drill, selection of wood bits (inc 25mm)
* A padsaw or close-quarters hacksaw
* A flat general purpose or wood file
* A mini-file kit or fine sandpaper
* A screwdriver with a small cross-head end
* An old towel or rag.
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JeffT
09 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Ain't That A Shame'
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JeffT
09/11/2014



Just posted "Ain't that a Shame" not because we need another song but as an experiment taking a tune from Ukes4Fun songbook and posting it to our list. As you can see it is possible, although it did need editing. It can be removed if we don't use it, I will not take offence.  
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Tony Dawes
10/11/2014



Hi Jeff, I like the song it really rolls along. Is this the new piece of software you were telling me about? My only comment on the arrangement is that the double strike C at the end of each verse is superfluous, it should go straight into C7.
Good stuff, thanks
Tony
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Tony Dawes
10/11/2014



Hi again Jeff, I have just reread your comment on a D.I.Y. Base Uke. It would be great if The Happy Band could add a base to the group, it sounded great in Saturdays concert.
All we need is a volunteer/handy person. Any Takers?
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jacq
10/11/2014



Hi Andy
Ref your suggestions about your group. I think that you might like to think about redesignating the session as it has developed quite a musicality bias and is very much of interest to those who want to improve their playing

However, I am aware that there are still people who wish to join as beginners but the group continues to be at capacity.
I was wondering, therefor, if you would consider running the "improvers"  group once a month and we could set up a new "beginners" group on the other Wednesday session?
Let me have your thoughts----
Jacq
ps am out of circulation for a week but will catch up with you on return

Message for players at Claypole---great gig despite all the noise and some positive feedback coming through, including a re booking for next year!!
AND well done to the girls---we nailed Bird Dog !!!

Jacq
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Andy Stanton
10/11/2014



Well folks,
There is now a further improvement.  We have a new genre 'Christmas Time Only'.  If you select it you get all the carols and Christmas Songs.

Here's the magic bit.  These songs are only available in November and December.
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JeffT
10/11/2014



Tony, yes if you listen to the Fats version you are quite right, how about the instrumental section on a trombone rather than trumpet.  No not managed to get the 'score to tab' working, just found a load of new song books at Ukes4fun so was looking to see how easily they would port across. Re the base uke, I have the tools, workshop and hands if anybody is interested (the main problem is creating base part for all the songs)
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JeffT
10/11/2014



Re Beginners Improvers. (Just another idea.) We are all improvers and gain from playing with others, so allocate a led, 15min, concentrated slot, in our normal session to a changeable topic: strums, new chords, difficult chord changes, bar/movable chord shapes, picking styles, etc. that we could all go away and practice after the session. Then leave the beginners sessions for the next group of beginners.
I want to improve, but for me, a session every Wednesday is too much time commitment.
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Tony Dawes
10/11/2014



In response to Jacq's comment. Hardly appropriate that the girls "NAILED Bird Dog"at a guide dog gig. But they did harmonise very well!  
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David Hall
10/11/2014



Having only just got back I picked up an e-mail from Colleen suggesting the group want to meet this Wednesday(12th)to rehearse the Christmas songs. I am okay with this as long as Andy does'nt need the afternoon for his group, we could certainly do with an extra session for the Carols for our Xmas performance. Seems to be an awful lot of comments about structure and perhaps Jeff's idea above has some merit that we could discuss this week if we agree to meet. What say you!
David.H.
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JeffT
10 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Ain't That A Shame'
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Andy Stanton
11/11/2014



In view of the need to practice for forthcoming gigs I don't need to run beginners' this week.

As for suggestions that I should run beginners on a monthly basis alternating with improvers I would observe that a session once a month is not nearly enough for either.  My original plan was to run a beginners course.  What happened is that it was attended by people who wanted to improve (no criticism implied), so my suggestion was that we recognise what has happened. i.e. people want a theoretical input in addition to the regular sessions.

But as Jeff has already intimated I'm feeling a little over committed.  Personally, I would want to spend my time helping people to improve.  That is where my interest lies, and if not running a beginners group means somebody can't get into the main group, then I'm ok about relinquishing my place on the main group to accommodate them.


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David Hall
11/11/2014



Following Andy,s posting it does appear that the White Hart will be free tomorrow  afternoon. This being the case, for those who wish to practice the carols then let's go ahead .  See you at 2pm as usual.
David.H.
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robin hardy
11/11/2014



Hi,  
Re comments about Andy's beginners' class.
(Sorry for the length of this!)

First a couple of things need saying, and I hope Andy isn't embarassed by a bit of praise.

Andy has put a phenomenal amount of effort into this web site, without which we couldn't communicate like this, nor access all our songs and amendments to those songs so easily.  Not only that, he's managed to incorporate randomly selected humorous uke based cartoons to lighten things up.  Building and maintaining this site takes dedication, and more time than we might imagine.

To be honest I am quite in awe of what he has achieved here.  No other group in Newark U3A, and probably in very few other U3A's full stop, can communicate like this.

Also, planning and running the beginner's class has taken a lot of time, and he has adapted to the needs of those attending.  I go whenever I can, and am getting a much better understanding of how this music thing actually works.   Last time the group met we were looking at using some finger-picking in with strumming.  I hope  Andy can still find the time to continue these, which would be more acurately described as a workshop, or improvers class.

Should we be asking Andy to change what he's so genourously doing for us?  I think not.  We should thank him for his contribution and look to ourselves if we feel other tasks need carrying out.

Should a beginners class be required, and I think there is an argument for another group to start if there is the demand, then there must be others in our group who could lead it.  If you can strum a few chords in 4/4 and 3/4 time, and preferably sing a bit, then whoever that is, they are probably "qualified" to lead that group. Of course that person could easily come from outside our group.

If anybody wishes to start such a group, I'm sure the rest of the group will support that, but it should be up to that person to come forward, IMHO, as they say these days (="In My Humble Opinion").

Thanks again for your all your work Andy.

Sincerely, Robin (on the paved road to hell no doubt!)




