April 3, 2017 – Hooray! Maxine bought her first ukulele, a beautiful Kala soprano complete with a gig bag. She arrived at our new location a bit early and received some private instruction. Boy, does she ever catch on quickly! She was able to play several songs and was delighted with “Ob-La, Di, Ob-La-Da”, the 300th song on our website. Sunshine who updated her membership just last week, suggested the song. She received her new membership card and also said that she would buy everyone a beer. Sunshine is full of surprises. Earlier today she did a solo performance at Maimonides Hospital for some of their residents. Yea! Great job Sunshine. Freda said that the evening was terrific and that everyone learned something. Claudio will be visiting with family in Buenos Aires in May. He will increase his repertoire of Latin rhythms there and will play them for us upon his return. The After Dinner Ukulele Society wishes all of our friends and supporters, a very happy holiday. See you all next time and happy strumming.
March 20, 2017 – Welcome to Wayne who joined us for the first time this evening and what a fun, warm and intimate evening it turned out to be. Wayne is a guitarist and we were all amazed at how easily he made the transition to the ukulele. Maxine borrowed one of our spare ukuleles. This was her 2nd time visiting us and muscle memory has already begun to set in. She was strumming away during the group songs. Great job Maxine! Freda and I began to work towards a public performance of “Cabaret” in the key of B. The group then played “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, “The Log Driver’s Waltz”, “Farewell to Nova Scotia” and “Tingalayo” in addition to several other songs. Brigitte asked who composed “Tingalayo”. I told her that it was written by my little donkey. The “Open Mike” part of the evening was also a great successs. Guy played “Just a Gigolo”, Freda played “It’s a Sin To Tell a Lie”, George played Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, and Brigitte played “Moon Shadow”. I played “If” in honour of my brother who is no longer winning and with us. Several other songs were played during “Open Mike” as well. Check out “Once Upon a Monday” in the photo gallery above. Also, don’t forget to check out the “Homework Page”. A big ADUS thank you to Brigitte for being our recording secretary.
March 6, 2017 – The After Dinner Ukulele Society is truly the place to be. Each time we meet, we are visited by more and more people. They all enjoy the experience. Today we were joined by Alyssa and Leontine; two young ladies who are no strangers to the ukulele. Thy both played beautifully during the “Open Mike” part of the evening. We began by forming small groups in order to teach and accommodate people at different levels of ukulele proficiency – from beginners to advanced players. The group then came together to play and sing many songs. “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad”, “Tingalyo”, “The Unicorn Song”, “I’m a Believer”, and “The Octopus’s Garden” were some of the group songs. Charlie, who first played the ukulele at our level I workshop only last week, played beautifully during the “Open Mike” part of the evening. “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad” was the song he chose. I guess it’s because he’s an engineer. (Pun intended) Guy and Claudio played The Beatles “When I’m 64” and a new arrangement of “Beyond the Sea”. Claudio also performed Al Jolson’s “April Showers”. Guy led the group in “The Lava Song”. Leontine played “Jimmy”. Alyssa played Fleetwood Mack’s “Dreams”. Freda played and sang the Judy Garland version of “Over the Rainbow”. Freda is an amazingly talented singer and teacher. Thank you Freda for working so hard with our beginners. George played “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. Wow! I played “It’s Not Unusual” and “Friendly Persuasion” Everyone who attended the meeting was given challenging ukulele projects to work on. See you all next time.
February 20, 2017 – Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome strikes again. Well…. It was bound to happen sooner or later but this time I’m the victim. I blame Maureen though; G_d bless her. She couldn’t give me one good reason for not purchasing my new Kala spruce/maple tenor cutaway travel uke. It was great seeing her again after her lengthy visit to Australia where she visited with her family. Maureen also visited a ukulele club in Perth. She told us that they play at a farmer’s market each week and that they encourage children to play ukuleles along with them. Many of our members are also world travelers. Guy returned from Russia where he and the real Dr. Patch Adams continued their volunteer work by sharing an exchange of love, laughter, tears, hugs, and compassion with orphan children there. We truly miss Guy while he travels the world engaging in humanitarian projects. Welcome back Guy! I would also like to welcome Sunny, Mark, Maxine, and Cathy who joined us for the very first time this evening. We hope to see you guys at the club often. Now on to the meeting… I worked with the beginners while the gang played and sang many songs together. They had a wonderful time. Here is a listing of the “Open Mike” numbers.Freda did a wonderful job playing “The Green, Green Grass of Home”. People couldn’t help joining in to sing the last chorus with her. George Played “Crazy” and “Let’s Get Together” from The Parent Trap. Everyone loved his performance. We especially appreciate the joy he experiences in playing. Guy played “Someone to Lava” and “Smile”. It’s amazing how his presentation brings out so much emotion in his audience. I played “You Are So Beautiful To Me”, “Alone Again Naturally”, “Blackbird”, “Hey There Delilah”, “Brandy” and a comedy number entitled “Ghost Chickens in the Sky”. Some people find it difficult to concentrate on my playing because I am so good looking. Thank you Oz for being our recording secretary.
February 6, 2017 – We met in the Legion Room. The chairs there were comfortable but not suitable for playing the ukulele because of the armrests. Don’t worry though; we will be back in the Activity Room for the next ukulele jam. Speaking of not worrying, we played “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as one of our warm-up songs. The evening began with the group playing and singing a welcoming song for George who was also presented with a songbook and a beautiful membership card complete with photo id. We were delighted to see Claudio again. He had missed several meetings due to his exams. He played a Spanish song and also introduced us to the song “Just a Gigolo”. Claudio has become a great ukulele player. Each time he performs I become jealous of his talent. He is a wonderful asset to the club. Freda is also improving by leaps and bounds. She is now playing eleven chord songs and has her eye on a banjo uke. New member Brigitte is catching on quickly. She has come down with UAS and has recently purchased her 2nd instrument, a beautiful Kala solid mahogany concert ukulele. George moved us during his “Open Mike” performance. This young CEGEP student really knows how to sing a song with feeling. Very impressive George! Maureen is back in town from her lengthy visit with her family in Australia. Jet lag prevented her from attending but we will see her at the next meeting. We hope to see you there too.
