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David McKenny
03/09/2014



I am afraid I have been out of touch for a week or two, some might say longer! What is the date of the next meeting of the uke group at the White Hart please.  Regards David
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Tony Dawes
03/09/2014



Hi can someone please remind me are we practicing today and when is the next gig.
I think that I am 'out of touch' like David, must be an age thing!
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Irene
03/09/2014



Morning, sorry I will not be able to come to practice today.
Irene
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DavidN
03/09/2014



I have been away but I am going to turn up in about an hour. Hope I'm not going to be too lonely.
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JeffT
03/09/2014



I am in Whitby so won't be with you any time soon (but I have a uke with me)
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jackie wilson
06/09/2014



Hello everybody. I'm sorry but I'm not a computer buff by ANY stretch of ANYONE'S imagination. My daughter has logged in for me. I need help please with the War medley, I have got the songs you have listed Andy thank you, but I cant find a "War Medley"!!!! Can anyone help me please. Thank you. See you Wednesday Jackie.
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JeffT
06/09/2014



Hi Jackie, try looking for Singalong Medley Of Wartime Favourites
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Gordon Eden
06/09/2014



Hi Folks,
You may know that I am a member of the recently formed Lincoln Ukulele Group and at our last meeting there one of the subjects was "How to change your Uke strings"  I know that this is available on You Tube and is quite simple to do so I changed my strings for the first time today after 2 1/2 years.  What a difference!  I will certainly be changing them more often in the future.  I gave the uke a clean up at the same time, it looks better than it did when new!  I was contemplating buying a new uke but there is no need now.  (Not for a while anyway!!)
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jackie wilson
06/09/2014



Jeff, you're a star. Got it. Thank you very much.
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Andy Stanton
07/09/2014



Thanks Gordon,

Here's the clip for those who would like to see it:-



Clearly, if you have a left handed ukulele who reverse everything.
Click to ENLARGE video clip

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Andy Stanton
07/09/2014



Hi Everyone,

I've put together a First World War medley which we might want to look at on Wednesday.  They are all simple songs we have looked at before (with the exception of 'Bombed Last Night'), but they selected to tell a story.

I Don't Want To Be A soldier - In anticipation of War.
Pack Up Your Troubles - An recognition to the fact War has to be endured.
Never Mind - The Tommy's experience of War
One Staff Officer etc. - A dig at General Staff!
Bombed Last Night - Tommy's experience again and finally
When this Lousy War is Over - Looking forward to peace.

It's all in the key of C.
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David Hall
08/09/2014



Hello everyone, it is good to be back though I am still finding walking in a straight line  difficult. Anyhow I hope you are all well and for those of you not sure we meet this Wednesday(10th) usual time and place. Can I ask that we continue to practice the songs I posted to you on the 19th August(the ones we agreed to perform at the White Hart)we can also look at the First  World War Medley Andy posted yesterday.
Again a reminder of our future rehearsal dates: September:10th & 24th. October;8th & 22nd. November: 5th & 19th. December; 3rd & 17th. See you Wednesday.
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David N
08/09/2014



Question for Andy and anyone else who may be suffering with:
On my play list on the screen quite a number of tunes have a little c contained in a circle, (both in red) and when I click on them I cannot open them. I still have a number of other tunes that I can get into and these are still underlined and no little red coloured c. Is it my computer going haywire or is anyone else affected. (Could it be a copyright thing?..............
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JeffT
08/09/2014



Can I refer you to Andy's comment of 09/08/2014.
Basically, if you log in you can get to anything including songs that are still under copyright

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Andy Stanton
08/09/2014



Answer from Andy!

The issue of copyright was dealt with last month (check by clicking on "Last Month's Comments" on the top of this page and checking around 9th August).  To access the songs that are still in copyright you have to log on.

Depending on how your Internet Service Provider connects you to the internet you may or may not have to log on every time you go to the website.  I'm lucky as my Internet Provider assigns me the same Internet Provider Address every time, so unless I logged off at the end of the last session I am automatically logged on at the beginning of each session.

The reason why you have to log on is that we can copy copyright material for the purpose of private study.  We are an educational concern, and access to the site is limited to members of the group.  The reason why this is important is that individuals have their web pages closed on them for breaches of copyright.

