Hi Wuggers, just to inform you that the WUG website has had some minor changes made in light of Kevin & Annie leaving the group. The password to access the site remains the same.
Julie has offered herself, (brave lady) to stand in as organizer for the meantime, until we reorganize ourselves and plan our future strategy for the group. Everything else re venue, time & place will remain the same.
It was suggested last Monday nite, that we each bring a new song for the group to consider for our new song book. So please songs with not too hard chords and one’s that would be appropriate for our group.
Look forward to seeing you all next Monday night… and help us to keep the group progressing.
Cheers for now’
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Please find attached the play list for Moyneyana, 11.00 am Sunday 21 January. We will start to practice this Monday night as well as when we return after Xmas break – Monday 15 January.
Moyeyana 2018 Play List.pdf
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.
what’s a weekend without a bit of cake…nom, nom, nom, nom. Except maybe be careful nibbling on the last one, you might break your teeth. (if you click on any of the images in theory they’ll pop up bigger)
ukulele cake 5 web
ukulele cake 2