January 23, 2017 – Welcome to new members Brigitte and George who joined us for the first time this evening and what a productive evening it turned out to be. Freda took Brigitte who had never played the ukulele before, under her wing so to speak, and in another room, taught her to play several songs. Wow! What a great teacher Freda is! Brigitte caught on quickly and was able to perform during the “Open Mike” part of the evening. Brigitte plays a pink soprano Mahalo ukulele. George who is no stranger to the instrument, received several pointers on both left and right-handed technique. His playing improved considerably over the course of the evening. George plays a beautiful Kala cutaway concert uke which he acquired in Hawaii. Both newcomers are excited about the club and can hardly wait until our next meeting in February.
November 7, 2016 – This evening I announced a challenging ukulele contest for our members. You’ll have to check out the “Homework Page” though for all the details. Welcome back Irene. In addition to our special welcoming ceremony, Irene received her new songbook and membership card. We were joined by Anna and her 11 year-old son Jerry. Both learned their first song on ukulele after a bit of personalized instruction. This was their first time visiting us and we hope to see them at the club often. Yes, kids are welcome at the After Dinner Ukulele Society. As usual, Claudio and Sunshine entertained us with several wonderful songs during the “Open Mike” part of the evening. I played “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”. No, not on my ukulele but on my iPad. Hint: This relates to our contest. See you all next time and happy strumming.
August 15, 2016 – Tonight was another great evening of fun and learning at ADUS and what a great turnout we had. In addition to many of our regulars, we were joined Cathy and Irene. Cathy had never played a ukulele before. She received instruction on one of our spare ukuleles and was able to play a song before the evening ended. Irene has been playing for about a year and plays extremely well. Welcome aboard ladies. We began by playing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” as a warmup. This was followed by several other songs chosen from our extensive song book by our members and guests. Freda’s harmonies were beautiful. After the group song part of the evening, we continued working on our chunking technique in “Drop Baby Drop”. The “Open Mike” part of the evening was really entertaining. The musicality and skill of our performers really made me happy. I am amazed at how far members of the club have come in such a short period of time. Of course our teachers and everyone’s willingness to share technique, play no small part in our rapid advancement. Here is a partial listing of the evening’s solo performances. Giulia played “All Out Of Love” by Air Supply, “Tu” an Italian song by Umberto Pozzi, and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn. Talk about talent! Freda played “Hallelujah” (not the one by Leonard Cohen) and “Man Piaba”. Karen played a solo version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Eliezer played “The Shadow of Your Smile” accompanied by Claudio who provided a percussive Latin rhythm on the body of his Uke. Eliezer also played “Mama Look a Boo Boo” by Harry Belafonte, and a funny version of ” The Tennessee Waltz”. Lorraine played “Dona, Dona” by Aaron Zeitlin and Shalom Secunda. Great job everyone! Our next meeting will be dedicated to the music of Gordon Lightfoot so get out your ukuleles and practice one of his songs. ADUS meetings are really fun but don’t take my word for it. Come join us for a meeting and I’m sure you’ll agree. A big thank you to Oz, our recording secretary. See you all next time.
July 18, 2016 – Hooray! We received our new ukulele baseball hats today and are they ever beautiful. The hats were delivered by Sarah, Eliezer’s beautiful daughter. She is a real sweetheart and we hope that she will visit us again soon. Individuals ordered a variety of hat colours including red, purple, teal and blue. Two more hats were ordered at the end of the meeting. Well it turns out that Karen is an excellent teacher. She taught the group how to read ukulele tabs and everyone caught on. Way-to-go Karen! After our lesson, we sang many songs together from our ukulele book. Later on, Maureen tutored Ben our latest newcomer. The group then proceeded to the “Open Mike” part of the evening. I sang “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray and everyone joined me during the chorus. It was fantastic! Karen sang “Part of the Family”, one of her favourites and Freda did a very entertaining number. Freda we learned, is quite an actress and has many different voices in her repertoire . She is a very talented young lady. Barry took photos of us all with our new hats on and Eliezer will post them on our website as soon as he receives them. Speaking of Eliezer, he was unable to attend this evening because he was feeling a bit under the weather. The group really missed him though and hopes to see him at our next ukulele jam. Until then, happy strumming – Giulia.
July 4, 2016 – We all worked very hard. The evening began with some music theory about half steps, bar chords and how they relate to the fretboard. The group then applied their new knowledge to the song “Drop Baby, Drop”. (See the homework page for more detail.) We warmed-up with the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine”. Eight year old Marshall and his father still in their bathing suits, dropped by on their way back from the outdoor pool. They sang along with us for a while. Members received coloured printouts of both songs and everyone got the chance to choose a song for the group to play. During the “Open Mike” part of the evening, Giulia played “Sea of Love, Karen played our national anthem, Claudio played a multy-lingual song enjoining the mosquitos to go home and let him eat his burritos. Freda played “Mr. Sandman” and I played “Have Some Madeira M’dear” and “Arthur’s Theme”. Barry didn’t play but we did catch him singing along with the group. Everyone then returned home determined to improve their technique and to learn many of the new songs posted on our website.
June 20, 2016 – The group warmed up with “Tingalayo” a wonderful children’s song. The song is not too difficult and is really fun to play. Everyone sang and harmonized to this great calypso number. We played many other songs as a group and also worked on various techniques and on how to approach practicing. Guy gave us a strumming and chunking lesson to the tune of “Oloha’Oe”. Maureen with the help of Guy and Karen, taught us how to play “Clementine”. Freda gave us her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”. Anna , Karen’s mother, (we all called her “Mom”), played “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” and Karen played Kenny Rogers’s “Mary Did You Know”. In keeping with the evening’s theme, I played Two jazz numbers: “Blusette” and “When Sunny Gets Blue”. A great time was had by all.
