Ukulele Orchestra starting in Parksville

I’m starting a new Ukulele Orchestra for ukulele players who are keen to play multi-part arrangements in an ensemble. The format will not involve weekly practices but only meet every 4-6 weeks, giving you plenty of time to learn and practice the piece between meetings.

If you are interested, read all the information below and email me at ukelessonsliz@shaw.ca to register.

The Orchestra will be meeting at the Shelly Road Hall in Parksville 10.30am to noon Friday Sept 20th, Oct 18th, Nov 22nd, Jan 10th. I will email out music sheets in both Treble Clef music notation, TABS (for those who don’t read music) and an mp3 recording of each part of the music prior to each session so you can practice and become familiar with each part.

Being able to read, understand and play correct timing of notes is an essential part of ensemble playing. A pre-requisite of being part of the orchestra is being familiar with quarter, half, eighth, dotted and tied notes. I will be giving a workshop on this theme called “Timing is Everything” prior to starting the Orchestra which will explain all of the timing the orchestra will be using in the music we will be playing. If you aren’t familiar with timing, you will have to attend this workshop to be part of the orchestra.

The first of the sessions is a “Timing is Everything” workshop and then three full orchestra sessions. The cost is $120 for the four sessions and you have to pay in full before the first session. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, there will be no refund or reduction in the fee, but you will get the sheet music etc. for that session to enable you to prepare for the next session. If this format works and there is enough interest, further sessions will follow in February, March and April 2020.

If you can read music and already know and can play timing, you wouldn’t have to attend the “Timing” workshop and the fee would be $90.

Workshops selling out

If you’ve been thinking about taking a workshop at the September 14th Nanaimo Ukulele Festival, don’t wait around too long before reserving your spot.

There are only 4 spots left in the “TABS & Fingerstyle Ukulele” workshop being given by Carol Johns in the morning session.

Only 5 spots are left in “Mystery of Chords” workshop being given by Liz DeBarros in the afternoon session.

Go to the Workshop Page to buy your tickets

Want to Try a Ukulele Orchestra Experience?

Have you ever fancied trying to play and pick out a tune on your ukulele in an ensemble? Come and join me, Liz DeBarros, and try it out and get the Ukulele Experience at this workshop.

Saturday June 8th 2019, 10.30am to noon at the Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge, Unit 8 – 464 Island Hwy. E., Parksville

We will look at a piece of contemporary music that I’ve arranged into three parts and, after a short practice through all parts and explanation of the timing, 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. (Minimum of 8 participants)

We’ll be playing the Beatles “I’ll Follow the Sun”

Workshop fee $30. To register, email me at ukelessonsliz@shaw.ca

My website: http://www.ukelessonsliz.com

 

Absolute Beginners Group Lessons

WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 24 ,MAY 1, 8, 22, 2019

Four one-hour lessons 11am to noon on Wednesdays at The MAC in Parksville

 

If you have ever thought about playing the ukulele but never even held one; or have been strumming for a while but would like to learn how to pick a tune, join me, Liz DeBarros, this four-week course will guide you through those skills

The cost is $70 and includes the course book “You Can Play Today”. If you don’t have your own ukulele, you can pre-order a good quality beginner package of ukulele, bag, tuner and strap from me for $120.

For more information or to register, email ukelessonsliz@shaw.ca or call 250-586-5803.

I am a Level 2 JHUI Certified Ukulele Teacher; play in the local band Revolving Doors and teach workshops and group lessons at the MAC and GZAL in Parksville.

Full details at http://www.ukelessonsliz.com

James Hill’s Sing. Strum. Spa.

The second James Hill “Sing. Strum. Spa.” ukulele extravaganza is taking place at Harrison Hot Springs October 25-27th 2019.

The website is now live and if you are interested, purchase your tickets soon as this event sells out quickly.

Nanaimo Festival organiser, Liz Debarros will be part of the James Hill teaching team at Harrison Hot Springs. 

Here’s the link  https://ukulelehotsprings.com/index.html

SAVE THE DATES – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH & SATURDAY 14TH 2019

 

A FULL ITINERARY FOR THE FESTIVAL WILL BE ON THE WEBSITE SOON.

WE LOVED THEM SO MUCH LAST YEAR, THEY ARE BACK AGAIN – THE NAKED WAITERS – NOW BASED ON OAHU – WILL BE HEADLINING OUR CONCERT ON FRIDAY 13TH.

THREE JHUI CERTIFIED TEACHERS, LIZ DEBARROS, CAROL JOHNS AND ALI ROMANOW WILL BE LEADING WORKSHOPS AT VARIOUS LEVELS ON SATURDAY SEPT 14TH. THERE WILL BE AN OPEN MIC AND SING AND STRUM LEAD BY THE REVOLVING DOORS.

Twin Chords Workshop

 TWIN CHORDS WORKSHOP AT GROUND ZERO ACOUSTIC LOUNGE (GZAL) ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23RD 2019. 10.30AM TO NOON

This is the third in Liz Debarros’ ukulele workshop series.

This workshop is for newer strummers and those wishing to add some cool chords to their repertoire.
The ukulele, with its four strings, makes playing some difficult sounding 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 costs $30 and will use James Hill’s “Booster Uke” book which costs $19.

To register for the workshop go to http://www.gzalounge.com/ukulele-lessons-and-workshops.html

GZAL is located at

8 – 464 Island Highway East, Parksville   (behind Kerry’s Car and Truck Centre next to Boston Pizza)

For more information email ukelessonsliz@shaw.ca

MYSTERY OF CHORDS WORKSHOP

Instructor – Liz DeBarros

Saturday January 12th – 10.30am to noon

This is the second of my ukulele workshop series to be held at Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge in Parksville.

This workshop will show you how chords are made and explain the mystery of chord progressions.

We will look at all the Major chords and why there are many variations within each chord. Minor chords and how they fit in to a chord progression.

Chord “inversions” (don’t worry, it’s not that technical) and see how you can make chords up and down the neck.

Movable chords and transposing or changing the key of a song. How to use a capo.

I’ll also be showing you how to anticipate chord changes and position your fingers for quicker and more accurate changes.

This workshop is also suitable for Baritone ukulele players.

The cost is $30 and tickets are available through GZAL website

http://www.gzalounge.com/ukulele-lessons-and-workshops.html