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Tony Dawes
12/11/2014



Like Robin I believe that the work Andy has put in is par excellence. I think that the website is a great tool, I am also very impressed as I am sure Andy is that the group are now using it more fully even putting songs on. Long may Andy's development of this facility continue. I also applaud the formation of an improver group with focus on other techniques e.g finger picking and music theory. I do not think that an improver/technical group can exist along side a beginners group, it should be a separate entity.
The problems arise when we have a number of gigs to prepare for and the group needs practice time, perhaps a different time/day/venue could be arranged for the improver/beginner activities keeping the alternate Wednesdays free for EXTRA practice and performance improvement, for gigs. the normal Wednesday could be focussed on creating and expanding set lists for different purposes and generally enjoying ourselves which is what we do best.
N.B. I believe that ABSOLUTE beginners would be best encouraged to get up to speed by one to one mentoring or small group mentoring, I feel sure that there are enough of us capable of this low level stuff to relieve the burden on Andy leaving him to do the clever stuff that I for one am not capable of.
Sorry about the Massive Missive but it seems the group is reaching a natural development stage.
Tony    

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David McKenny
12/11/2014



As previous posters have said Andy has contributed greatly to the continuing success and developement of the uke group, and as Tony said in the earlier post long may this continue.  Also we mustn't forget Davids role in instigating the group in the U3A in the first instance. We have been fortunate in having two such stalwarts who have contributed their time and skills to the enjoyment of the band of brothers and sisters.  

There have been some very interesting ideas brought up in recent posts about future activities within the group, who might do what etc (or have the time to do).  If you recall we did decide that we would have a "general meeting" at the beginning of the new year before Bob takes over as CEO from David.  Would it not be an idea to agenda such items for discussion and resolution at that meeting.  There is of course no reason why debate should not continue on the forum in the meantime.  Regards David
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JeffT
12/11/2014



Once again I raise my head above the parapet: I just want to play! I'm not fussed about gigs other than it can help to focus the mind, I do wish to improve although whether I will ever understand music, having started so late, I doubt. Finally although I try to practice every night, daytime commitments have to strike a balance with other things in my life.    
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robin hardy
13/11/2014



David Mc: I have a list of U3A Happy Band Heroes, all for different reasons, but David certainly deserves a medal for heading up the Happy Band for so long - and keeping it a Happy Band, give or take the odd grumble - whilst still maintaining his own sanity!

JeffT: I've yet to meet the person, no matter how early in life they started, who fully understands anything. (Perhaps Prof. Brian Cox does - but I've not met him yet!)
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robin hardy
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Christmas Island'
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JeffT
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended ''
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robin hardy
13/11/2014



Hey Andy - great improvement with the Letter index bar, thanks.
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JeffT
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Christmas Island'
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JeffT
13/11/2014



I have posted a modified version of Christmas Island. The words and chords are the same but the layout follows Neil Marriotts latest system of making each line of text start at the start of a bar. The thinking is, that it is more logical (like real notation) and if you get lost you know that you can pickup at the start of a line which is also the start of a bar.
At one point in this song an F# is slotted between two G's, the intention is that it is slid into and out to give a Hawaiian feel, reasonably easy to play if you play the F# 0121 it is just G slid down one fret.
Sorry I did't make it yesterday
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JeffT
13/11/2014



Robin: Looks like we were both working on Christmas Island at the same time? what was the mod?
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Andy Stanton
13/11/2014



Here's a few stats from the site that show just how use of the site (particularly the comments page) has flourished.



This graph displays 1. the size of the comments file (one for each month) created by you lot since it became available in November last year, and 2. the number of individual contributors to the comments page for each month.  This November at 23 KB and ten users for the first half of the month looks like being the busiest yet!
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Andy Stanton
13/11/2014



Incidentally, in case people have not noticed Robin and Jeff have kindly agreed to share the task of administering this site.  I'd just like to express my heartfelt thanks to both of them for that.
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Irene
13/11/2014



Hello everyone here is our menu for the 17th Dec.

CHOICE OF ANY 2 courses for £10.00 (special rate)

Starters:
1     Homemade Soup of the day
2     Sautaed Garlic mushrooms,salad & fresh bread
3     Homemade Game Pate, red onion port marmalade & toast
4     Spicy Chicken Strips, salad & fresh bread

Main:-

 5    Beer battered Fish & Chips
 6     Chicken wrapped in bacon (choice mustard mash)
 7     Home made Lasagne with salad
 8     Home made Pies, Veg & chips -(Chicken & mushroom,Lamb& mint,Steak Ale &onion,Game & Ale,Rabbit & port)
 9     Jacket Potatoes -(Cheddar cheese,Three cheese,Mushroom& Stilton,Honey roast ham & cheese      
                         Tiger Prawns &Marie Rose sauce,Spicy Chicken,peppers & mushrooms)              

Deserts:

 10    Ice Cream
 11    Fruit Crumble
 12    Chocolate Fudge cake
 13    Baileys Bread &Butter pudding


I Will bring list next Wednesday so you can enter your choices, we will need £5.00 deposit

Thank you.
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Tony Dawes
13/11/2014



Hi Irene, Looks like good value to me!
When and where?
Tony
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Irene
13/11/2014



Thanks Tony,Our meeting place White Hart on 17th Dec
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robin hardy
13/11/2014



Hi all - we played through "Newark Quilting Bee" yesterday.

It seemed to go quite well (unless everybody was just being polite - but as it was the Happy Band,that is of course unlikely). There were a few rough edges.  I hope that the version about to be uploaded is sorted.  Please let me know if you see any errors.

One thing I would very much like to do is add some guidance into the song script as to the number of strums or bars to be played at the end of lines, and between verses or at the end of the song, once the singing has stopped. Equally, I would like to show the number of silent beats where there is a pause.

However, I am not yet proficient enough at music to do that (and hence me wanting to see guidance there).

Could one or more of the musicians play it through (or listen to, say, The Kingston Trio on You Tube singing "Sloop John B"), and either amend my song script for me, or advise where these need to be added in?

It would be much appreciated.

