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  • PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 29 Aug 2021
    PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY

    In 2020, Mandy Cooper introduced us to Play Music on the Porch Day.
    This event is held on the last Saturday of August. and is an International Day of music which began with a simple idea back in 2013. The idea is that music is powerful and universal and goes beyond words. When you pick up an instrument and start to play the world disappears and you get lost in the sounds.  

    The idea is to just  go outside and play music - share our talents, our passions, and our music. Together let us show the world the power that music holds to transcend the most difficult barriers.

    A number of us from LUKES did just that on Saturday 28th August, 2021.. Please enjoy the photographs sent in so far.

    ==> View the Photos of 2021 Play Music On the Porch Day
     

    If you have photographs that haven't been include please email them to Alison D.

  • USB MICROPHONE
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 26 Aug 2021
    USB MICROPHONE
    Many members asked us today about the microphones that some of the members are using along with their laptops or computers.
    By adding a USB microphone to your computer, you will notice a great difference in the quality of sound that you transmit by way of ZOOM. THe USB dynamic microphones are designed for Streaming and Podcasting or playing and singing as we do at LUKES. The main advantage of a USB mic is that there is no competition between the singing and intrumental music. They are both transmitted in equal amounts rather than the loudest winning out. or the voice.
    Some of us have purchased from OfficeWorks an Audio-Technica USB Microphone.
    Ours is the ATR2100x-USB. It is listed as a Handheld Dynamic Microphone but comes with a stand for stting up on a desk. We bought it early last year for about $150 and i notice that the same one is listed currently for $149.
    Other types are also for sale these include the Blue Snoball iCE Versatile USB mic for $68,  Samson Metori USB Studio Microphone for $89. Have a look and read the reviews on line and see what you think.
    Just google OfficeWorks - USB Microphones. and a full range will appear.

    You can order on line and do a click and collect or pay for delivery.

    They are simple to use but there are a few tricks to be aware of:
    • When you plug in the USB microphone, you need to check that it is turned on (on ours the blue light appears when it is plugged in but you also have to turn the switch to ON.
    • In ZOOM click on the arrow immediately to the right of the Mute button - this brings up a range of options. Make sure that you click on the USB Microphone.
    • On the same button is the option to test it - click on that - it will firstly ask you to test  your speakers and then it enables you to speak and test the microphone
    • In order to save bandwidth and increase intelligibility, Zoom does various tricks with sound. The main one is that it decides who is speaking at any given moment and concentrates on their sound and quietens down everyone else's. There's not much you can do about this apart from mute your mic when someone else is singing or playing.  It also prioritises speech over other sounds such as music, which it can regard as extraneous noise. However, there is a way to minimise some of the effects of this by using what they are pleased to call 'Original Sound', ie. the sound captured by your computer's microphone before Zoom get their mitts on it.
    • To make this work there are things both the meeting host and the participants have to do, but almost all of it needs to be done once only.. Once the host has enabled the "Show in-meeting option to Enable Original Sound from microphone"
    • The participant(s) also have a job to do. Again, you'll only ever need to this once but it has to be done while you're in a meeting, because the audio settings aren't available outside of meetings on some platforms. At the bottom left-hand corner of your screen you'll see a picture of a mic and an upward–pointing arrow ('^'). Click on the arrow and a menu of options will appear. The one you want is the bottom one: 'Audio Settings...'. Click on this and you'll get a screen full of settings. Clear the setting that says 'Automatically adjust microphone volume'.. If you need to you can set the mic level here yourself.
    • At the bottom right-hand corner you'll see a button labelled 'Advanced', which takes you to another screen full of settings. Towards the top of this you'll see 'Show in–meeting option to Enable Original Sound from microphone'. Make sure it has a tick next to it. You should also set both 'Suppress Persistent Background Noise' and 'Suppress Intermittent Background Noise' to Disable.
    • Having done that you can now close the settings screens and return to the main screen. You should never need to do that again.

