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Ukulele Club Hosts Jam Session in Fort Greene Park

By Janet Upadhye | July 31, 2014 11:22am
 The Clinton Hill Ukulele Social Club meets once a month for ukulele jam sessions.
The Clinton Hill Ukulele Social Club meets once a month for ukulele jam sessions.
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CLINTON HILL — A recently formed group of ukulele-lovers are going public with their monthly jam session by bringing it to Fort Greene Park.

Members of the Clinton Hill Ukulele Social Club strum songs like Patience And Prudence's "Tonight, You Belong To Me" and Ferlin Husky's "Sentimental Journey" together once a month at their apartments and at Olivino on Fulton Street.

This weekend they are set to play in the park — but it's not a performance, according to the group's organizer Liz Rabson Schnore.

"We are really there to entertain ourselves," she said. "We'll take requests but the requester better have a ukulele in hand."

Rabson Schnore, 48, bought a ukulele for $25 on a whim years ago but didn't start to play until recently when she noticed it "lying around the house," she said.

Once she started to play she couldn't put it down.

The Clinton Hill resident, who works in construction management for New York University, said she often plays before work and averages about ten hours a week with the instrument.

She loves how accessible the small, string instrument is to all types of musicians.

"There is nothing intimidating about a uke," she said. "Anyone can pick it up and strum a few chords."

Rabson Schnore isn't the only one in the neighborhood with a ukulele hobby — after posting a listing on Nextdoor.com she found several of her neighbors were also interested in playing together.

Now the group has members of all ages and skill levels.

"We have high-schoolers, adults and even an eight-year-old that plays with us," she said. "All ukulele players are welcome to join."

The Clinton Hill Ukulele Social Club plans to play near the tennis courts in Fort Greene Park on August 2 at 4 p.m.

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