Want to make music? Want to play a musical instrument?

Learn 5 chords in 5 minutes with the best ever gateway instrument — The Ukulele!

Come to:

This workshop — hosted by Ukulele Expert and endorsed Lanikai Artist, Miss Elm — will get you started on all the exciting things that the ukulele has to offer.

In addition to a performance by Miss Elm demonstrating all the cool things you can do, you’ll learn about:

  • Strumming
  • Basic ukulele chords
  • Using your uke as a percussive instrument
  • Fingerpicking

Become a Ukulele Rocker! Tune in from anywhere around the world!

Friday 29th MAY, 7:00 pm (Brisbane Time AEST)

This will be hosted on ZOOM. An email confirmation with the link will be sent to you upon when you register for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

For more information email Erin on .

Follow Miss Elm on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/elmukulele

Visit the website. https://www.elmukulele.com/

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About ELUKULELE

ELMUKULELE is the creation of seasoned musician and songwriter, Erin Harrington.

Surrounded by jazz musicians at young age, Erin has been exploring creativity through music her whole life. Violin and Singing lessons led to a quirky Singer Songwriter and from many cafe gigs, uni bars and experimentation of sounds; Erin became her alto ego, “Miss Elm”. Miss Elm produced 3 EP’s, was recognised as a finalist in the “Folk, Singer Songwriter” section of the Queensland Music Awards and travelled around Australia for 4 years playing in many popular festivals such as the SPRUKE Ukulele Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and the Teneriffe Festival. After many different line ups (ranging from double melodica and flute, down to 4 piece band) Miss Elm is now a stripped back solo singer-songwriter in the midst of creating new works in 2019.

After working at Ukulele Specialist Store, Morris Brothers Music; Erin grew a love of Ukuleles for their simplicity, transportable size, powerful sound and variety. Erin quickly became the expert on all things Ukulele and developed her own unique sound. She now loves helping others find their creativity through Ukulele and sparking joy in anyone who will listen.

ELMUKULELE is a hybrid service of tuition, workshops and customised musical experience for all those (young and old) who love music, want to improve their skills or play an instrument for the first time.

A Change of Scene and Theme

Originally, for the May newsletter, I wrote an item about baritone ukes, inspired by two very brave baritone beginners who attended February’s Ukulele Bootcamp. No … John, Julie and I don’t play baritone, and we’d never had baritone players sign-up for Bootcamp before. So it was a little bit daunting. However, our baritone beginners soldiered on using their own baritone chord charts to adapt the materials as we taught. Their enthusiasm and persistence inspired me to investigate the advantages of baritone uke.

However … you’ll have to wait until June to learn more.

Why defer the item?

There’s a new more urgent topic — Ukelation!

There’s currently an explosion of ukelation in isolation in online communities, and according to Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music Store, in-store and online ukulele sales are up in music stores across Australia.

In response to our President, David’s suggestion that members reach out to members during the pandemic,  John and I began phoning some of our long-term members. We chose members who are in the high risk category because of their age, and we asked what they’re doing to replace attending jams. Their enthusiastic responses surprised and delighted us.

One member, Loretta de Leede, was very enthusiastic about a new hobby. Like many of our members, Loretta is a music enthusiast, and now a multi-instrumentalist. Determined to improve her keyboard and piano skills, Loretta took to YouTube, and found gold. Loretta’s now whiling away the COVID-iso hours working her way through keyboard & piano tutorials by Karen Ramirez.   Loretta highly recommends visiting Karen’s YouTube channel to work your way through a wealth of eleven years of tutorials.

But let’s also look at the ukulele isolation options.

Ukelation in Aussie Isolation

With regular jams a COVID impossibility, you could be excused for thinking ukes are gathering dust on the shelf. But you’d be wrong! There’s a COVID explosion of ukelation!

