Workshop Info   

On this page you will find information on all the workshops offered on Saturday, September 19th 2020

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What level are you at?

Beginner

At this level, you are a brand-new ukulele player.  You may have  learned a few chords but you stop in-between chord changes to move your fingers to the next location.

Confident Beginner

This player knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. Has developed a strum or two or a basic finger pattern for picking.

Intermediate
At this level, you can hold a steady rhythm and can play a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E, Em, G, and G7). You can play simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and you can learn chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.

*All the workshops offered are either at the beginner or the intermediate level.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Saturday September 19th 2020 – Workshops


Absolute Beginner 101 – 10:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Instructor, Carol Johns, a Level 2 James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) certified teacher. 

*Please contact us if you need to borrow a ukulele for the workshop.

Ukulele starter kit – 2 part course
Ages 8-98+ (younger kids welcome to join with accompanying adult)
So… you want to play ukulele? Then, this class is just for you. We will learn all the basics to start having fun with our new instrument. You will learn how to hold it, the name of the ukulele parts, the basics for strumming. 
​Level: Newcomer, Beginner Requisites: Wanting to learn

*Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

Workshop fee: 25.00 for Beginner 101 or $45.00 for Beginner 101 & 102

*Please contact us if you need to borrow a ukulele for the workshop.

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Absolute Beginner 102  – Moving On.  1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

Instructor, Carol Johns, a Level  2 JHUI certified teacher. 

Part two will be building on what you have learned in the morning or adding to what you have been trying to learn on your own at home if you have your own ukulele and want to improve.

We’ll add how to read a chord diagram, and how to follow a song chart.

Requisites: Attending Absolute Beginner 101 or having a little experience playing your ukulele at home

Workshop fee: $25.00 for Beginner 102 or $45.00 for Beginner 101 & 102

*Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

*Please contact us if you need to borrow a ukulele for the workshop.

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CONFIDENT BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE PLUS WORKSHOPS

 

Open Strings that Sing:   10.30a.m. to noon

Instructor: Victoria Vox

Level: Comfortable Beginner – Intermediate

The use of open strings is one of my best kept secrets. In this technique class we’ll play the open strings on the uke in between changes to 1) get where we want to go in time but also 2) give the song a little more style. This technique is especially effective in the use of playing easy, open chords.  

Workshop fee $30

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MAKING SENSE OF THE FRETBOARD: 1.30p.m. to 3.00p.m.

Instructor: Victoria Vox

Level: Intermediate

This is an intermediate level workshop about making sense of chords, movable shapes; dumbing down “complicated” chords… and making the instrument more playable! Basic music theory made easy.

Counting on your fingers is totally acceptable (we’ll only go to 7!). Learn how to move from major to minor, and add color. We’ll get inside diminished chords, augmented chords, and suspended chords, so that you don’t have be afraid of them anymore!  

Workshop fee $30

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STRUMMING (with the Right side of the brain) 10.30a.m. to noon

Instructor: Eduardo Garcia, Level 3 JHUI certified teacher

Level: All levels

Requisites: Some basic chords to strum along

Rhythm is something that might not feel natural for everyone at first… or after a few months… or even years of playing! In this workshop, we’ll work our way into strumming with the musical side of the brain! Different approaches and practice tips will be given for everyone to find their way to overcome the mystery of strumming!

Workshop fee $30

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SON JAROCHO (FANDANGO): 1.30p.m. – 3.00p.m.

Instructor: Eduardo Garcia, Level 3 JHUI certified teacher

Level: Confident beginners and beyond.

Requisites: Confident strumming is required or attendance at the morning Strumming workshop

Building on what you have learned in the Strumming workshop of the morning, this is a unique opportunity to learn a traditional Mexican folk style from a native instructor. We will learn a selection of traditional ’sones’ on the ukulele, using the specific strumming patterns played in the ‘Son Jarocho’ music, in the plain lands of Veracruz.

Workshop fee $30

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All About the UBass – 1.30p.m. – 3.00p.m.  

Instructor – Liz DeBarros

This workshop is aimed at those of you who have a UBass or are thinking about learning. We will have only two Ubasses available to borrow for this session.

Liz will cover basic techniques for playing; the importance of learning the major scale; learning the notes on the neck and, of course KEEPING THE RHYTHM. We’ll be learning how to play a simple bass line to a variety of songs. You don’t need to be able to read the bass clef – we may use TABS.

We won’t be amplifying the basses, the acoustic sound produced by several basses will suffice!!

Workshop fee $30.00

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If you prefer to buy your tickets in person or by mail, please contact us using the “Contact Us” link at the top or side of the page. You can also buy tickets at our Sunday March 22nd “Sing and Strum” Event at the Neighbourhood Church, Nanaimo 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m.

Concert tickets are also available at Arbutus Music, 6324, Metral Drive, Nanaimo from March 23rd 2020.

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ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL CLOSE AT 10PM ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE FESTIVAL AFTER THIS TIME


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