Learn how to play ukulele with Noodle McDoodle

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Noodle McDoodle PHOTO PROVIDED

If there’s a musical instrument that has an intrinsically happy sound, I think it must be the ukulele.

Think about the opening strains of “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train or “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B. J. Thomas. Or how about the quintessential rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim?

Isn’t there a smile on your face now?

The ukulele’s four strings, with their my-dog-has-fleas tonal order, combine to provide a pleasant listening experience.

The instrument is pretty easy to begin to play (with the added advantage of being relatively inexpensive), and can provide hours of fun for anyone who has a desire to learn.

If you enjoy the ukulele and want to learn more, you should come to the Mount Pleasant Regional Library on Saturday, Aug. 10. Local uke enthusiast Noodle McDoodle (aka Don Whitley) will provide two programs, one for children from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and one for teens and adults from noon-1 p.m.

You may have been lucky enough to have seen Noodle at the library in January, when he taught us some basic chords and strums and gave us an introduction to the uke. After that program, many people asked us if Noodle could do another program for us, and now he’s back.

On Aug. 10, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Noodle will give an introduction similar to the one in January, this one aimed toward our younger enthusiasts. Kids are encouraged to bring their own ukes and join in, or they may want to simply watch, listen, and enjoy.

Then from noon to 1 p.m., Noodle will be back for teens and adults, to pick up where he left off in January.

Remember to bring your uke so you can get the most from this program.

If you need some songbooks to practice with, or if you want to learn more about the instrument, the library has some books you will enjoy. “Ukulele: The World’s Friendliest Instrument” by Daniel Dixon provides an entertaining account of the instrument’s history along with information about its current status. “The Ukulele: A History” by Jim Tranquada and John King will provide a more scholarly account.

The library has two great songbooks for hours of playing pleasure, “The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living” and “The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition: 366 More Great Songs for Better Living,” both compiled and arranged by Liz and Jim Beloff.

For additional guidance on the techniques of actually playing the instrument, you can’t beat “Ukulele for Dummies” by Alistair Wood, and you might also want to check out “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing the Ukulele” by David Hodge.

Library programs

For children:

PLAY: DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.

Monday Matinée (all ages)

Monday, Aug. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Cannon Movie Tales: Beauty and the Beast. (1987). Rated G; 93 minutes.

Babygarten (0 – 18 months with adult; registration requested)

Tuesdays, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Family Storytime

Thursdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m.

For teens and adults:

Mount Pleasant Reel Club - A book and movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich

Movie: “The Social Network.” Rated PG-13; 120 minutes.

Second Saturday Writing Critique Group (adults and teens ages 16 and up)

Saturday, Aug. 10 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Open to all writers. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 843-849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

“My Reading Life by Pat Conroy.”

Susan Frohnsdorff is the assistant manager of the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161. If you would like to have a monthly listing of all the programs at Mount Pleasant Regional emailed to you, please let us know at MtpReference@ccpl.org.

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