My phone number is 01636 705481
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robin hardy
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended ''
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robin hardy
13/11/2014



Jeff,

I wasn't amending "Christmas Island", but was trying to upload "Newark Quilting Bee".

I may have put illegal characters in my script.  It previews OK but hasn't loaded.

Also, I was just finishing this reply when it disapeared, and so had to start over.
Is it me? Probably.

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robin hardy
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended ''
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robin hardy
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Newark Quilting Bee'
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robin hardy
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Newark Quilting Bee'
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robin hardy
13/11/2014



I have been looking for a way to show playing notes so they stand apart from the lyrics - what do you think of the "Smilie" brackets and a bit of space at either end?

ADDING OR AMENDING A SONG
If you're adding or amending a song, the system doesn't like the copyright character, that's what stopped the upload.  (Vain, I know, but if I ever inadvertently write anything that's any good, I want to be in the habit of sticking the (c) symbol on it)




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Robin Hardy
13 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Newark Quilting Bee'
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Robin Hardy
13/11/2014



Sorry guys, Had to change the chords in the third line of Newark Quitting Bee.
The Am and D should be around "sew" and not "did".

That should be it - until a musician helps out with the end of line, etc timings.
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Andy Stanton
13/11/2014



Well done, Robin.  Once more you have exposed an oversight in my coding.  If you want to include the copyright character, then please write '(c)'.  You'll see the checking routine will alter it.

Can I also to suggest to administrators that if you are making only minor amendments to songs you do it as logged in as administrator.  This means that members are not sent emails every time. :o)

Once again, thanks for the help, and I'm so pleased you're getting into the role.
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robin hardy
13/11/2014



OK Andy, Thanks!
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David Hall
13/11/2014



Thanks Irene, it is as we agreed (the price that is) you have negotiated a good deal, well done I am looking forward to the 17th with  relish.
David.H.
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Tony Dawes
13/11/2014



Well spotted David I didn't see Relish on the menu.
Tony
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David Hall
13/11/2014



I know I can rely on you for a laugh Tony keep them coming! First let me apologise for yesterday's chaos,it was short notice but a least we were able to flex our fingers and loosen our vocal chords. Now to repeat that the songs we will be doing with the singing group are.(1) Winter Wonderland. (2) Frosty the Snowman. (3) When a Child is Born.(NOT MARY'S BOY CHILD)I don't know where that came from and I have checked my previous e-mail of the 6th Nov. Okay on to the play list for our Patchwork Gig. If no one has any serious objections I suggest we stick to a tried and tested routine. I know it can get boring for some but we do play well together when we have familiar pieces to perform. So the list for the gig will be.
(1)   Happy Band Song
(2)   Singing the Blues
(3)   Travelling Light
(4)   Listen to the Rhythm of the falling Rain
(5)   Putting on the Agony
        Break here for whatever is on offer!
(6)   Five Foot Two Medley
(7)   Oh Boy
(8)   Button up your Overcoat
(9)   Bye Bye Love
(10)  Things
            And perhaps an encore of our Happy Band Song if necessary.
   
     That's all for now folks.
   
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Andy Stanton
14/11/2014



David, 'When A Child Is Born' is not on our play list.  If you have the song sheet, please email it to me!
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Andy Stanton
14 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'When A Child Is Born'
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Andy Stanton
14/11/2014



Ok, I've found a copy of When A Child is Born.

Irrespective of my own feelings about the song, I would seriously warn against it. I suggest that this song is complicated not because the chords themselves are complicated, but because the song needs a tight arrangement.

And it does need arranging, particularly the part with the voice over.  Do we have anybody with sufficient confidence to take the voice over on as a solo?  If not, then there's the prospect that everyone will try to do the voice over in unison.   I suggest if you can't persuade anybody to do this as a solo you drop the voice over part.

Again we are committing ourselves to doing new stuff for a forthcoming performance.  Why do we do this to ourselves?
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David Hall
14/11/2014



Sorry Andy, the version of the song that I have is in the Key of "C" and without the spoken verse, in all a much easier version for us to play along with the Singing for fun Group. If I could e-mail you a copy I would do so but those skills still evade me. I could hand deliver a copy of course if there is anyone out there who can help?
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Andy Stanton
14/11/2014



Hi Dave,
I've deleted the spoken verse, but the rest of the song was already in the key of C. (look at the last chord in the last line of the verse).
Are you sure your version is in C?
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JeffT
14/11/2014



As I mentioned in a previous post, a neighbour, having heard us play, is inspired to join U3A just so she can join the beginners ukulele group.
I am currently at a loss to know what to tell her?
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Andy Stanton
14/11/2014



David McKenny were discussing this last night.  I would suggest a lot depends on how basic the tuition somebody requires.  If somebody is a complete novice then I would suggest on the experience of the beginners group that a few sessions of tuition on one to one basis to cover basic chords and bring up that person up to sufficient confidence to play in a group.
Perhaps what we should be looking for is a core of capable players who could offer this introduction in the comfort of their own home prior to joining the group.

Either way I understand we're committed to discussing this in the New Year.
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David Hall
14/11/2014



Andy first , thanks Andy, yes my verses start and end in C.and I have just spent a goodly amount of time trying to post my version ( not sure if I  have succeeded!)
Jeff, as we have no beginners group at the moment(though this may change after Xmas) I have just this week had to inform two potential members of the situation here and suggest that they leave a contact number should things change any time soon. Sorry can't do any more at the present time.
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chris
14/11/2014



David maybe Rock around the clock as an encore for the next gig as it went down well with the audience when we last played it.Chris.
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David Hall
14/11/2014



The song is WHEN A CHILD IS BORN.
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JeffT
14/11/2014



Am I missing something again? Is the Newark Quilting Bee song not on the Patchwork play list? Why did I mention it I hate the tune (not the words Robin).
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David Hall
14 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'FROSTY THE SNOWMAN'
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David Hall
14/11/2014



