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.
Simple Hawaiian Christmas Songs (B): more youth oriented ukulele class of Christmas songs like the Hawaiian 12 Days of Christmas.
Very Beginning Ukulele 1 (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.
MAKING SENSE OF THE FRETBOARD:(I)This is an intermediate level workshop about making sense of chords, movable shapes, dumbing down "complicated" chords... and making the instrument more playable! Basic music theory made easy. Counting on your fingers is totally acceptable (we’ll only go to 7!). Learn how to move from major to minor, and add color. We’ll get inside diminished chords, augmented chords, and suspended chords, so that you don’t have be afraid of them anymore!
LEFT HAND PLAYING TECHNIQUES:(B I) (which will be a hybrid of two classes) Right-hand strumming is obviously a very important part to playing ukulele… but it’s only half of it! Using your left hand to manipulate the changes and the length of the note hold can make a world of difference in how your ukulele will sound! Be prepared for a fun (and very hands on) workshop as we play with different rhythms, muting techniques, hammer ons (and slides). Your playing will never be the same!
Songwriting Made Simple Discover your hidden talents with this inspirational and practical class aimed at de-mystifying the songwriting process. No experience necessary! "The best songs are yet to be written…."