Kingston Ukulele Society

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Do you live in the Kingston, Ontario area? Do you play ukulele? Would you like to play ukulele and sing with a group of other like-minded people? If so, then read on.

Kingston now has a regular ukulele jam! We meet twice a month to play ukulele and sing songs together.

Where is the jam?

We meet in the back room at the Royal Tavern, 344 Princess Street, Kingston. Parking is usually available on Princess Street. Or park in the lot behind the Royal off Brock Street. (It's the lot on the right just past the fire hall.)


Royal Tavern

Who can come?

Anyone who plays ukulele is welcome. All skill levels are welcome. Even if you're a beginner, you're welcome to join in.

What else should I bring (besides my ukulele)?

If you have a portable music stand, bring it along. I recommend getting a strong, sturdy music stand capable of holding a heavy 3-ring binder. (A music stand will come in handy anyways for your own practice.)

If you want to lead the group in a song, please bring copies so the rest of us can follow along. Lyrics with chord diagrams are preferred. (Chord diagrams on the side or bottom of the page is also acceptable.)

When is it?

The jam takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. We start at 7:00pm with a beginners workshop. We break at 7:45pm, and resume at 8:00pm with an open jam, that normally lasts until 10:00pm.

Here are the upcoming jam dates:

What happens at the jam?

We play ukulele and sing songs. We also share tips and techniques, and share our ukulele stories. If you want to perform a song solo, or lead the group in a song, you'll have your chance. Consider this a good opportunity to practice your skills in front of a very supportive audience.

Sometimes we have a theme for the evening. But usually we do a song circle where everyone gets a chance to choose the song.

How did this come about?

In the summer of 2010, I moved from Toronto back to my hometown. In Toronto, I very much enjoyed playing ukulele at the Corktown Ukulele Jam. Picture, if you can, 60-70 ukulele players playing together in one room! Yes! There's a lot of fun in jamming together on the ukulele! When we decided to make the move, I decided that Kingston should have a ukulele jam too.

How do I get added to your mailing list?

Group notifications and discussions happen through a Google Group:

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What else should I know about the jam?

Like most other jams, GCEA is the preferred tuning. Baritone ukulele players are welcome, but be prepared to adjust your playing appropriately. If you want to bring song sheets for the group, understand that the preferred keys in GCEA tuning are C, D, G, and A.

If you have further questions, or want to get added to our mailing list, send an e-mail to hans@kingstonukes.com.

Finally, prepare to have fun!

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