We worked very nicely through Bella Bocca Polka (with picks) and Las Chaparreras (without picks).
While strolling through the park offers many opportunities for learning. The unusual rhythm, the many sharps and flats, and the triplet strum. What fun. Keep working on this and we'll warm up with it next week.
Thank You for "When the Saints Go Marhing In". It is such good practice to play a simple song by ear, and then another one….. If you do it regularly, you will notice that picking out melodies by ear becomes easier.
Remember that the triplet strum takes time and lots of practice to perfect. It's something for doing while you are watching TV… or doing some other mindless thing.
We decided to do Elenke for our performance song at the Dec 5 BUG Jam. We'll assign parts next week. Let me know if you have a preference.
Next week we will play March from the Bach Notebook (pg 42) This song is all about the finger choreography. Spend some time working of small phrase to find the most efficient fingering. Be sure to practice the Uke II which is much easier that Uke I and give you a very good idea of the rhythm and the feel of the piece.
BOOK 3 (continuation) class - will begin Feb 9, 2016. We will finish Book 3 in December by skipping some of the material and moving quickly through some of it. In Feb, I will be going back over the material in the Book 3, taking more time, reviewing, and playing pieces that we skip. This will allow some people to finish the book in December, and others to take more time, and do another session and finish in the Spring. It is up to you if you want to finish in Dec or continue with the class. I will teach this continuation class if I get enough people to participate in it. This is the first time I have done the class this way so it is an experiment. There may be some other people from previous classes who want to be in the continuation class but it is not open to the general public.
Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra has some Holiday performances coming up. Click here for date and time.
Remember the BUG mini-fest this coming Saturday. Click Here for details.