UkuLenny

jumpWe just adore UkuLenny.  He is a powerhouse of talent, knowledge, and personality and simply blew our socks off the last two years at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival…both in the classroom and on the stage. We are delighted to welcome him back. Currently residing in the East Bay, UkuLenny has a B. A. in music from the University of California at Berkeley where he played alto saxophone for the Cal marching band, sang for the UC Gospel Choir, and performed in the comedy acoustic trio, The League of Pogi Gentlemen. In addition to the ukulele and saxophone, he plays more than ten other instruments including guitar, bass, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, French horn, piano, and the 14-string Philippine mandolin, called the Bandurria. Not only does he perform throughout the Bay Area, give private lessons, and facilitate ukulele playing wherever he goes, Lenny also teaches choir and music theory to the students of Oakland School for the Arts and now teaches music full time with the Berkeley Unified School District. Expect to hear more from and about this guy. But in the meantime, you can catch him either on the stage or in the classroom at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival. Here’s what he’ll be teaching for us this year:

CHORD MELODY 101

Take the next step in your ‘ukulele journey with UkuLenny and this easy-to-follow introductory workshop where you will learn how to read TAB, pick with your thumb and fingers, and hear and apply different chord voicings…..all with the ultimate goal of learning to play chord melodies.  You will also come away with a number of other tools and techniques necessary to navigate and create your own chord melody arrangements. Participants will focus on a variety of songs including “Happy Birthday,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “Something.” Beginners are welcome as the material will span across several levels and everyone will come away with something they can use in their pursuit of ukulele excellence.  (Level 2 -4).

CHUCK ‘TIL YOU DROP: Lessons in Left and Right Hand Chucking

Here’s a great way to add a little pop to your playing: Chuck it, baby, with both hands! In this workshop, UkuLenny will cover a number of different chucking techniques and show you how to apply them a variety of genres: rock, funk, pop, and reggae. The songs you’ll be working on include, “Wipeout,” “Superstitious,” “Hotel California,” and “Three Little Birds.” But the skills and techniques you learn will carry over to just about every song in your repertoire. This workshop is designed for participants who are already comfortable with basic chords and strum patterns, and who have some familiarity with barre chords…..that would be a solid Level 2 or Level 3.

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