Jeff how observant you are, yes it should have been included and of course will be,(apologies Robin an oversight and not a deliberate omission). Now help please I have just posted the above song but cannot print it off, any ideas Andy?
I have not missed your comments Chris but can we take this up next week?
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Andy Stanton
14/11/2014



Sorry David,

You print out a song by using the print option on whatever browser you are using.  If the printer isn't working then there's a connection problem between your laptop and your printer.  With the best will in the world I can't do anything about that.
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David Hall
14/11/2014



Okay, thanks Andy, I will try again later.
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Tony Dawes
15/11/2014



Hi Andy, Would it be possible to have a DIARY section on the web page so that we can all keep up to date with Rehearsals, extra rehearsals, gigs, gig locations and times, With a memory like mine it would be invaluable.
Many thanks,
Tony
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David McKenny
15/11/2014



As a fellow amnaesiac I would appreciate a diary. And it would stop me having to ask David "are we there yet" all the time. Regards David
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JeffT
15/11/2014



It has been pointed out to me that Newark U3A are still advertising 'beginner ukelele' group alternate Wednesdays
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Andy Stanton
16/11/2014



Ok, you mob!

You wanted a diary, and you've now got one.

This diary can be added to or subtracted from by anybody who has member's access to the website.  You add entries by clicking on the plus sign, and taking it from there.  I've done it this way, so the business of making entries to the diary is everybody's and not just the another chore for the administrators.

Please note that if you inadvertently delete anything there is nothing I nor any of the other administrators can do to recover your deletion.
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JeffT
16/11/2014



Thanks Andy, nice piece of work, it will be most useful.
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Andy Stanton
17/11/2014



If you have a smart phone version of the website on your phone you will now have the option of a read only version of the diary.
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Tony Dawes
17/11/2014



Many thanks Andy, No excuses now!
Tony
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chris
14/11/2014



David maybe Rock around the clock as an encore for the next gig as it went down well with the audience when we last played it.Chris.
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David Hall
17/11/2014



This is brilliant Andy, it should make life so much easier from now on. Just two of the dates caught my eye which need to change the 19th is our usual week for rehearsal, next week being the one you would take.  
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David McKenny
17/11/2014



Diary absolutely brilliant.  And if the gig organiser were to note on the entries what tunes would form the performance, even daft people like me wouldn't have to repeatedly ask for information that has already been given out ...several times... already.
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chris
17/11/2014



David sorry about the repeat comment it was a genuine mistake. Diary a clever idea. Chris.
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jacq
18/11/2014



Just back from another week away--business this time
My comments seem to have stirred things up a bit but I just wanted to say, Andy, that it was just a suggestion to split the Improvers group and Beginners group and my suggestion of alternate weeks was, just a suggestion. I, like others who have commented, think you have done and continue to do a fabulous job for our group and find all the hours you must put in Amazing. On a personal level, I have learned much from attending the Improvers group and understand the need for more than monthly input.
I would also like to say that I did not necessarily mean for you to take both groups, it was more about the time slot and I very much take the point that another member of our group, or maybe several, could begin a Beginners group and at another time. My concern was/is that we have several people who would like to learn and have no facility to accommodate this.  
I will speak with you soon and maybe we can define the differing Groups and update the magazine

Best Regards
Jacq  

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David Hall
18/11/2014



Hello again, as there hasn't been any objections, and, to save posting the whole list again could I ask that you refer to my posting of the 13/11 (above)for the song list for our Patchwork Gig. I would also suggest that we use Robin's "Newark Quilting Bee" as our finale. See you all tomorrow, don't forget the carols. Please check the diary.
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robin hardy
18/11/2014



Been out of the Happy Band Loop for a few days, so catching up on the comments.
(N.B. : Happy Band Loop - That's the thing you have surgically fitted if you are playing "too much" ukulele - it's fitted by your partner!)
Nice of Jeff to say he dislikes the Sloop John B tune, and not my words to it.  Sorry about the tune, Jeff - but once I'd made the connection of Sloop John B with Quilting Bee I was, and you were, it seems, unfortunately lost.
Interesting the reactions to Sloop John B, it's clearly one of those "Marmite" songs, you either love it or hate it.  I quite like the original - a sort of knobly-elbowed mariner's dig in the ribs for those who see life at sea as a romantic adventure.  The "see how the main-sail sets", though, tells you that although they are not enjoying this trip, they will probably be back for more - but not with the same captain.
On the subject of my tinkering with the words of songs, please, please, please do tell me if you don't like a song I have re-worked, or any part of it, or just don't like what I have been doing full stop.  Do let me know if you think I should call it a day.  No offence will be taken, as long as you don't criticise my choice of hats!
I have no wish to foist anything on the group against their wishes (as if!).
Thanks for input from the band on the Quilting Bee saga, a timeless tale of the triumph of the human soul over adversity - hope you think it was worth the effort and enjoy performing it!
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robin hardy
19/11/2014



Jacq,

Whilst we all want to accommodate all who wish to learn, it is a fact that some groups close to new members because the group cannot cope with more members.

Both the Philosophy group and French Conversation group told me they were full.
I am now in the former, but not yet the latter.

Maybe someone could form a "Happy Strummers" (who sing in french?), or whatever.

Another uke group does not, necessarily, have to have any links with the "Happy Band".

If any of us can help with one to one, or small group tuition, or indeed is prepared to set-up a beginners group to get them started, then that's great.

Certainly we should change the name of the "Beginners" group to "Improvers" group straight away, as that is what it has become, and Andy has intimated that that is the type of group he would like to continue with. This should avoid raising expectations unnecessarily.

Incidentaly, when talking with David H. the other day, he ventured that perhaps our group was actually too large now.  I didn't say anything, but I believe I was the last to join - so I'm watching my back!

I shall not be around later in December when these matters are discussed - so just putting my 2 pen'th (£-/-/2) in now, for what it's worth. (£0.008333 in new money, so not a lot)
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robin hardy
19/11/2014



Jacq - Sorry, I should have addressed the last comment to the group, not simply to you.

My intention is not to challenge, but to contribute to the debate.

Hopefully an occasional idea of mine may be useful, you never know.

There's always a first time for everything.

