I get asked often if the group has died and have we stopped playing live or even meeting in a pub.
The rumours about our demise are untrue. We meet once a week either a Monday or Wednesday and we have been playing live throughout the summer of 2022. We have, (at the most), over 20 players and regularly get 12 players for a night of tunes and ukulele chat.
To get used to playing live, we have been playing un-advertised/ un-authorised gigs in parks around Hull where there is a bandstand, (East Park, Pearson Park, Pickering Park), along with Ella Street Festival. We were even asked to play a party for a lady’s 70th birthday with a 60’s /70’s theme.
In keeping with the tradition of organisers getting the name wrong, at Ella Street Festival, we were advertised in advance, on chalk board timetables and over the speaker system on the day as “Hug Ukulele Group”. Me saying “Hull Ukulele Group – spells H.U.G.” seems to have been misinterpreted.
Playing live without advertising/ permission means that the only people who saw us were passing park users – typically dog walkers, child herders and bench regulars.
So, we’re not dead, we just don’t advertise our existence that much. 🙂 – John
We meet every two weeks on a Monday and the following week we meet on the Wednesday. This odd Mon/ Wed arrangement is due to the pub only being able to arrange us with other groups that use the room on a Monday. It’s seem so to work well for people who can’t make a particular (or regular) Monday or Wednesday.
In the past we have avoided Bank Holidays, but with the lockdown crippling us, I don’t care anymore. A night having fun with a uke and friendly folk is great on a Bank Holiday and a “normal week day”!
Check the Calendar link at the top of this page for details of the practise night and when we play in public
Mondays tend to be social, where we relax a bit and try new songs. Wednesdays, we tend to concentrate on a set list for gigs and go over songs and how to lay them and break them down.
I hope to see you one night. We are a friendly bunch. It’s not too formal and we don’t take ourselves seriously.
I have been meaning to do a video explaining the Fratellis “Whistle for the Choir”, but haven’t gotten around to it. It looks very difficult and it’s really not. They have daft chords in there that once explained, make perfect sense.
Whistle for the Choir – let’s see if I can explain it (Don’t worry – it’s not hard) Forget the Dbm that has dark circles – play the one with white circles. Dbm – press your first finger between the 3rd and 4th fret of the CEA string (the bottom three strings as you hold the uke). REST the tip of your finger on G string (The top one as you hold your uke). This mutes the top string. m444
Then to move to the E6 – simply move your finger across all 4 strings. 4444
E6 to Eb6 to D6 are all done by strumming once and move the finger that is “barring” the strings one fret down with each strum. 4444>3333>2222
The strumming pattern is
A – DDUDDUDDUDUDUD Dbm – DDUDDUD E6 – D Eb6 – D D6 – DDUDDUD-DD E7 – DDUDDUDDUDUDU
(To be honest I tried a few strumming patterns that worked).
Hello lovely peoples. Next meeting is tomorrow night. 10th January 7:30pm to 10pm at The Highway on Willoughby Road HU5 5LH-
I didn’t want an update from me getting lost in all those “Happy New Year” messages last week, so I’m posting this here and now.
I’ve been ask if we accept complete beginners by a couple of people. We love new people. They add richness to the group and suggestions and talent.
If you just got a uke for Christmas and don’t know what end to blow into, please come along and we can help. We’ll show you the basics and give you the encouragement that you need to bring out the player within. We are a harmless bunch of enthusiasts and we would love to meet you.
For your diaries and so you don’t have to ask : here are the dates for the year: 10/01/2022 24/01/2022 07/02/2022 21/02/2022 07/03/2022 21/03/2022 04/04/2022 18/04/2022 – Easter Monday 02/05/2022 – Early May Bank Holiday 16/05/2022 30/05/2022 13/06/2022 27/06/2022 11/07/2022 25/07/2022 08/08/2022 22/08/2022 05/09/2022 19/09/2022 03/10/2022 17/10/2022 31/10/2022 14/11/2022 28/11/2022 12/12/2022 As you can see there are a couple of Bank Holidays that crash – we’ll have to decide what to do on those dates.
So I’ll see you tomorrow night and we can have the first strum of the year.
Firstly I’d like to apologise for being missing at the last meeting. I’m really sorry.
My daughter has had covid and was too young for vaccinations. She tested positive, (two lateral flow test and a PCR), the week before the last meeting. I spent a lot of time with her, (as she coughed every 5 seconds), and although I am fully vaccinated I had a bit of a cough and felt like I had a mild cold.
I decided, therefore, to not risk passing this onto other people. I would have felt awful if a single person got ill after a night ukulele playing. My daughter has now passed several lateral flow test and returned to school a week ago.
This Monday will be a mixture of old tunes that we are familiar with and a few new/ old classics that I’ll bring along on the night. I’m looking forward to it.