Ukefest Workshops

UkeFest-5-16-15-low res1929Workshop Levels

You may notice that our workshops aren’t labeled beginner, intermediate and advanced, like they have been in years past. Since great festival workshops speak to multiple levels, we’ve found that it’s difficult to accurately define our workshops in terms of levels. Instead, we’ll give you a description and a list of things you can expect to learn in each workshop.

*Please note the times are subject to change. You will receive a final schedule in your welcome packet.

Friday, May 12

Ukulele Workshop – 5:30 – 6:30pm
w/ Jake Shimbukuro

Saturday, May 13

Yacht Rock – 10:00-11:00am – Daniels Hall
w/ Daniella Katzir
Get ready for that summer breeze to take you away as we learn to play some classic yacht rock tunes by Seals and Crofts, Hall and Oates, and more. Each song will feature chords to strum along with riffs and lead lines to play along with.
Great if you want to: Learn some fun tunes, play some cool riffs

Ukulele 101 – 10:00-11:00am – Tuft Theater
w/ John Nash
For very beginner with little or no experience. Learn basic chord strums, and some simple songs. Ukes provided if you don’t have one. We will loan you a ukulele for the day!

Clawhammer Uke! What is it? How do I do it? – 11:15am – 12:15pm – Daniels Hall
w/ The Canote Brothers
Clawhammer is an Appalachian 5-string banjo technique that works well on ukulele because of the high G on the 4th string. It involves the fingernail of the right hand index or middle finger, and the right hand thumb. This slightly tricky technique opens up many melodic and rhythmic possibilities!
Great if you want to: Learn a cool new right hand technique, play some Appalachian sounding music

Basic Note Reading for Uke – 11:15am – 12:15pm – Quinlan Café
w/ Casey Cormier
In this workshop, students will learn how to read notes from the staff and play them on the ukulele. We’ll learn how to find note names on the ukulele, and how to read basic rhythms. Many popular ukulele books include chords and lyrics along with a melody written in standard notation (notes on the staff, not tab).
Great if you want to: Learn how to read notes from a staff, work on some lead playing

Ukulele 102 – 11:15am – 12:15pm – Tuft Theater
w/ Daniella Katrzir
Now that you’ve had Uke 101 and visited a few other workshops, get some more foundation and have your questions answered. Learn a few more chords, techniques and skills to keep you moving for the rest of the festival.

Chord Inversions on Uke – 1:30pm-2:30pm – Tuft Theater
w/ Casey Cormier
Learn how to play chords in multiple positions on your ukulele. Take chords you’ve known for years in first or second position and move them up the neck to create new textures.
Great if you want to: Learn how to play chords in new ways, learn your way around the fretboard

Woody Gutherie’s Life & Music 1:30pm-2:30pm – Daniels Hall
w/ The Quiet American
Woody Guthrie was one of America’s most important folk musicians, political activists, poets, songwriters and professional hobos! His songs, which meld political thought and witty humor, are perfect for any uke club. We’ll look at several of Woody Guthrie’s songs, and learn how to translate his guitar style to the ukulele.
Great if you want to: Learn some fun tunes, learn about Woody Guthrie, learn some new strum patterns

Hawaiian Strumming and Vamps 2:45pm-3:45pm – Daniels Hall
w/ Aldrine Guerrero
Learn how to do a proper roll and use it in hawaiian songs. From simple vamps to double strumming a full tune, we learn how to use different strum patterns on different parts of the song.
We will use these techniques to play “Ka uluwehi o ke kai” and “Ulupalakua”
Great if you want to: Learn impressive sounding strums, work on your right hand technique, learn some Hawaiian music

Intro to Soloing 2:45pm-3:45pm – Tuft Theater
w/ John Nash
Ever want to learn how to play lead lines or improvise with the ukulele? In this class we’ll increase our understanding of melody and how it functions.
Great if you want to: play solos, improvise, learn your way around the fretboard

That’ll Be The Day! 4:00-5:00pm – Quinlan Cafe
w/ Chris McGarry
The classic Buddy Holly song, “That’ll Be The Day” works great on the ukulele. We’ll start by strumming the basic chords, add a cool blues shuffle pattern and finally tackle the iconic guitar solo (arranged for ukulele).
Great if you want to: Learn a fun new song, learn some bluesy rock n’ roll licks

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