The subject raised definitely needs further discussion by the group.

Sincerely, Robin
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JeffT
19 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Frosty The Snowman'
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JeffT
19/11/2014



As agreed, I have amended Frosty, there are some changes to the chords in the text to standardise a bit. It is also now formatted "in the manner of Neil Marriott"  starting every line at the start of a bar.(helps if you get lost) Please try it but don't print yet, until people have played it and checked. I still have a copy of the original stored if we need it.  
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Andy Stanton
19/11/2014



Right everybody, we can now have coloured scripts.  These are helpful to pick out parts.
The format is straightforward but strict and it goes like this.
&C (That is an ampersand and an upper case C)
a space between that and your selected colour.  You have seven to chose from and they are the colours of the rainbow
(RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, VIOLET).
Then you have the text you want coloured finishing with a space and then &c. (This time it's a lower case c)
So a example might look like '&C GREEN Green &c grow the rushes, oh!' which in the final song sheet will look really cool.
'Green grow the rushes, oh!'

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Andy Stanton
19/11/2014



Jeff,
I was wondering as you've used the ^ sign on the last two chords in Frosty The Snowman,  was it your intention that we play the higher inversions of these chords.  If it was, you should put the ^ sign inside the square brackets [G7^] and [C^]. That way you will get both chord diagrams on the song sheet.
Andy
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JeffT
19/11/2014



Hi, just tried the colour script on the "Oh!" in Frosty, works like a dream.

Andy, no, yes I had picked up the inversion code, but that is not the intention in this case. The ^ in this case is to indicate a single sharp down strum,(and no chords played until the next chord marked, a bit like the way we use tacet)

I am trying to balance the conventions of two similar methods of notation, along side the fact that I read songs with the chords above the words rather than between them, so I would see the symbol below the chord.

I have spaced the ^ away from the chord to try to avoid the mistake.
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robin hardy
19 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney'
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JeffT
20/11/2014



Just tried it Robin, like the use of colour, see email.
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robin hardy
20/11/2014



This may be the LAST tune some of you want to play after the Summer Festival gig, but you will certainly know the tune.

The brief form a recent Happy Band meeting was to come up with something Christmassy for the U3A Xmas Meeting which would enable full audience participation without issuing song sheets, and a "Coming Round  the Mountain" type song with a caller was suggested.  OK - you may decide you don't want to do it - fine, but it's here if you want it.

Could a few of you please play it through - Just the words printed should be fine, and comment here before anybody prints it?

If nothing else, this is the &C BLUE first song &c added to the playlist in Andy's new Technicolour (OK, I,ve just used Blue, Red and italics), but I'm sure you'll agree, the appearance on screen and paper is great and it will be a great tool (Good job yet again Andy!).  

It may seem a little complicated to enter songs this way, but the results are certainly worth it - I'll try to upload some tricks I used to make the job easier to manage.  If you have problems, post the song the old way and let me know which colours are needed where.

Enjoy, Robin


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David McKenny
20/11/2014



Belated note to Chris re: "David sorry about the repeat comment it was a genuine mistake" post. My post of 17 November was certainly not aimed at you or anyone else, it was referring to own shortcomings in repeatedly asking for information which has already been given.  Sorry if there was a misunderstanding. Regards David.

PS. what are the songs for the patchwork quilt thingy... there I go again!
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Andy Stanton
20 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'I Can Sing A Rainbow'
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Andy Stanton
20/11/2014



Well folks I was as good as my promise, or was it a threat?
'I Can Sing A Rainbow'
It's not the worst song I've ever uploaded to the site...
... but it's pretty damn close!
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Tony Dawes
20/11/2014



Then why do it? Was it requested?
First heard this sung by Peggy Lee who played the part of a gangsters moll in " Pete Kelly's Blues" Very atmospheric.
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Andy Stanton
20/11/2014



Well Tony, it's like this.  It's a bit like playing the ukulele.  Nobody has asked you to do it, and nobody particularly wants you to do it, but you find that you can and a little devil inside you asks 'why not'.
The late great George Shearing once said 'A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the accordion, and doesn't!'
So it's a bit like that.  I could post 'I can sing a rainbow'. So I did!
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robin hardy
20/11/2014



Errr . . . Tony - re above "Then why do it?" - have you actually looked at the song Andy's added to the play list?

Modesty would prevent Andy saying why he'd posted it (and perhaps a little devilment?)

Aaah . . . so that's why!



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JeffT
20/11/2014



David, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" was on already
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JeffT
20/11/2014



Just posted Any Dream Will Do from  Joseph’s Technicolour Dreamcoat @ Tony's request

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Andy Stanton
21 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Any Dream Will Do'
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JeffT
21/11/2014



Andy, you really do have too much time on your hands, but I like the effect on the script.
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Admin
21/11/2014



Insomnia, old boy, insomnia!
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Andy Stanton
21/11/2014



Just a reminder that the Transposer routine is very useful when it comes to copying songs into the playlist.
1. It has a handy device that allows you to change the key of the song.
2. You can change between line above format that is widely used on the Internet and the embedded chord format we use, and vice versa.
There are one or two rules you need to observe when copying and pasting.  The first line in the dialogue box MUST be the name of the song, and the second MUST be the author’s name, and finally the third line MUST be left blank.

There are two formats LINE ABOVE CHORDS and EMBEDDED CHORDS.

If you are entering the line above format then the ONLY letters in those lines presenting the chords must be the chords themselves.  Any notes have to be either with the lyrics or on separate lines.  Any characters not describing a chord will mean that the routine will not work.

There are two reasons why the routine might not work.
1. You are writing a chord our database does not recognise, in which case include the chord in our database via the chord charts routine.
2. You have included other characters as well as the chords in which case delete them.
Once you have copied pasted and changed the format you can save it all by clicking on the ‘SAVE’ button.

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robin hardy
22 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Let It Snow'
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robin hardy
22/11/2014



Let It Snow, put on at Bob's request.

It's taking me a while to get some of these on - the chords in this version are simpler than those found on the internet sites, so one of those had to be edited.  

