Select Page

4th Sunday NVUS Monthly Jams and Songs

Date(s) - 08/25/2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Number of Attendees: 20

Cafe Montmartre



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.

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



Bookings are closed for this event.

Number of Attendees: 20

  • Quang Tran
  • Jessica Suchecki
  • Paul Bigelman
  • Eric R
  • Manuel Vera
  • David Bartell
  • Jane Winchester
  • John Dodds
  • Alan Cyr
  • Jan Utman
  • Jeffrey Bliss
  • Annette Delgado
  • Catherine Miranda
  • Shima Vosti
  • Car McKenna
  • Paul Vosti
  • Audrey J. Adair
  • William Tell
  • John King
  • Barry Chovitz


  1. For those who attended (and not attended): Royal Hawaiian Band Director – Henri Berger (Aug 4, 1844 – Oct 14, 2929). Born Heinrich August Wilhelm Berger. Originally on loan from Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany to King Kamehameha V to conduct the King’s Band. Arrived in June 1872. 1877 received appointment by King Kalakaua to full leadership of the Royal Hawaiian Band. In 1879, Berger became a citizen of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Queen Lili’uokalani named Berger “Father of Hawaiian Music.” From 1893 to 1903 worked with Kamehameha Schools to develop their music program; and also built what is today the Honolulu Symphony. more details…

Submit a Comment