Henk Brent

Elaine & Robert Soothill recommend Hank Brent’s online jams. Perhaps you’re familiar with Henk Brent’s brilliant KaraUkey program. Pre-COVID, Henk hosted Karaukey strumfests at the Fox & Hounds Country Inn at the base of Tamborine Mountain. In COVID-iso, Henk’s moved his strumfests online. I contacted Henk and asked if he minded if we joined his closed Facebook group to attend his next jam. Henk’s response was ‘the more the merrier’. Thank you Henk! The strumfest was fantastic. So if you’re at a loose end on a Saturday afternoon, apply to join Henk’s Facebook Strummers.

NUMB BUMS, Len Farina and Lesley Allen are also members of the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Masters (SCUM). They regularly attend SCUM and NUMB BUMS sessions run through ZOOM.

BUMS member, Vic Kena is back in business, offering online individual and group lessons and fabulous first lesson free and family discount offers.

Now that distance is no object, further afield, Stukulele (Stu Eadie) from Uke Mullum (Mullumbimby) is also offering online lessons and online jams. Check out the recording of Stu’s first online jam on the Uke Mullum website.

Covid Collaboration

If you’re willing to weather the time differences (or view the recordings), there’s a wealth of ukelation activities offered by some of our overseas friends.

Manitoba Hal (Brolund) demonstrates that musical collaboration is possible in isolation and across great distances. He’s published a new uplifting song about COVID times. ‘Love, Love Shining Through‘ was written in collaboration with colleagues as part of the Little Acorn Songwriting Challenges group with inspiration from Nicole Colbeck. The musicians who joined Hal in this collaboration are Kay Oh Clay (keyboards and harmony vocals), Kev Corbett on drums, piano, guitar, and tambourine, Riikka Pennanen with harmony vocals, Glen K Amo on harmonica and harmony vocals and John Bowman on guitar. The result is amazing.

 

And for a little fun, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s contribution to ukelation in isolation is their rendition of The Model from their bathrooms.

Other Overseas Ukelation Activities

Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel boosted ukulele spirits across the globe, and promoted other artists through their first ever online ukulele festival. You can view the archived version of the ‘not-so-mini uke fest’ on YouTube. But wait … there’s more … UkeFest # 2 will be held on 2 May 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific Time. More details can be found on Craig and Sarah’s minifest website. Thanks Jim Bills for letting us know about the event, and Liz Crunkhorn for recommending May’s minifest.

Teaching artist and Ukulele Zen touring musician, Stuart Fuchs, offers free online tutorials. If you’re into meditation (or even if you’re not), Stuart’s unique approach might be for you. His tutorials include Ukulele Zen techniques to help you deepen your musical awareness. Follow Stuart on Facebook, or try this YouTube tutorial, Learn to Play “Three Little Birds” | Livestream Lesson | Global Ukulele Meditation
The tutorial works on two songs, “Three Little Birds” & “Keep on the Sunny Side”. Links to the songsheets are provided below the video.

On his Play Ukulele by Ear website, Jim D’Ville offers free tutorials and popup uke sessions.

Cynthia Lin issued a Facebook challenge! Although it officially began on 7 April, you can still start today. As part of The 100 Day Project, Cynthia launched 100 Days of Ukulele Songs 2020! Visit Cynthia’s Patreon site to find out more. Or, you can view Cynthia’s contributions on her Facebook site.

Ukulele Russ & His One Man Frontier Band launched a Fake News Radio show. If you enjoy a truly whacky sense of humour visit Russ’ Facebook site and check out his series
RUSS-TV Alaska’s Fake News Report.

BUMS Ukelation

Not to be outdone, BUMS launched their own ukelation activities for members in isolation. The management committee carefully explored the technicalities of online options and investigated the legal aspects. The result is a plan that ensures the best results for members while observing music copyright.

The phrase, Do Little Things with Great Love, typifies the ukulele movement, and reminds me of our media magician, Jo Kunde. As BUMS Inc Media Manager, Jo pays attention to the little things with such infinite care and enthusiasm, that the bigger things are a masterpiece of her energy and passion. Together with Andrew Hunt, the rest of the management committee, and our regular jam and set leaders, Jo has brought you BUMS Online — a closed Facebook group for BUMS Inc members. To become a member, go to the Extraordinary Membership for Extraordinary Times web post.