Hopefully I will speed-up as I get into it.


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Andy Stanton
22/11/2014



Are violet verses in the same league as purple prose?
The public needs to know!
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Andy Stanton
22 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Good Golly Miss Molly'
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Andy Stanton
22/11/2014



'Good Golly Miss Molly'
I don't really know what came over me.
The devil got hold of me and I just uploaded it.
I just couldn't wait to see how the group might tackle this little number from the one and only Little Richard.
Muhahahahahahahaha!
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Andy Stanton
22/11/2014



For the avoidance of any doubt in the matter this is what "Good Golly Miss Molly" should sound like when you play it.



Click to ENLARGE video clip

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JeffT
22/11/2014



Just need the instrumental bits now Andy, is it in the same key as the video?
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Andy Stanton
22/11/2014



Yes, it's in the right key!

Any one want to try to do an arrangement?
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David Hall
22/11/2014



Just a quick reminder that we meet at the Balderton Church Hall (opp Chesters  Main St.) Balderton for a 2pm rehearsal with the Singing for Fun group. Songs are: Winter Wonderland,  Frosty the Snowman,  Santa Claus is coming to Town.
David.H.
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David Hall
22/11/2014



Sorry I should have included the date for the above .  It is of course Monday the 24th.
David.
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JeffT
22 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Blue Suede Shoes'
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robin hardy
24 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Jingle Bell Rock'
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Admin
24/11/2014



Hi Guys,

The three songs we are going to perform with the Singing for Fun group at the U3A (Xmas) monthly meeting have been amended as required - (hopefully!)

David and I have been through the changes, but would appreciate it if all musicians in the group would look/play through them, and get back if there are any issues arising from said changes.

The changes are:

1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - In C

a) A version has been added IN THE KEY OF "C" - this is the one we are going to play.

b) Note that although it is in "C", there is a modulation to "G" leading into the two "He sees you when . . . " sections, and the preceding lines end in "C7"

2.  Winter Wonderland

An amended version has been added to fit in with the Singing for Fun arrangement, as follows:

Winter Wonderland nwk U3asinging4fun

Please ensure you use this - either print it off, or amend your version as follows:

a)  The introduction is now only four chords (the last four in the original version)
       
So we now have two strums each of;  "Am", "G7", "C", followed by one strum on "G"

b)  In this version, The second "In the meadow . . ." section, and the final "When it snows . . . " sections have been dropped, so instead . . .

c)  The first four sections are repeated in full, with a "G7" being added at the end of the last line on the FIRST TIME THROUGH to link into the repeat.  The END of the REPEAT finishes on the existing "C" in "Wonder- "C"land".

3.  Frosty the Snowman

a)  One small change here: -

The INTRO ENDS AFTER the ". . .Frosty "G7"go!",
. . .  and so the following "Thumpety-thump . . . . . Over the hills of "C"Snow!    "G7" " HAS BEEN REMOVED, (and saved for the final flourish).

As I am a music novice, could the musicians out there please keep an eye-out for any queries/comments raised on the above, and contribute as appropriate?

Thanks.
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robin hardy
24/11/2014



Hi All,

I accidentally posted a comment as administrator, which doesn't automatically
generate an email to all - you need to take action, so please note the following:-

The three Songs on the playlist for U3A Xmas gig with the Singing for Fun group have been amended.

You need to log on to the website, read the Admin Comment outlining the changes (see above this in comments list, as no automatic email is sent for admin), and either print the songs out or carefully amend your song-sheets for these.

Regards,  Robin
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David Hall
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JeffT
24/11/2014



Sounds like you had an interesting time at the joint session! I am sorry that I missed it! It looks increasingly like I might also miss the event as I start Crown Court Jury service on 8th, which day is our meal?
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David Hall
24/11/2014



Many thanks Robin, it looks good to me.  Now I have to this of my chest or burst. We have been playing happily together now for almost two year s  and for the most part I have enjoyed the experience immensely. So what is now going so wrong that we end up disagreeing about something we agreed only last Wednesday and that was to play the three carols in the key of"C" to match the music of the Singing Group. (I know it had previously been posted in "G" but this was to have been changed. Anyhow thanks to Robin the necessary changes have been made to all three songs,so could you print off these newest versions? ( I would be grateful if someone could do spare copies for me as my computer is not talking to my printer at the moment) Now can we please get back to being a HAPPY BAND again!!!!

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robin hardy
24/11/2014



Just so no one else prints them, I have added a couple of copies for David when printing my own.

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Gordon Eden
24/11/2014



Hello David,
I see your comments above but I am a little non-plussed! You say that we are to play the three carols in Key of C.  Am I missing something here or have I been playing under a misapprehension for the last 34 months?  In the updated version as at today the up-dated song Jingle Bell Rock contains only ONE C Chord!  How is that in Key of C?  I understand that as the first Chord in this version is (G) then I thought that the version would be classed as being in G.  Obviously you did not put this version in the play list but has the author of the latest version still not made it in Key C?  We dont want another fiasco like today that must have made our showing in front of the Singing for Fun Group seem amateurish to say the least.  Once again, not your fault I know.  I think the reason for our apparent poor showing was that we have not had enough rehearsal time with the Singing Group.  Maybe one of our group should join the SFF Group (a sort of spy in the camp) then if we join up with them again we will be more in tune with each other. - Yes, I may even join the Singing Group myself which, if it meets on Mondays will not conflict with any of my Ukulele meetings! (Dont hold me to that just yet though!)
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Andy Stanton
25/11/2014



I wasn't there this evening but I sense some confusion, and somewhat of a wobble. I'm left wondering why we regularly agree to do songs we are not familiar with at these events.  As with the rain event earlier this year, the guide dog event, and the sewing bee thing it may seem highly versatile to introduce new and unfamiliar material at the last moment but we might be fooling ourselves as to our ability to do the stuff justice in the time allowed.
Why do we agree to do stuff we don't know?.
There is far more to doing a number at a gig then just reading it off a song sheet while you strum away. You need to go into a gig understanding what key you are playing in, what the agreed arrangement is, and (I know I keep on banging on about it) what the words are.
It is an essential part of doing a 'happy' performance that you are doing stuff you are completely confident with and you know you can do well.  However that takes preparation and practice.
NB. On keys.  A good rule of thumb is to look at the last chord at the end of a verse (and I don't mean the transitional chord to a chorus or the next verse).  With a few exceptions this tells you what key you are in.

