Sunday Workshops 2015

Session 1

SUNDAY STRETCH – PLAY & SING with Janet Lenore. Get your Sunday off to a rollicking start with a few favorite tunes from our sing-along maven, Janet Lenore.  Suitable for all ages and all skill levels.  You don’t even need to play the ‘ukulele to have fun with this one. (All Levels)

UKULELE ERGONOMICS REVISITED with Dave Egan. One subject that falls through the cracks in so many instruction books and classes is how to properly hold, fret, and strum the uke.  This lack of correct technique often leads to painful joints and slow, awkward changes. But, in this workshop you will learn  a series of simple adjustments that will yield amazing results in forming a relaxed and efficient playing style. But, not only will you learn to make smooth, easy chord changes, any soreness you are experiencing in your thumb, wrists, or fingers can be a thing of the past.  This workshop will benefit total beginners as well as the most advanced players among you.  But, for best results, you should have a uke strap for this workshop. (Straps will be available for purchase at the festival and Rick Turner will be available for installing strap buttons.)  (All Levels)

MEET THE MUFFIN MAN with Heidi Swedberg. So here’s the deal. You’re happily playing along in the key of F: F C7 F C7 F C7 etc.  And all looks good, until you come to …… (make ominous sounding music here)…..the dreaded Bb! The scourge chord of many a beginning player. But, if Bb brings you down and you need some professional help: it’s time to call the Muffin Man.  In 8 short, gluten-free bars he’ll change your mind and get you loving songs in the key of F again, no matter how many chords come your way as a result. (Level 1 – 2)

UNDERSTANDING CHORD PROGRESSIONS with Fred Sokolow. Ahhh. The magical Circle of Fifths!” Let Fred Sokolow help you unlock the mystery and power of this amazing device and learn how chord progressions work in pop, jazz, blues, rock, country…..any genre, at all. And (just in case you’re wondering why you need to know this) once you learn these patterns, it will be that much easier to learn new songs and be able to play them in any key (instead of having to memorize everything & learn by rote). There’ll be more than one “light bulb moment” as Fred illuminates the types of chord movement in all kinds of songs. Better wear your shades.  (Level 2 – 3)

THE ART OF PRACTICE with Daniel Ward. There’s a lot more to practicing than just playing the same thing over and over. But what happens when we sit down and really practice? Why can some folks learn and pick things up in 15 min, when it takes hours or even days for the rest of us? In this workshop, Daniel will take you to his secret cave of concentration, and show you the deep zone that brings understanding and enjoyment to every minute of your work. In this class, we will learn a short, brand new song designed to reveal the tricks and methods that make music happen right away. We will learn some surprisingly easy ways to get the most out of your time..…and love it. And you will come away from this workshop with an approach that will stay with you as long as you play. (Level 3 – 4)

Session 2

BEGINNER’S FOCUS ON THE LEFT HAND with Janet Lenore. Its all about the economy…..of motion, that is.  If you’re a beginning player and are still having a little difficulty moving from one chord to another, you may be making a few simple mistakes in the way you are holding your chords with your left hand. And while there are loads of instructional videos geared towards beginners on You Tube, they can’t see what you are doing wrong and make suggestions about how to place your hand on your instrument  for a better “attack” and more comfort in playing. This workshop, with Janet Lenore, is all about fixing the common mistakes beginners make (and the one’s specific to you) and making your chord transitions work more smoothly and seamlessly at the same. It’s the quickest way for beginners to get better at playing their ‘ukuleles there is. (Level 1)

WHAT GOES AROUND…..THE CIRCLE OF 5THS with Heidi Swedberg. Take a Karmic leap forwards in your playing! We will use the ever-pertinent song “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” to explore chord relationships in a beginner-friendly environment. And guess what!  It makes perfect sense even if you don’t know a lick about music theory…..and don’t really care to.   (Level 2)

MEDITATIONS FOR UKE with Daniel Ward. In this workshop Daniel will share a number of easy-to-learn, fun-to-play, short songs and warm-ups that you can “loop” over and over. It’s a great way to build even rhythm, tone, and chord changing chops while you float in a warm tub of beautiful, repeating patterns that make you a better player as you soak them in. You’ll come away with productive tools to practice with whenever you pick up your uke and become a much more expressive player in the process. If you’re a beginner, these are great tools to start out with.  If you’re more advanced, it’s a great way to break out of whatever rut you may have fallen in to.  (Level 2 – 4)

LET IT BE: MELODY with John Bartlit. Speaking words of wisdom, John Bartlitt will teach the technique of chord melody using the classic Beatles tune “Let It Be” as a foundation. Among other things, you will discover how a song can lay nicely on the 4-strings, how to coax the melody out of the structure of the chords, and a number of techniques that will make the melody sing. And voila.  You will no longer find yourself in times of trouble. (Level 3 – 4)

DEVELOPING LEFT HAND TECHNIQUES with Aaron Keim. Make your melodies and chords sound fancy with some new left hand techniques: “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs” and “slides”- tricks used by the pros!  Then, once you have them down, you will apply them all to a composition created by Aaron called, what else?,  “Henry’s Boogie,”  something fun to practice long after the festival is over. (Level 3 – 4)

Session 3

IS YOUR RIGHT HAND READY FOR THE NEXT BIG THING? with Janet Lenore. If you are already pretty good at changing a handful of chords with your left hand, it’s time to have a little more than the standard  “down-up down-up” going on with your right hand. And this is just the place to do it, under the expert guidance of Janet Lenore. You’ll start by clapping the new rhythms with your hands and then applying those rhythms to your ‘ukulele. Taking it nice and slow, you’ll focus on getting that rhythm right then play some familiar four-chords so you can stay focused on your right hand as you apply the new techniques. By the end of this workshop you’ll be strumming with ease through tunes with either a calypso beat or a measured waltz. And you’ll have a little something to use with the blues, as well. (Level 1 – 2)

FINGERSTYLE UKULELE with Aaron Keim. Arrangements using fingerstyle techniques can make the ukulele sound like an entire “orchestra,” with melody and accompaniment played at the same time!  In this workshop, students can expect to work on learning a picking pattern using thumb and two fingers, incorporating the melody into the picking pattern, and adjusting the picking pattern to suit other songs.  The ability to read tablature will be a big help for this workshop, but not a requirement. (Level 2 – 3)

SLIDE UKULELE with Fred Sokolow. Tired of the same old same old?  Have you mastered every strum, chop, and finger picking technique that’s out there?  Are you ready to try something completely new and up the ante on your playing? If the answer was “yes” to any one of these, you need to “slide”…….a technique that will enhance any and all blues, Hawaiian, and country tunes. In this workshop you’ll learn to play slide ‘ukulele in one or two open tunings (and learn what that means, if you don’t already!)  You will need a glass or metal slide or bottle neck for this workshop. But if you don’t have one already, we will have them available at the KaniKaPila booth at the festival. (Level 3 – 4)

LITTLE BOXES with Dani Joy. Picture this. You’re sitting there minding your own business when a song comes on the radio that simply sings to you. Pretty soon your head’s bopping and your fingers are drumming in tune with your tapping foot. “Shoot,” you’re thinking, “if I just knew how to play it on my uke!”  But here’s the deal: after taking this workshop with Dani Joy, you will! Just five Little Boxes will reveal the mystery of just about every song ever written and it comes with a laminated, “easily digested,” color-coded cheat sheet to take home with you. So the next time that tune comes on, you’ll find your fingers gliding deftly over the strings, each familiar shape gliding painlessly into the next, while your mind takes flight, and the song becomes yours alone. (Level 3 – 4)

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