Simple as that!  If you want to view copyright material then log on.  It tells you at the top of the menu whether of nor you are logged on.  If it says 'LOG ON' then you are not logged on and you need to log on to read the material.  If it says 'LOG OFF' then you are logged on and you should be able to read everything.

Andy
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Andy Stanton
09/09/2014



Just to make life easier for you all I've included a clear signal as to whether of not you are logged in.  

If you have a large GREEN square at the top of the menu (left hand side) you are logged in which gives you access to the forum, the ability to load and amend songs and access to all material irrespective of copyright.

If you have a large RED square you are NOT logged in and you only have access to material that is out of copyright!

I think that should have sorted things out.

"Remember, just when you think you've made it fool proof just how ingenious fools are!"
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David N
09/09/2014



I have that green box - yipee!.
Andy/JeffT - I think the question of the red c in a red circle may be sorted....I am aware of copyright >cause of playing guitar but I never had the copyright symbols before. Everything came over peculiar. Think I>m sorted now.(green box eh, or was it the red box? Port or starboard and other mind boggling questions....You choose!
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David Hall
10/09/2014



As promised here is my revised(cough, cough) list for tomorrows performance at the White Hart. 1: The Happy Band Song. 2:Sailing along on Moonlight Bay. 3:Shine on Harvest Moon. 4:When your're Smiling. 5: Yes Sir that's my Baby Now. 6: You are my Sunshine. 7: Button up your Overcoat. 8: leaning on a Lamp Post. 9:The War Time Medley we did today. Finishing with: Tiptoe Through The Tulips. We should be playing around 3.30pm.I will be there earlier to arrange our corner. Be Happy!  PS. I will bring a few spare copies of all the songs along with me.
David.H.
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Andy Stanton
10/09/2014



I thought we agreed to do "When this lousy war is over" rather than the War Time Medley

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David Hall
10/09/2014



You are correct Andy, I did wonder how long it would be before someone spotted the deliberate mistake.(Really I am still not thinking straight but I did mean the Lousy War one, honest.
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David McKenny
11/09/2014



Well done everybody at the Help for Heroes do, I think it went down well with the audience.  My wife said it was good and she never has a good word to say about my "musical efforts" normally!

I enjoyed it and I hope you all did.  David
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David Hall
11/09/2014



Thank you David for the above comments. I would like to echo his words and likewise thank each and everyone of you for your efforts this afternoon. It was a solid performance and was well appreciated by our audience. I did speak to some of the audience,the "Song Birds"  leader and Carol the landlady and all thought how well it had gone down, so much so there is already talk of us doing a Christmas gig along the same lines, and why not?  
I also enjoyed the afternoon and can't wait for the next time.
Again many thanks David.H.
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jacq
12/09/2014



In and out ---
Great to hear of your success at The White Hart --- sorry not to have been there!x
Promise have been practising !!

U3A would love us to  be involved in their Christmas Meeting on Thursday 11th December
Recorders and Singing Groups will also be involved
Perhaps we could research alternative Christmas stuff to the norm ?
Perhaps with lots of percussion?

Jacq
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JeffT
13/09/2014



There is an interesting article "HOW TO LEAD A GREAT UKULELE JAM" By Jim D'Ville
you will have to Google it as  can't post the web address.
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Andy Stanton
14/09/2014



No, but I can:-
www.ukuleleyes.com/issues/vol10/no4/feature.htm

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Andy Stanton
14/09/2014



It's an interesting article with some sound advice. e.g. start simple (2 chords) and only develop when you have built confidence.  Learn the song and discard the song sheets (I'm glad that advice is coming from somewhere else).

I'm not sure about his system for calling chords by numbers (particularly roman numbers).  I'd suggest that it only overlays another level of complication.

However, on the whole, much of the advice is sound.
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JeffT
14/09/2014



The Third Thursday ukulele group is meeting again!!
The September meeting is on the 18th, 19:30 as usual at the White Hart
As you may have gathered this is not a closed group and new members / visitors are always welcome.
If I have missed you from the direct mailing list and you would like to be added please let me have your email address.
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Andy Stanton
15/09/2014



Apologies folks,

I'm not going to be there to run the beginners' group on Wednesday.  I have to attend a funeral.
Please feel free to go ahead without me.

