Happy New Year!

Being a new year, it would seem traditional to have a resolution, or at the very least a challenge – and that’s what I have planned. It’s actually more a result of the Uke Orchestra and those people who are asking me for lessons, and of course personal interest too! The challenge is to spend more time looking at picking tunes and patterns.

We made a fantastic start on this in the first meeting of the Ukulele Orchestra this week. A few months ago I saw the UOGB (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) on the TV performing a compilation of songs with a mixture of strumming and picking – ‘we’re going to do that!’ I decided. So in the most recent Raunds Uke book I wrote out the arrangement with words and picking, it’s got the imaginative ‘Uke Mix’ title for the moment.

So we tried this out on Thursday and the results were amazing! It took about 40 minutes for us to learn it, and we were mentally exhausted by the end, but it is going to sound amazing. I felt a bit sorry for the new members who joined us, but they were smiling just as much as us!

That’s the plan for this year then, picking tunes and using more tab. We are already booked up until the summer with various performances at the Raunds Music Festival, a concert in Thrapston and performing with the Raunds Community Choir in the summer. Loads to look forward to!

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