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We’re back! WOO HOO!

Well, as lovely as my summer was (rock school – running it, not participating in it! – lots of walks, reading about Elvis, listening to new music and the odd half down the pub) it was brilliant to see lots of friendly faces again at The Woolpack for our first session since July.

I was really excited to bring some new songs to the group… I hope you will enjoy them as much as me.

Here is the run down of what we covered last night

SESSION 1 7pm-8pm

I’M ALL SHOOK UP L+C

ALL SHOOK UP TAB

5022508287443 (can’t resist a classic Elvis shot!)

REDEMPTION SONG RUG L+C (OUO)

REET PETITE L+C

SESSION 2 8pm-9pm

JUMPIN JACK FLASH

Jumping Jack Flash TAB OUO

GET LUCKY (OUO)

I have also recorded the following demos to help people practise – i hope you find them useful! 🙂

– Jumpin’ Jack Flash (with vocals)

– Jumpin’ Jack Flash (no vocals)

– Reet Petite (demo)

– Redemption Song

We have lots of exciting things in store for OUO between now and Christmas… I have done a little calendar so you can have a look at the important dates. The most important one for now being OTLEY FOLK FESTIVAL! We will be playing twice on Saturday 21st Sept (5pm at The Woolpack and 7pm at the Rigby Club) hope you can make it! We will be covering the songs at the next two 8pm sessions so please come to the sessions if you would like to play on stage with us!

OUO CALENDAR SEPT-DEC 2013

Until next week my ukulele buddies! happy strumming!

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday!

hello everyone!

was really happy that so many people turned up on a sunny(ish) evening on a bank holiday to play ukulele and sing. it cheered me right up! but that isn’t to say we didn’t put in a bit of effort….with so many events coming up in june – we had some wrk to do!

first things first…

1) download the CALENDAR JUNE 2013 and make sure you have the 3 events and the optional extra rehearsal in your diaries.

2) check out the revised set lists for Tealbeck and York here
JUNE 2013 SET LISTS

then download the amended music for songs on the set lists (yes, i corrected my mistakes!)

BRING ME SUNSHINE

TAKE ON ME REVISED MAY 2013

other songs we looked at over the 2 hour session included…

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD (OUO)

BROWN EYED GIRL (OUO)

DON’T YOU WANT ME chords+lyrics

DON’T YOU WANT ME – tab

LOVE ME TENDER

You Are My Sunshine

QUE SERA SERA

Stand By Me (sibelius tab)

STAND BY ME

PHEW! that was a marathon session!

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but the singing and the strumming sounded incredible so keep practising those chord changes you got stuck on…and if the strumming is difficult just start with a simple down strum (try 4 times on each chord) and hum the tune…then try different strums until you get the feel of the song. the key is to RELAX! especially that right arm.

so moving on to next week….if you are thinking of performing at York (15th June) it would be great if you could attend the 7.30pm session as i would really like to try out our own unique, never-been-done-by-anyone-ever-before version of this song! trust me…i think it will work!

so have a listen – get the riff in your head and we’ll have a go next week….!

also listen to (specifically) the intro to our version of TAKE ON ME so we can really get that sorted…the rest of the song sounded so amazing! i am so excited about playing this one in front of an audience!

until then, happy strumming my friends. and as always please get in touch with queries, questions or if you would like to arrange a one-to-one lesson…

jen

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sunshine, raindrops and a brown eyed girl

yep that’s right! it was such a jam-packed evening at the woolpack tonight. it was great to see so many people playing the ukulele and having so much fun on a monday…it really does set you up for the rest of the week!

we have been turning our attention to the up and coming gigs next month (10th June – tealbeck residential home, 15th June – York Ukulele Festival and 23rd June – Otley Walking festival)

i love getting suggestions from the players on a monday night…and it means that our repertoire is getting more varied and more cool by the song!

have a look at the proposed set lists here… (please note they are subject to change!)

OUO JUNE 2013 SET LISTS

so onto the songs we did this evening….hold onto your ukes….there were quite a few!

6.30pm – 7.30pm

BROWN EYED GIRL TAB (OUO)

TWIST AND SHOUT (OUO)

TWIST AND SHOUT TAB (OUO)

EVERYDAY OUO

Everyday Tab

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin Lead

in the second session we covered some of the songs we will be performing over the next few gigs…

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD (OUO)

and because you know i love a good old cheesy photo….

raindrops_keep_falling_on_my_head

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

take on me

TAKE ON ME L+C

have a listen to the demo so you know how the intro goes – we’ll look at this over the next couple of weeks

BRING ME SUNSHINE

well that has cheered me right up! i can’t wait for more mondays together and all the cool gigs coming up. oh, and we will be meeting next monday if you’re around on bank holiday!

😉

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From Twist and Shout to Take On Me (and a few others in between!)

Hello ukulele lovelies!

We sure have had a busy couple of days…

On Sunday 28th April, we played under the Butercross in Otley’s Market Square, as part of the Family Fun Day and Farmers Market. We were delighted that so many people stayed and watched us play – we even got asked for an encore! We loved playing – despite it being cold and windy… thank goodness we remembered the pegs for our music. Thank you to all of you who came to play… and those of you who stayed to watch!

Last night at the first session we had a bit of a rock n rolling time (no surprises there then!) I just love rock n roll as it is so much fun to play and suits all abilities as you can stay on the chords or work on some of the tab parts! We started working on

TWIST AND SHOUT TAB (OUO)

TWIST AND SHOUT (OUO)

which sounded great!