    • Back at the main screen (if the meeting host has done their job) you'll now see a new box at the top left-hand corner saying 'Turn on Original Sound'. Click on this and it will change to 'Turn off Original Sound'. Once you've done that you're using original sound. You may need to do this last bit at the start of most Zoom meetings.

    If you purchase a USB microphone and would like to have a practise run, give Alison a call and we can set up a ZOOM meeting to make sure you're on the right track and that it works for you.. You can only test these by way of ZOOM we've found.

    NOTE: Original Sound - allows you to preserve the sound from your microphone without using ZOOM's echo cancellation and audio-enhancing features.

    Technical infromation thanks to https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/how-make-zoom-work-music
    I hope this is helpful.
    Cheers
    Alison

  • MEMBER'S WAITING LIST
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 14 Aug 2021
    MEMBER'S WAITING LIST
    We are unable to invite new members or visitors to our meetings at this time because of Covid restrictions.

    Please contact info@longbeachukes.com.au to put your name, phone number and email address on our waiting list.

    If you would like to join and observe one of our Zoom sessions please request the link from info@longbeachukes.com.au
  • LUKES VACCINATION STATUS
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 16 Jul 2021
    LUKES VACCINATION STATUS

    Dear LUKES members. 

    Keep up the good work!  From our limited sample survey last week as to the vaccination status of LUKES members, we can happily report that we are very responsible citizens.


    The situation last week was that one third of us had had a double dose, and two-thirds one dose, with plans to have the second.  We expect to see this change quickly as second doses become due after 12 weeks, and some of us are opting for an earlier second dose at between 8 and 12 weeks.

    If we needed reminding, our current lockdown is proving our actions in getting vaccinated to be a very wise choice.  Then again, we knew we were wise (comes with age, they say).  

    See you on Zoom in the short-term and hopefully soon in person.

    Jill Thompson

  • SINGER'S MASKS
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 7 Jul 2021
    SINGER'S MASKS
    It is looking like mask wearing may potentially be with us for a while when singing is involved.
    No pressure, but we have a contact who will make singers’ masks to order for $15 if anyone is interested.
    They are 3 layers with 2 of cotton and the inner one of sturdy nonwoven interfacing which follows recommended guidelines.
    One size fits all, with adjustable elastic to help with the fit. There is a wide colour choice available on the order form.


    If you wish to order one it is a 2 part process.
    1 – Pay for the mask  by bank transfer to the LUKES Account ( see details on the order form)
    2 – Fill in the order form and email to Cheryl G

    Both these things need to happen by Tuesday 13 July after which a bulk order will be placed.
    Turnaround to Cheryl from time of placement of order will be 5 – 10 days depending on the quantity ordered. They will then be brought to your nominated venue at next meeting.

    Alternatively, if interested,  there is a pattern attached in the next News Item (including how-to video) for a mask which is not technically a singers’ mask but is relatively user friendly for singing and fairly easy to sew.
     
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  • PATTERN FOR 3D MASK
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 7 Jul 2021
    PATTERN FOR 3D MASK

    There is a pattern attached (including how-to video) for a mask which is not technically a singers’ mask but is relatively user friendly for singing and fairly easy to sew.

    YouTube Video URL:
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  • LEGS GIG AT THE VIEW CLUB OF CHELSEA
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 8 May 2021
    LEGS GIG AT THE VIEW CLUB OF CHELSEA

    On Saturday 8th May, Fran, Veronica, Beni and Mandy, on behalf of LUKES Entertainment Group, provided entertainment for the Cheltenham/Dingley VIEW CLUB Luncheon. 

    VIEW members support the education of disadvantaged Australian children by raising much needed funds for The Smith Family. Through fundraising activities and social events in local communities, members raise money that goes directly to The Smith Family's learning and mentoring programs for disadvantaged students.

    The ladies at the luncheon enjoyed listening to the performance which included some old favourites and a couple of new songs as well.There was much toe tapping and singing along, and quite a few questions about the Lukes Club and playing ukulele in general. A lovely afternoon, enjoyed by all.