June 6, 2016 – This evening we had a great turnout. Aileen and Louella visited us from out of town. They both have great voices and we are sorry that they cannot remain in Montreal. In addition to these two talented young ladies, we had the pleasure of meeting Anna, Bruce and Ben. The group split into two groups and I worked with the newbies. Everyone was amazed at how quickly these three beginners mastered their first song. I have the feeling that we will see a lot more of them in the future. During the group playing, everyone sang along to the many tunes. The “Open Mike” part of the evening was as usual, quite wonderful. Karen played ‘Edelweiss” and was asked to play it again because everyone wanted to sing along with her. Aileen played “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michelson, Louella played Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose”. This was a big hit with everyone especially with Freda, who is a huge Piaf fan. Freda played “Dream a Little Dream Of Me”. Great job Freda. Claudio played a Latin version of “Mac The Knife” and I played “Hello Young Lovers”. Everyone loved the new room. It is large, cozy and has a piano on which Giulia played “Right Here Waiting” for us. She also played an Alice Cooper number. This talented young lady then entertained us with a beautiful ukulele version of “Ti Amo” and a bit of Raspberry Berct. The theme of our next meeting is “Who is that girl?” Prepare a song using a girl’s name. (Windy, Hey There Delilah, Hey Jude etc). All in all, tonight was truly an amazing evening.
May 16, 2016 – Another great evening at the After Dinner Ukulele Society! New member Giulia brought her friend Barry to the meeting. We taught him his very first ukulele song and caught him singing away with the rest of the group. – Well done Barry. The members also worked on a new song “Mr. Sandman”. Check out the homework page for the details. Uh oh! Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome has struck again. Claudio showed up with a beautiful new travel ukulele. He said that he bought it for his daughter. (Yeah right). The open mike part of the evening was varied and as usual, highly entertaining. Giulia’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel” was wonderful. She has a beautiful voice as well. Guy had the group in hysterics with a comedic preparation for his performance. He is a master of timing and making people feel good. Duets were played in addition to many other songs too numerous to list here. The group also discussed the idea of designing a baseball cap containing the ADUS logo. There will be no theme for our next meeting. Anything goes! – ’till next time.
May 2, 2016 – Wow! Was this ever a fun meeting! This evening we were joined by three new people. A warm ADUS welcome to Karen, Giulia, and Sid. We all enjoyed playing and singing group songs during the first part of the evening. Guy brought a small pig who joined us in the singing of several songs. Don’t worry. The pig was made out of rubber. The “Open Mike” part of the evening was extremely interesting and entertaining. In keeping with our theme, Guy played “What a Day For a Daydream. This was followed by Claudio’s rendition of “April Showers”. Al Jolson would have been proud. Freda played “Dream a Little Dream Of Me”. The group could not help joining her for the 2nd verse of the song. Freda has a really great voice. Julie played “Stand By Me” and Karen played a solo version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. The rubber pig became jealous when I hammed it up (pun intended) by playing “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” and “It Might As Well Be Spring”. ADUS meetings just seem to be getting better and better. The theme for our next jam will be faces and various other body parts such as eyes, lips, noses, beards etc. It should be a lot of fun. See you all then.
April 18, 2016 – Hooray! Guy has returned from his trip to Guatemala. Guy as you may know, has been volunteering on Humanitarian Clown Missions in hospitals and orphanages with the real Doctor Patch Adams. It was a pleasure to have him back again. He will be in Montreal until his next humanitarian excursion. The group played several of the most recent songs on our site (Songbook 4) . We also worked on some advanced finger-picking technique. The theme of our next meeting will be spring. During the open mike part of the evening members will be able to show off their skills by playing a song related to spring. The song could mention spring, or a bird or sunny skies or anything relating to the topic. Friendship, learning, laughter and sharing, that’s what ADUS is all about.
March 21, 2016 – The group rehearsed Folsom Prison Blues for our next concert. Self praise is no recommendation but I must say we’re sounding pretty good. Johnny Cash would be pleased. We discussed recording the song. Several of our latest songs were played during the open mike part of the evening. We now have 261 songs posted on our site. The group also worked on an exercise which will guarantee mastery of bar chords. Check out the homework page for details. Happy strumming and happy spring.
March 7, 2016 – This evening’s Ukulele Jam was both fun and informative. We continued with our mastery of bar chords using the song “Blue Velvet”(See song book-3) and discussed alternate fingerings. Here at ADUS we really teach our members to become better ukulele players. The results are remarkable. Maureen asked me to show her the vamp for Canadian Sunset. It requires a bit of coordination and muscle memory. I have every confidence that she will master this challenging technique. I played my U-bass for several of the numbers. Everyone thought it sounded great and Claudio feels that we are ready to busk in the Metro. Three teenagers stopped by to listen to us play John Legend’s “All Of Me”. We received an ovation for our efforts. One of the teens asked if he could bring a keyboard to one of our meetings. Do they make ukuleles with keyboards? Don’t forget to check out the Homework page. Our next meeting is on the first day of spring. Till then, happy strumming.
February 15, 2016 – It was a busy night for the After Dinner Ukulele Society. The group rehearsed for our upcoming concert this Saturday evening. (See Future Events for the concert details.) We practiced singing into a microphone and some of us plugged our ukuleles into an amp. Our new location in the Aquatic Centre is really great. Many people stopped by to listen to us play. They enjoyed what they heard. We even found a bit of time to work on our bar chords. I will post a song containing many of these chords as soon as I can. Happy strumming and we’ll see you at the concert.
February 1, 2016 – We were joined by the lovely Yonga for the first time this evening. She is no stranger to the ukulele and plays quite well. Yonga has great musicality and is able to quickly catch on to songs which are new to her. I brought my U-bass to the meeting. I was a bit worried because I haven’t played the instrument for at least 7 months. My technique has diminished but everyone still agreed that the U-bass gave a certain depth to the music. Pun intended. We are looking forward to our concert next Monday and have chosen many well known songs . We hope that our audience will sing along with us. Hopefully we will post a review of the concert on our “Concert Reviews” page. Stay tuned.
