EARLYBIRD PASSES ONLY
EARLYBIRD BONUS - All Of Me for All Of You - Dani Joy
ALL LEVELS – EARLYBIRD BONUS CLASS! This workshop has been under development for many months now and promises to be exceptional! Dani Joy will dissect the Ella Fitzgerald arrangement of the 1931 standard All of Me into four parts: Chords and Strumming, Chords plus Licks, Full Chord Melody, Chord Melody plus Embellishments.
No matter your playing level, there will be a part for you. The end goal? An American Classic played as recorded, for all level of players. HANDOUTS FOR DOWNLOAD COMING SOON
EARLYBIRD BONUS Malagueñas - Daniel Ward
LEVEL 3 – EARLYBIRD BONUS CLASS! Daniel is a master flamenco guitarist who ported his skill to the ukulele several years ago. He has arranged this Spanish guitar classic to the ukulele for this special Bonus Workshop!
Strong intermediate abilities are recommended to get the most from the class, but you are welcome to give it a shot no matter your level. DOWNLOAD HANDOUT HERE
EARLYBIRD BONUS A Master Musician Considers A Song - Gerald Ross
All Levels – EARLYBIRD BONUS CLASS! There are only a handful of true, master musicians in the ukulele world and Gerald is right there at the top. This bonus workshop will be Gerald’s version of a Ted Talk—all levels of players should benefit greatly!
Gerald will break down each part of the puzzle that is the arranging and performing of a song. From chord choices, to inversions, to bass lines, to high vs low G considerations, and more. No matter your skill level, you’ll gain insights that will increase your understanding of the ukulele and the musical process. NO HANDOUTS
NEWBIE PASSES OK
LEVEL 1 Intro to Ukulele – Adults - Heidi Swedberg
LEVEL 1 – UKULELE from Scratch Brand-new players
This recipe uses only two ingredients: you and your new uke! We will start making music together right away, adding one skill at a time until you can play literally hundreds of songs. It seems too good to be true, but that is the magic of the ukulele. Heidi Swedberg loves working with absolute beginners, making the complicated simple and fun, and sharing their joy of musical discovery. Gestalts and laughs a plenty. Let’s get cooking! See ticket details HERE.
LEVEL 1 Intro to Ukulele – Kids & Adults - Heidi Swedberg
TIME DAYS Adults, bring your kids! Kids, bring a parent or adult! This class will introduce the ukulele to both of you, beginning at…the beginning! How do you tune it? How do you hold it? How do you use your right and left hands to achieve the shortest learning curve? This class is accessible with any kind of workshop pass, (Newbie on up) or as a separately ticketed, stand alone class. Because a limited number of loaner ukuleles will be available to use in class and to purchase after, stand-alone ticket sales are extremely limited. See ticket details HERE.
LEVEL 1 Hello Strum, Nice to Meet You - Dani Joy
LEVEL 1 Riffin’ The Good Life - Dani Joy
LEVEL 1* Newbie Pass Accessible! Best for players with some level of playing experience or having taken Uke 101 & 102 – Using just a couple of universal riffs, you will take a chromatic walk, play with slides, and incorporate hammer-ons, pull-offs, and bends! You will leave the class with new ways to express Yourself!
ALL LEVELS HAWAIIAN for ALL – Heidi Swedberg
ALL LEVELS – HAWAIIAN for ALL beginners and up
Ha’ina ‘ia mai ana ka puana! Get started with the Hawaiian language by learning a few simple songs with deep roots. Popoki Make a Cat employs the “Hawaiian turn-around” sound, and Kahuli Aku is a traditional chant set to music by Winona Beamer. Bonus: seated hula!
LEVEL 1 Singing with your Uke - Jessica Agg
LEVEL 1 – Holding an instrument in front of you and concentrating on your hands can make it harder to maintain good vocal techniques. Learn how to get the most out of your voice whether sitting or standing, while avoiding bad habits that can hold you back.
LEVEL 1 Ukulele 102 – What comes next? Jess y James
LEVEL 1 – UKULELE 102 Beginner
The second class in your Newbie ukulele journey! Now that you’ve been introduced to your instrument, let’s begin to explore the fundamentals of being a confident musician. Learn how to feel music intuitively, with focuses on internalizing pulses and rhythms, sensing when chords need to change, and detecting the simple but common patterns so that you can jump in on some jams and quickly expand your repertoire.
uBASS 101 - The Basics Perry Stauffer
BASS UKE REQUIRED So you’ve got a bass ukulele and don’t know what to do with it. This is where you begin!
uBASS 102 - Beyond the Basics - Lord James
LEVEL 2 So you’ve got a bass ukulele and know how to play the basic 1-5 backing technique. Now what do you do? Bass Uke 101 highly recommended as a pre-requisite.
