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    Default Any ideas on how to start a uke club?

    I'm wondering if anyone can help me figure out the best way to start a ukulele club or group here in my local area....Rochester, NY.

    There aren't many uke players in this area that I've been able to get in touch with. Surely they are out there....I just don't know how to contact them.

    --How are uke clubs organized?

    --How often do they usually meet?

    --How can I attract members?

    I'm hoping that some of you have experience with this and can offer suggestions.

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    Ray Shakeshaft in the United Kingdom published a guide on this subject:

    http://www.ukuke.co.uk/magazine.htm

    Here's some ukulele players in your area:

    http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/direc...tate.asp?ID=35

    Join here and get all the club bylaws, structure and other tips. I large ukulele songbook is downloadable here:

    http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group...ety_of_america

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    Check out the Twin Cities Ukulele Orchestra thread authored by Lanark.

    Our little orchestra had its first meeting on March 3rd. He posted here and on Craig's List. Lanark also started a website on Nexo. I was only able to attend the first meeting and it was somewhat loose -- it was our first meeting after all. 13 people showed up. It was a lot of fun. After we played our very first song I thought "it really doesn't sound all that bad!" I'm not sure what happened this past Tuesday. Nor do I know if a firm schedule for meetings has been made. I'm pretty sure though that Lanark -- and I agree totally -- would like to be at a minumum every other week. Lot of help I am, huh?

    Other ukulele clubs seem quite organized, but I'm guessing they've been at it for a while. Have you seen any Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain videos? Well, they didn't get to be that way without structure. I think if you are starting out it pays to be a little flexible at first. You need to find out what everyone is looking for in a uke club and I suppose let the majority rule.

    I also go to an ukulele club that meets once per month. We meet in a restaurant at a large public park. This is mainly a 3 hour meeting where people brings songs and we sit around playing (strumming mostly) some and yapping some. It's very informal. That also has a Nexo site.

    Nexo sites are good for posting up all sorts of things -- calendar, music, forums, uke porn (Lanark calls it "eye candy"), links -- you name it.

    Why not make up some flyers and go to some music shops in your area? Try Craig's list. TCUO got quite a few members from there. You NEVER know who is paying attention or is maybe just starting out.

    I'd say go for it. It's really fun. It's kind of lonely playing the ukulele, but a uke club makes you feel part of a fun community -- much like UU

    I'm sure other UUers will have more help for you.

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    Woodshed's got an article on starting a club.

    Tony from our club has contributed to that. Basically try and find all the players in your area using here, or craigslist, or something like that. Organise a meetup and things start to fall into place. Good luck!

    (my band, not something dirty)

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    Thanks for the ideas! I'll try to follow up on the links you've suggested tomorrow, when I have more time.

    I did notice several players that live locally posted on FMM....but I didn't see a way to contact them directly. There may be a way, but I just didn't find it.

    I would so love to find a group of players who were willing and able to meet once or twice a month! I think I learn best when I have someone in person to bounce questions off of, and to see what I'm doing (right or wrong) and such.

    Keep the good ideas and suggestions coming!

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    I forgot the guy's name but the owner of Bernunzio's music is a huge uke fan. Give him a call, he might have some insight for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman View Post
    I did notice several players that live locally posted on FMM....but I didn't see a way to contact them directly. There may be a way, but I just didn't find it.
    Just click on their names and some have their E-Mail in
    their profile. I'll P.M. the Rochester names and E-Mails
    to you. Ric

    http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/direc...tate.asp?ID=35

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    Last month we advertised "free ukulele lessons" on a Saturday and had a good response.I think this will form into a club without much effort.

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    Many thanks, ricdoug....I had no idea how to get contact info for the folks listed on FMM. I think I might send an e-mail out to guage the interest in forming a local ukulele club.

    hoosierhiver, I'd feel a little silly advertizing free uke lessons....I need uke lessons!

    deach, I've been to Bernunzio's Music (when I was uke shopping). I don't know why it didn't occur to me that he might have ideas.

    I know adelethegreat here on UU is interested....who knows? This might turn into a uke club yet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mailman View Post
    ....
    I know adelethegreat here on UU is interested....who knows? This might turn into a uke club yet....
    Never heard of her.

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