    LUKES LEGS perform at Chelsea View Club

    The Ladies: Beni McMaster, Mandy Cooper, Fran Paddington and Veronica Young  looked resplendent in their red and black and were well received by the guests at the luncheon with their lively perfomance.
  • HAPPY 89th BIRTHDAY TO LES WEST
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 7 May 2021
    HAPPY 89th BIRTHDAY TO LES WEST
    What a fabulous celebration we had for our Club's Treasurer, Les West, on Thursday afternoon. Les has reached the fine age of 89 and is still incredibly active in our club both from a performance perspective, as well as the time he contributes to the club executive committee and the Club's finances. Les you are an inspiration and we all see you as 89 years young.
    Fran Paddington, made an amazing birthday cake, depicting some of Les' favourite historical experiences and the 40+ members at the Mentone RSL joined in an enthusisatic rendition of "Happy Birthday" in Les' honour.
    Happy Birthday Les!

    Happy Birthday Les

    Singing Happy Birthday to Les West

    Another view of Les' cake
  • LORDS AND LADIES OF THE DANCE
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 3 May 2021
    LORDS AND LADIES OF THE DANCE
    Our celebration of International Dance Day on April 29th at the Mentone RSL certainly exceded expectations. Every one got in to the spirit of the night as was evidenced by the outfits worn, the enthusiastic way the music was played and time many spent on the dance floor. We all managed to play some very difficult songs along with the easier ones in the program.
    We were deligthed that the RSL allowed us to keep the dance floor free for people to get up and in to the groove of the songs played and it was ideal for the cha-cha, waltzes, rock and roll, YMCA and of course Beni's line dance workshop along to Achy Breaky Heart.  
    Thank you to everyone for your participation on the night - we truly had a rollicking good time.

    To see the other photographs go to :https://www.longbeachukes.com.au/dbpage.php?pg=album&Category=22

  • MENTONE STATION OFFICIAL OPENING
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 3 May 2021
    MENTONE STATION OFFICIAL OPENING

    Sixteen members of the LUKES Entertainment Group (LEGS) enjoyed wonderful 25 degree weather as we entertained the crowds on the lawn adjacent to the new Mentone Railway Station at its official opening on Saturday 1st May from 11am till 2pm.
    We were booked by the LXRP - Level Crossing Removal Project for a 3 hour gig.. There were breaks as we watched an official welcome to country smoking ceremony and later the Mayor of Kingston opening the Station and launching a book on the historyof the Mentone Railway Station.

    Mandy Cooper the LEGS Gig Co-ordinator devised a lively program - including a variety of train songs in conjunction with some old favourites. Along with our group of ukulele players the ensemble included a mandolin, a bass, a washboard, a guitar and numerous percussion items and of course a number of train whistles to add to the overall effect.

  • PAT'S MUSIC STORE MAY SALE
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 3 May 2021
    PAT'S MUSIC STORE MAY SALE
    Pat's Music Store located at 940-944 Centre Road, Oakleigh South has generously sponsored our club and is our preferred supplier for 2021.
    They are celebrating their 31st Birthday with a special sale this year.
    Let them know you're a member of LUKES and they'll give you a discount at any time.
    Pats have a great range of Ukuleles as well as strings, accessories, percussion instruments and song books - along with their other musical instruments. So if you're thinking of upgrading or need to get your uke serviced with new strings, go and visit them.
    To find out more about their BIRTHDAY SALE go to the following link:
    https://www.patsmusic.com.au/birthday-sale/

    Pats Music Store
  • R.I.P. Dave Paddington our Bass Man
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 20 Mar 2021
    R.I.P. Dave Paddington our Bass Man
    Our friend and longtime Club Member David Paddington passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, 28th February, 2021. 
    Dave has known he was unwell since before Christmas and he and Fran were hoping for a miracle. Sadly this wasn't possible. 
    We will always think of Dave when we play "These Boots Are Made For Walking". That was one of his bass favorites and it was such fun to follow him on that riff. 
    We like to imagine Dave is "Walkin'" on to his new uke group. 
    We will wrap Fran in our music and let it gradually work its healing magic. Fran described Dave as the ying to her yang.
    Dave was big brother to Mick and Adrian and loving father of Steven, Kevin and Gary. 

