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Have you branched out into baritone?

Ukes come in many sizes and shapes, and can be adapted to different styles of music. We see more and more baritone ukuleles at the jams and in our performing groups.

Why play a baritone?

The baritone provides a great transition from 6-string instruments like guitar to playing with 4 strings. If you’re having a hard time adjusting to the GCEA tuned ukulele, this might be the solution for you. Baritone ukulele is a great guitar alternative. Moving from a guitar to baritone ukulele is very easy because most of chord shapes are the same (the exception being that the bottom two strings are just not there). For some people the longer fretboard of the baritone can be a better fit than shorter ukulele fretboards. Compared to a guitar, the string tension is less, and the fret spacing is closer together, and there are only 4 strings to bar. And a baritone uke is so much more portable than a guitar.

Here’s your chance to get started by joining qualified ukulele teacher, Garry Collins at …

Venue: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Date: Saturday 25 May 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 or 4:00 pm

Garry Collins has a Certificate 3 in teaching ukulele having trained under James Hill for three years. He has played the baritone ukulele for five years, performing with the Brisbane Uketet.

TICKETS $25

BUY TICKET ONLINE AT TRYBOOKING https://www.trybooking.com/487224

BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code (Check your email 24 March Subject: Members Promo Code for Introduction to Baritone Ukulele Workshop )
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50 TIPS for using Trybooking here

Workshop description

If you have a baritone ukulele and want to know the differences it has to the standard ukuleles, or even if you don’t have one but are thinking about getting one and want to find out about it before you spend your money then this workshop will answer your questions.

This workshop is suitable for any, beginners to advanced. You will learn how the baritone is tuned, the differences and the similarities the baritone has to other ukuleles. The basic chords in all keys on the baritone. A few different methods you can use on the baritone to play along with others and enhance the overall sound.

Towards the end we will have a bit of a jam so you can get used to baritone chording. To join in the last bit you will need a baritone ukulele and a tuner. There will be a spare (one only) for those who don’t have one but would like to try it out. If you have access to a standard tuned guitar you can use that.

A copy of notes from the workshop and a chord chart will be given to all participants.


If you would like to join BUMS (and get great perks like special prices for workshops) on our membership page.

Check out what jams, workshops, and performances are happening every month on the News & Events page.

If you live on the northside and you’re looking for a Bootcamp closer to home, come to the FREE April Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Nundah. Beginners Bootcamp is specifically for ukulele players who can move smoothly amongst the basic chords like C, F & G7, and perhaps Am & G.

John and Keryn will run the April Bootcamp at the Nundah Brisbane City Council Library on two consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Session 1: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Session 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp offers practice tips, finger dexterity drills, ear training exercises, basic music theory, and how to find clues for playing songs in sheet music. The chords used in this course include A,  A7, Am, Am7, C, C6, C7, Cmaj7, D, D7, Dm, E7, F, G, and G7.

Registrations open on 1 March 2019. Bookings are for two sessions. Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your uke and tuner.

Please only register if you are available for both sessions. Each person must register separately. The group size is limited to 24 participants. If you miss out, please add your name to the waiting list. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Booking into Session 1 automatically books you into Session 2.

Absolute Beginners Bootcamp was run at Bulimba BCC Library on 13 & 20 February. The course was over-subscribed, so we opened it up to the waiting list. One of our enthusiastic bootcampers, Donna Singleton, has this to say …

Why Bootcamp?

Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamps are FREE. There is your first draw card.

And, what have you got to lose? A few hours on a Wednesday night?

Session 2, Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Bulimba, February 2019

Three marvellous people, Keryn, Julie and John have designed classes to make it easier for people to start playing the ukulele, and not fluff around trying to mimic others. There are many videos on YouTube, but if you are not musically minded, this can be very daunting. Now you can say goodbye to the ‘daunt’.

At Bootcamp you learn basic strumming and picking techniques and how to read music notation, all in a very relaxed manner. The pace is set by the group on the night so that nobody is left behind. The song choices are varied, which is nice, and unexpected, as they all have limited chords. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the lessons designed to give a basic understanding of how music is written and played, and how to recognise the sounds of notes and chords, and to feel rhythm. We also learned how to take care of and strengthen our fingers and hands.

We played … I use that term loosely … a few simple tunes on the first night. A pretty good achievement, I thought. We were supplied with notes and songsheets from the session for our homework. When we returned for the second class, we had all practised for different amounts of time. I tell you what though, by the end of that final class, we were playing more chords and more difficult tunes without too much pausing.

For a bunch that couldn’t play a chord at the beginning of the previous week, this was really pretty cool. For non-music teachers, these three are pretty awesome uke teachers.
I am now looking forward to the Beginners  Ukulele Bootcamp in March.