January 18, 2016 – What a wonderful meeting! In addition to a good turnout, everyone was split in to two groups – one for beginners and the other for more advanced players. The advanced group all agreed that the adjoining room had great acoustics. (Our classroom has two rooms.) Our two new beginners are almost ready for our next concert which will be held on Monday February 8th at Forward House. This is an organization designed to help special needs adults attain an autonomous lifestyle and relative independence within the community. We are all looking forward to performing there. Back to the evening… Claudio brought his banjo ukulele. It’s amazing how certain songs are enhanced by this instrument and by his skillful playing. As usual, open mike was varied and entertaining. It included Lorraine’s rendition of “Dona, Dona”, Claudio’s rendition of “Ring of Fire” and Freda’s “My Wild Irish Rose”. I serenaded Maureen with Gershwin’s “Ive Got a Crush On You”. We all had a great time and we laughed as much as we played. We can hardly wait for our next ukulele jam, See you all on the 1st of February.
January 4, 2016 – Hooray! In spite of the cold weather, we had our first meeting of the new year and two new people showed up – Allan who originally comes from England and Dyane who hails from Montreal. Both came equipped with Kala soprano ukuleles. Dyane informed me that she loves the ukulele but can’t play it yet. I assured her that she would be able to play at least one song before the evening was over and I was right. Allan easily made the transition from guitar. Claudio demonstrated and taught his famous Rhumba strum. He also played the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” during the open mike part of the evening. Two young boys aged 8 and 6, joined us half-an-hour before the meeting began. I accompanied them as they sang “The Candyman”. Hope that you can join us next time.
December 7, 2015 – Well another year has gone by and the ukulele skills of our regulars have increased by leaps and bounds. It’s remarkable that even new people are able to master songs after just a bit of instruction. During tonight’s meeting, members were given personalized instruction on both technique and how to approach a song. The evening was both challenging and fun. People at ADUS are highly motivated. They realize that more advanced technique is doable and obtainable. Everyone is looking forward to a fun and exciting new year. We have lots of great projects planned for 2016 including school and hospital concerts. I hope that you can join us. Remember no experience is necessary. I wish all of our members and supporters a happy holiday season and a healthy and successful New Year.
November 16, 2015 – This evening we were joined for the first time by the lovely Jessica, a young CGEP student who is no stranger to the ukulele. Jessica has a beautiful voice and we look forward to seeing her often at the club. People in attendance had a great time. We sang all kinds of songs and all hammed it up during “Open Mike”. Freda was a bit shy about performing at the front of the room during the open mike part of the evening. She did a wonderful job form her seat among the other members and what a great voice she has too! Claudio played and sang a funny Spanish song about a chicken. I have to learn this one. If I could just get a handle on the language, I would be very happy.
November 2, 2015 – Another great evening! We have decided to add a new feature to our meetings. Each week we will work on a new song together. The After Dinner Ukulele Society began preparing for our next public performance which will take place at the Cote Saint-Luc City Hall in December. It should be a lot of fun. Members should check the homework page to learn what to work on for our concert. Remember that we will be in the activity room until January. Enjoy our beautiful new membership cards and happy strumming.
September 7, 2015 – Wow! We had a great time this evening. Lots of variety and good energy. The group warmed-up with: “You Are My Sunshine”, “Blown’ in the Wind”, “Pretty Women”, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and “Stand By Me”. Quite a warm-up! Eliezer taught a bit of musical theory and how to use movable chords. Claudio then taught the group a wonderful Rhumba strum. It’s not an easy technique but it’s well worth learning. Thank you Claudio. Several high school students joined us for the open mike part of the evening where many Beatle songs were played. Freda entertained us with an exciting rendition of Édith Piaf’s “Allez Venez Milord”. – Well done! Claudio and Guy played “All My loving”and “El Meurto Vivo”. It was so much fun watching them play. Maureen played “Love Me Do”. Guy played “An Octopus’ Garden” and “La Bamba”. Eliezer played “Golden Slumbers”, ” Blackbird” and “A Whale of a Tale”. Wendy joined Eliezer in a duet. Together they played “Windy”. I think Eliezer kept singing Wendy instead. The entire group then played “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” and “Those Were the Days”. We wish to extend a special thank you to Maureen for writing this report. See you all next time.
August 17, 2015 – A warm ADUS welcome to Freda who joined us for the first time this evening. She catches on quickly and boy does she ever like to sing! Though it takes time to acquire muscle memory, half the fun is getting there. It was good to see Peter again. He is a jazz affectianato who was delighted with our version of “Blue Moon”. The first meeting of next month will be a theme night. I’ll give you a hint about the theme. We’ll “Come Together” for a really great evening. I can hardly wait. Check out the “Homework” page for more details.
August 3, 2015 – Hooray! We had our first meeting in our new location. The ambiance was perfect. The room was air-conditioned, intimate and cozy. We left the door opened for a while and several people stopped by to listen to us play, talk and sing. Everyone there had a great time. Oz drew a chord diagram on the room’s white board just to see if she got it right. What a ham! I’m just kidding. Everyone loves her. Lorraine however, was the big surprise of the evening. The girl has been practising and it sure shows. She sounded really good. Way to go Sunshine! Claudio had us all play “When I’m sixty-four”. It’s amazing how far he has come in such a short time. In addition to all the songs we played, we talked a bit about Fats Waller, about new songs and about how to approach a song in terms of strumming and finger picking. The After Dinner Ukulele Society is where it’s at. Why not consider joining us. No experience necessary. Our next meeting will be held on August 17, 2015. See you there.
July 20, 2015 – Our Concert at the Farmer’s Market in Côte Saint-Luc on Sunday the 12th was a great success. There was plenty of positive feedback from the people visiting the market. It was almost to hot to play though and I would have liked to gone swimming in the beautiful out-door pool at the CSL Aquatic Centre. (Check out the “Feedback” page under the Members heading above.) Speaking about the Aquatic Centre, we are changing our location and will be moving there for our next meeting. The facility is wonderful and we wish to express our gratitude to the city for their generosity and support. Check out the “Next Meeting” page for the address. This evening’s meeting was great fun. A big ADUS welcome to Tieda and Peter who joined us for the first time. A big welcome also to Priscilla who joined us for the 2nd time. Pricilla played beautifully at the Sunday concert. Rebecca came back from her travels. It was great to see her again. She plays so well and what a great voice. Wow! We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting. Till then, happy strumming.
