View Full Version : I went to my first "ukulele circle" today...

03-23-2011, 06:42 PM
It was better than I expected, but at the same time, not quite all it could have been.

If you'd like to read more, here's a link to my blog about it (http://www.friendburst.com/blog/25306/live-yellow-submawhat-ask/).

Ronnie Aloha
03-23-2011, 07:56 PM

There are various theories on these uke groups. Sometimes there is no room for "self-expression" if the leader wants a precision military band. Other groups just go out to have fun. If you're lucky, you'll find one that balances your needs.

03-23-2011, 08:22 PM
Ha! That was great! I thought he was going to complain too.....good for you!

03-24-2011, 03:13 AM
YIKES...I'm off to a new uke circle on Sunday...now I'm scared

03-24-2011, 03:30 AM
haha funny Joko! Funny to me as I am in my 70"s and fit my profile so closely, even the silver hair. I so wish I had a ukulele circle (group) in my area. The leader sounds a bit crusty, but who knows, he might challenge the group to new heights. Sounds like loads of fun to me. Keep going!! Lozark

03-24-2011, 03:36 AM
Wow! I'll look for you on TV!!!

Sometimes I think our jam is a little too laid back...sometimes we only play a handful of songs and just chat most of the time...but I'm glad no one yells at us when we mess a song up.

03-24-2011, 03:49 AM
Of course there's "sort of" to reading music! My sight-reading skills are.. I dunno... reliable. I've been doing it since 3rd grade so I trust myself, but I make mistakes and haven't done anything professional in years.

But I can't do it on a uke because I haven't done my scales like a good girl. So yeah, that's sort-of. I can read the notes on the page and tell him what to do with them though. What is HIS experience that makes him the conductor? Any degree in music at all, any extensive professional experience.... No? Then he can back the hell off then. But then a professional would have already done just that.

So he says that you're supposed to follow strictly what's on the page. Ok, then let's think about that. These songs are often rewritten by arrangers. Some are better than others. Usually in these easy type arrangements, it's not exactly true to the song as your ear remembers it. But ya know that sheet music is the most handy for _changing_ the music. You see what's on the page, and you hear everyone wants to play it a different way and you see yourself that it sounds better, and so everyone picks up a pencil and marks that bit to reflect the change.

Then when you're playing it again, everyone does it the same way because they all brought their pencils and all wrote it down. :) I mean come on! Most conductors would yell about not having the pencil more than anything else!

What happens when this guy comes across a cadenza? Will his head just explode?