Donna Singleton


Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp

Registrations are currently open for:

Celtic Ukulele Workshop on 16 March 2019

Saturday 16 March 2019

D tuned ukulele offers you an elegant pathway to the ephemeral magic of Irish Traditional Music (ITM)
This 1.5 hour workshop opens the door to participants of any skill level, through the study of popular song and instrumental technique on ukulele tuned in D.
Main presenters Peter McMeel and Brendan Williams have over 100 years musical experience between them. Brendan, a son of the Emerald Isle, is a world class multi-instrumentalist, specialist ITM teacher and ukulele enthusiast. Peter McMeel, Brendan’s student of 30 years, is also a highly experienced multi-instrumental teacher and ukulele enthusiast. They will be ably supported by half a dozen regular participants of the Toowong Twin ITM Session as well. We have all been playing D tuned ukuleles together for the past couple of years at the Toowong Twin Session.
The ukulele, once it is tuned in D, perfectly joins the panoply of the more usual ITM instruments such as tin whistle, fiddle, banjo, guitar & concertina etc. Ukulele is a perfect accompaniment instrument too. This makes the ukulele tuned in D an intelligent first choice instrument for ITM.

Participants will learn

    • The purpose and method of D tuning, it’s relevance to the Irish Tradition.
    • Repertoire appropriate to student skill level. Eg Beginner- Raglan Road song, and ukulele accompaniment.
    • An overview of intermediate level strum hand technique and it’s nomenclature as per the March 6 Session at Coorparoo BUMS.
    • Scales in D tuning. The D scale in D tuning. (Your C scale.) Em & G.
    • Complete performance of Song or Instrumental.

Members of the Toowong Twin Sessions will be on hand, to play along on traditional instruments and more ukes of course!

Saturday 16 March 2019

Zillmere Hall
52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034

10:00 -11:30 AM
Doors open 9:45

TICKETS $25
BUMS Inc Members $5 (2018-2019 financial year)

Get your tickets now on Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/464379


Uke Plays Irish meet weekly Thursdays at Toowong Bowls Club.

INVITATION

To get you familiar with Irish Traditional Music, we invite you come to

BUMS Inc Big Uke Jam at Coorparoo on

Wednesday 6 March  at 7 pm.

Peter and Brendan will demonstrate the skills and repertoire and incredible potential of Irish Traditional Music on the uke. You can then purchase a cash ticket, let us know your skill level and receive some prep information.


Your workshop presenter Peter McKeel.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

    • Get a tenor or concert ukulele.
    • Reserve it for Linear D tuning.
    • Fit a strap to it.
    • Tune Linear D.     1st-B, 2nd-F#, 3rd-D, 4th– low A. (suggest using an electronic tuner)

When you buy your ticket keep an eye out for an email with a link to the preparation which will enhance your enjoyment of the workshop.

Email Pete at peter.mcmeel45@gmail.com with any questions about the workshop.


For any questions about Trybooking email Jo Kunde at mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com

Come along to gain a basic knowledge of audio systems, specifically the audio system in use at Cooparoo Jam.

Brisbane Ukuleles AV wizard Blair Marks shares the secrets of AV at Coorparoo JamLearn how to set up the gear we use for our Coorparoo Jam from our AV wizard Blair Marks.

Come along to gain a basic knowledge of audio systems, specifically the audio system in use at Cooparoo Jam.

This workshop gives you all the tips and tricks if you’d like to get your own jam going, be a part of our Coorparoo crew, or up-skill for your own band set up.

This is a FREE workshop to wrap up 2018. Bring your uke for a short jam to check the sound gear!

DATE: Saturday 10 November
TIME: 10:00AM-12:00PM
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club- 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo.

 

Blair  will cover :

  • How the system goes together.
  • Basic signal flow and the benefit of good labelling.
  • Basic operation of the mixing desk.
  • Microphone types, uses and technique.
  • Basic acoustic theory.
  • Cable maintenance and rolling practice.

The aim of this workshop is to create a backup crew. Blair is such an integral part of the success of our Coorparoo jam, we need a trained up team  for those times he can’t be there.

Get for your FREE ticket on Trybooking- https://www.trybooking.com/YSSQ

We break for lunch then the BUMS Annual Test & Tag will be on in the afternoon 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. If you have any electrical gear that you use for BUMS gigs or jams you are welcome to bring it along.

Missing SPRUKE Festival?

BUMS has a big weekend of ukulele for you in October. Join us for a Cabaret- Look What They’ve Done! A entertaining night for all music lovers and ukulele enthusiasts featuring international artists, Manitoba Hal (Canada) and Ukulele Russ (USA) as well as homegrown acts Tyrone & Lesley, The Hypnotonics, and Peter Ransom. Our MC is Tyrone and added attractions Donna & Derek, and Mick Angeles.