June 15, 2015 – It was a pleasure seeing Harry again after his long absence. He’s back in form and is happily strumming away. Welcome back Harry. Oz entertained us with “Folsom Prison Blues”. She’s the best “chunker” in town and though it was the “Open Mike” part of the evening, we couldn’t help joining in. Oz has that wonderful affect on people. Move over Johnny Cash! The group also worked hard on our fancy finger-picking. Hooray! We finally understand how to approach this tricky technique.
June 4, 2015 – Another great evening at the After Dinner Ukulele Society. Tonight we were joined by the charming young Wendy who told us that learning the ukulele was on her “bucket list”. This was her first experience with the uke and we taught her 4 chords. She caught on quickly and was able to play along with the group on one of our spare ukuleles. Yea Wendy! We look forward to seeing her at the club often. Oz keeps writing down the titles of the songs she likes. No need though because they are all on our website. She was particularly impressed with the Japanese song “Ue O Muite” commonly called “Sukiyaki” and suggested that we all learn to sing it in Japanese. I’m ok with that. Sore wa you aideadesu!
May 19, 2015 – We worked on “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” from The Movie Toy Story. The song is a bit challenging but is it ever fun to play! I had the pleasure of listening to two beautiful Spanish songs and during “Open Mike” the group was treated to Guy’s wonderful interpretation of Don McLean’s Vincent. Check out the ADUS Video Gallery under “Gallery” above to see a happy trio hamming it up with The Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four”. Why not join us for the next meeting? You’ll be glad you did!
May 4, 2015 – This evening Guy officially became a member of the After Dinner Ukulele Society. He was presented with a newly designed membership card and a personalized song book. Guy was also serenaded with our new member welcoming song. See the “ADUS Photo Gallery” page above. We devoted tonight’s meeting to learning more advanced strumming and finger-picking. Everyone worked very hard and came away with challenging new techniques. Our members are highly motivated and are looking forward to demonstrating their ukulele skills – after a bit of practice of course. The evening was most productive and a great success. We all had a blast!
April 27, 2015 – Fun! Fun! Fun! Tonight’s meeting was absolutely fantastic. This week we met in the arena’s conference room. (Once in a while we allow other people to use the studio.) It was fortunate too because Rob the father of a 10 year old hockey player, joined us and played on one of our spare ukuleles. Rob applied guitar shapes to the uke and after a short while was able play quite well. He loved the instrument and I hope that we see him often. Each person in attendance received a complimentary issue of “Ukulele”, a quality magazine. ADUS members will receive a discounted rate on a yearly subscription. The group played and sang many songs together. The company, the harmonies, and the songs were all wonderful. In fact the evening felt like one big party. Everyone had a really happy time. Guy returned from a successful trip to Guatemala. What a caring, amazing and likeable person he is too. He played “Little Brown Jug” and Félix Leclerc’s “Le P’tit Bonheur” during the solo part of the evening. Sunshine played “Feeling Groovy”, Claudio played a Spanish song and was later joined by Guy for a wonderful rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” . Rebecca who earlier in the day handed in her thesis, wowed us with her rendition of “Before I Knew”. She will be taking a well deserved vacation in the UK and we look forward to listening to her extraordinary musical talents upon her return. Maureen who thoroughly enjoyed playing throughout the evening, felt that my rendition of “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” was exceptionally romantic. Sorry Oz but I’m already spoken for – LOL. See you all next time and happy strumming.
April 13, 2015 – Spring is here at last and the warm weather is bringing more visitors to the club. We extend a warm ADUS welcome to Judy, Bev, Lili, Sarita and Harry. We hope to see you guys often. The evening began with a discussion about the format of our meetings and the direction of our club. We have some really interesting projects planned. The group played several easy songs together to warm up. After a bit of instruction, the newbies caught on rather quickly. The uke is easy to learn but difficult to master. We then moved to the open mike part of the evening after a few terrible jokes by yours truly. (Well they weren’t all that bad.) Judy did a great job with Hank William’s “Jambalaya on the Bayou”. (See the photo gallery.) Oz was ambitious and played “You belong to Me” at double its normal speed. How does she change chords so quickly? Claudio who really likes Johnny Cash, Played “Folsom Prison Blues”. I played “It Might as Well Be Spring” and Cabaret. Everyone played well and had a really great time. By the way, don’t forget to checkout the “Homework Page” for our new songs.
February 16, 2015 – I can’t remember it ever being this cold in Montreal before but boy was it ever hot inside! Maureen was on fire! Her chunking in “Sweet Georgia Brown” was both tasteful and amazing. Claudio’s technique takes a tremendous leap forward each week. This hombre practices. ADUS was fortunate to be visited by Mr. Guy Giard who has a passion for laughter and the arts. Guy bought his very first ukulele only 4 days ago but he plays like a pro. What an amazing talent! Guy is a professional clown who will be leaving for Guatemala this month to entertain children in hospitals. He is a true humanitarian and we hope to see a lot of him upon his return. Why not visit us at our next meeting? We’d love to meet you and remember, no musical experience is necessary.
February 9, 2015 – This evening we had a special treat: Hot coffee, David’s Tea, blackberry jam imported from France, chive cream-cheese and fresh bagels in assorted flavours including blueberry, onion, and cinnamon- raisin. The bagels compliments of Eliezer, were purchased from Cote Saint-Luc Bagel, one of our sponsors. These people really make great bagels! Aside from all the yummy food, we played many songs both in group and during “Open Mike”. Several of our members had the chance to play a Kanilea Super Tenor ukulele, strung with Living Water strings (low “G” tuning). Eliezer and Sunshine strolled down memory lane so to speak by singing several old camp-fire songs which they had sung as children long ago. At the end of the evening, Rebecca danced her way to the door to the tune of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend. A great time was had by all.
