- THOU SHALL TUNE THY INSTRUMENT – There are too many good cheap tuners around not to do this.
- THOU SHALL LISTEN – If you can't hear the lead instrument or vocalist, then consider yourself too loud.
- THOU SHALL STICK TO THE MUSIC TYPE – The type of music for each type of Twin Cities Ukulele Club event is well defined on our website - www.tcukeclub.com. Follow the guidelines.
- THOU SHALL TRY NEW STUFF – Once in a while a participant may suggest original material or one that is out of character with the jam.
- THOU SHALL SHARE IN THE SELECTION – TC Uke Club jammers pass the song/tune pick clockwise around the circle.
- THOU SHALL KISS – Keep the chords in a song simple. The TC Uke Club jams are likely to have both more and less experienced players. Keep the songs/tunes simple, for beginners to experts. Try to stick to song versions with three or four major or 7th chords, like C, F, G or G7, or G, C, D or D7.
- THOU SHALL LEARN – Learn to use the concept of 1, 4, 5 – Calling chords by number. Learn new songs and tunes.
- THOU SHALL KEEP THY RHYTHM STEADY – Errors in rhythm are most difficult to overcome. Work to avoid adding or dropping beats. Play quietly if you can't keep up and pay attention. Use a metronome when you practice.
- THOU SHALL NOT SPEED – Do not start a song too fast for the others to play. Once everyone has had a turn at the lead, then one may announce that the tempo is about to increase.
- THOU SHALL CELEBRATE OTHER JAMMER’S EFFORTS — Celebrate trying new things and the enthusiasm of other jammers. Even when a jammer is a bit out of time, tune or whatever, accept and celebrate their efforts. We are not a professional performing group. We are a bunch of ukulele players who get together to sing, play and enjoy each other’s company. We are there to enjoy the music, whatever our skills.
Revised March 16, 2016 – Tony Anthonisen - Twin Cities Ukulele Club
You just never see someone playing a uke without a smile on their face!