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Workshops

Below are descriptions of the workshop I teach.

All workshops are $30; pre-registration is required.

Go to Schedule of Events to see which are currently on offer

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1.Chord & Melody

 Explore the lyrical side of the ukulele. In this workshop you’ll learn to play chord-melody arrangements. We’ll take a tune and learn how we can intersperse strumming with picking without losing the melody of the song. Once you have mastered this skill, you can arrange any song in your repertoire

2.Strumming Patterns

This workshop will help you develop your strumming technique. You will be learning how and when to use a "double strum". We'll look at songs in various timings - e.g. 4/4: 3/4; "on" and "off beat" strumming, so you can enhance your "Sing and Strum" experience.

3.What the Heck are the Notes on the Neck ?

What are all those frets for and how can I make best use of them? We’ll learn some basic scales to familiarize ourselves with what the note names are on the frets and then look at how we can start to “solo” or improvise within a song.

4.The Ukulele Orchestra Experience 

We will look at a piece of contemporary music that I’ve arranged into three parts and you can decide which you feel most comfortable playing. I’ll split the class up into three groups and by the end of the session, we will come together and play the piece as an orchestra. 

5. The Mystery of Chords

This workshop will show you how chords are made and explain the mystery of chord progressions. Learn some “Must Know” chord progressions How to transpose or change the key of a song Movable chords Chord “inversions” (don’t worry, it’s not that technical) and see how you can make chords up and down the neck. How and when to use a capo How to anticipate chord changes and position your fingers for quicker and more accurate changes. 

6. Chord Twins
This workshop is suitable for newer strummers and those wishing to add some cool chords to their repertoire. The ukulele, with its four strings, makes playing some difficult chords easy. We will look at the magic of “chord twins”, how we can utilize the same chord shapes moving around the neck to play some wonderful songs. This workshop uses James Hill's "Booster Uke" book for an additional cost of $19.