January 19, 2015 – Another cold winter night and another great ADUS Meeting. The evening began with the group all playing together. Everyone got to suggest songs for us to play. Some of them were old familiar tunes such as “Blowing in the Wind” and ‘Que Sera Sera”. The Open mike part of the evening was really fun. Rebecca fee fi fiddle-di-i oed on her new banjolele. What a great sound. Oooh, I wan’t one of those but don’t tell my wife. Later on Rebecca wowed us on one of our spare tenor ukes, with Stevie Wonder’s “Stay Gold”. Oz played “Waltzing Matilda” and “The Green Door”. Claudio has been working on his technique and it shows. The man is getting good! He played Johnny Cash’s “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”. Sunshine played “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and I played Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine”. Everyone sang, laughed and had a really great time. Why not join us for the next meeting? No experience necessary. Click on “Next Meeting” above for the date, time and location. Till then, happy strumming!
December 13, 2014 – Our concert at the Cote Saint-Luc city hall was a great success largely due to Maureen. This fabulous lady had the entire audience singing along with her, during her performance of “Bye, Bye Love”. She has an amazing personality and a great stage presence. – Not bad for someone who’s 80 years old! People of all ages congratulated us and asked for our card. My rendition of “Chanukah in Santa Monica” was also enjoyed by the crowd and in addition to the singers, dancers and musicians, Wally and I performed some ventriloquism. A great time was had by all. The After Dinner Ukulele Society wishes all our friends and supporters a very happy and healthy holiday season. See you next year!
December 1, 2014 – Yea! Barbara officially became a member today. I knew that she plays the ukulele well, but this evening was the first time that I ever heard her singing voice. Wow! What a great voice she has too. The talent at ADUS just keeps growing. Claudio worked on the tricky chords and key changes in “La Mer”. He sang the song en Français no less. (See Songbook-3) Exam time is upon us but Rebecca, Julie and Emma took a break from their studies to be with us this evening and are we glad they did. These three are stars and are a great asset to our club. Julie told me that Emma gets paid to sing. That’s funny because I get paid to stop. Good luck on your exams everyone. Sunshine brought some new music to play. We especially enjoyed playing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Sunshine is an awesome lady . She’s a bit shy when it comes to performing though. Sunshine has performed with the group during all of our concerts. Talking about concerts, part of the evening was used to rehearse for our next concert which will take place December 13 at 8:30 P.M. in the auditorium of the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. If we get encored, I won’t join the performers on stage because I’ll be in the audience keeping up the applause. Hope to see you all there.
November 17, 2014 – We had two new visitors this evening; Adan and Liam her 11 year old brother. Liam didn’t play the uke though. He listened and played his iPad. It was good to see Sherry again. She received her songbook and her new membership card. Claudio practiced a cowboy song called “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town”and did a great job with “Swinging on a Star”. We all wish him luck in his upcoming exams. (Statistics is a killer). During the open mike part of the evening, I played Gordon Lightfoot’s “Steel Rail Blues”. Beck played “The Waitress Song” and Julie played Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life”. – Great voices, great songs and a great job playing. These two young ladies really make me jealous of their talent. Thanks to all who attended in spite of our our first snowfall. You all made it a truly enjoyable and entertaining evening.
November 3, 2014 – This evening’s meeting was held in the Conference Room. It was cozy and we all enjoyed the acoustics, the huge table and the comfy chairs. Claudio arrived early and together we worked on a bit of technique. He also brought us a beautiful song which will soon be posted on our website. Nick tried my Ubass. He couldn’t stop smiling and after accompanying us on many of the songs, told the group that he wanted to buy one. I told everyone about how I was attacked by a bear and then played “The Bare Necessities”. Donna could see this coming. She told us that her Dogs love the sound of the kazoo. Beck played several solo pieces and corrected some errors in “Riptide”. The updated version has been posted. (Songbook 2) Barbara played wonderfully on her Kala spruce top uke. It was great to see her up and about again. Our next concert will be held on December 13th and I can hardly wait. The show will be held in the Cote Saint-Luc city hall auditorium and will consist of many entertaining performers demonstrating their talents in acting, ventriloquism, music and comedy. The After Dinner Ukulele Society will of course play an important part of the evening. See you all next time!
October 20, 2014 – Our concert at Maimonides Hospital yesterday was a huge success and was greatly appreciated by both the performers and the audience alike. Our playing really sounded good and the solos were impressive. Audience members enjoyed singing along with us for several of the songs. We could have generated even more audience participation by choosing more familliar songs. Check out the gallery. If you were not there then you missed something special. Oh well, there’s always next time! This evening’s meeting was a lot of fun too. We were joined by the lovely Emma. The group worked on two new songs and rapid chord changes. (See the “Homework Page”) Everyone participated during the open mike part of the evening by playing solos and duets. The big surprise however, was Oz who just about had everyone dancing during her wonderful rendition of “Bye, Bye Love”. – Great job! See you all at the next meeting.
October 6, 2014 – New people are visiting The After Dinner Ukulele Society all the time. This evening we were joined by Nick, Julie, and Mat – all great performers. A warm ADUS welcome to all our visitors. Claudio received his songbook and membership card. He also participated in the new member welcoming ceremony. Sherry officially became a member today and will shortly experience the ceremony as well. We extend them both a heart felt “welcome aboard”. All of us were busy rehearsing for our upcoming concert October 19th at Maimonides Geriatric Centre, located at 5795 Caldwell Avenue in Cote Saint-Luc. The concert will begin at 2:30 P.M. and should last for about an hour. The “Open Mike” part of the evening was really fun too! Nick performed a laid-backed blues improvisation on a resonator uke. He referred to it as a little thing he does. This is real talent. Mat and Rebecca played and sang “Graceland” – Great playing and great singing. What a duet! Rebecca then played the Eagles “Desperado” as a solo. Yea Becc! Sunshine played her rendition of “You Belong to Me” and I played James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” and “Alexander Beatle. The beautiful and talented Julie then played Jason Mranz’s Live High” (complete with dim lighting). Wow! How cool was that? Check out the gallery page. ‘Till next time, happy strumming .
