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Sawchyn Guitars offering youth ukulele lessons

Is your child Interested in learning how to play the ukulele?

Why not sign them up for beginner group lessons for ages 7 to 15?

  • Dates: Monday evenings, May 29 to June 26
  • Time:
    • 6:30–7:30 for ages 7–10
    • 7:45–8:45 for ages 11–15
  • Where: Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue

Call 306-522-6348 for details.

Space is limited so act fast!

Happy New Year! Next Circle: January 3

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m sorry this email is about as late as it could possibly be. December, as I’m sure you can imagine, has been rather hectic.

Tuesday, January 3
7 PM to 9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina

Two new songs this month and then we’ll delve into our catalogue:

 

Ho Ho Ho! December’s circle is here

Next circle: Tuesday, December 6
7-9 PM
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, Sask.

Though the weather outside has actually been pretty nice, Christmas is just around the corner. We’ve got a few new holiday tunes lined up to add to our existing song book.

OK, Spirits isn’t exactly a holiday song, but it was suggested before our ’60s night and we can pretend it’s about the Christmas spirit.

Hope to see you all there!

September’s circle: Back to the shop

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
7–9pm
Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK

I hope everyone is having a great summer! After two circles in the open air, the next circle is back at the shop.

I’ve prepared two new songs. Please send suggestions for others.

Grace VanderWaal is becoming a household name after her appearance on America’s Got Talent. She’s only 12 and is making her mark.

Twenty One Pilots is another group bring ukulele to the mainstream. I’ve had a couple of people request this song. The video has a bit more blood than most ukulele songs, but it’s certainly memorable.

PDFs

For our entire songbook in one PDF, see the music page.

Can’t wait to see you all again. Happy strumming!

The stars look very different today

This weekend I put together the music for Under Pressure. It’s not completely finished but in light of David Bowie’s passing, I thought I’d share it.

Lots of news: An art opening, a street art performance and our anniversary circle!

Hi, all! There are lots of updates today.

Art opening, May 1

The MacKenzie Art Gallery has asked us to play at the opening reception for David Thauberger’s new exhibit, Road Trips and Other Diversions.

Depending on the weather, we’ll either set up outside or in the lobby. Please bring all your music and a stand. We’ll probably be standing.

To give me an idea of how many to expect, please let me know by email or on Facebook if you can make it.

Road Trips and Other Diversions

  • Friday, May 1
  • Meet at 6:45 pm
  • Play from 7:10 to 7:40 pm
  • Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Those who can make it are asked to join us for a short meeting at the store on Tuesday, April 28, where we will discuss which songs we want to play from our binder. If you can’t make it, you are still welcome to join us at the opening.

Pre-event meeting

  • Tuesday, April 28
  • 7 pm
  • Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Ave.

Anniversary circle! May 5

When I first asked Kendra and Peter about putting together a ukulele circle, I didn’t know if we’d make it to a second month, let alone a whole year. Thank you to everybody who has come out, whether you were there from the beginning or joined us in April.

  • Tuesday, May 5
  • 7–9 pm
  • Sawchyn Guitars, 2132 Dewdney Ave.

I’m not bringing any new music, but we may play through some of our favourites. If you want to play something in front of the group, I’ll have a sign up sheet on the counter. A few of you have already signed up! If you want to lead the group in a new song, please bring some music to share or send it to me and I’ll post it here.

After the solos are done, we’ll take a break from playing and enjoy each other’s company over food and drink. Please feel free to bring a dessert or fruit or punch or whatever you’d like to share. Don’t worry if you can’t bring anything, I’m sure there will be plenty to go around.

The Moveable Feast, May 23

This performance art piece is going to be part of the Cathedral Arts Festival. It will also be a tribute to Michele Sereda, one of the original organizers. It’s a joint collaboration with the De Propere Fanfare, Curtain Razors, Common Weal Community Arts, the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Cathedral Arts Festival.

Here’s an example of what they do.

Participation is entirely voluntary. There are a number of rehearsals before the performance, so you may want to check your schedules before you commit.

Schedule of events

The Launch

Musicians meet and greet with the Belgians

  • Saturday, May 9
  • 7–9 pm
  • Location TBA

Week 1 rehearsals

  • May 11–15
  • 12–3 pm or 6–9 pm
  • Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Avenue

CVAF Opening Picnic Concert Dress Rehearsals

  • Saturday, May 16
  • 6–9 pm
  • Sunday, May 17
  • 11 am – 2 pm

CVAF Opening Picnic Performance

  • Monday, May 18
  •  12:30 am
  • Les Sherman Park

Week 2 rehearsals: Creating the parade

  • May 18–22
  • Times TBA
  • Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre and the German Club

Parade dress rehearsal

  • Friday, May 22
  • 6–10 pm

Moveable Feast Parade

  • Saturday, May 23
  • 10:30 am call time
  • 11 am parade
  • 13th Avenue

Music

There are four pieces to perform. They weren’t written specifically for ukulele so one of the members of De Propere Fanfare is putting something together. I’ve included the PDFs and sound files here:

If you would like to take part, please let me know by May 1.

James Hill debates ukes vs. recorders

This morning, CBC’s Q had a debate about teaching music in school, specifically should ukuleles replace recorders. James Hill, who led our latest workshop, took the side of the ukulele.

The audio is on the web and the Q website lets you cast your vote.

Thanks, Susan, for the heads up!

By the way, James is up for a Juno for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year (Solo) for his latest release, The Old Silo.

New interactive songbook

I’m still working out some kinks and cleaning up the music, but the interactive music library is now live on the website.

The editor allows you to switch tuning from soprano to baritone and also switch keys. That’s helpful in case you find a song that was written for guitar.

A huge thanks to Buz over at Uke Geeks for creating this awesome tool! It’s certainly beyond anything I could ever do.

My boundless gratitude, also, to Joel Jacques and the Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG) for providing me with all their music to get this library off the ground!

I still need to move all our existing music into the library so the main music page will still be around for a little while. The new version will eventually replace that one.

I would like to alter the software so it doesn’t ignore the blank lines lines between verses. If you pick any song at random, all the verses will likely run into each other. I’ve added spaces to the songs we’re playing at the next circle, but want this to be automatic.

I also want to turn on uploads so people can submit their own music to the group.

Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions. If you find any chords with funny numbering, let me know that, too. I’ve already fixed the broken A Major chord that we found at the last circle – you no longer have to cross your fingers to make the numbers match.

Oh, one last thing. Some songs are listed twice. That’s because BUG has a “slow jam” version that may be a bit simpler to play or include extra comments or tips. Part of my clean up is to make it more obvious which version is which.

Happy strumming!

Ukulele specials at Sawchyn

Sawchyn Guitars is having weekly specials leading up to Christmas. Week two is all about ukuleles!

December 8-13: Everything Ukulele

Buy a Uke from our wall and save 10% and save 20% on ukulele accessories like straps, tuners, capos, and the famous Aquila Red Series Strings!

They have lots of great gift ideas for the ukulele lover in your life.

More Christmas music

I’ve posted a few more Christmas tunes to the Music page:

Many thanks to Gary for preparing a few of these! It certainly makes my life easier 🙂

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