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Ukes on Tuesdays in Austin, Texas

We’re a group of uke players who meet each Tuesday at 7:00pm at The Hancock Recreation Center – 811 E. 41st Street, Austin, TX. (Hancock Rec Center Web). Ask at the front desk and they’ll point the way.

We open our meetings by playing a couple of songs that we haven’t played for a while – the list of upcoming songs is to the right. Then we play a few songs from our current – and ever – changing quarterly songbook.  Our current song sheet is always available here – and it changes as folks bring in songs they like and we try new songs – we’re open to anything! At the end of each quarter we pull a dozen or so songs from our current songbook, print song books,  and have an open uke jam at a local watering hole – we call it a Uke-Along.  We take our loaner ukes and usually get some bystanders involved  – it’s a lot of fun.

From 6:30pm to 7:00pm each Tuesday (right before our TUG meeting)  we also host a Flash Class. This is a short group practice where we work on strums, finger-picking – chord patterns – anything folks want to work on. On the second Tuesday of each month (Starting January 2019) – we do a Ukulele Bootcamp for people who want to try the uke. We have ukuleles for you to use, and you’ll get the basics – how to hold the uke, how to learn chords, how to strum, and by the end of the the 30 minutes we’ll be playing a song  – or two.  We also encourage you to stay around for the full TUG meeting. If you’ve ever thought you’d like to try the uke – the TUG Flash Class may be the place for you.

If you have any questions drop us an email – info@tuesdayukes.org. We’re very informal, and this is a friendly group – so come out and play ukes with us.

Tuesday Uke-Along III

The weather did not cooperate on September 11 for our Oskar Blues Uke-Along – so we decamped to the Central Market on Lamar – where Nancy hosted first TUG meeting long ago. We had a great time. Once we set up the loaners folks got interested – and pretty quickly all the loaners were out – and we had a whole table of ladies doing a ukulele Flash Class. Once we got to playing we had a series of dancers, and drop-ins – and everyone seemed to have a great time. The beer didn’t hurt.

In 2019 we’re going to go to a quarterly schedule for our Uke-Alongs – the first Tuesdays in January, April, July, and October. The January Uke_along will be January 1 – so we’ll plan for something special that day.

See you at the next Uke-Along!

Tuesday Uke-Along II – Oscar Blues

We had a great time at Oscar Blues – the weather cooperated – the rain stopped – and it didn’t get too hot.

We had a nice song circle out under the trees
David John, and Ashley enjoying the shade – and the ukes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David, Marty, and Ashley rocking out on Toot Toot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura, Eric, Stephanie and Brad- Eric and Brad are playing a loaner ukes! The infection is spreading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great time – we’ll plan for another Uke- for sometime in September – check back for the date.  If you’d like the song sheet from our July meeting – here you go.  TUG_JULY18.

Marty’s Magic Uke Stand

Marty designed and built a great, lightweight ukulele stand that we’re using for our loaner ukes. You can build it for 1, 3, or 5 ukuleles – enough for everyone!

Our loaner concert ukes in Marty’s Magic Uke stand.

Click here to download a copy of the plans for yourself.

TUG at Día de Los Niños y Día de Los Libros

TUG did a session at the St John’s Branch Library for their Día de Los Niños y Día de Los Libros. We performed a couple of songs – and Rich reprised his hula.

Rich shows how the paniolos do it to Ulapalapkua

We followed that with a sing-along with the kids and their parents – and finished up with FishHeads – wearing fish hats, of course.

Fish Heads with Fish Hats

Finally there was a Ukulele petting zoo – we took our 5 loaner ukes – and the library had 7 – the kids snatched them up and Rich had them strumming away.

It was a blast.