September 15, 2014 – Barbara proudly played her new Kala ukulele. What a beautiful sound she has, and her rendition of “White Sandy Beach” – Wow! Rebecca dazzled us with her arrangement of Nina Simone’s I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl – Sweet! We were joined by two newcomers Sherry and Claudio. Check them out on the gallery page. Tyler added a real jazzy improv. during the group’s playing of “The Green Door”. He also played a recorder and a small recorder-like instrument which sounded like a saxophone. Dr. Groove accompanied the group on the U-bass. He likes to play while standing. I don’t know how he does it. We reviewed our Travis Picking and worked on a new 6/8 technique. See the Homework Page. Yours truly played two Spanish songs. Thank goodness Claudio was there to help me with my pronunciation. ADUS is really where it’s at. Why not join us?
August 18 , 2014 – We had really good turnout tonight. It was good to see Rema out and about, strumming her uke, and singing away. Barbara joined us for the first time this evening and was easily able to apply her guitar technique to the ukulele. Steve aka “Doctor Groove” played the U-Bass all evening. I was in awe of his wonderful playing. He is a professional bassist. His sight reading , tasteful improvisation and technique … Wow! His friend Tyler is no slouch either. He soloed on one of our spare ukes. The group played and sang many songs and yours truly played “The Streets of Laredo” complete with a cowboy hat. The group leaned a Travis picking technique. This will require a bit of practice. We will not meet on September 1st because of Labour Day. Keep a lookout for our next meeting and be sure to check out the Gallery and Video pages. Till the next time.
August 6 , 2014 – If you were unable to attend this evening’s meeting, then you missed something special. Judy who plays the ukulele left handed à la Paul McCartney, brought her brother Joe a seasoned guitarist. He was able to demonstrate his considerable talents on two tenor ukulele’s which he borrowed for the evening. For the most part, the group spent the evening jamming. What a lot of fun it was too! Joe showed us his wonderful Travis picking technique. We also managed to practice several songs for our next concert. Yours truly, gave the group a valuable tip. (See the “Homework” page.) The U-Bass is coming along fine and is in my humble opinion, a great asset to the club. At first, I didn’t think that I would be able to adapt to the bass clef but I’m glad I decided to lower myself. Why not come to the next meeting and join the fun? Don’t forget to bring a friend. See you all next time!
July 7 ,2014 – This evening we selected several songs to perform in our upcoming September concert. Aside from the solos, here is a listing of some of the songs we’ve decided to play: You Are My Sunshine, The Green Door, Scarborough Fair, Born Free and Gordon Lightfoot’s In the Early Morning Rain. We also worked on some challenging techniques. See the “Homework” page. The group is making great progress but we all miss Rema. She broke several ribs in a mud wrestling match. (I shouldn’t make her laugh because that hurts.) We all wish her a very speedy recovery. Have a great summer everyone and keep strumming. See you all at the next meeting.
June 16,2014 – Yea! We were joined by two new people this evening. The lovely Rebecca and the handsome young Matthew. Both are university students and both play the ukulele. Rebecca plays a beautiful maple-wood Kala soprano ukulele and Matthew is looking forward to acquiring his first uke. We were also joined for the first time by my daughter Sarah. She does not play the ukulele but at the end of the evening, I loaded her up like a camel and she helped me carry my equipment back to the car. The group began selecting songs for our upcoming concert in September. We also spoke about designing a hat for our club members. A beautiful prize will be awarded for the best design. Good luck to all. Rema heard the U-Bass for the very first time. She felt that the instrument complimented the group’s playing. Donna referred to it as my new toy. Everyone thought that it was a really cool instrument . Now if I can only learn to play it… As usual, a great time was had by all.
June 2, 2014 – We had a small turnout tonight but what a great meeting it was! Each person picked out a song for the group to play. We worked on our strumming pattern and chord changing technique. It’s amazing how far our ukulele skills have progressed. The group is really making beautiful music. We were joined by a ball-hockey player. He came in to fill a water bottle and ended up trying a soprano and a tenor uke. This young adult quickly learned several chords from a chord chart and then played and sang with us. He sounded quite good too. Beginners are of course always welcome here. Mrs. Zarnicky is truly a ukulele virtuoso. Her playing is not to be believed. She played one of her favourites for us – a Russian tune called “Vulgar Boatmen”. Mrs. Zarnicky is planning on giving a master ukulele class in the near future. You might catch her for a live chat. Click on our contact page above and see if the great woman is on line….
May 5, 2014 – What an interesting meeting! Two new people came to the club this evening. Judy , who finally worked up the courage to join us. There was no need to worry though. She found the group to be both fun and welcoming. Judy is a southpaw and plays a very unusual Gretch soprano ukelele. Judy will be a great asset to our club. We wish her a big ADUS welcome. Our next visitor was 8 year old Eric who was able to play “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” after just a bit of instruction. Eric will not be able to attend the meeting for the full 2 hours. Bed time you know. The adults had a great time teaching him. He has great potential and we hope to see him again. Today we continued working on our plucking and strumming technique. We also worked on the syncopated rhythms of “Everybody’s Talking at Me”. Yours truly played the U-bass with the group for the very first time. It was great fun! See you all next time.
April 28, 2014 – This evening we worked on a new fingerpicking technique and applied it to “Oom Pah Pah” and “Today”. Joan finally cut her nails. Yea! it was great to see her again. Sunshine dazzled us with her rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man”. She will perform this number during her upcoming recital. Rema requested that I play “Everybody’s Talking” and when the song ended she screamed, “That was terrible. You ruined the song!” Oh well. You can’t win them all. LOL! Danny worked late this evening and couldn’t make it to the meeting. As I was leaving, I bumped into him and his mother. What a sweet lady she is! Mabye we can interest her in learning the ukulele.
