Player level: Intermediate
For this class we will explore Gershwins Summertime in Dm. After playing a simple jazz picking pattern with the right hand, we will discuss how to add melody to your rhythm, working with double-stops and a consistent alternating thumb pick on the back beat. Melody is written in Tab & traditional notation.
Player level: Intermediate
You’re sitting in your car. Lunch break. Tacos finished, sun shining, music playing thru the car’s speakers. You’ve got 20 min to kill. A song comes on that sings to you. You could sing along. But Geeze, your brother still hasn’t let you down about that christmas party karaoke debacle.
Your fingertips drumming on the steering wheel keep beat with your tapping foot, but it doesn’t quite hit the spot.
Then it dawns on you: Duh!
You reach for your uke, noodle a moment, and quickly pick up the scent. As your fingers glide deftly over the strings, each familiar shape melting into the next, your mind takes flight. The very essence of how the song makes you feel is only exemplified by the addition of your sweet harmonic notes, speckled here and there, hit hard, and then softened.
It’s a one-with-the-universe type of feeling. You can share it with someone else if you want, or keep these meaningful, soul searching pockets of time to yourself. And I promise, in the midst of the struggle, that’s exactly what you’ll find: Yourself.
Material fee: $4 (5 Little Boxes chart)
Player Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Now that you’ve got the basics under your control (at least a little) let’s try out some simple patterns that can give your music the twist and flavor that you’ve been craving! In this workshop, Syncopated Patterns, we will explore a handful of techniques that will wow you and your audience. Yes, they will take some time to master, but in this 1 hour course we will do so much repetition your muscle memory will have no choice but to kick in.
- Outside pull
The Following message is for your Inner Artist: Attention
These techniques are highly versatile and can be applied to various styles of music including Blues, Folk, Instrumental, Bossa Nova, R&B, Country, Bluegrass, Americana, Jazz, You Name It. You alone have soul discrepancy rights on when to add a Splash of Pizzazz, a flourish of arpeggiated notes, a slap, a knock, a playful tap, a bass drum BOOM! Use your intuition and always EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT!!!
Player level: Beginner/Intermediate
In this workshop, I will introduce and explain how to use my Jam Cards. Each card is organized by key (C, D, F, G, & A) and each key is formatted on the card to mimic its position within the Circle of Fifths. Yes, I know, the dreaded CIRCLE OF FIFTHS! The Jam Cards are designed to help the student become familiar with chord families (keys), segregating each key into a harmonious grouping. Jam Cards are fun and easy to use, allowing a novice player with basic understanding to play the chords in whichever order they please and find harmony!
One side of the Jam cards has the chord grouping with first position chord diagrams. The second side of the card has a diagram of the ukulele neck depicting every penta-tonic note belonging to that key. Play alone, or with a friend (minimal music experience necessary.)
Put down your inhibitions and pick up a Jam Card today!
Workshop material fee: $10 (includes 5 Jam Cards in 5 keys)