But BUMS Online is more than a jam venue. Members are posting open mics, playalongs and mini tutorials. To find out how to video your ukulele tutorial or open mic, read Jo’s advice on the Video Tips for BUMS Online web post.

Take advantage of one or all of the opportunities on offer. And … if you know of more, please let us know by posting your ideas in BUMS Online.

Then … create your own bit of magic to add to ukelation in isolation!

This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and do not know where to begin.

You just got a uke, and are ready to have some fun but feel a bit overwhelmed?
This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and don’t know where to begin. Donna Farrell will teach you the absolute basics.
• How to hold, tune and strum
• How to read chord diagrams
• How to make the chord shapes for the most used chords
By the end of this workshop you will have played several 1,2,3- and maybe even 4-chord songs. Handouts will be provided which will allow you to take your new uke away and start practising.

Wednesday 8 January 2020

10:00 am – Midday

Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere, Brisbane, QLD 4034

 

This workshop will give you the basic skills and confidence to join in the uke jams in your area or just play at home.

WHAT TO BRING: Your ukulele, a pen and notebook. A folder for the handouts. A snack & drink for the break.

LEVEL: Absolute beginners who have never played before.

This is a FREE event by Brisbane Ukulele, places are limited and you must book.

BOOK NOW on Trybooking www.trybooking.com/BHJCW.

Please check this page for tips on using Trybooking

Donna Farrell conducts workshops for beginners at Ferny Grove Jams, Kumbartcho Nursery, and leads the popular senior band CHUMS. Donna  presented this workshop at Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in 2019. Donna will be assisted by other BUMS members.

Stukulele brings the Uke Mullum experience to BUMS with this all abilities Sweet Caroline Ukulele Workshop, followed by a jam on Saturday 4 January 2020.

Stukulele brings the popular Uke Mullum experience up to Brisbane with this all abilities and ukulele workshop, followed by a jam.

This simple arrangement of Sweet Caroline has parts for every level of player, every type of ukulele, and even standard and low G tunings! Stu has prepared a series of videos to help you practice your parts and work out the best fingers to use to play the melodies.

DATE: Saturday 4 January
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street Coorparoo
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
TICKETS: $30  Tickets from Trybooking www.trybooking.com/BHMJP

Financial BUMS members Tickets $10 with promotion code

Emailed 19/12/2019 & 2/01/2020 SUBJECT: Members Promo Code for January 2020 Ukulele Workshop.
All bookings have a $0.50 ticket fee. Please check this page for tips on booking https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/news-events/trybooking-advice/

YOU NEED TO BRING: Ukulele

Stukulele’s Ukulele Group Workshop is designed to help you see the Ukulele in a new light. Stu will help improve your melody playing and note reading, and to develop a strong sense of timing and rhythm when playing in a group.
This simple arrangement of Sweet Caroline has parts for every level of player, every type of ukulele, and even high G and low G tunings!
Enhance your
• Rhythm
• Melody playing
• Harmony Theory
• TAB Reading …..and more

GET A JUMP ON THE WORKSHOP WITH THIS PREPARATION
Stu has prepared a comprehensive series of videos to help you practice your parts and work out the best fingers to use to play the melodies. You’ll fine parts for Standard C AND Low G Tuning. He’s even included downloadable PDFs of the charts for you.

Choose your part (go on challenge yourself!) and get some practice in before the workshop and jam. Absolute complete beginners can sing and strum the chords.

Here’s the link on the Uke Mellum website to get the worksheets. Get a jump on your part!  https://www.ukemullum.com/sweet-caroline-workshop/


Stukulele visits BUMS Inc on 4 Jan 2020 with a Workshop & Jam MISSING THE JANUARY BIG UKE JAM?

After the workshop Stukulele, accompanied by our own Cath McCourt on bass, will lead a Jam and give BUMS a taste of what happens at the popular Uke Nights.

 


ABOUT STUKULELE

Stu Eadie (Stukulele) is a James Hill Certified Level 3 Teacher. He teaches private and group classes for ukulele in and around Mullumbimby, leads Uke Mellum and the popular Uke Night monthly at the Ballina RSL Club.