EXTRA BONUS- For those having too good a time to go home, Ukulele Russ will be playing in the Green Bar downstairs until 11pm!

Raffles & Prizes

TICKETS $39
Ticket includes a BBQ with gluten free options available (choose this option when buying tickets).

VIP TICKETS $66
Includes Cabaret on Friday night and two workshops on Saturday with Manitoba Hal and Ukulele Russ (Limited available)

Friday 12 October 2018

7:00pm

Coorparoo Bowls Club- 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo, 4151

PLEASE NOTE: This is a catered event. There are no tickets at the door. Purchase your tickets by Sunday 7th October 2018.

If you have a table of 6/7 please advise Jo Kunde via mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com.

Best Value for BUMS members

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If you have recently joined BUMS and did not receive the promo-codes email Jo Kunde at mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com.

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BUMS members SAVE with promo-codes. Check your email 11/08/2018, subject: BUMS Big Weekend Of Uke Promo-codes.

Massive savings for our loyal financial members! You don’t need the VIP Package … don’t select the VIP ticket. Purchase the Cabaret and both workshops with the members promo-codes and get the 3 events for $56! Save $10 over the VIP ticket.

Save 10% on Cabaret tickets and 50% on each workshop. Members Tickets limited to 2 per event. Each ticket attracts a .30 booking fee. If you didn’t receive an email, time to renew your membership.

Scroll down for tips on How To Buy Tickets.

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Workshop with Manitoba Hal and Ukulele Russ on Saturday 13 Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want even more ukulele? Check out Vic Kena’s Ukulele Extravaganza on Saturday night at Bulimba Golf Club.

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HOW TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

BUMS members it’s easy to buy all your tickets in one transaction even though they are three separate events. Each ticket has a .30 booking fee.
Go to the Trybooking Cabaret Night page 

Click the yellow BOOK NOW button in the top right
1. Select your ticket Cabaret- BUMS member (Limit 2),
  • Click yellow NEXT button in bottom right.
  • If you require a Gluten Free meal choose YES from the drop down box.
  • Click yellow NEXT button.
2. Look for GIFT / PROMOTIONAL CODE bottom right-hand side
  • Enter Code (Tip- copy & paste)

3. Click yellow APPLY and wait for page to refresh.

4. Choose FIND OTHER EVENTS if you want to buy tickets for the Workshops.

  • They will appear on the right hand side or you can search for them
  • Follow step 1-4 again for each event. Use the individual promo-code for each event.
5. Choose BUY MORE TICKETS if you want to go back and buy tickets for family and friends.
6. When you have completed the last ticket selection proceed to checkout.

Need more help with Trybooking? Check out these tips first.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact Jo Kunde via mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com.

 

 

AJ Leonard & Jenny Rowlands return to BUMS for a concert and workshop 15 September 2018 at Samual Grays Cafe Albany Creek.

AJ Leonard & Jenny Rowlands Workshop and Concert

Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society (BUMS) is excited to welcome A J Leonard and Jenny Rowlands back to Brisbane.

Multi instrumentalist, arranger and recording artist A.J. Leonard is one of Australia’s pioneer ukulele players and is highly regarded to be among the best in the world. After attending the VCA Jenny Rowlands continued her study of the cello overseas and has performed professionally throughout the classical scene in Australia. Together they are a true melding of musical minds, known on the world circuit for their unique ukulele/cello interplay and finely crafted arrangements.

WORKSHOP- Variety Is The Spice Of Life! 
AJ’s Philosophy- In the 70’s I was fortunate to learn strumming techniques from a master that I still use today. These techniques as far as I know are unique even in today’s omnipresent ukulele culture. Our strumming hand produces the sound. The right hand or “the engine room” is so called because it’s what drives and controls the rhythm and dynamics. It’s like a runaway horse that needs to be tamed and controlled.
You’ll need:
  • Skill Level- A knowledge of common chords (Intermediate)
  • Learn multi task strumming to enhance the rhythmic possibilities in your playing
  • Requirements- Bring your ukulele … Baritones are welcome but perhaps helpful if they bring a capo!

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Samual Grays Cafe and Craft Beer Bar.  
735 Albany Creek Road, Albany Creek. 4035

Workshop 2:00-3:00pm and Concert 3:30 – 4:30pm 
Food, craft beer and great coffee available for purchase during the break. Lunch available from 11:00am before workshop ring to book your table 32645227.

TICKETS

Tickets on sale now at Eventbrite- https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aj-leonard-jenny-rowlands-workshop-and-concert-tickets-48637097869

BUMS member Workshop & Concert $10 (SAVE $20 with promo code – Limit 2)

Workshop & Concert $30

Concert only $15

All tickets + booking fee.

