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“We make ourselves and others smile using ukuleles, we improve our skills, and we share our music to provide a positive impact on the world.”
– Purpose of DMUS, July 2017
We have come to realize that if we get the smiles, everything else takes care of itself. Please come visit one of our meetings. You will have fun!
The information about us on this page explains how things work when the world is not in a pandemic. During the pandemic, we meet online every single Wednesday evening at 7 pm until 8 pm or 8:30 pm using Zoom. Members on our email distribution list receive instructions on how to access the Zoom meetings. Use our Join page to provide us with your email address and to get added to our distribution list. Mahalo! DMUS will prevail over COVID-19!
When there is no pandemic, our club meets nearly every Wednesday evening at Rieman Music, 6501 Douglas. Urbandale, Iowa, 50322, from 6:00 pm until 7:45 pm. We welcome ukulele enthusiasts at every skill level from first time beginner to advanced. We also welcome spectators.
Want to give it a try but you don’t own a ukulele? No worries! We can borrow one for you to use in the meeting from Rieman Music!
What are meetings like?
Meetings are all about having fun with ukuleles. We spend a little time setting up the room and visiting. Then we play our ukuleles and sing.
Some meetings are focused on just strumming and singing and smiling. We select a list of songs to play by having the facilitator pick out songs to start out the meeting and transitioning to songs requested by members.
Other meetings focus on improving our very favorite songs with an eye toward being able to perform them.
We encourage everyone to attend both kinds of meetings, regardless of any interest they might have in participating in a performance.
Where do the songs come from?
We rely heavily on what we call the yellow and blue books. Members are encouraged to purchase these; however, new members are more than welcome to look on with others. We find that we often learn faster when sharing books.
The real names of the books are “The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living (Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele Songbooks)” and “The Daily Ukulele – Leap Year Edition: 366 More Songs for Better Living (Jumpin’ Jim’s Ukulele Songbooks),” both authored by Jim and Liz Beloff. When you are ready to purchase one of these, Rieman Music will give you a special deal when you let them know you are a DMUS member.
If you have a baritone ukulele, you will want to get the baritone ukulele versions, which are brown and green. If you are not certain what kind of ukulele you have, please bring it to a meeting and let us advise you on which books you will need. Here are pictures of the books:
Advice for beginners:
We always encourage beginners to come to meetings. We’ve even borrowed ukuleles from the store for new folks to play in the meetings. We will teach you a few easy chords and loan you a small percussion instrument for those times when the chord diagrams look intimidating.