    There is a private funeral and at Dave's request, Fran will host a party to celebrate his life.
    Rest In Peace Dave.
  • LUKES COVID SAFE PLAN 2021- V3
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 1 Feb 2021
    LUKES COVID SAFE PLAN 2021- V3
    In order to satisfy both the State Government COVID Safety Regulations and those of the Kingston City Council, the LUKES Executive has devised a COVID SAFE PLAN..
    This has been attached.
    The COVID situation, as we've seen around the world as well as close to home is quite fluid and unpredictable and we at LUKES take the health and welfare of our members seriously.
    Please take the time to read the LUKES COVID SAFE PLAN and ensure that you implement each point made in the plan.
    Version 2 was posted on 1st February, It will be updated as new regulations come to our attention.
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  • HALL MONITOR JOBS FOR CARRUM HUB & MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 30 Jan 2021
    Hall Monitor Responsibilities
    For meetings held on Tuesday evenings at the Carrum Activity Hub we will need a Hall Monitor to prepare the hall and ensure that it is COVID SAFE and ready for members.
    All of the tasks are set out in the document attached.
    If you are the Hall Monitor on a Tuesday night, please print off the document, date it and then run through the checklist.of tasks to be done both before and after the meeting.

    Member’s Responsibilities
    • Bring your own instrument, music stand and music.  (Sharing is only possible by people living in same house)
    • Bring your own drink and nibbles if needed. The kitchen will be closed.
    • Do not enter the hall before 6.30pm
    • Wear your mask until seated
    • Do your QR code before entering foyer.
    • One member at a time in the foyer
    • Do not move your chair from its position.
    • Remain seated while the session is in progress
    • If not singing wear your mask
    • There will be no microphones in use for the time being. We will review this as soon as it is allowable.
    • If you need an amp please bring your own. 
    Updates will be made as the situation changes
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  • SONGS SUNG BLUE with The Ubiquitous Uke - Mr Fox
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 5 Mar 2020
    SONGS SUNG BLUE with The Ubiquitous Uke - Mr Fox

    Les Fox who always leaves us with a sense of anticipation about what badge will be accompanying our chocolate, did the same as he led us in his first LUKES Session "Songs Sung Blue" on Tuesday 3rd March:

    The majority of members were dressed in Blue and sang an eclectic choice of Blue Songs or songs featuring Blue. The singing was punctuated by the inevitable Blue Badges, Blue Decor, Blue Jokes (not too rude!) and Blue Prizes.

    The joy in the room was infectious and everyone left with a spring in their step, a Blue Gift and definitely not in a Blue mood at all. Well done to Les for a wonderful night - you've set the bar really high.

    ⇒ View the photographs of our Songs Sung Blue night.

  • 2020 MEMBERSHIP IS DUE NOW
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 23 Feb 2020
    2020 MEMBERSHIP IS DUE NOW

    ALL MEMBERS NOTE:

    If you are not a financial member by March 17th 2020, you will be removed from the Club Database and lose access to the club website members login area.
    Every new and 2019 members of LUKES are required to fill out the 2020 Registered Club Membership Application Form.
     

    ⇒ Download 2020 Registered Club Membership Application Form


    The form can be filled out, scanned and emailed to LUKES Membership Administrator: Veronica Young, or handed to the person on the door on Tuesday nights with $10 cash.

    Payment can be made by EFT into our bank:

    • Account Name: Longbeach Ukes Inc.
    • BSB: 633 000
    • Account Number: 164527905
    • Reference: Surname & Initial
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  • A Blast From the Past!
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 22 Feb 2020
    A Blast From the Past!

