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UkeyDave
11-07-2013, 11:52 PM
Hi Folks,
This year will be my first time taking my Uke along to a family get together at Christmas.
My question is this:
What do you play at these family/friends get togethers that get people joining in the singing.
I'd be interested to gather some more ideas and hear what UU underground members have most fun playing at get togethers.

UkeyDave
11-08-2013, 04:00 AM
Hi Folks,
This year will be my first time taking my Uke along to a family get together at Christmas.
My question is this:
What do you play at these family/friends get togethers that get people joining in the singing.
I'd be interested to gather some more ideas and hear what UU underground members have most fun playing at get togethers.

Mmmm ok - it seems like no one plays Uke at family gatherings. Oh well, thought it worth a try. :deadhorse:

strumsilly
11-08-2013, 04:17 AM
I have a few sheets of my favorite Christmas carols with words and chords that I pass out. most people will sing if they have the words in front of them and it's a familiar tune.

Olarte
11-08-2013, 04:34 AM
Usually I play classical guitar which puts everyone to sleep.

This year I will be bringing a few Ukes and my new Ubass (on the way)

Tunes to play, songs that everyone knows..

Hotel California,
Those were the days my friend
What's up? (from 4 non blondes)
Dust in the Wind
Fly me to the moon
Crazy
Lots of xmas carols...

orangeena
11-08-2013, 05:32 AM
My mates and I have a gathering before Xmas each year that involves ONLY Christmas songs. You can find most of your favourites for uke by googling, and then there are uke groups that publish books of tunes including Christmas ones. Also the ukulele hunt has some (http://ukulelehunt.com/2009/11/30/christmas-ukulele-tabs-and-chords/)

Enjoy

kohanmike
11-08-2013, 05:32 AM
Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Twelve Days of Christmas, Deck the Halls, Sleigh Ride, Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bell Rock, Joy to the World, Silent Night.

Mandalyn
11-08-2013, 07:11 AM
I bring my uke to every family gatherings and so does my 13 year old cousin. We don't play for them though. We find a place to sneak off to and jam together.

I work with pre-k and school aged kids at work. Up On the Housetop, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph are the three most popular songs with them.

UkeyDave
11-08-2013, 08:55 AM
Thanks folks for some wonderful suggestions and advice. I love the help you get on this site. Thanks again.

ricdoug
11-08-2013, 03:47 PM
Here are some Christmas song links from Ukulele Tonya's blog:

http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2011/11/christmas-times-a-comin-revisited

http://www.ukeland.com/pages/media/music/UkuleleChristmasSongBook.pdf

http://bettylou.zzruss.com/xmas.htm

http://www.tufts.edu/~gdallal/ChristmasCarols.pdf

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/xmas/

http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vanukes/files/ChristmasSongbookVUCDec2004.pdf

http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2010-11-08/xllqIFlbqowmmslkFAFzhtxkGylAqeBpyethxeqBsytDvFfmci sbGssmjGvB/4thPegHolidaySongbook.pdf

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html

http://www.scorpexuke.com/ukulele-songs.html

UkeyDave
11-11-2013, 04:25 AM
Here are some Christmas song links from Ukulele Tonya's blog:

http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2011/11/christmas-times-a-comin-revisited

http://www.ukeland.com/pages/media/music/UkuleleChristmasSongBook.pdf

http://bettylou.zzruss.com/xmas.htm

http://www.tufts.edu/~gdallal/ChristmasCarols.pdf

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/xmas/

http://www.vcn.bc.ca/vanukes/files/ChristmasSongbookVUCDec2004.pdf

http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2010-11-08/xllqIFlbqowmmslkFAFzhtxkGylAqeBpyethxeqBsytDvFfmci sbGssmjGvB/4thPegHolidaySongbook.pdf

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html

http://www.scorpexuke.com/ukulele-songs.html

Thank you so much. This is great.

drmosser
11-11-2013, 05:56 AM
I wish there were more music lovers in my family, especially at the holidays. I'm afraid that without some serious imbibing, I'm the only one that would enjoy a uke jam with sing-along. I guess that is the big advantage of finding a local uke group - finding others with the same campy outlook on life. I usually save the holiday enthusiasm until after Thanksgiving, but this year I've started early due to the crispness of fall in the air. I found myself singing Jingle Bell Rock in the shower this morning, so I sought out a quick and easy chorded version. After a few minutes with Ukulele Mike on YouTube (http://youtu.be/-9EQqVxrSQI), I can now get my Jingle Bell Rock (http://youtu.be/-9EQqVxrSQI) on.