You’ve probably heard there’ll be a Ukulele Flash Mob in London, SE1 on Wednesday 14th December at 6:30pm. Here’s the details, but you’ll need to sign up to the mailing list to receive the location and join in!
It’s nearly the end of October. It’s time to get that Ukulele Flash Mob in!
Where? Here’s the place. It has a lovely foyer, so we’ll be there, within/without the pillars.
When? Meeting up at 6:55pm for a 7pm Start.
What? The song is the Monster Mash, which can be found in an old version of the Ukulele Wednesdays Book-ulele here.
How? If you fancied adorning yourself and your ukulele with some spooky green LED el wire, it’s around £3 and it’d add to the occasion.
I took a poll last week. Despite most people wanting to play Time Warp, it’s a tall order to memorise all the chords in a week, so I opted for this and we can play Time Warp at Ukulele Wednesdays Annual Spookulele instead.
See you soon!
A number of people have expressed a desire to perform as part of a Ukulele Flashmob, and we’ve been asked by the guys behind Shunt to get you involved with this exciting new Interactive Art Project.
MONUMENT is a new sound based performance that will be presented in Central London from July 2015 to September 2015. It is a live outdoor event where the audience have a rare and odd glimpse below the surface of the city.
We need 20 people each evening who will occupy a public space and play Ring of Fire, per the chords and strumming patterns below.
The event will run from Tuesdays to Sundays at sunset. (about 9pm for July, 8pm for August and 7pm for September) and will last about one hour.
Participants will need to arrive 30 mins before the show start time for a briefing and commit to at least a week of performances. The only rehearsal needed is for you to learn the song at home and be ready to play on the day. If you print the chords and stick them to your ukulele, that’s fine, but no obvious song sheets please.
They are sadly unable to pay expenses but we can offer some complimentary tickets for the performance.
This part of the ‘show’ takes place in St James’s Park. The audience will download an App onto their phones and then will receive a message on the day of the performance that will tell them where to go.
They listen with headphones to audio that describes a public space like a scene from a film. You are the film’s finale scene!
It’s really important that you keep the secrets too – save the surprise!
Thank you again for helping out.
Here’s how you get involved:
Learn the chords and words to Ring Of Fire- Click the title to download the song.
The strumming pattern in the verses is kinda D DU UDU and DD on the quick changes. In the Chorus it’s D DU, D DU.
You can play along with the audio, here:
For the first performance, meet behind Inn the Park, the coffee bar in St James’s at 8:45pm on Tuesday 14th July. For the days after that, it’ll be the same time, and if you want any more specific information, please email Andrew or give him a call on 07771 825599.
Fancy being involved in a VERY special Ukulele Flash Mob?
One For the Political Activists..
TONIGHT! For the Politically Opposed to the Conservatives.
You may have seen on the News that a ukulele playing busker greeted David Cameron in the North East, with a song F&*k off back to Eton? If not, click here to read the news and if you did, and you’d like to support our old friend Robin Grey, with his 6pm flash mob, take a ukulele (and, if you can, a blue balloon) to Kings Cross Station. Meet Robin (in the photo above) at 6pm in the public space outside the front of Kings Cross Station.
See you there!
(We are not a political organisation, but we TOTALLY support our ukulele playing friends. Ukes AGAINST cuts!)
Here’s how to get ready to flash mob with us!
1. Practice the song. There will be some audio to play along to.
2. Please, on the day… NO paper, NO SONG SHEETS. Please come to a workshop for help, if you need it.
3. Please please look as stereotypically normal as you can. Hints.. builder with a work bag? City boy or girl with a briefcase hiding a uke?
4. Hide your ukulele! Please make sure your ukulele bag is hidden, if possible, have your uke in an open soft case (so you can get to it quickly), hidden in another bag, or under a jacket, or something. Have the uke ready to pull out as a *surprise* 😉
5. Tune up BEFORE you arrive. When you arrive, your uke should be finely tuned, and ready to whip out and strum! The effect of a flash mob is that we arrive unannounced, and leave like nothing happened. A few minutes of tuning will ruin that effect. Please be prepared!
6. Ukuleles are quiet instruments, so make sure you can hear the lead and each other, stand close to the position. The intention of the flash mob is that we are stood still in position when we’re set, and when you hear the leads ukulele start to play, join in! We’ll play G for a few rounds so everyone can join before singing. You may need to come in closer if you can’t hear, so that we stay in time with each other.
7. Be prepared for slight song changes, or to repeat the song twice. We may extend the outro as well as the intro, so be prepared for changes, we’ll call it, so listen out on the day!
8. When you get the nod and hear the cue from the lead or hear the words ‘last one’ end with single strum(s).
9. Walk away like nothing happened. (ignore applause, etc)
PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT WHOOP AND CHEER. It will be an AMAZING feeling, but RESIST being self congratulatory until after you’re away from the location!
10. Meet up afterwards with fellow ukulele players for a strum. You should receive the email telling you where the strumalong will be. (Don’t forget your Ukulele Wednesdays Songbook).
Surreptitiously strum with you soon!
2014. Sunny Afternoon Ukulele Flash Mob Location.
If you’ve not got a local group, or you want to run through things, Learn To Uke are running a practical Ukulele Flash Mob workshop. If you need help memorising the song, chords, strumming or anything else, then go along to what promises to be an excellent workshop. You’ll know all the chords, strums and words by the end, and you’ll even get to go on a practice Flash Mob, ahead of the big day! Book your place via their website, here.
Sorry that it’s been a while since we’ve posted here. We prefer to keep things on the downlow and to email only, but, in case you lost the email… it’s time to get practising for the next ukulele flash mob in London. You’ll need to learn the chords off by heart (or stick the different chord progressions on your ukulele if you’re likely to forget them) and the lyrics, so that you can join in. Here’s some audio to play along with.
If you have a group, you can always organise a small practise group to test each other out before the big day. Looking forward to seeing you there! UFM x
So, here it is, the official video from our first ukulele flash mob, held near the lions in Trafalgar Square, London, UK. Thankfully the wardens saw the funny side, and it was a rather heart warming moment!
It was a rather lovely strum afterwards, at Ukulele Wednesdays, too.
Until next time, amigos!