Website: http://www.ukemullum.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ukemullum

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ukemullum

Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ukemullum

Join Tom the Pom for 2 workshops and a show in one big night of ukulele fun at Coorparoo Bowls club Friday 18 October 2019

Two workshops and a show on one big night of fun with Tom the Pom.

Come to Tom Harding’s Disco Funk Ukulele Workshop. It’s all about the beat! To get your groove on and feel that rhythm you gotta think like a percussionist. Identify some of the traps that uke players fall into. Counting, grouping  and mutes is what turns a four chord trick into a groove.

Keep the party happening with Tom the Pom Show. One bloke, four strings, loads of tricky chords and a surprising singalong. We’ll end the night on a high playing “One Chord Song with Cheeky Bass Line” with something for everyone from absolute beginners to folks who can juggle parts.

On tour in Queensland during October,Tom is offering this exclusive event just for BUMS in Brisbane.

DATE: Friday 18 October 2019

TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo

TICKET PRICES: $25
BUMS Members: $10 (whopping 60% discount) + $0:50 booking fee – Look out for your members promo code email 28 September 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for October Ukulele Workshop.

Tickets available now at Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BFVWT

ABOUT TOM

Tom the Pom (Tom Harding) is originally from the UK, lives in the Blue Mountains with his family. Tom loves music, but not traditional music education. Learning shouldn’t be a chore.  Tom’s been teaching for nearly 30 years, and specialises in getting people playing as quickly as possible. Tom’s regular gig is teaching music workshops to groups in schools, corporations, group homes, festivals, parties and more! Tom has also taught ukulele workshops at Springstrum, Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival and Newkulele.

Tom plays percussion, ukulele, guitar and bass, and has recorded an album of percussion under the name Samba Ninja, and a mini album of didgeridoo solos as Tom the Pom. He also leads the ukulele club at his son’s primary school.

Website: https://www.tomthepom.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomthepomdotcom/

Play Music on the Porch Day — Saturday 31 August 2019 — is an international day of music.

Participation is easy. Just gather friends, go outside and play music together. (You don’t really need a porch.) Share a video on your favourite social media with #playmusicontheporchday.

Last year, The CAGE did it. This year The CAGE are inviting all BUMS members to join them. And their ‘porch’ is Captain Burke Park, under the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point. Bring your uke, a chair, and a picnic lunch, and arrive 10:30 am.

If you’re concerned about parking, catch a ferry to the Holman Street Ferry Terminal. You can plan your journey at Translink.

More details will be available closer to the event, or you can email The CAGE band leader, Ian Phillips .

Friends and supporters of The CAGE … please come along and see us in one of our other choral endeavours — Jazzmas in July, Sherwood State School, New Hall, Corner Sherwood Road & Oxley Roads, Sherwood, Brisbane, Queensland, at 5-7 pm on Saturday 27 July.

In a collaboration with the fabulous Jindalee Jazz Orchestra, the musical repertoire adds considerable spice to Christmas standards – enough spice to get your toes tapping and fingers clicking to the smooth and sassy jazz tunes.

Sherwood Hall will become a sparkling winter wonderland with fun activities for the kids, and a delicious Christmas supper after the show.

So don’t miss out on an opportunity to wear your winter woollies (Crazy Christmas Jumpers perhaps?) and enjoy some European-style Christmas festivities right here in Brisbane.

Tickets are available online at Trybooking (https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=510574&).
Adult tickets $25; Youth (3-15) tickets $10.

When booking tickets, choose a host name so you can be seated together, e.g. The CAGE, Jam, RSPCA, Terraces, Settlers. Look forward to seeing you there.

Exciting times ahead for northside BUM, Erin Harrington. Erin’s a fabulous performer and terrific ukulele teacher.

Ukulele Rockers
Commencing 15 July 2019, Erin’s establishing a new Ukulele Rockers group ensemble class.

6:30-8:30 pm Monday nights
Grange Baptist Church
197 Wilston Road, Newmarket QLD 4051

To join, you must have basic ukulele knowledge. The group will cover fingerpicking, jams, rhythm and melodies. $15 for pre-bookings, $25 casuals. Bookings essential!!