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Tony Dawes
25/11/2014



It would help immensely if we knew precisely what we needed to rehearse before we get to rehearsal, and to confirm any changes as we go along and NOT assume that we all fully understand, check for understanding is one of the first principles of communication. I am just as guilty as others of just wanting to play what I enjoy but when we accept gigs then the audience is the most important thing and we must get it right! My plea is can we get a bit of order back into rehearsals at least when rehearsing for gigs.
Question: Why do we agree to play with the singing group if it causes this amount of disharmony and anguish? Lets get back to basics and be the Happy Band we were.
Tony
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Gordon Eden
25/11/2014



I am with you Andy on your remarks about re-writing songs to please the audience at the event - one question on that, do the audience hear the words anyway?  I don't think many at the Guide Dog event heard the words as they were too busy talking, not that I have an issue with that, it was their event after all but do we really need to change the words of too many songs to that extent?  Personally I prefer to make a good and confident rendering of a tried and tested song and leaving the words as they were originally intended to be sung!  Who are we to spoil a good song by hacking it to death.  We perform to the best of our ability, the audience want to hear us do just that, why change it for what is, in my humble opinion, the worse?  
Whilst I applaud the efforts of budding songwriters among us I think that, until they and we become more proficient they should stick to the good ole opry as we know it, at least for the time being!
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Andy Stanton
25/11/2014



Thanks Gordon,

I wasn't necessarily talking about rewriting songs, and I believe there is a place for that.  It's just not immediately before its first public performance.  

I was talking about the folly of going into a gig with new material, whether it is stuff that has been rewritten or stuff that has only just been presented to the group.  Once upon a time we were talking about the sense of having a core playlist of stuff we know we can really do well.  No more than about six tunes.  

Somewhere along the line that idea was lost.
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chris
25/11/2014



Good luck everyone tonight maybe after our brawl we can enjoy our performance. Chris.
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Bob Cawson
25/11/2014



As the group "co-ordinator" (designate) (and not a supporter of forums) I have deliberately kept my powder dry as to how the obvious problems and loss of direction could possibly be addressed.  As we are all aware there is a "discussion session" planned for the White Hart Meeting on the 3rd December where the "Way Ahead" from 2015 is to be discussed and agreed.
May I respectfully request that we draw a line under these matters until then.

Unfortunately Christine and I cannot join you this evening but enjoy the event.
See you tomorrow.
Bob
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JeffT
25/11/2014



"Gentlemen, are we in danger of taking ourselves to seriously?"
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David Hall
25/11/2014



Hope this is excepted in the spirit it is given. As current group leader I except total responsibility for yesterday's debacle, total resposibility. Can we therefore stop this unhelpful barrage of recriminations. There have been one or two comments made that are valid ,(ie, the one about assuming we are all singing from the same song sheet,and,about being familiar with the material). As Bob has pointed out we can discuss these and other issues on Dec.3 rd.  Can we now go out and play some songs we know and play well and enjoy ourselves.
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David Hall
26/11/2014



Good morning, just wanted to say a big thank you f or last nights performance, and a special thanks to Robin for the Quilting Bee which ended our gig on  a high note, keep them coming Robin they really do work well. Off now to put my feet up(or have them put up for me). Have a good afternoon session and I look forward to Saturday.
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JeffT
27/11/2014



Hi, do we have a play list for the Troc?
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jacq
27/11/2014



PLAY LIST for the TROC on Saturday 29th 2.30 for 3pm

Happy Band Song
Santa Claus is coming to Town
Travelling Light (in C)
Listen to the Rhythm of the falling rain
Button up your overcoat
Frosty the Snowman (without any thumps)

INTERVAL

Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer
Five foot two Medley
Putting on the Agony
Jingle Bells
We wish you a merry Christmas

Happy Band Song

Amendments are on the play list--thankyou Robin

Have a Happy afternoon

PLAYLIST for U3A Christmas meeting
Any Dream will do
Rocking around the clock
White Christmas

Please bring sheet music to rehearsal next Weds 3rd

For anyone not at the last meeting, there will be a short meeting at the beginning of the session on the 3rd to introduce Bob as new leader of the Ukulele Group

Best regards
Jacq
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Andy Stanton
27/11/2014



The Happy Band at the Patchwork Event.



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Tony Dawes
27/11/2014



Hi Jaq,
I think you meant Rocking around the Christmas Tree and not the clock.
Talk soon
Tony
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robin hardy
27/11/2014



Guys, I am presently almost unconsolable.

I intended to put a quick message up earlier to say the amendments ARE NOT YET on as mentioned above (an automatic email would have been generated if they had been changed), but that they would be shortly.

However, I decided to type out the changes in "Comments" in detail prior to making them, so everyone could at least see and note them, especially those who were not there yesterday.

I made the cardinal sin of not typing it out first, then copying into comments later.

I was just typing the last 2 words when I was timed out and lost it all!

COULD someone please volunteer to type/copy in Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which aren't on yet?

I'll try and rattle through the other changes now.
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robin hardy
27 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Button Up Your Overcoat'
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robin hardy
27/11/2014




Button Up Your Overcoat:

1.  Added a note for the count:

4:4 Key: G    Count in is: 1 2 3 4 1


2.  Added "dee" at end of line (Rhymes with "free" and "spree" above it
- well spotted Tony:

(G)Da di da da da da daaaa (A7)Da di da da daaaaa dee

- suggest we all practice a few times as it's been "wrong" for so long.
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robin hardy
27 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'
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robin hardy
27/11/2014



Re; We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Don't worry, simple change for ease of reading.

Just copied in the text of the chorus lines each time they are sung, rather than you having to glance back up each time.

