September Second Meetup

Hey everyone! We had a second meetup this month to discuss things like the beer festival, how to progress as players etc. this evening, so I’m writing this post before I go to bed whilst information is fresh in my mind…

  • Extra meetups: It’s been decided that to help us prepare for the beer festival we’re going to meet up every two weeks, so the next meetup is on October 13th, and after that will be October 27th.
  • Structure of meetups: We’re going to focus on using the first half hour – forty five minutes of a meetup to focus on where people are struggling, more of a workshop style session before we get thrashing our ukes.
  • Beer festival: We’ve decided on a shortlist of 11 songs to consider performing at the beer festival and we’ve agreed that we want to have about half an hour of a set list, so that’s about 6 or 7 songs.
  • Strumming patterns: To help people with their strumming I have gone through songs in the songbook and figured out strumming patterns for most of them, and I’m going to try and include them in future songs next year. The strumming patterns can be found in this image below. If you weren’t here for this session, don’t worry if these don’t make much sense yet, I’ll explain again in October.Strumming Patterns

The shortlist of songs is:

  • Sloop John B (strumming pattern 2)
  • Common People (strumming pattern 3)
  • Teenage Kicks (strumming pattern 3)
  • Whiskey In The Jar (strumming pattern 3)
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (strumming pattern 1)
  • Rockin’ All Over The World (strumming pattern 3)
  • Stand By Me (strumming pattern 3)
  • Drunken Sailor (strumming pattern 1)
  • Ring of Fire (strumming pattern 2)
  • Bring Me Sunshine (strumming pattern 3)
  • Carnforth Station Blues (strumming pattern 2)

Those in bold we went through this evening and agreed that they were all definite possibilities, with the exception of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” as some struggle with the D chord shape, but we will revisit these and the other songs in October before making a final decision of which songs to perform.

If there’s anything I’ve missed, please do say so in the comments below.




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