Gallery

My cat, Dusty, who loved my ukulele and my piano and my gig bag…may he rest in peace (I miss his pesky little self!!) and people I admire (Elvis), funny pics I lifted off of Facebook, and great ukesters I have met over the years. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Gallery

  1. Bill Short December 14, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Hi Cat, Congratulations on your new Uke Group in Tilsonburg. I am sure it will be loads of fun for you all. If you are ever in Niagara-on-the-Lake, be sure to email me and stop by. Regards, Bill Short, NOTL Ukesters

    • Cat December 22, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      OK Bill I sure will, but we tend to go to that neck of the woods just after Christmas, during March break or in the summer. Are you running all year round or do you break for the summer and holidays, etc.?

      • Bill Short February 15, 2016 / 8:27 am

        Hey Cat, we run every Sunday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Community Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake 52 weeks a year. Email me at notl06@gmail.com if you are making the trip and we can get together with the group. Hope to have you join us., Bill

  2. Stephen Tullett March 13, 2021 / 2:25 am

    Greetings from England. Congratulations on your excellent website and songbooks which I’ve just discovered.

    My wife and I run a ukulele group called CATS. This is short for Coningsby and Tattershall Strummers. Coningsby and Tattershall are two villages in Lincolnshire in the east of England where we hold our meetings. We started in our small house during 2014, but now have to use village and church halls as membership increased rapidly.

    Zoom meetings have kept us sane during Covid and if the vaccination programme continues as planned we should be able to resume proper meetings towards the end of May.

    I’m going to tell our members of your website during our meeting on Monday. They all contribute to our songbooks and they will appreciate how difficult it is to produce song sheets of the quality you’ve achieved on your website.

    Stay safe and happy strumming.
    CATS, England.

    • Pineapple Princess May 7, 2021 / 2:49 pm

      Hello to Stephen and the CATS! My first ukulele group was called DUH – Dover Ukeheads! We are not in the UK however – I wish! – we are in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. I am actually the leader of my own ukulele group, the T’UkeS – Tillsonburg Uke Society, also in Ontario, Canada. And I find that because I am always teaching Beginners, and then supporting the Beginners as they become great players, that I am always improving website arrangements. Just today I was trying Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House, and I realized that the Em7 chord in the website arrangement should actually be Em. I cross-referenced this with my Chord Key wheel, and found that they are in error, likely because they transposed the original key of this song, being Eb (E flat), to the key of G. They strait transposed each and every chord, but in the key of G for this arrangement, it should be Em not Em7 because it’s off by a half-note. When you’re playing it, you’ll hear the difference!
      Always play your song choices beforehand with a pal or someone who likes to sing, just as good. Sometimes you have to listen to the original on Youtube or something to figure out the beat and the tempo. Also, I focus on “chord progression”, which is how to get smoothly from one chord shape to the next one. and I find that helps when making my arrangements.
      I also listen to that original song and try (TRY – not always successful!) to find that turnaround chord, it’s like an extra chord that adds embellishment and also if the song calls for a long pause, try to write that in as C-8 or something like that to show that there is a big long pause there. And this comes from teaching beginners who need that guidance.
      So I’m SO GLAD that you all appreciate my song arrangements, because I had SO MANY of them, I just wanted to share them with the world. I also have a songbook of 68 songs that I can email to you if you want it, includes songs of the 1920’s and war-time era, much more than I have posted here. And it’s free. You can email me at catporritt@gmail.com.
      Thanks and carry on, mates!
      Cat

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