The next B&I at Velmore will be on Monday 18th February.  New beginners will be very welcome. Come and join us in the Main Hall. Specific sessions for new beginners take place  in the Cornwall room (smaller room nearest to Kent Road).

Doors open at 7 pm (no entry to hall before 7pm)
We start playing at 7.15 pm. See info for beginners

Velmore Community Centre, Falkland Road, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, SO53 3GY

There is some parking at the back of the community centre/church and some more at the front of the shops which are just next door to it, so you should be able to park quite close to it.

They don’t have a bar, although they allow you to bring your own drinks (within reason) and they have a little kitchen, where it’s possible to make tea and coffee. You can bring your own milk and teabags or pay to use the centre’s.

There will be a charge of £2 each. This covers room hire, equipment and running costs of the group. Should there be any surplus after deduction of costs, this will be donated to charity.
There is usually a spare uke to use during the evening (on a first-come-first-served basis, right- or left-handed ukes available), if you would like to have a try before you buy your own. Advice is also available on buying ukes and setup issues.

Bringing children

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page if you would like to bring children along with you.

Songs – Please print off and bring the songsheets for the session(s) you want to do.

First Half – 7.15 to 8.10pm

Smaller Room New Beginners

Introductory session for new beginners and those who have only been coming for a few weeks and are still learning the basics. No previous experience necessary. We will be using the new beginner’s song book version 3. We will have copies available for a small donation. There will also be some spare ukes available.

First part – Main Hall Singalong with Steve (all from SUJ Song list unless otherwise stated)

All My Loving
I Wanna Be Like You
Exs and Ohs
Ring Of Fire
Barbra Streisand
Rocket Man
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Ruby (Ruby Ruby)
She’s Not There
Waterloo (B&I Version)

Fingerpicking Introductory Course in Devon Room
A group for new fingerpickers – 7.15 -7.45 for complete beginners who can’t read tab
– 7.45 – 8.15 practising Granny Franny easy fingerpicking pieces.
There will be an extra charge of £1 – £2 to cover the room hire.

Second part – Main Hall Singalong with Doug  (all from B&I Song list)

C’mon Everybody
You Never Can Tell
Stray Cat Strut
Love Potion No.9
Meet Me On The Corner (SUJ)
Take It Easy
Cousin Jack
Linin’ Track

Tulsa Time

Dark Eyes (Gypsy Jazz)
All around my hat

This group is run by Rosemary Bock from 2015 – 2115 for people who can already play melodies – either reading tab or music notation.

Noodling for beginners
Noodling caters for new players, people who love to sing and experts. Come along to learn the part you feel suits you – you can just sing, just strum, just pick or mix and match, using new songs and old favourites in the UBG book: Riffs, Rhythms and Harmonies

You can buy a copy for £6.75 – It contains 72 songs, all of which have an interesting pick, noodle or harmony. That’s cost price or you can print it yourself if you prefer.

Getting Started
If you are a complete beginner, there are some tips, suggestions and links to videos for beginners on our Beginners and Improvers homepage.

We look forward to seeing you soon!