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Making Music Happen

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CuriousKate Fri 05-Dec-14 09:47:33

I live in a rural area and haven't always found the opportunities to join musical groups that there are in towns and cities. But when there's nothing to be found, set something up, is my motto! Just started a ukulele band with the aim of getting people to play and sing who haven't thought of having a go before. It's a case of the blind leading the blind! We meet weekly and although I start each piece off, it's open house as to the arrangements and indeed the songs that we play/sing. Very much a community group. We were out performing yesterday and it's lovely to see people jigging up and down or singing to the music we make. OK, so we don't always get it right and bum chords creep in from time to time, but people love it and it gives us pleasure.

I think if you set up a group stating clearly you're no expert, you will get people along who want to play together or sing together - because they won't feel threatened by your expertise and the fear they'll get it wrong. As for the ukulele - it's so popular. One of the easiest instruments to learn, you don't need to be able to read music, and you can play/sing songs from any era. As for You Tube there are masses of tutorials on there and you can buy an instrument in the morning and be playing a tune and singing by the evening, though best not to buy a plastic one as they go out of tune all the time. Basically buy the best you can afford and get out there and make music. As someone once said - you can't pick up a ukulele without smiling! It's true! It's a fun instrument and music, to my mind, should be fun.

Mishap Fri 05-Dec-14 16:14:55

Quite agree. I have been facilitating local music making for years - it is a healthy and uplifting activity.

Eloethan Fri 05-Dec-14 18:15:46

That's really enterprising and imaginative CuriousKate. What a great idea - sounds fun.

janerowena Fri 05-Dec-14 22:01:53

I think I shall have to tell my friend that - no-one in this area plays that instrument, it never seemed to catch on in the way it did elsewhere and she moved here (east Anglia) from the Newcastle area and really misses it. She has even tried advertising for a tutor, no luck. I shall tell her to get youtubing!

shabby Sat 06-Dec-14 02:45:26

I have been debating whether or not to buy my DS a ukulele for Christmas and am definitely going to buy him one after reading your post. He loves all genres of music and plays a couple of instruments already and I think he will enjoy a uke.