Welcome to Ukulele Bedford
We are a community ukulele group based (oddly enough!) around the Bedford area. We meet weekly at the Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB) on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. On occasion, we 'play out' for charity events. We are always delighted to see new members - so come along one evening and give it a try!
Always wanted to play an instrument? Try the ukulele! We welcome anyone, with any level of experience or expertise.
Just learning? Come on in. Been playing for years? Welcome - we'd love to benefit from your talents.
All you need is enthusiasm - we can even lend you a ukulele for the evening!
The short answer to that is "Anything the members of the group want to!". From 1930's tin-pan alley to jazz standards. From 60's novelty pop to 90's rock to last year's hits. Admittedly, when we try them we find that some things work better than others on massed ukuleles - but just trying to play the seemingly unsuitable can be great fun. And sometimes surprisingly successful.
Members old and new are always encouraged to select songs they'd like to try playing.
From the last meeting:
"We had a completely acoustic session, with nothing larger than a tenor, last night, but the 24 of us present still made a decent din. As well as the three songs that we are leading at the Strum Like Pirate Day (We are Sailing, The Tide is High/Rudy and Slow Boat to China), we found a few goodies in the Boat book without my having to unleash Capybara on anyone. We found that the comedy chord at the end of We Are Sailing can be played 0343 rather than as stated. That’s just sliding up one fret from G, so thank you Oliver for that one.
From there we moved to Brungstrum3 and possibly 2, with Green Day and REM coming through strongly. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was that It’s Only a Paper Moon is rather easier to play than many of us remembered.
Next week, we’ll practice our three pirate songs again – so have a go during the week if you get the chance – and top those up with a few songs from our Gig Book to fill our pirate repertoire. After that, it’s over to you. This means that we’d like all of you to have two songs up your sleeve from any of our books, and we’ll go around the group at random – or possibly in some cunning order – and play the songs you really want to play. It does make a difference if we have everyone’s choices rather than just those of a few of us. We all have our favourites and I love the surprise element.
Bear in mind that we have our next open mic session in a couple of weeks (30th August), so think about whether you’d like to take part. If you have never done such a thing before, at least consider it. It’s strangely exhilarating. If you want to do a duet, trio or have backing singers, please let us know so that David can organise enough microphones. One is easy, two or more take rather more effort.
I look forward to seeing you all next week. Strum well."
Regular meeting: Every Wednesday at: The Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford (MK40 3EB).
7.30pm - 10pm.
All very welcome.