Andy
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David Hall
17/09/2014



Working late tonight so I thought a reminder was in order that we have a gig coming up on the 26th of this month for the Chauntry Group. VENUE: The Palace Theatre.(In the bar area) TIME: 1pm. playing roughly two twenty minute sessions with a break for refreshments. Provisional song list to include (1) Happy Band Song. (2)Shine on Harvest Moon.(3)Yes sir that's my Baby.(4) Travelling Light.(5)Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain.(6)Putting on the Agony. BREAK HERE. (7)Has Anybody seen my Gal.(8)Button up your Overcoat.(9)Bye Bye Blackbird (10)Things. (11)I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf clover. (12) Bye Bye Love. We can change ,re-arrange or whatever when we meet next Wednesday 24th.  Other items for discussion: our shirts, Christmas monthly meeting, Gig for 8th November. See you next week.
David.H.
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Andy Stanton
18/09/2014



I post this as a caution rather than something to emulate.
There's always the danger with ukuleles that somewhere in our uncritical appreciation of what few merits they have we lose the plot completely.

Here is the proof of my assertion:-


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Paul Reed
18/09/2014



The words that come to mind are some that were in the lyrics ( never be the same again )
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Tony Dawes
18/09/2014



A TRIUMPH of confidence over musical ability !
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Andy Stanton
18/09/2014



Indeed, and that is very much the point I wanted to make!
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David Hall
22/09/2014



Just a quick reminder that we meet this Wednesday. Unfortunately there will be no tech wizard with us so I would ask that you bring the song list I posted last week to rehearse for our Chauntry gig.(plus one or two if you feel we need to change any material.
David.H.
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David Hall
24/09/2014



As promised here is the slightly revised song list from this afternoon's rehearsal.
(1) Happy Band Song. (2) Shine on Harvest Moon. (3) Yes Sir that's my Baby. (4) Travelling light.(5) Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain.(6) Has Anybody Seen My Gal.  I think we should break here then begin the second session with. (7) Button Up Your Overcoat. (8) Bye Bye Blackbird. (9) Things. (10) I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover. (11) Bye Bye Love.
  We will keep Putting On the Agony as a fill-in if necessary but i think the above should be enough. See you all on Friday 12.30 in the bar area of the Palace.
 
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Andy Stanton
26/09/2014



Best of luck to everybody today.  I won't be able to make it myself.  I'm meeting the lad off the train and then taking him for a slap up treat at Mrs Miggin's Pie Shoppe.
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David Hall
26/09/2014



Now wasn't that something! Despite the odd hiccup we again proved we can entertain an audience and have fun ourselves. We need more practice on our starts and finishes but overall we can be proud of our performances. Thank you one and all.
P.S. I think a similar programme would also suit our next outing on the 8th November when we play for the Guide Dogs Assc. at Claypole Village Hall. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this one(Eldest son's 50th birthday party) but will be sending positive thoughts your way. See you at our next rehearsal.
David, H.  
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Gordon Eden
26/09/2014



I have found from being with other groups, and felt that it was obvious today particularly in the second part of the performance that by being too wide (2 long rows of players) it is harder to keep together.  I suggest that in future we try to set up in three rows (I know that it works) that way there is much less of a problem keeping together.
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JeffT
27/09/2014



I have added a verse to Shine on Harvest Moon for your approval. It seems to me that just singing the chorus twice is a bit weak. It can be removed if consensus is against. (I won't be offended) (Andy can you have a look at the chords if you have time)
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David McKenny
27/09/2014



I agree with Gordon, as well as practicing starts etc perhaps we need to experiment with different seating arrangements to decide which best help us keep together.  However very good and enjoyable performance at the Palace. Not every band has played there. Well done everyone.
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Andy Stanton
29/09/2014



Hi everybody.  The Corndodgers are having one of our public rehearsals at the Fox and Crown tonight at 8pm.  All are welcome.



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Andy Stanton
30/09/2014



There will be a meeting of the beginners group tomorrow 2pm at the Old White Hart.

The term 'beginners' is beginning to become a bit of a misnomer.  What we find we're tending to do is to concentrate on the technical aspects of playing the ukulele, rather than just playing songs.  We have discussions on techniques which we try out.

Last time we discussed scales, and how you can play different scales by using the same progression, but by starting a different places on the fret board.  I intend to develop this further on Wednesday.
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