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ichadwick
03-20-2014, 04:14 AM
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140319143938.htm (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140319143938.htm)

Why you need to be in a ukulele group... the title says it all:

"Social groups alleviate depression"

Ukejenny
03-20-2014, 04:22 AM
Amen to that!!! I couldn't find one, so I started one. Great fun.

Osprey
03-20-2014, 05:13 AM
The fact that I am in a group makes me practice and improve so I don't let the others down. It is also great fun
Cliff

UkerDanno
03-20-2014, 05:18 AM
Amen to that!!! I couldn't find one, so I started one. Great fun.
awesome! good for you! :shaka:

UkerDanno
03-20-2014, 05:22 AM
Agreed! Our group meets weekly and I try not to miss it, it's great fun and being in Sun City, we get 40+ in the winter and even though summer meetings maybe only 10+/- we can still play some music and have fun! We do some concerts and shows and occasionally have open mic' nights.

Osprey
03-20-2014, 05:28 AM
We have a gig coming up at a folk festival in April. There are about 25 regulars. Some relative beginners (raising my hand) and a few very good musicians. We meet every week. It really feels good to sing and play in a group

PhilUSAFRet
03-20-2014, 06:04 AM
get thee to a uke group

Uke-Conn
03-20-2014, 06:07 AM
I soooo would love to find a group nearer than an hour or so from me . . . . .

kohanmike
03-20-2014, 06:52 AM
I'm a member of the CC Strummers out of the Culver City Senior Center started by Cali Rose (http://calirose.com/), a very accomplished player and teacher. Just last week she read us that story, she's great at giving us all kinds of positive reinforcement. There are over 120 members and we meet twice a week, Monday afternoon for beginners, Thursday morning for intermediate, about 30-40 show each time. I go both days, and at 64, I think I'm one of the youngest.

I helped shoot this video Cali put together (Cali is in the middle, I'm in a light shirt to the right):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_LUWaEeqXQ&feature=youtu.be

ChrisDeston821
03-20-2014, 07:07 AM
I soooo would love to find a group nearer than an hour or so from me . . . . .

See, theres one 30mins from me - if I had a car. That's the killer for me :/
I'd love to play in a group.

Uke-Conn
03-20-2014, 08:55 AM
See, theres one 30mins from me - if I had a car. That's the killer for me :/
I'd love to play in a group.

Dang. 30 min. is much more doable . . . . . assuming it doesn't conflict with that pox on life called WORK.

focsle
03-20-2014, 09:04 AM
I just looked for a cutaway and knew it was you.

Hippie Dribble
03-20-2014, 10:11 AM
Right. That explains it all then. There's a bunch of folks who meet in a pub every Monday night. I need to start going along...

ChrisDeston821
03-20-2014, 12:07 PM
Dang. 30 min. is much more doable .

Aye, but 2 hours walk since my work pays a pittance :/
Was really hoping someone'd find a solution to the online jams

Cali Rose
03-20-2014, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the shout-out Michael. We do have a lot of fun an make sweet music in our group!

Nickie
03-20-2014, 12:50 PM
I'm a memberf of TBUS, the 3rd or 4th largest Uke Club in America. I can't say enough for belonging....it's been loads of fun, and I have several really good new friends. Our activites, especially our annual festival, are awesome! Ther's something to do at least twice a month....

dukepop
03-20-2014, 07:51 PM
I couldn't find one, so I started one.

After months of looking around for other uke players or an established group in my area to satisfy my related social longing, I guess a "really" established local group should be in the works if I want my passion to be sustained (at least locally). Yes, there is a Facebook group hereabouts but as it is ~ its only active, online. Period.

This coming local school break (a good two months of summer time here in the country, minimum), my two kids and I are planning to hold an initial 2-hour or so basic uke workshop-clinic using materials sourced out online and adapted to suit our local capabilities. The primary goal is to let people hereabouts to be aware that there is/are local uke players and that collectively, this can be hopefully sustained. Whether one or two or none will come in response to our invitation, we will push through with it. In my thinking, its one way of making our local uke players or those who might be inclined to be and do so be aware that an "established" group is actually existent in the area. :cool:

The initial response to this will spell the way for our next related plans.

