Ukulele Clubs: sing, strum, socialize

It doesn’t take long to learn to play a few basic chords on the ukulele and join an uke club to strum, sing, and socialize. No other instrument allows the beginner to practice playing in the relaxed company of others and travel the world with it.

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Or  “play, pluck, and party”

Or “jam, jingle, and joviality”

As an ukulele enthusiast, I consider the existence of so-called ukulele clubs a golden perk of playing the ukulele. I don’t know of any clubs for other instrumentalists that welcome beginners to jam with more advanced players. Perhaps barbershop quartets or multi-instrumental jam sessions may allow for that, but how common are they really? The ukulele clubs’ tradition of group playing is a fun way to push myself to learn new chords and expand my repertoire. I can’t think of a better way to combine practice with socialization.

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Music on canvas in Paris

I decided to see the Museum of Modern Art for the second time. Has anyone else written music about art? How about paintings about music or musicians or music instruments? Below are paintings of guitar, piano, violin, and music scores that I found in the modern art museum in the Pompidou Centre. Can anyone guess the painters?

Outside the George Pompidou Centre in Paris
Outside the George Pompidou Centre in Paris

By chance while signing the guestbook of the Brancusi sculpture exhibition yesterday, I noticed a ticket for the George Pompidou centre lying nearby. Somewhat had deliberately left it. I decided to see the Museum of Modern Art for the second time. On the way up the escalators, I couldn’t resist taking pictures and videos of Paris.

Why is this worth a blog?

I am a musician not a painter. Mussorgsky composed “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Has anyone else written music about art?

How about paintings about music or musicians or music instruments?

Below are paintings of guitar, piano, violin, and music scores that I found in the modern art museum in the Pompidou Centre. Can anyone guess the painters? Help me put the correct title and painter to each of these untitled images.

First an abstract of a guitar on a table.

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And then you see the guitar….

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And the guitarist….

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Probably the most famous painter ever:

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More guitar paintings….

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And this

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Still more guitars…

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Enough guitars! How about sheet music?

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And another….

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Don’t forget the piano!

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Or the violin!

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….and the violinist!

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Finally a painting in pure blue that reflects the photographer and blogger! C’est moi! Merci beaucoup!

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