REGULAR PASSES REQUIRED
LEVEL 2 Building A Stage Act - Staff/TBA
LEVEL 2 – From Plucking to Performing: Whether you aspire to gig professionally or just want to make your best impression at open mic, this class is for you. It looks at topics such as song choice, developing your style, showmanship, and even a bit of tech– all the things that make you stand out on stage. HANDOUTS FOR DOWNLOAD COMING SOON
LEVEL 2 Everything I Know I Learnt From Glen Campbell - Staff/TBA
LEVEL 2 – TBA
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REGULAR PASSES REQUIRED
LEVEL 2 Gatsby Strumming - Dani Joy
LEVEL 2 Three Note Bluesy-Jazz Chords - Gerald Ross
LEVEL 2 – All you need to know to get that cool-cat sound! Just because the ukulele has four strings doesn’t mean you have to play them all! Many times, you can say more musically with two or three notes than you can with four.
You will learn how easy it is to finger three-note chords that sound much more bluesy and jazzy than their four-note counterparts. Simple Blues songs will be used to demonstrate this effective, very hip-sounding style. NO MUSIC THEORY NEEDED! NO MUSIC READING REQUIRED! And no knuckle-busting chord shapes to learn—just fun! DOWNLOAD AND PRINT HANDOUTS
LEVEL 2 Performing 1 - Victor & Penny
LEVEL 2 & up – Learn valuable tools on how to present your songs confidently in a live performance. Together, we’ll tackle how to connect with the audience, manage stage fright, and focus on singing, playing and remembering your lyrics all at the same time (gah!). We’ll break it all down for you as we discover what makes a great performance great, and how you can have great performances too.
LEVEL 2 Performing 2 - Victor & Penny
LEVEL 2 BARITONE UKE Integrations - Perry Stauffer
BARITONE UKE REQUIRED Finally! It appears that we many have enough interest to field a craft for the most rich sounding instrument in the ukulele family, the baritone. Learn tips, tricks, and licks for playing alone and also how to more easily integrate playing a bari with GCEA ukes.
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LEVEL 2+ Arranging Songs for the Ukulele- Victor & Penny
LEVEL 2 – MAKE IT YOUR OWN: Arranging tunes for Ukulele
So you found the chords to that great song you want to learn. Now what? Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny show you helpful tips and techniques to take that song you love and make it your own. We’ll explore some key elements of arranging, including intros and tags, chord substitutions, strumming styles, finding the right key for you, dynamics and more. Show your style and mix it up with panache and confidence to sound your best. Question and answer time after.
REGULAR PASSES REQUIRED
FOR MORE ACCOMPLISHED PLAYERS
LEVEL 2 My Three Strums—Jazz Strums from the Master! - Casey MacGill
LEVEL 2 – The three strums I use regularly are THE SWING STRUM, THE SHUFFLE STRUM, and THE RUMBA STRUM.
We will spend the most time learning the swing strum technique to create a danceable rhythm feel with the ukulele. We will learn the damping technique that is essential to creating the swing rhythm.
Damping the strings is also important in the shuffle strum, which comes from the rhythm feel of the classic rhythm n’ blues records of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, up to and including Elvis Presley.
Last but not least the rumba strum is a bit more complex, but we break it down to three bite-sized morsels, and learn to count and play it together. It comes in handy with 1950’s anthems like Save the Last Dance for Me, Three Cool Cats, Lonely Teardrops, and Under the Boardwalk. DOWNLOAD AND PRINT HANDOUTS
LEVEL 3 The Fascinating Rhythm of Ukulele Ike - Casey MacGill
LEVEL 3 – Strumming Style of the great Cliff Edwards, aka “Ukulele Ike.”
We’re calling this class Fascinating Rhythm for two reasons: (1) Cliff Edwards’s strumming style is a fascinating rhythmic combination of rolls, strums, and plucked bass notes, and (2) we will use his recording of the Gershwin classic “Fascinating Rhythm” to teach his playing style.
LEVEL 3 Take it! The Easy Path to Single Note Soloing - Gerald Ross
LEVEL 3 – Have you ever wondered how musicians play just the right notes when it’s time to take a solo? Have you ever been to a jam session and had the leader look at you and say, “take it!” ? Well, it’s not as difficult as you may think and requires only a confident-beginner to intermediate skill set. The secrets to single-note solos are not difficult. In this class you’ll learn a few basic tricks and techniques and be soloing within the first fifteen minutes! DOWNLOAD AND PRINT HANDOUTS
LEVEL 3 Melodic Meditations - Daniel Ward
LEVEL 3 – The companion class for Daniel’s latest book. Similar to Arpeggios but with melodies rather than melodic patterns. Be the first to dive into this selection of elegant tunes. Again, some fingerpicking is involved so definitely recommended as a 3 or an “Upper Level 2” workshop.
LEVEL 3 Arpeggio Meditations - Daniel Ward
LEVEL 3+ Ukulele Ike's "When You Wish Upon A Star" - Heidi & Daniel
LEVEL 3+ Advanced Meditations - Daniel Ward
LEVEL 3+ Building a Duet - Dani Joy & Perry Stauffer
LEVEL 3+ Dani Joy and Perry Stauffer will show you various ways to make two ukuleles greater than the sum or their parts. Learn a chord melody, a finger-style compliment, and, most important, how to blend the two gracefully all against the backdrop of St Louis Blues. NO HANDOUTS