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Below is a sample list of 1 Hr workshops I offer at festivals and hosted group lessons. 

Riffin’ the Good Life 

Using just a couple of universal riffs, you will take a chromatic walk, play with slides, and incorporate hammer-ons, pull-offs, and bends! You will leave the class with new ways to express Yourself!

Player level: Beginner-Intermediate

Strumming 102: Let’s Get Dynamic!

Ever wonder what is separating your strumming from the professionals? Learn how to use the all-important skill of practicing dynamics. We will explore how to add hypnotizing accompaniment to soloists, spice things up by cruisin on the trebly side, bring it down with low, supportive tones & practice muting chords to add a pop!

Player level: Experienced Beginner-Intermediate

Hello Strum, Nice to Meet You! 

Is your club in the down-up strumming rut, otherwise known as Incessant Strumming Syndrome? In this workshop you will learn some simple dynamic techniques which will take your strum to the next level. We will talk about volume control, attack, how to add flourishes to spice things up and above all; how to listen. You’ll be adding texture and soothing accompaniment before you know it!

Player level: Beginner-Intermediate

Summertime Chord Melody Solo

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

5 Little Boxes

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: Intermediate

Syncopated Patterns

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!!!

Player Level: Beginner/Intermediate

How to use Jam Cards

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)

Player level: Experienced Beginner-Intermediate

La Vie en Rose; Le Petite version

Learn to play a petite version of this beautiful melody on the ukulele one note at a time. Partial chord shapes will be shown to any student who wishes to advance their understanding of melody & harmony even further, and the full song will be provided for student’s who wish to pursue the song further at home.

Player level: Beginner-Intermediate

Playing with Partial Chord Fragments

Are barre chords getting you down? While they certainly are useful, no-one ever said you had to play all 4 strings! Learning to play partial chords up the neck on only 3 strings is super easy and a whole lot of fun. And it opens up whole worlds on soloing tactics like double stops and chromatic approaches and pattern recognition.

Player level: Beginner-Intermediate

Beginning Fingerstyle

Sure, strumming is fun. But fingerstyle takes music to a whole other level! Through some simple fingertyle exercises, learn how which fingers to use, how to let notes ring out beauitifully to create argeggiated patterns which add texture to any strum-along or, when played solo, create a lullaby for the soul.

Player level: Beginner-Intermediate

Beginning Tab Reading

Enjoy playing ukulele, but want to add in some of that cool melody lines and jazzy riffs that make the songs sparkle? Learn how to read the beautiful language of TAB (tablature) in 5 minutes and spend the rest of class working on your fluency. Just like any language, Tab takes time to understand, but it is the easiest way to study melody, a method you won’t regret learning!

Player level: Absolute Beginner

Building Chord Fun-damentals

A chord is a harmonious combination of notes. In this workshop you will learn how to build chords the same way you learned English; beginning with an alphabet. Together we will explore the Chromatic Scale aka “Musical Alphabet” and learn simple construction of Major, minor and Dominate 7th chords. Once you understand these basics, the sky’s the limit!! Level: Beginner & Beyond

Player level: Experienced Beginner

Rockabilly Ukulele Strum

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!

Player level: Experienced Beginner

Numbers & Letters in Music, Oh MY!

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.

Player level: Experienced Beginner

Basic Jazz Strumming

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!

Player Level: Intermediate

Yummy Chord Substitutions

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.

Player level: Advanced

One Four Five: Foundational Chords

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).

Player level: Experienced Beginner