Its just "miserable" playing by your lonesome and with your kids most of the time. The good thing ~ UU is just a click away! Yeah.

bazmaz
03-20-2014, 10:42 PM
CONTROVERSIAL VIEWPOINT WARNING....
;)

I have never been in a large uke group / club in the sense that is being talked about. I actually find the sound of too many ukes strumming at once very irritating and never really understood the attraction.

That said - I DO like playing with others and play in a band with 6 people. But they are not all ukes, and we try to limit the max number of ukes playing at once.

Hippie Dribble
03-20-2014, 10:53 PM
never really understood the attraction.

That said - I DO like playing with others and play in a band with 6 people. But they are not all ukes, and we try to limit the max number of ukes playing at once.

Yeah I get it baz. You limit the number to six at once, right? :old:

Never understood the attraction? Well, as someone who is on the eve of going to his first ever uke group meeting I'll tell you why I find the idea appealling and why I think such groups meet three different needs at once (i) lonely people looking for companionship (ii) musicians starved of musical company (ii) people looking to make new friends with people of like mind.

I happen to belong in all three of these categories so I'm kinda exicted. We'll see I guess...

:cheers:

phil hague
03-21-2014, 12:46 AM
Chris, You have levenshulme club in your area. A great bunch of people if you can get there.

coolkayaker1
03-21-2014, 01:29 AM
What you need to be in a uke group: a ukulele.

Fingers are helpful, but not mandatory.

NOTLguy
03-21-2014, 03:23 AM
Up here in Canada winter seems never ending and the sun seldom shows itself as skies are grey and dull for months. Our ukulele group meets every week and we have a blast playing and singing together. 40+ members and growing. It is never depressing at our meetup.

Bill

ChrisDeston821
03-21-2014, 07:07 AM
Chris, You have levenshulme club in your area. A great bunch of people if you can get there.
Thanks for the heads up Phil, will look at when they are and stuff. It's still a two hour walk, or a 45min walk/train journey with only one change..

There was actually a club starting in my town centre (15min walk) but died second week due to a lack of interest. Le sigh..

Cornfield
03-24-2014, 04:46 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf72tG4ooPw&feature=youtu.be

Our Uke Group "The Hix Brothers Soon to be Famous Ukulele Band" with special guest 8 year old Stella singing

Cornfield
03-24-2014, 04:48 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SziT90RKWkA

Another number with "The Hix Brothers Soon to be Famous Ukulele Band".

Kevin "Slow Hand" with the Uke solo. Peter Hix on the Steel Guitar.

ichadwick
03-24-2014, 04:48 AM
It's great to see so many groups out there. Playing the uke just seems to bring people together... no politics or religion can make people this happy.

JamieWG
03-26-2014, 03:48 AM
...........My observation is that for the most benefit, experienced musical people need to turn off the perfect pitch and join in and sing loudly, also less experienced people need to turn off the self awareness and join in and not be afraid to play and sing loudly. Everyone should take the opportunity to socialise as much as possible in between tunes. ..........

Bill, that was so well stated. Coming from a professional classical guitar background, I am so tired of everything having to be note-perfect and "correct". I went to BrUKEman's Orange County Uke Group Meetup last night, and following my own personal Year from Hell, I had the most fun that I've had in a long time. It was my first visit to a uke group. I have to admit that it was initially hard for me to get beyond some of the ukes being tuned very sharp. (I was proud of myself for resisting the temptation to retune other players!) But even I was singing along, which I probably haven't done for 30 years! Way too much fun to be legal. ;)

Cornfield
03-26-2014, 05:22 AM
Our uke group did a 2 hour set at an Assisted Living center last night. Great fun for us and them.

dickadcock
04-19-2014, 03:29 AM
Our uke group did a 2 hour set at an Assisted Living center last night. Great fun for us and them.
I am curious as to whether the Assisted Living Center reached out to the uke group, or the other way around. ?? What is the norm? ... If there is one.

