Monthly Archives: February 2014

Because we’re HAPPY!

Here’s the video we recorded at last week’s session (THANK YOU JOHN!)

You guys ROCK!

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17th February 2014

We had a lovely strum last night and it was great to have a sing with you all too.

We started the evening off with some cheery and sunny songs… which seems to have worked because it is a glorious day today! 🙂

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SLOOP JOHN B

And then we continued to work on these songs… have a listen to the demos so you can get familiar with the song lay out and why not try out the tab if you’re feeling adventurous?!

PRETTY WOMAN L+C

PRETTY WOMAN – TAB

Pretty Woman Demo

RING OF FIRE

RING OF FIRE tab

Ring Of Fire Demo

Then we very briefly revisited this song – we will have another look at this next week…

SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

Then in the second session we continued to look at

HAPPY

Happy with vocals

Happy without vocals

and

IT MUST BE LOVE

IT MUST BE LOVE instrumental

IT MUST BE LOVE Tab 1

It Must be Love Demo

Well – that has given you plenty to be going on with!!! Happy Practising you crazy cats!

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10th February 2014

Alright everyone?!

Well – Monday eve was (I think) a record breaker – there were 45 of us strumming in the first session! and it sounded fantastic. I particularly love seeing new players strumming alongside those who have been coming for months (nearly years!). It is such a lovely atmosphere at The Woolpack on a Monday eve and always starts my week off with a bang.

Here is what we did…

THREE LITTLE BIRDS jan14

and then we started looking at this new song… the chords are straightforward but the rhythm can be tricky, especially if you do not know the song too well. Johnny sneaks in a few bars of 2/4 time in amongst the 4/4 time – but listen to the demo and follow the music – you will notice a pattern when the 2/4 bars occur, which is more obvious if you listen to what the singing is doing. the tab sounded awesome too!

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RING OF FIRE

RING OF FIRE tab

Ring of Fire Demo

Then we carried on with

PRETTY WOMAN L+C

PRETTY WOMAN – TAB

Pretty Woman Demo

Then in the second hour we focussed on

HAPPY

Happy with vocals Demo

Happy without vocals Demo – this will help you get those chords sounding great. Remember to keep little finger in place!

IT MUST BE LOVE

IT MUST BE LOVE instrumental

IT MUST BE LOVE Tab 1

It Must Be Love Demo

Remember to keep a track on the gigs page for up and coming dates for your diary – I’m really excited that we are already getting some great events booked in for spring and summer. It’s going to be a great year – and soon all this grey weather will be a distant memory!

See you Monday!
🙂

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3rd February 2014 HAPPY!

Well we had an action packed few days this past weekend! Our gig at Cafe Lux raising money for The Haven Breast Cancer Support charity on Friday was fantastic. There was a great turn out and over £500 was raised. Lesley and Jill did a fantastic job of organising the event and I was so pleased that the OUO could provide the entertainment.

Last night we played for our friends at Tealbeck and I was overwhelmed with the amount of OUO members who came along. We have been asked back again and the feedback from the staff was very complimentary!

So we went back to The Woolpack for a session last night and looked at 2 new songs!

PRETTY WOMAN L+C

PRETTY WOMAN – TAB

Pretty Woman demo

and

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HAPPY

Happy with singing

Happy chords only – recorded slightly slower so you can practise along.

Happy is in the same key as Pharrell’s version so you can play along with his record. It’s a great song – don’t be put off by the chords – remember the little finger trick – it stays on the 3rd fret on the A string throughout the chorus… it will really speed up the chord changes.

See you soon you stunning strummers

🙂

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