1 Hour Ukulele Workshop Menu

Summertime Chord/Melody

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.

5 Little Boxes

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)

Syncopated Patterns

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.

Techniques include:

  • Roll
  • Tap
  • Outside pull
  • Chuck

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!!!

How to use Jam Cards

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)

How to Build a Chord

Player level: Intermediate

Three sentence descriptions: Learn how to build a scale (WWH-WWWH) which is the foundation of a song. From that scale we will construct chords:  Major, minor, Dominate 7, minor 7, Major 7, and Augmented. Armed with this information, chord melody solos will unfold beneath your finger-tips, not to mention alternate chord voicing up the neck.

Rockabilly Ukulele Strum

Player level: Beginner

Starting with a basic 12 bar blues progression, we will learn a groovin’ back beat strum to make it swing. We will all learn how to “rock the chord” by adding a slight melodic extension to each one, creating a “boogie” line. Grab your blue suede shoes and lets rock!

Numbers & Letters in Music, Oh MY!

Player level: Beginner

I will take you thru a very simple approach to understanding numbers in music so that you can memorize songs with ease! Rest assured this class is designed with the absolute beginner in mind

Basic Jazz Strumming

Player Level: Intermediate

We will focus on the concepts of strumming, starting simple and building on each one to include 6 common jazz strumming techniques. We will focus on the right hand mostly and begin building the all-important muscle memory. A little left hand muting will really make these strums pop!

Yummy Chord Substitutions

Player level: Advanced

Let us dissect our diatonic scale and see where we can make some creative decisions in our music to add character and emotion to our playing. Types of substitutions covered: Direct, Relative minor, Relative Major, & Dominate minor.

One Four Five: Foundational Chords

Player level: Beginner

In this course we will discuss the “Foundational chords” of every song. You will no longer be in the dark when someone refers to chords by their “number name” (or degree within the scale.) Learn how chords relate to each other within their given family or “key”, allowing you to memorize chord progressions easily with this simple formula.

Dani Joy’s fun & inventive approach to understanding music theory is sure to be an eye opener. This class is for beginners and beyond.
Prerequisite chords: C, F, G, D, A, E7, & Bb.

Student will need to switch chords in low tempo (75 BPM).