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Title: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 11, 2017, 03:06:01 AM
Arrived home (in CA) from our winter sojourn to the Midwest in time for the Delta Strummers new season of weekly ukulele practices. The second half of last evening's practice was given to an open mic' session, allowing band members (solos and subgroups) to introduce new numbers to the band. We hold two of these open mic' sessions at the beginning of each season, and they always produce some interesting and entertaining results.

Unfortunately, the Buckeye Ukulele Society, of which I'm also a member, were on hiatus for the holiday season and also restarted their meetups last evening. Couldn't be in two states the same night  :(
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: SeilerBird on January 11, 2017, 05:12:13 AM
I had three meetups this month and two have been canceled so far. :-[
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Larry N. on January 11, 2017, 07:20:33 AM
I had three meetups this month and two have been canceled so far. :-[

Snow days, I presume...  ::) :o ;D ;D
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 11, 2017, 10:18:43 AM
In over 5 years, the Delta Strummers haven't cancelled any of their scheduled weekly practices. On the rare occasions our MD hasn't been able to make it due to a family emergency, someone has always stood in for him. Last night, with the torrential rain, we should have gone by boat  :o
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 18, 2017, 07:06:26 PM
Musical days ...

Monday our Music Director dropped by the house, and we played/sang several 'new' (to the band) songs in different keys. Several of the songs were introduced to the band at last evening's practice; Some great music.

Yesterday I led the singing at our retired guy's club monthly luncheon.
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: SeilerBird on January 18, 2017, 07:18:13 PM
I had a guitar meetup today and it was cancelled. I spent a frustrating hour changing my strings and drove through a horrible amount of rush hour traffic to get there.
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 18, 2017, 07:23:37 PM
I have to change strings on one of my concert ukes; I have a couple of sets of Aquila strings here. As I'm sure you know, it takes a week of daily playing for those Nylgut strings to stop stretching.
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: SeilerBird on January 18, 2017, 07:27:20 PM
I have to change strings on one of my concert ukes; I have a couple of sets of Aquila strings here. As I'm sure yo know, it takes a week of daily playing for those Nylgut strings to stop stretching.
Yes I know, but my metal strings didn't stretch one bit.  ;D
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 18, 2017, 07:29:23 PM
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Yes I know, but my metal strings didn't stretch one bit.

Neither do the metal/wound strings on my 3 guitars or my two baritone ukes  ;)
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 22, 2017, 07:49:13 PM
Our two open mic' nights produced 19 new (to the band) numbers. Our Music director and I played/re-wrote several numbers. Our ongoing weekly practices will weed out some numbers, leaving us with great additions to our play/practice list for our formal concert.
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: SeilerBird on January 22, 2017, 07:50:46 PM
Neither do the metal/wound strings on my 3 guitars or my two baritone ukes  ;)
I have three guitars too but no baritone ukes. ???
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: Tom on January 22, 2017, 07:57:58 PM
You don't need a baritone uke. For a uke player transitioning to a guitar, you are light years ahead.
Title: Re: Back in the (uke) groove
Post by: SeilerBird on January 22, 2017, 08:13:38 PM
You don't need a baritone uke. For a uke player transitioning to a guitar, you are light years ahead.
I know I don't need one that is why I didn't buy one. I wanted to buy one but it would be a waste of money.