Done for Tony's benefit, as he likes to see chorus lines as often as possible.
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robin hardy
27 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'
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robin hardy
27/11/2014



OK . . . So nobody volunteered for Rudolph . . .

   . . . that's now on  and fully annotated.

The usual applies, please, please play through and let me know if you think it's OK, or not.

PLEASE NOTE: I am away FOR 12 weeks from 9th December, and the group really needs YOU.

ANYONE willing to have a go at Jingle Bells? - Just the words and chords . . . we'll pick up any colour settings required.

It's not as difficult as you might think, and you won't break anything - promise.

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jacq
27/11/2014



Sorry, sorry sorry
Thanks Tony----it is Rocking around the Christmas tree and NOT the clock

And do you know I was making the list and checking it twice-----Santa Claus won't come to mine NOW!!

Jacq
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robin hardy
27/11/2014



Please note,

Frosty  the Snowman . . .

An elf snuck in under the radar, and tweaked the layout, both of the lines and colour of the bar lines, so it should be easier to read (closer to the traditional layout).

This was felt necessary as the first words of new verses in this song actually fall in the same bar as the previous verse-ending words do. This lead to a strange appearance when you are expecting to see a traditional verse layout.

David H - hope you are ok after Wednesday's feet up - has anyone told Singing for Fun that we are not doing the "Thumpety's" on this, and confirmed that we will start after "(G7)go!" cause I seem to recall they dropped the "Over the Hills of Snow" in the intro to help us at the rehearsal.

Also, do you think we should put the "Thumpety's" back in the song-sheet in a different colour, so we remember they are doing that, and we know when to join in?

At the very least we need to note "No repeat of last Line & no big finish" at U3A Xmas gig.

Please advise.
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Bob Cawson
27 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Jingle Bells'
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robin hardy
27/11/2014



Thanks Bob,

I like the use of colour and the "Don't sing" for the instrumental - It's a lot easier than finding the verse to get the timings.

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JeffT
27 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Jingle Bells'
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JeffT
27/11/2014



Posted  'Jingle Bells' in the Neil Marriott style arrangement, posted the full song, it is a bit long!!
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JeffT
27/11/2014



Sorry Bob worked between posts, please reinstate your version. J
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Bob Cawson
28 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended ''
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Bob Cawson
28 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Jingle Bells Reinstated'
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Andy Stanton
28/11/2014



Just a general note.
If when amending a song you change the title, by adding or detracting from it what you do is create a new song.  We now have Jingle Bells, and Jingle Bells Reinstated.

What do we want?  Do we want both songs, or do we want the reinstated Jingle Bells but with the title of 'Jingle Bells'.  Please let me know rather than try to correct it yourself, as I'm afraid that might create more confusion.  It's likely that I will have to open the source files and edit directly.
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David Hall
28/11/2014




Yes Robin confirmed with Alison that we will NOT be doing the "Thumptey Thump" intro and will come in after the "G7go" Also that we will NOT be repeating the last line but finishing on the "someCday. That make sense? Now onto Jingle Bells I am not sure which version I have just printed but after playing through feel that the instrumental only bit needs to be in between the last two choruses. Try it and see what you feel! Last but not least, Andy your fame is certainly spreading. I have received an e-mail from someone down under, yes Aussie land, asking for access to our website and song list. What say you?  
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Andy Stanton
28/11/2014




Can I make a general request to everybody.  The password on this site is NOT an idiosyncratic whim on my part to make life difficult for people.  This is an interactive site, which means that if hackers can have access to it they can create further applications on this site using our portal.

Please, please, please, please DO NOT SHARE THIS PASSWORD with ANYBODY unless you know that they are a member of the U3A Happy Band.

I'll give you an idea of what happens if you do.  You have a high investment in the security of this site, and you have this friend who respects that.  You trust them and so you share it.

Likewise that friend has a friend they can trust, and all is dandy until it is eventually shared with somebody who has a feeling of credibility that they have access to this site, and celebrates it by posting our password on a public forum.

No matter how flattering it may be to get a request to do so please restrain yourself.  Tell the individual that all our stuff has been sourced from other sites on the internet, and the material is available via their nearest search engine.

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Gordon Eden
28/11/2014




Well said, Andy, The best answer in my opinion.  Anything else and where would it all end?  We will be giving our bank passwords out next!  You have done the work on this site and I don't see why your hard work should be given to anyone else, friend or not - like you say, friend of a friend etc.  Maybe Nigeria next time eh?

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Andy Stanton
28/11/2014




Thanks Gordon,
The issue was not about keeping our stuff to ourselves.  I've no problem about that.  It was about leaving the door wind open for hackers and trolls.
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Andy Stanton
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Dedicated Follower Of Fashion'
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Andy Stanton
29/11/2014




I'm working through the play list doing some house keeping, and finding I am struggling.

Please, if you have comments about any song you are ammending, put them in the body of the text.
Somebody has been making notes in the title, which as I have said before does not amend an existing song it creates a whole new one.

Please try to keep extraneous characters out of the title line.  It causes all sorts of trouble.  Characters to be avoided, brackets of any sort _ - /  

Just try to keep it simple, and if you are amending a song do not alter anything in the title line.

Thank you.
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Andy Stanton
29/11/2014




Right, that's everything sorted.  Every song sheet now starts with the time signature and the key.  Hopefully this will avoid confusion in future.

If anybody adds a song to the playlist could they ensure that it starts with a time signature and key before anything else.
eg:-

3:4  Key: F
4:4  Key: C
6:8  Key: Em
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Andy Stanton
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended ''
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Andy Stanton
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Ain't That A Shame'
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Andy Stanton
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Christmas Island'
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Andy Stanton
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Farewell To Tarwathie'
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robin hardy
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Jingle Bells'
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robin hardy
29/11/2014




Just put the blues back in Jingle Bells - so we know that section is instrumental.

The instrumental in J.B's.b went well today, I thought.
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Andy Stanton
29 / 11 / 2014



...has added or amended 'Leaving On A Jet Plane In C'
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