We also looked at

JOHNNY B GOODE

JOHNNY B GOODE TAB (ouo)

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay

EVERYDAY OUO

Everyday Tab

COUNTRY ROADS

Blowin’ In the Wind

Then in the second session – we started work on this 80s classic

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if you have never seen the video for this song….you have to do so NOW! it really is awesome!

take on me

TAKE ON ME L+C

and i was super impressed at how fast people picked up the chords, strumming and the tab part!

here is a demo of the song i recorded so you can get a sense of how it will sound

GIGS!

remember these dates for your diaries…

mon 10th June – TEAL BECK

sat 15th June – YORK UKULELE FESTIVAL! (details to follow soon)

sun 23rd June – Otley Walking Festival follow the Ukes (we’ll be playing in 3 different pubs over the course of a couple of hours – how much fun will that be?!)

sat 13th july – Kirkstall Festival

fri 19th july – Korks Wine Bar (with Otley A Cappella)

Sun 28th July – Otley Farmers Market/ Food Festival

I think that’s loads of really cool gigs coming up – each one an opportunity to show the world how much fun we have!! 😉 summer is a busy time for any gigging group…i have tried to select the gigs i think we will enjoy the most. i hope you will be able to play at some (or all!) of them…and then we’ll have a well deserved break from gigs.

Will be forwarding York details soon so please check you diaries and see if you can make it

Jen
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Happy Spring Everyone!

it was great to be back after our 2 week break, i have really missed our monday night sessions so was glad to be reunited with my ukulele buddies! the woolpack all-stars gig was a great success so thank you everyone who played or supported us. There are DVDs available of the evening for £5 – email info@bighooha.co.uk for more details. we have definitely progressed as a group since our last gig so all that hard work really paid off!

so last night we had an action packed 2 hours with some new songs and we worked on more finger-picking too.

In the first session we covered:

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – NEW!

Everyday Tab EVERYDAY OUO – NEW!

JOHNNY B GOODE – NEW! (lead part to come!)

COUNTRY ROADS

UMBRELLA

In the second session we looked at:

LONDON CALLING tab LONDON CALLING L+C – NEW!

Sunshine of Your Love (lyrics and chords) Sunshine of Your Love tab

DELILAH Delilah TAB

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Why this song?? well – i like to respond to requests as much as i can and the beauty of our group is that musical taste is so wide and varied. i have discovered so much music since starting the OUO than i ever would have. i am really grateful for it and i know there is so much more to find out about yet!

I also thought this could work well in our own style so thought about a fingerpicking verse contrasted with a heavier chorus. anyway – have a listen to the MP3 demo i have done and play along using the sheet music. fingerpicking is a great skill to master and we know it can work well in a performance setting so keep at it!

LONDON CALLING MP3

 

GIG ALERT!

keep Sunday 28th April free (11am-11.30am) as we will be performing under the Buttercross in Otley whilst the farmers market is on. it’s a family fun day so should be a good one (hope it really is spring by then!)

ta ra for now!

x

 

 

 

 

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From Rihanna to The Beatles in one hour!

We had a lovely session once again last night and the new songs are really taking shape. It’s great to see people coming back who are new to playing the ukulele and enjoying being part of the group. Keep practising the chords and the strumming and don’t worry if you don’t get things straight away….it’s all about the practise (but mainly about having some fun)!

We looked at these songs last night in the first session

UMBRELLA

BARBARA ANN

FOXY LADY

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On

FROM ME TO YOU

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN

And in the second session we looked at the songs we will be performing on the 25th March at the Woolpack All Stars Showcase!

WOOLPACK ALL STARS GIG FLYER copy

Here is the set list for the gig

WOOLPACK ALL STARS SHOWCASE mar13!

we’re really excited to be playing at the Courthouse again…I hope you will be able to come and see us play if you’re not strumming along with us!

ta ra for now x

 

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“we’re going to play this one a little bit faster….” “ooo eck!”

that has to be the quote of the evening….and is still making me chuckle the next morning!

i really put the OUO through their paces last night with 3 new songs and some fast-paced strumming! but what an amazing session? it  was a record breaking orchestra and as always an incredible way to start the working week.

here’s what we did

session 1 6:30pm-7:30pm

LA BAMBA chords and lyrics  LA BAMBA – tab

Blowin’ In the Wind

FOXY LADY

BARBARA ANN   BARBARA ANN TAB – new song!

UMBRELLA – new song! – tutorial to follow…

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session 2 7:30pm-8:30pm

ROLLING IN THE DEEP OUO – new song! tutorial to follow….

Sunshine of Your Love (lyrics and chords) Sunshine of Your Love tab

DELILAH Delilah TAB

DON’T YOU WANT ME chords+lyrics DON’T YOU WANT ME – tab

 

so it was fun filled and fast paced once again!

 

we also discussed the up and coming gig dates (check “GIGS” tab). I would really like everyone to wear a OUO t-shirt when we play our gigs so if you have the intention of playing with us at any of the gigs between now and the summer, please bring a blue (any blue) t-shirt/top to session and i will get it logoed for you. it costs about £8.

next week i will have the set list ready for our gig on 25.03.13.

just a reminder i also do private tuition that might be helpful for those of you who are new to the ukulele….in one or two sessions we can cover the basics and get you playing with confidence in no time. email me to book a lesson (up to 3 people) or for more info

ta ra for now!

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