Yay a parcell!!!!

The long awaited parcel from Amazon has finally arrived!!!  Have been waiting for weeks for this to come.  So excited!!

I ordered some uke books for our group with the payment we received for playing at a wedding.  I can’t wait to give them out to the participating members and have a try at some of the songs.  Should make for a good time.

I also purchased a couple of duet books – piano and uke and guitar and uke.  I’m really looking forward to trying these. 

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Have a few performances lined up in the next month so better keep busy.  We are playing at a Guides campfire which should be fun.  Nothing like sitting round a campfire roasting marshmellows and singing – the uke will be a bonus!  Also on the list is an afternoon at the local pre-school.  Good times!

And new music thrown in as well.  Couldn’t be better 🙂

Ukin’ up a storm!

Well, ukulele group was on Sunday afternoon and what a beautiful afternoon it was!  Only a few people were to make it but we had a really good jam session.  There is nothing like getting together with fellow ukers and having a strum.

We have a busy 6 weeks ahead of us with a number of performances including the pre-school, a community variety concert, a 60th birthday and the Dorrigo Bluegrass Festival.  Should all be good fun.

So we are working on some bluegrass music as well as some kiddy songs and just some old favourites.  I’m keen to try Bruno Mars ‘Count on Me’.  I know probably everyone who plays uke has done this song but I haven’t yet.  It’s definitely on my list so hopefully soon!!

Creedence Clearwater’s songs are definitely among my faves on uke.  They are so much fun.  Supercalifragilistic is keeping us occupied at the moment.  A few tricky chords that are playing with our head.

So much I want to do and so not enough hours!!!  Keep strumming 🙂

Music makes my world go round!!

I cannot imagine a world without music.  Nature sings it’s songs and I love to sit and listen to the water run over the rocks, the wind blowing through the trees, the animals and the birds making noise and all the other sounds that come with living on a farm.

I love my ipod and having music at my fingertips whenever I want it.  I love playing my own music – piano or guitar, autoharp or mucking around on a North American flute but my favourite is my ukulele.  You just can’t be sad playing a ukulele.

I’m working on Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Who would have thought it was so tricky!!!!  Quick chord changes (I had forgotten how fast the song was) and tricky chords makes for a great challenge.  Quite a surprise as I thought it would be really easy.  I have no idea why I thought that but I did.  Also working on some folk music.  Wildwood Flower is the latest.  Trying to get the riff worked and the strumming pattern synced.  Should be good when together.  Still needs a bit of work.

Music is therapy for me.  On days when I’m battling a low I find music helps to give me a lift.  This is my serenity, my sanity.  Once I start strumming and singing my spirit soars and I am in another world.  I love it.  My lounge room floor ends up covered in music and instruments and I am at peace.  Peace in the middle of chaos 🙂

If you haven’t tried it, give the ukulele a try.  It’s often underestimated.  It’s not just a toy to be given to children.  It’s a lot of fun and a source of enjoyment for all ages whether you are on your own or with some friends.

The mighty ukulele 🙂

 

 

Gypsy

One of my favourite pastimes is playing the ukulele.  I cannot believe how much fun it is!!  I started playing in January last year and haven’t looked back.  You just cannot be sad when you are playing it!!

I started playing with a friend and then we talked another friend into starting and now we have a group from primary children to adults.  Such fun to be had!!!

We meet twice a month.  We have performed at the Dorrigo Bluegrass Festival and the Show and even at a wedding!  I now teach it along with piano and guitar.

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This is Gypsy.  My soprano uke.  I also have a concert and a tenor and a couple of novelty ukuleles.  I think it is now becoming an obsession!!  I just can’t get enough.

We are going to Camp Creative again next January as we did this year to join others who are similarly captured by this small instrument.  Good times 🙂

It may be a small instrument but it has a big heart!!