March 31, 2014 – We wish to extend a warm ADUS welcome to Connie who joined us this evening for the very first time. Donna kindly allowed her to borrow a soprano ukulele for several weeks. Way to go Donna! It’s amazing how fast Connie is learning chords. After no time she was able to play several songs with the group. The group worked on a right hand technique in 3/4 time. Shana brought a few percussive instruments with her and accompanied us on many songs. – Cool! Danny is looking forward to owning his first uke. For a young guy he sure plays like an old pro. Sunshine who came in fashionably late, is getting ready for her guitar and ukulele recital coming up next month. I hope she’s prepared to be encored. This evening, the group played Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’in the Wind” accompanied by Eliezer on the recorder. His considerable talents are only exceeded by his good looks. Donna suggested that the group be given homework after each meeting. What a great idea! Check out our homework page under the “Members” heading above. Failure to do your homework will result in detention. (Just kidding.) See you all next time.
March 3, 2014 – It was really cold out but people braved the Montreal weather to attend tonight’s meeting. It was nice and cozy in our meeting studio though. Warm temperature, warm hearts and warm friendships. We laughed almost as much as we played. What a great bunch of people! We played a lot of Bob Dylan’s music. During the open mike part of the evening, Nosey played “Mr. Tambourine Man” and then requested that I play “The House at Pooh Corner” .Looking for a ukulele club in Montreal? This is the place. A good time was had by all.
February 17, 2014 – Maureen returned from her vacation in Australia. Rumour has it that she spent most of her time there, playing the ukulele on sunny beaches and frightening away the kangaroos. We are all delighted to have her back again! This evening we were visited by Mark Kotler, program director of the Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club . He was a bit reticent about trying one of our spare ukuleles. No need to be shy here though! The ukulele is easy to learn (though difficult to master). Mark would like us to perform for his group in the near future. We’ll keep you posted. A special thank you to Nosey for her great captioned photos. Click on “Gallery” above.
February 3, 2014 – Our next concert will be held in the auditorium of the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall. There will be many talented performers including a wonderful ventriloquist. We are busy rehearsing several songs. This is a show that should not be missed. We’ll keep you posted as to the date.
January 20, 2014 – The evening began with a PowerPoint presentation containing all kinds of interesting, informative and entertaining information about the ukulele. We were all very happy to welcome two newcomers, Shana and Minyi to our group. Shana had never played a uke before. She is a quick study and was able to join us in playing many songs during the first part of the evening. Minyi is an accomplished player who dazzled us with an original improvisation during the “Open Mike” part of the evening. She plays a beautiful Lanikai concert uke. Everyone in the group is actively participating in choosing the songs we play. Our song book is growing and we now have about 95 songs listed on our website! (See “Song Book” on our members page.) People are losing their shyness and are beginning to sing louder and in harmony no less! A great time was had by all.
January 6, 2014 – Happy new year to all our friends and supporters. Great meeting this evening. Eliezer is determined that 2014 is the year we conquer the mighty B flat. We know; practice, practice, practice. Playing together and singing is so good for the soul. It makes me feel happy. During the open mike part of the meeting, Eliezer serenaded us with his Burt Bacharach medley. I am hoping that we can add MAGIC MOMENTS to the repertoire. OK members. Let’s practice. Eliezer is doing his part. We have to do our bit too. See y’all in two weeks.
December 14, 2013 – Wow! What a great concert! The After Dinner Ukulele Society gave it’s first public performance today. It was a a lot of fun and a great success. The show was vaudevillian in nature and consisted of many entertaining performers demonstrating their talents in acting, music and comedy. The show was held in the auditorium of the Côte Saint-Luc City Hall and was worth every penny of the $5 general admission. The next show is scheduled for February 2014. We’ll keep you posted as to the details.
December 9, 2013 – What a wonderful rehearsal! We are ready for our first public performance at the Greenspon Auditorium in the basement of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.)! Chock full of talent from Côte Saint-Luc and beyond, this will be a night full of comedy, music and the occasional oddity! The show starts at 8:30 P.M.
December 2, 2013 – We were all happy to receive a visit from a special guest Steve Rachel aka Dr. Groove. Steve is a talented bass player and is also proficient on the ukulele. He enjoyed playing with us and jamming during the open mike part of the evening. We hope to see him again soon! We would also like to welcome our new member, the beautiful and talented Maureen who just recently purchased a concert ukulele. Maureen has had much experience with the guitar and was able to adapt to the uke very quickly. Our concert is coming up soon. Happy Strumming!
November 18, 2013 – We have great plans for the near future. Tonight’s meeting was devoted to rehearsing songs for several upcoming performances . We’ll keep you posted as to the dates. We had a special visitor, Isaac Olson of The Free Press . One of his photos will appear in his paper next week. Isaac was unable to stay for long but hopefully he will take up the ukulele and join us for meetings. The Zamboni Machine is right next to our studio. Do you think that we can interest the driver to play? (The uke, not hockey.)
November 4, 2013 – This humble violist attended as a guest, with a view to enlightening the fretted types into the merits of tuning their instruments without an electronic tuner. Not much time for that, though, as the enthusiastic ukuleleists were busy gearing up for their Christmas/Hanukah concert. After rehearsing some seasonal stalwarts, such as You are my Sunshine (yours truly managed a few C chords at the appropriate time), the players moved on to more sophisticated fare, capped by Eliezer showing off his virtuosity during the open mike part of the evening.
Suggestions for tuning:
1) All members of the ensemble should tune one of their strings to the same string of the leader; I suggest either the G string (lowest) or the A string (highest).
2) Following this, learn to work down from the top string by placing a finger on a suitable spot of the next string down, then tuning this string until it has exactly the same pitch as the upper string. This way players can tune their instruments properly at home. If they have a good A from the meeting, the instrument should hold its pitch reasonably well until the next meeting. – Rhino
We extend a special welcome to Rema , a very sharp and capable young lady who at the age of 80, is just beginning to learn to play the uke.