    Chelsea - Mordialloc - Mentone NEWS 22-11-2017

    Happy Song

    Judith Crocker is all smiles a the Melbourne Ukulele Kollection's (MUK) Bayside get together. The ukulele playing group began in Aspendale five years ago and is always happy to welcome new members.
    Read the accompanying article that was in the local paper - it gives a great outline of the history of  LUKES.
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  • LUKES MEMBERS NAME BADGES
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 15 Feb 2020
    LUKES MEMBERS NAME BADGES
    As a means of encouraging friendship, courtesy and inclusiveness at LUKES we encourage all members to wear a name badge at each LUKES meeting. Some people have placed their Membership Cards in a plastic sleeve and clip it on their tops, hats etc. others make their own but if you'd like one of our special LUKES name tags please put your name in the order book at the front desk.
    The badges cost $12 each.
  • Beginners Classes
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 15 Feb 2020
    Beginners Classes

    Beginners Classes will be run on Thursday nights, in two periods this year, each of six consecutive weeks.

    The first period of Beginners' Classes will begin on Thursday 20th February and run through until 26th March.
    The second period will begin on Thursday 23rd July and run through until 27th August.

    Dates: are listed on the website Calendar.
    Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
    Venue: Carrum Activity Hub
    Contact to Enrol: secretary@longbeachukes.com.au
    Requirements:
    Classes are free for LUKES members. You can take up Membership of LUKES on the first Thursday night of the lessons.

    Ukuelele; Please do not buy a ukulele from ALDI or a really cheap one - from experience they do not hold their tune. Expect to pay upwards from $60 for an insturment which is not a toy. Consider a Tenor Ukulele if your fingers are stiffer and less dextrous as they have bigger fret boards than the smaller sized Soprano Ukuleles. Ukuleles range in size from Soprano (smallest) to Concert (mid size) up to Tenor (large size). Try out ukuleles from local music shops and see which one suits your fingers best - our Club's preferred supplier is Guitars Plus at 5 Melrose Street, Sandringham. We have a few ukuleles we can lend to our beginners until you are able to purchase your own, on both Tuesday and Thursday nights. 

    Resources: A Beginners Booklet will be provided and LUKES Main Songbooks can be purchased and are available at the lessons for $15 each. They are not necessary for the Beginners Classes but will give you material to work with going forwards at the Tuesday night LUKES Meetings and are a wonderful resource to practise from.

    LUKES has 3 Main Songbooks - 1, 2 and 3 and to make it easier for beginners, the degree of difficulty of each song is listed on the Index pages, beside each song.
     

    LUKES MEMBERS - Do you have a friend who has shown an interest in joining LUKES? - why not encourage friends or family members to come along to the Beginners' Classes to try it out and gain some confidence along the way.

  • Cheltenham Rail Crossing Removal Gig
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 19 Nov 2019
    Cheltenham Rail Crossing Removal Gig

    Street Performance Charman Road, Cheltenham November 15th 2019


    Follow the sucess of "Jessie's Girl" we were asked by Kingston Council to come and perform in the street, to entertain the public while the street was closed, in preparation for the removal of the railway crossing. I wasn't sure how many LUKES members would be keen to do this, but then to my surprise,we had a really good turnout.  I lost count after 25!
    We performed after an amazing band called Vados, who did some wonderful Russian folk type melodies, on violin accordian and double bass, that had some of us dancing. So we thought they be a tough act to follow.

    Everyone loves to sing a long with songs they know and we certainly managed that. We had quite a crowd gather and stay a while, to listen and join in. Everyone in in the group was smiling and jigging, which really engaged the audience. The songs were well performed by all the team with their solo parts, group and all in sections. There were beautiful harmonies and backing shoo-ups, for variety and interest. 

    Great show guys, you made me proud.

    Fran 
     

    ⇒ View the photogallery of all the Cheltenham Street Party

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