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4th Sunday Monthly Jams and Songs (Winter)

4th Sunday Monthly Jams and Songs (Winter)


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Bookings closed


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.

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



RSVPs are closed for this event.

Members who are attending/attended this meeting:
  • Moses Kamai
  • Cynthia Hull
  • Sandy O'Shea
  • Jessica Suchecki
  • Kevin Hearle
  • Eric R
  • David Bartell
  • Lauraileen O'Connor
  • Quang Tran
  • Christy Kinder
  • Joyce Doyle
  • Manuel Vera
  • Annette Delgado
  • Larry and Linda Burke
  • Jean M. Johnson
  • Linda B.


  1. Don’t forget to bring your copies of the Patriotic Songbook — we will review a few tunes; and correct one arrangement I taught previously.

  2. OK didn’t see any song sheets emailed me. If you bring lead sheets to lead songs during jams, please print sufficient copies. At time of this message, we have approximately 16 attending. I’m expecting more by show time.


  3. Songs and Jams time!!! Don’t forget if you want your songs printed for you, you must have them to by midnight Friday. Otherwise, you’ll need to print them yourselves. David, Paul, and I will lead a few tunes that are preparatory for the sing-along on Jul 7th. We will apply a few of the techniques reviewed during the Primer.

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