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4th Sunday Monthly Jams and Songs

4th Sunday Monthly Jams and Songs


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Cafe Montmartre
Lake Anne Village Center, 1625 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA, 20190

Event Type

This is a regular monthly meeting; so, come one, come all — beginners, too. RSVP early or as soon as you know you can make it.

Note:  All NVUS Monthly Jams and Songs schedules kept to 4:00-6:00 pm at sponsor’s request

NVUS Song books are online in our file folders. These are arrangements specifically for NVUS use at jams and performances.

Jams format:

  1. Admin/Announcements: We will try to do admin (like go over uke fest and upcoming concerts, workshops, etc.) at the very beginning; and a reminder at the end.
  2. Society members led songs: Make sure you bring copies up to the front table that is reserved for the NVUS jam leader and sound lead. Minimum copies should be around 15 (~1 per table). Ideally, 1 per person. Optimally, 75% of those who RSVP’d. Remember to post your song to the Society files (“Monthly Jams Folder”).
  3. Signature songs: Will be played some time during the entire jams meeting. In general, you can count on Sweet Wahine being the last song we play. Since every one is warmed up and bashfulness tossed aside, should get more solo players, right?

Society Member Led Songs:

  • Know your song enough — this isn’t lessons but a jam session.  Also, you “CAN” just jump into a song, but a well led song has generally 3 parts: An Intro, The song, and the ending/outro.  Think about and give attending advanced and intermediate members a chance to solo in your song — if you’re comfortable with it.
  • Help your fellow members — announce the key, progression if you know it, strum if you can describe it (e.g. Calypso/Do Wop – DxDUxUDU, etc).
  • Help for You — There are always some brave Society members who would help, if you ask.  If you want back up (UBass, Fills/Breaks, Harmony singing), it would be nice for you to pre-coordinate — but ask the leads, they might be able to wing it that day.

NVUS Leaders/Teachers Led Songs:

  • Typically out of The Society song books — most common are Fox on the Run, Shady Grove, Molokai Slide, 5 foot 2, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, NVUS Banana Boat Song, My Little Grass Shack, and Under the Boardwalk, to name a few
  • Lesson Exercise Songs — could be any one of the songs used in group lessons. These are usually found in the NVUS Jams Catalog
  • Same as Society Member Led Songs — see above.

Key to jams — Keep it simple, simple, simple; and play, play, play — and most of all


Will continue to practice through songs on the set list for ViVA Vienna, and also review strumming and arrangement techniques to match beginner to advanced ukulele player abilities.

Come get ready to represent your Society!


RSVPs are closed for this event.


  1. I’ve made copies of the entire set list to include songs the Society will be singing during the ViVA Vienna performance. It’s first come-first served. I do ask that if you have NO intentions of performing, that you refrain from taking a copy and share with the person next to you. by the way, version 1.2 of the set list, also complete set, is now uploaded to the Jams Catalog.

  2. Hopefully there are as many RSVP to attend the Full Dress Rehearsal at Ono Brewing Co. and then the performance at ViVA Vienna. Would be a shame the Society’s Ensemble was the only members to show up to both. So, far only 4, including myself, have RSVP to the Full Dress Rehearsal. There will be about 7-8 NVUE members attending.

    By the way, you will be using your stands for most of the performance (sing/strum along you’ll be out in the audience). We’re going to try something today with Lion Sleeps tonight at both Primer and Jams. So, bring your song books today — both Tall Oaks and main books.

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