Melbourne to Warrnambool Bike race Playout
WUG to meet at 12.30 McDonalds corner 12.30pm
Date: Saturday October 17th
Venue: Raglan Parade Median Strip between Liebig and Banyan Street
Time: 1pm – Play on stage 20 mins
Parade Time: 2pm –
Parade Course: Raglan Parade from Kelp through to Liebig Street
The Bicycle Race Song List can be found at:
Bicycle Race Song List in the List Page or as follows:
On the Road Again
King of the Road
Take Me Home Country Roads
Take it Easy
Day trip to Bangor
Six Days on the Road
Bicycle Built for Two
Pedal your blues away
The Pushbike Song
To polish your wee uke, it’s recommended you use a clean, soft cloth to wipe down the entire instrument. Oil from your skin takes its toll over time and keeping gunk for building up will save your finish. For a deep clean every now and then you could try out some official ‘instrument polish’. Lots of people also rub some lemon oil into the fret board to completely spiff it up. (Dunlop Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil etc, etc, blah di blah).
You can of course choose to keep people from Poland clean as well if you like, but they are probably already really good at keeping up with that sort of thing on their own. And might look at you oddly if you suddenly started cleaning them. Probably best stick to your uke.
Although, a gloriously lemon scented Polish person…thumbs up!
The first ukulele was reportedly made in 1879.
This is also the year Ned Kelly and his mates raided the town of Jerilderie, someone used a parachute for the first time in Oz, Captain Moonlight got into a tragic gun fight with police near Gundagai (seriously, what sort of rubbish bush ranger name is Captain Moonlight), Robert Clyde Packer (media empire founder of THOSE Packers) was born and over in New York, The Pirates of Penzance opened in a theatre on Fifth Avenue.
If one day ‘when was the first uke ever made’ becomes a trivia question, you may now loftily toss the correct answer out. Or just snigger quietly about stupid bushranger names, whichever works for you best.
(picture courtesy of ukuleletricks.com)
Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. A less common sized uke (but we have a couple of Wuggers with them) is the even smaller sopranissimo or ‘pocket uke’. Then of course there are hybrid ukes and oh my there are a few of those!
The soprano is the most traditional size at 51 cm, so let’s have a squizz at it.
The soprano uke is classed as the original sized ukulele. It is famous for its classical tinny or thin sound which people have come to commonly associate with ukuleles. The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction.
A soprano uke generally has between 12-15 frets. The frets are closer together than in the larger sized ukuleles.
Soprano ukes tend to be a bargain price wise, with them coming in on average at $30 and going up in price dependent on the brand and the materials they are made from.
Ukuleles are generally made of wood, though some are made partially or entirely of plastic or other materials. Cheaper ukes are often made from plywood or laminate woods. More expensive ukuleles are made of solid hardwoods like mahogany. (Ooooh nice!) The traditional wood for ukuleles was Koa, the second most common tree in Hawaii.
Because the strings sometimes have less tension on a soprano uke, you might find you accidentally flip a string out of tune, but they do settle down after a while and the more you play your uke, the better behaved it tends to be.
Regardless of cost, wood type, colour or style, the soprano uke is a great little instrument. It’s adorable and it makes a great racket. What more could you want? To make it look like a piece of fruit. THAT’S what.
According to the Ukulele Unlimited Newsletter:
“If you happen to find yourself in Dublin’s fair city and you fancy some ukulele music, head over to Ukulele Tuesday at the Stag’s Head Pub, just a five minute walk from bustling Grafton Street. A fervent group of uke enthusiasts takes over the upstairs portion of the well-known watering hole every Tuesday evening at 7:45. Judging by this video–a rousing cover of the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer”–there is loads of fun to be had!”
WUG had a crack a this song a few years ago at our Christmas Party. Maybe it’s time to trot it out again! Enjoy.