Members check your email 15/08/2018. Subject: AJ Leonard & Jenny Rowlands Tour-  BUMS members SAVE $20 with this promo-code. Sender: mediamanager@brisbaneukulele.com

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HOW TO BUY YOUR  TICKET
It’s easy go to Eventbrite

  1. Click the green TICKETS button
  2. BUMS members click Enter Promotional Code on top right FIRST and enter your code.
  3. Wait for page to refresh.
  4. Choose BUMS Member Workshop & Concert  (Limit 2)
  5. Choose any other tickets you require.
  6. Proceed to checkout

Ukulele Death Squad workshops 22 September 2018

BUMS is excited to present Ben, Julian, Reuben and Eamonn from the worlds most dangerous ukulele group, The Ukulele Death Squad, for two workshops of ukulele mastery.

Saturday 22 September 2018

Workshop 1- 1pm to 2:30pm
Workshop 2- 3pm to 4:30pm

Coorparoo Bowls Club-22 Riddings Road Coorparoo 4151

 

TICKETS
Workshop 1- $20
Workshop 2- $20
Both Workshops-$30 BEST DEAL!

BUMS members save 30% with promo code- Check your email 28/08/2018

Workshop 1 – Beginner and intermediate Ukers welcome
Join the Ukulele Death Squad, and dive into an in depth look at alternative strumming patterns.
We all know how to strum our ukes, but the Death Squad will deliver some easy, some hard and some death defying new patterns to keep your strumming interesting and diverse.
BYO Music Stand. Materials to take home.

Workshop 2 – Beginner and Intermediate players welcome.
Ben, Julian, Reuben and Eamonn from the worlds most dangerous ukulele group, The Ukulele Death Squad, in an hour of ukulele mastery.
This workshop is designed for ukulele players that are looking to think outside the box, and break away from the standard strum patterns and finger picking.
The Squad will dissect a song, and give us many options on how we can play alternative parts to our neighbour or fellow musicians. Particularly in bigger groups. We can fall into the trap of everyone playing the same parts, why not build dynamic and variation, by everyone offering something different to add to our songs, especially when we have larger groups or ensambles.
BYO Music Stand. Materials to take home.

See Ukulele Death Squad perform at Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall on Sunday 23 September 2018.
Get tickets http://buytickets.at/ukuleledeathsquad/17

The Ukulele Death Squad strives to entertain and wow their audiences by pushing the boundaries of the small four stringed instrument– the Ukulele.

Exploding onto the scene in February 2017 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, they blend their own ukulele style with Flamenco, Mexican, rap and Folk, with an energetic performance that goes beyond anything audiences have ever seen. The Death Squad have already managed to achieve sold-out Adelaide & Edinburgh Fringe Festival Seasons in 2017/2018. Also taking out “Best Music Act” of the whole 2018 Adelaide Fringe. In fact they have sold out every single show to this day. The UDS will warp your perceptions of ukuleles one nylon string at a time With stage-craft, mad thumping rhythms and outrageous solos, they will quite literally blow your minds. Enter at your own risk

LINKS

Website: https://www.ukedeathsquad.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ukedeathsquad
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ukedeathsquad/

Off to a flying start … mastered C, F & G7 and looking for more?

Build your strength and confidence and master a new set of chords at Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamp’s free September beginners’ course.  Attendance is specifically for beginners who can move smoothly between C, F and G7, but want to master more.

Location & Dates
Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, 219 Oxford Street, Bulimba, Q 4171
Session 1: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Session 2: Wednesday 19 September 2018.
Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your uke and tuner.

Julie, John and Keryn will revise ukulele basics with Am, C, F and G7, and use mastery drills to add more chords and songs to your repertoire.

No notetaking required. You’ll be much too busy. We cover a lot of material in each session, so you’re unlikely to master everything at Bootcamp. Detailed notes with supporting resources designed to help you structure your own practice sessions will be emailed to participants after each session. Practising for 10-15 minutes most days of the week following the Bootcamp sessions will help you to consolidate what you learn.

Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp offers practice tips, finger dexterity drills, ear training exercises, basic music theory and how to find clues for playing songs in sheet music. The chords we’ll use for this course’s drills, chord progressions and songs include A,  Am, A7, Am7, C, C6, C7, Cmaj7, D, Dm, D7, E7, F, G, and G7.

Registration: Please register via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/XLMU. Registrations open on Saturday 11 August 2018. Bookings are for two sessions. Please only register if you are available for both sessions. As the group size is limited to 20 participants, if you think you have missed out, please add your name to the waiting list. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Saturday 8 September 2018.