Email . Download the flyer.

But that’s not all … Erin performs as Miss Elm.  …

Miss Elm Clean Slate Single Launch

On 4 August, she’s launching her new Clean Slate single at The Milk Factory. Come along from 4:00-6:00 pm for a fabulous afternoon of entertainment. Entry is $10. Download the flyer,
or find out more on Facebook,
https://www.facebook.com/events/2271033546344211/

QPAC’s, Creative Fusions, an inspiring music workshop program fusing diverse musical and cultural styles, is on Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 July at the Cremorne Theatre.

Creative Fusions is for musicians aged 10 to 100 years of all levels of experience who share a passion for music, and want to develop new skills, and perform alongside professional role models.

Led by Dr Anthony Garcia and Sounds Across Oceans, and featuring a team of experienced Queensland teaching artists, Creative Fusions is a 3-day workshop process to foster self-expression and experimentation. From Chinese zither or African Djembe, to ukulele, jazz guitar, classical violin, or didgeridoo – participants can immerse themselves in music-making heaven and learn how to jam in groups, create new sounds and songs, and learn about other cultures and music styles.

Creative Fusions is intercultural and inter-generational! It’s a safe, supervised environment for young musicians and older community musicians to collaborate in music-making. Come on your own or come with a relative or friend. The program culminates in a Friday night performance, showcasing original compositions and fresh arrangements developed throughout the learning journey, and giving participants the opportunity to perform for family and friends.

Full price registration is usually $320. A special offer of $230 is available to BUMS Inc members. Please email to get the promocode. 

Registration includes:
– Attendance at the 3-day workshop program
– Workshop materials
– Light meal on Friday evening
– Four free tickets for family or friends to see the Friday night performance

Visit https://www.qpac.com.au/event/creative_fusions_19/ to find out more.

Buy Creative Fusions tickets. Remember to contact the Gigmeister to get the promo code before you buy.

Complete the online registration form.

“I’m all about that bass” workshop has been designed exclusively for BUMS who play bass.

Accomplished Brisbane musician Mark Cryle, took a poll of his fellow musos to discover what abilities make a good bass player. He has extracted and distilled this into a workshop which will enable you to get better at playing bass on your own and with others.

The workshop will focus on bass as an ensemble instrument and will be divided into 3 sections.

  1. Bass as a rhythm instrument: understanding the fundamentals of time keeping.
  2. “No one knows the chord until the bass player decides which note to play!”: understanding the concept of the “root note” ; knowing when to play it and when not to.
  3. What to play between the “root notes”: understanding the importance of scales and harmony theory in deciding which notes to play and not to play.

When it comes to improving your bass playing faster, nothing beats than actually getting out and playing with other musicians.

To get the most out of this workshop participants need have the fundamentals of playing bass, and know notes of the bass fret board and be comfortable playing. This is NOT a beginners workshop.

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

Mark Cryle began playing bass at age 14 in high school bands. In the intervening years he has played on international and Australian festival stages, in concert halls and theatres, recording studios, clubs, pubs, churches, markets on the backs of trucks and once in a cemetery. As well as being an experienced and accomplished bass player, Mark also plays mandolin and guitar and is a highly-acclaimed songwriter.

SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019

COORPAROO BOWLS CLUB

TIME: 9:30 am until 12 Noon .

             Door opens 9:00 am. Please check in and set up ready to start at 9:30 am

TICKETS $25: Buy your tickets directly below.

BUMS DISCOUNT CODES: BUMS financial members tickets $5 after promo code.

Check your email 21 June 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for Bass Workshop with Mark Cryle 27 July 2019.
Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BDOGB
Choose Workshop BUMS Member Ticket and enter promo code at checkout. TIPS for using Trybooking here
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50. 

WHAT TO BRING

  • U Bass/ Bass guitar,
  • Amp,
  • Jug lead [power chord for amp],
  • Lead for bass,
  • pen, notebook,
  • extension cord,
  • snack and water.

Please note: The Coorparoo Bowls Club bar will not be open.