Edgewater Library Ukulele Strum Saturday

When:  Saturday, December 4th, 2:00 to 4:00pm

Where:  Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, MD 21037, (410) 222-1538. Google Map Here

What to Expect:  We will have basic ukulele instruction for those who need it, but we will mostly focus on strumming and singing simple seasonal songs.

What to Bring:  If you have a ukulele, bring it.  If you do not have a ukulele, the library will have a few to loan.  If you have some music that you would like to play, bring it too (and a few copies).

Registration:  Registration is not required, but would be appreciated.  Visit the library web page (below).

Website:  Edgewater Library Strum-A-Long

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November and December In-Person and Zoom Jams…

In-Person Because COVID-19 cases are declining again (as of the first of November), we are cautiously starting in-person jams again.  These four jams are at Baldwin Hall, 1358 Millersville Road, Millersville, MD 21108.  Google Map Here.

  • Sunday, November 14th, 2:00 to 6:00pm
  • Monday, November 22nd, 5:30 to 8:00pm
  • Sunday, December 12th, 2:00 to 6:00pm
  • Monday, December 20th, 5:30 to 8:00pm

CORONAVIRUS Alert: Only come if you feel safe. The in-door venue is large and airy, and we will sit relatively far apart.  Bring a mask – and use it if you are uncomfortable.

Outdoor One more out-door jam before old man Winter takes over completely.  In person, outdoors at Pines on the Severn at the home of Alice and James Corey, directions will be sent by email.

  • Saturday, November 6th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, home of Alice Corey

Zoom And, of course, the Zoom jams continue.  The Zoom link is sent to the mailing list, so if you’d like to attend, join by clicking the link in the menu.

  • Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm
  • Fridays from 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm

What to expect?

The jams are open jams, by which I mean that we will play whatever music you want (there is no set list).  Pick something from Our Music or from the Daily Ukulele.  We encourage you to bring music you love (and 10 copies) to share.

Who should come? (Answer: you)

Beginners are always welcome! We don’t set a specific time for beginners — come when you can, and we will help you get started.

If you play a different instrument, please come and play with us. We’ve had harmonica, mandolin, guitar, drums and other percusion, cello.

Come if you just want to sing, listen, clap hands, or dance.

What to bring?

  • Your Ukulele(s)
  • A chair (to the outdoor jam)
  • “The Daily Ukulele” songbooks (yellow AND blue covers) by Liz and Jim Beloff if you have them
  • Music stand if you have one
  • Several copies of the music you want to share

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Song Sample

Here is a list of the songs we played on Friday, August 20th, and Saturday, August 21st. Songs are listed alphabetically. A few of then were played each day. As you can see, we were on a train jag.

  • chattanooga choo choo
  • city of new orleans
  • come and go with me
  • freight train
  • five hundred miles
  • folsom prison blues
  • green green grass of home
  • hobo’s lullaby
  • i’ve been working on the railroad
  • kansas city
  • king of the road
  • last train to clarksville
  • locomotion
  • midnight special
  • on the road again
  • people get ready
  • this train is bound for glory
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Zoom Jams

When and Where

Due to the increased risk for COVID-19 infections, in peron jams are cancelled for the time being.

Zoom jams continue on Fridays, 7:00 to 8:30pm, and Saturdays, 1:00 to 3:00pm. Zoom information is sent to the mailing list (join above).

Who should come? (Answer: you)

Beginners are always welcome! We don’t set a specific time for beginners — come when you can, and we will help you get started.

If you play a different instrument, please come and play with us. We’ve had harmonica, mandolin, guitar, drums and other percusion, cello.

Come if you just want to sing, listen, clap hands, or dance.

What to bring?

*Your Ukulele(s)
*”The Daily Ukulele” songbooks (both blue and yellow covers) by Liz and Jim Beloff if you have them
*Music stand if you have one
*Several copies of the music you want to share

The next in-person jam is to be determined.

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Typical Music

Here is a list of the music we played on recent Friday and Saturday (March 26 and 27, 2021) jams via Zoom (more or less in the order we played them, and we did play Red Red Robin once on each day):

Freight Train

Easter Parade

The Garden Song

Red Red Robin

April Showers

After You’ve Gone

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Bill Bailey

I’ll Be Seeing You

Smiles

It’s Only a Paper Moon

April Come She Will

The Four Seasons – Spring (yep — Vivaldi)

Bicycle Built For Two

Daydream

Summer Song

The Summer Wind

De Colores

Good Day Sunshine

Sweet Caroline

Cool Change

Sweet Baby James

Dream Lover

Red Red Robin

When You’re Smiling

Dream Baby

The Banana Boat Song

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

I’ll Be Seeing You

I’ll Follow The Sun

In The Sweet By and By

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UkeAnnapolis Virtual Jam

Jamming via Zoom is okay, but not like actually playing together. So…

We gathered individually made videos of members playing various instruments and singing The Cowboy Song from the movie Joe vs. the Volcano.

The resulting video is on YouTube. Click Here to view it.

We were inspired to do this by two videos. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ukulele Jim has a darling video of the same song. Click Here.

Friends of RC101 made an enjoyable video of Whiskey Before Breakfast. Click Here.

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Online Beginners’ Jam

When and Where

Beginners’ jams will be on Fridays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm until further notice. We will be using Zoom. You have to be on the mailing list (click the link in the menu) to receive the invitation with all the info you need to join the jam.

What to Expect

We will spend a few minutes on basics like how to hold your ukulele, how to strum it. a few basic chords, how to practice changing chords.

Then we will do a few exercises to help you get your fingers moving.

Then we will play songs. Here are lists of songs from 3 sources.

First, the UkeAnnapolis song folders. These songs can be downloaded from the Google Drive at this URL: UkeAnnapolis Google Drive

UPDATED Second, The Jim Beloff “Daily Ukulele”, 365 song edition (yellow cover). If you don’t already own this book, it is worth purchasing.

UPDATED Third, The Jim Beloff “Daily Ukulele” 366 song edition (blue cover). As you will see, there are few simple songs in this book, so I don’t advocate hurrying to buy it.

Also, look at the handout we used for a beginners’ ukulele class, and in particular, watch Bernadette Teaches Music’s Thirty Day Challenge.

Who Should Come

This jam is intended for beginners. More experienced players are welcome, of course, but do not expect a challenge.

See you there! Be safe!
John
uke@jcochran.net

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UkeAnnapolis Jams Online

When

Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm until further notice.. Switching back to in person jams depends on how the corona virus is doing….

Where

On your computer, smart phone, or tablet via the internet or for audio only participation by dialing in using any telephone.

What To Expect

You will receive an email (assuming you’ve joined the mailing list) with login instructions and the phone numbers.

During the jam, it will be impossible to play along together like in a normal, in person, jam due to internet time delays. So one person will be designated to lead a song or two, then another person, etc., and everyone else will strum along.

We will play songs from the Liz and Jim Beloff “Daily Ukulele” (yellow cover, 365 songs version). In addition, we will have some songs to share on screen, so use the largest screen you have.

Who Should Come

On line jams are not good for instruction. At our in person jams, we always invite and help beginning players, but that really isn’t possible on line. Instead, join the Friday night beginners’ jams.

See you there! Be safe!
John
uke@jcochran.net

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Jam Saturday, April 6th 2019

This jam is over, but we had a few visitors. Here are two of them….

…we’ll see him again in a few years.
… he was talking guitar, but preferred the soprano ukulele over the tenor.

See you at a future jam!
John
uke@jcochran.net

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