DownUpDave
04-19-2014, 05:55 AM
Joining in and playing with a uke group is the most fun I have had with my clothes on in a long while. I woodsheded with an acoustic guitar in my basement all by my lonesome for quite awhile but gave it up for lack of progress and an abundance of boredom.

I am 6 weeks into the uke group, actually three seperate groups, and I just can't get enough of it. My playing has improved tremendously and i just can't stop smiling :D:D:D

Cornfield
04-19-2014, 06:08 AM
I am curious as to whether the Assisted Living Center reached out to the uke group, or the other way around. ?? What is the norm? ... If there is one.

I think our fearless leader reached out to the Assisted Living Centers at first. All of the nursing homes want entertainment and once word gets around it's like a ball rolling down hill.

Cornfield
04-19-2014, 06:11 AM
Joining in and playing with a uke group is the most fun I have had with my clothes on in a long while. I woodsheded with an acoustic guitar in my basement all by my lonesome for yet awhile but give it up for lack of progress and an abundance of boredom.

I am 6 weeks into the uke group, actually three seperate groups, and I just can't get enough of it. My playing has improved tremendously and i just can't stop smiling :D:D:D

music has always been better for me in groups. I was practicing the baritone banjo uke this morning. It sounds good but sounds better when I'm with guitars or other ukes.
I play with a uke group and occasionally at a folk sing around where people bring whatever they want to play. Guitars, banjo, mandolins, violins, harmonicas, upright bass, accordion, flute etc have been there.

I'll bring the banjo uke and a tenor guitar today

janeray1940
04-19-2014, 06:20 AM
There are all sorts of uke groups. Some tend towards being more focussed on getting the music right, and could be called bands or orchestras. Other are just about socialising and you miss the point if you go to them to listen to ukes playing. My observation is that for the most benefit, experienced musical people need to turn off the perfect pitch and join in and sing loudly, also less experienced people need to turn off the self awareness and join in and not be afraid to play and sing loudly. Everyone should take the opportunity to socialise as much as possible in between tunes.
If you want to listen to ukes playing or perform or worry to much about how it all sounds, perhaps joining a band or orchestra would be more fulfilling.

This is such an accurate observation, and something that I wish I had been more aware of when I first started playing! I wanted more instruction/practice/focus and less socializing, but didn't know it at the time, and almost every ukulele group, workshop, etc felt like a let-down. I finally saw the light and decided to stick with lessons and classes, and have been content with that ever since.

Not saying there's anything wrong with either approach - just pointing out that nothing is one size fits all. After all, happiness = expectations minus reality and all that :)

NewKid
04-19-2014, 06:39 AM
I just had this epiphany as well regarding uke groups. Love the people but not the song selection nor the playing so much. Decided to take lessons and find a bass player to play gigs as well.

hoosierhiver
04-19-2014, 08:46 AM
I dearly miss the old hay days of my band, Khillbilly Caldera. We met at my place every Friday evening for years without exception, drank and played music sometimes until very late at night. Occasionally the guys even slept over after a few too many. We were never fantastic, but that didn't matter, we had a great time every week. Eventually people got married, had kids and/or moved away. A good band is hard to come by, even if it's not a good band.

bobinde
04-19-2014, 10:59 AM
There's a Uke Jam around here (Central Delaware) once a month, but I haven't been recently, It seems to be geared for beginners and I need something more challenging. Not their fault by any means, I just need something more.

If there's anyone near here - Dover DE area - send me a PM.

thanks for listening to my rant.

bobinde

ichadwick
04-19-2014, 11:18 AM
Actually I just like to be able to lecture people and explain again why "new country" is such derivative pap... and why we will never, ever, ever play "Me and Bobby Magee" on ukulele while I am still breathing...