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Updated: Aug 16, 2019


Hi, this is the very first Blog for HUG!

I will use this Blog to communicate with the group each week and to share hints tips and guidance for anything ukulele.

RIPPLE new song

We are working on the song called Ripple, it is a song by a Band called The Grateful Dead.

the Dead are not really known for tuneful songs but in fact did write some great songs.

We will learn Ripple, the chords are quite easy. The strum will be D D UDUDU STRUM.

Alternatively, playing the G string as the first D (down strum) followed by a D U D U D U, this strum is a great strum for this song as it accents the bass.

This is a great song to feature singing and we will work on the arrangement.

As well as Ripple, we will play our favourites and some of our newer songs.

I have been told that the U3A person responsible for membership will attend this Friday so as to sign up our new people. There are many other interests and activities for you to get involved with as a member of the U3A, check out the link on our website to Heswall U3A.


Very often we will be holding a chord for a number of beats. When this is the case we can create interest in our playing by using some very simple techniques. Take a C chord for example, when playing C for more than 1 or 2 beats, we can simply lift our finger say on the 2 and the 4 beats of a 4 beat (remember, it is likely that we will be playing in 4/4 time, that is 1 2 3 4). Lifting your finger like this creates an interesting sound rather than just a relentless C strum, try it, its very easy. In the same way, you can simply lift a finger on most chords to create interest when you are holding on a particular chord. You might do this just before you change to the next different chord in the song.Have a go, see how creative you can get.

POST MEETING NOTE 16th August 2019

A big thanks for everyones contribution today, it is important that you are never taken for granted. Really do appreciate your support of our group. we are differentiating ourselves from other groups by including learning and development within our sessions and building our own identity.

I will steadily grow the Blog as I can. Also if others have a Ukulele specific contribution or any other HUG related information you would like to share then please let me know. I will post them in future Blogs.


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