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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:

What a great time was had by all at the introduction to ukulele night put on by Morris Brothers Music, BUMS and Linda’s Uke‘N’Sing. There were about 140 beginners attending. It was a great place to start for people with no or limited knowledge as the information was simple and clear — so easy to follow. At the start we were taught what all the bits on the ukulele were called, how to hold it and all the essential things like that. We quickly moved on though, and were playing our first song within 10 minutes from the start!

The songs to follow were a good selection of quick to master songs. The music and lyrics were projected onto a large screen at the front of the room, making it easy to see and follow along.

Linda & Paul with lyrics on the big screen.

The enthusiasm and joy buzzing around the room was infectious,” said Pam one of the participants. Linda who was leading the class had an easy manner, and an all inclusive way to make sure everyone got something out of the session. Linda and Paul (who was also running the class) worked very well together and clearly loved what they were doing.

Linda demonstrates chord shape.

We had several breaks for people to rest their fingers, have a drink, ask questions and chat with other beginners. The age range of the participants was from school-aged children to retirees, and everything in-between. Everyone was keen to learn and have fun.

There were many volunteers from BUMS on hand to give support to the beginners with things like tuning, finger placement, strumming and other tips. Morris Brothers Music had a pop-up shop with all things ukulele, so any necessary purchases could be made, and advice given.

At the end of the evening, although many had sore fingers, the enthusiasm was still buzzing and the nerves had been replaced with a feeling of achievement.

Over 140 Ferny Grove beginners & BUMS volunteers, Feb 2019

What a wonderful night, such enthusiastic teachers and learners. We had such fun and were playing songs from the beginning!” said J.H.

It was a great night and I have learnt so much,” said H.E. ‘We had a lovely night. I would recommend it to everyone. It won’t disappoint!” said V.N.

Margaret Zordan

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 with any questions about the workshop.


For any questions about Trybooking email Jo Kunde at

Blair Marks

BUMS Audio System Workshop

The workshop was held at the Coorparoo Bowls Club on 10 November 2018 from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm, under the guidance of BUMS audio-visual wizard, Blair Marks. The workshop was attended by approximately 20 or so geeky ukulele players keen to be inducted into the magical world of how to make more noise and make it sound nice.

The workshop got off to a entertaining start with Blair demonstrating how to roll a cable without kinks and knots appearing when the said cables were unrolled (or ‘thrown’ as Blair referred to it). It looked very easy when it was demonstrated, but all sorts of strange things happened when the participants were each given a cable to practise with.

The workshop then moved on to microphones with a rundown of the different types including omni, cardioid, hypercardioid and condenser, their sensitivity and the various configurations where they are used.

 

There was also a quick demonstration of how to setup a microphone stand and the various issues that should be considered including the layout of the cables to minimise occupational health and safety issues and to make it easier for the performer. Sprinkled in amongst this part of the workshop was some basic acoustic theory.

We were then introduced to the world of the mixing desk and its basic operation. The system currently in use at the Cooparoo jam uses an iPad (or similar) based interface to give digital control using a wireless digital mixer.

The particular unit demonstrated was the Mackie Master Fader (the Master Fader App which is available free for Android, Mac and PC control) A number of workshop participants downloaded the app during the workshop. Digital mixing accommodates everything from the most simple mixes to complex applications involving massive processing. One major advantage of digital mixing is that it’s scalable and customisable. 

The balance of the workshop involved putting the system together and trouble-shooting including the control of feedback. The use of effects, such as reverb, were also covered at this stage. When the audio system had finally been assembled, the various cables (whether vocal or instrumental) were clearly labelled and ‘loomed’ together to make future setups less complex.

 

Finally, it was also decided that a roster would be drawn up with two persons each month being nominated to assist Blair in the set up for the Cooparoo Jam. The aim of this exercise was to ensure that BUMS had a core of members familiar with the set up of the audio system who would be able to step in to ensure it was always available even if Blair was not. If you have sound experience please contact our Gigmeister, John Henderson, to be added to the roster ().

All those attending thanked Blair for his clear explanation of the sometimes complex issues involved in audio system configurations, agreed that it was a very valuable exercise and that a more advanced workshop should be considered along with one addressing video issues.

      

 

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.

Russ' workshop

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 .

Best Value for BUMS members

*** UPDATE****

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

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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 .