2017 West Sound Ukulele Festival Workshop-descriptions These are just some of the possible workshops we are offering this year. Some will be offered more than once during the Festival to help make classes smaller. A full workshop grid will be available soon. B=beginning level player I=intermediate level player A=advanced level player
Ukulele Blues Party Basic Level (I A): Be comfortable and confident with first position chords and able to keep time while changing between them. Jug band and blues songs orchestrated for the ukulele, with playing and singing parts for several levels of player. We’ll work on getting that old-timey sound on your uke, with the right rhythm, chord positions and where to find the melody. Plus we’ll try and listen to each other and play together. We’ll add parts for basic chords, strumming, picking and singing. By ear, no TAB. Intro to fingerpicking with Del Rey (I A): Be familiar with basic chords and be able to keep time while changing them. Getting your thumb to keep time while your fingers play melodies and arpeggiate chords is the aim of this workshop. We’ll work with a blues tune that sounds good played on the beat or syncopated. By ear, no TAB.
"Da Hawaiian Way"(B I A): This class will deal with the Hawaiian vamps and the chord progressions for Hawaiian music. We will also begin to explore beginner finger picking and the Hawaiian turnaround licks. This course is for all ages and experience levels. There will be paper handouts for this course.
"Da Hawaiian Way 2" (I A): This will be taught in da Jus Press style so no papers here! Hawaiians say "Nana i ka maka, ho'olohe ka pepeiao, pa'a ka waha" It means observe with your eyes, listen with your ears, and shut your mouth. It's the way that I, myself, learned to play. Here we will learn to outline a melody within a chord progression. We will also explore more advanced finger picking (4 finger right-hand method) and melodic embellishment. We will also get into some strumming and picking techniques. This course will be for more experienced players and/or those who have completed the first course. Uke Bass Bass-ics (B): Beginning ukulele bass. There may be some u-bass available to use during class on a first come first serve basis.
FINGERBOARD HARMONY (B I A): Explore Western Harmony through the sound-hole of a Ukulele. Using beautiful intervals of 3rds and 6ths we will learn how the building blocks of music apply to the fingerboard of the Uke! For all styles and levels.
CARTER STYLE UKE (I A): Mother Maybelle Carter (Johnny Cash's mother-in-law) was largely credited for popularizing this style of string playing. Usually applied to guitar, the Carter style plays the melody as the lower part and strums the chords around the melody - This has all the elements of music; Melody, Harmony and rhythm and fits fabulously on the Ukulele.
Hawaiian Christmas Songs (B): more youth oriented ukulele class of Christmas songs like the Hawaiian 12 Days of Christmas.
Very Beginning Ukulele I (B): very little experience ,if any, with the ukulele. You will start to become familiar with 2 chord combinations and some easy 3 chords songs will be learned. Steady beat strumming will also be stressed.
Beginning Ukulele 2 (B): attended the first class or know a few of the beginning songs with 3 chords. We’ll continue learning the basics of playing the ukulele learning adding more chords and strumming techniques.
Basic Care of Your Ukulele (all)
Blues Basic Improv (I) - Introduction to scales and how to begin soloing and embellishing with single note lines. Relatively popular class
Wipe Out & Rhythmic Improv (I)- Basically running through different rhythms and creating "drum solos" on the 'ukulele.
Ensemble Playing (B I)- This is a mixed bag of arrangements that I usually switch up depending on the class. The idea was to design a class for mixed skilled students and covers a broad range of topics from harmony, to fingerpicking, to dynamics, etc.
Basics in Hawaiian Music(B)- This is working on the basic vocabulary of Hawaiian music in terms of chords, riffs, and form. 2
Right Hand Techniques (B I)- We go down the list of various right-hand techniques to stylize and add new textures to your playing. One of my more popular classes.
Who Needs a Drummer When I’ve Got Uke?: Are you ready to take your ukulele playing to the next level? In this Level 2 class, we’ll play with movable chord shapes, left-hand muting, strumming patterns, and how to “chunk” (create your own back beat). These are all simple techniques to improve your rhythm and playing style. Good times guaranteed!
Introduction to Left Hand Movement (chord melody): Learn an instrumental song, in C (Ship Goes Down), with chords and melody, while using passing notes with the technique of hammer-ons and pull-offs. Chords: C, F, G, Am. If you are a beginner, you can come and play these chords along with us! Confident beginner to intermediate.
Strumming and Rhythm Fun: The "chunk" is a great rhythm technique to create a beat for yourself while you're playing. I will break down the "chunk" for you so that you can give yourself a "back-beat" on beats 2 and 4. It's like being your own drummer. Also, we can get a little funky with strumming patterns, AND they are all based of off Down Up Down Up Down Up etc.! Funk is all about the notes / chords you choose NOT to play! (Determined beginner to advanced)
Intro to Mouth Trumpet- If your hands are full with a guitar or ukulele and you find yourself wishing you had a horn player, this class is for you. The Mouth Trumpet, also called a Mouth Horn or Lips-aphone, is an old jazz-era vocal technique first heard by the Mills Brothers. Today, it is used by beat-boxers and vocalists. Very similar to playing a real trumpet, you’ll learn some techniques to give your “horn” some edge!