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EVENTS > AUBURN GOLD PAN UKULELE FESTIVAL

 

2017 WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

9:00 - intro/opening

9:30-10:40

Get the Basics

BUDD SNELL

Enjoy this absolute beginning ukulele class and learn how to play music for fun. This class includes “how-to” (bring your uke), “Tips and Tricks for Beginners” (bring your fingers and brain), and resources and guides. Get your strum on everyday – starting today!

Level: 1

 

Rockabilly Ukulele

DANI JOY

Starting with a basic 12 bar blues progression, we will learn a groovin’ back beat strum to make it swing. We will all learn how to “rock the chord” by adding a slight melodic extension to each one, creating a “boogie” line. Grab your blue suede shoes and lets rock!

Level 3+

 

 

Exploring Chord Melody – Jazz It Up!

CARLA FONTANILLA

Three sentence description: Learn how to “jazz up” a song by incorporating both its melody and harmony, harmonizing chords under the melody, and replacing or substituting straight chords with jazz chords. Starting with a familiar tune, students will learn the melody in single notes then apply its basic open chords. Melding the chords and melody together, students will then apply movable chords and tones to create different and interesting textures and voicings to the tune.

Level 2

 

Ride the Freight Train

HEIDI SWEDBERG

Start with Elizabeth Cotton’s great American folk standard, add second position closed chords, a rhythmic strum and a classic Travis pick and you have added a freight load of techniques to your playing.

Level 2-3

 

10:45-11:55

Uke Meditation

DANIEL WARD

Daniel has written new material specifically meant for “looping”, playing over and over while blending tone, rhythm, and right hand patterns with new chords, melodies, and musical dynamics. This workshop will follow the model of playing slowly and repeatedly through the material until it sinks into your bones. You can use these compositions for warm-ups and to “center” yourself on the instrument. One of the most valuable tools you can have in your ukulele tool box.

Level 2+

 

Playing Together

RHAN WILSON

Playing together is most likely what attracted you to the ukulele in the first place. In this popular and informative workshop, Rhan shows you how to be a better group player, as well as a better leader. Understanding the basics: counting in a song, starting together, and ending together – are simple and effective ways to make your sing-along experiences even better than they already are. Learn some simple cues and signals and get started on a whole new level of playing.

Level 2-3

 

Embellishments

CLIFFORD JOHNSON

Learn some simple, easy-to-do embellishments that will be fun to do, improve how you’re playing sounds, and make you sound like you're more advanced than you are.

Level 2-3

 

 

F’ing Around

HEIDI SWEDBERG

The key of F has so much going for it; besides being a great vocal key, it sports great passing tones, variety in voicings, and opportunities for modulating and understanding chord shapes in a whole new way. (Did you realize that the F shape and the G shape are the same?) Plus you’ll add a bunch of great songs to your repertoire that you’ll want to sing and share…and you will have conquered the dreaded Bb.

Level 3

 

Chord Progression for Beginners

CARLA FONTANILLA

This class teaches beginners how harmonic arrangement of chords in a piece of music create the sense of movement and change. Students will learn to train their ears to hear how chord progressions in pieces of music inspire feelings of stability, departure, tension and resolution. Basic rhythm and strumming will also be covered in this workshop with a focus on “loosening” the right hand to play the groove that the uke player’s ear hears in a piece of music.

Level 1-2

12-12:45 - Lunch

1:15-2:25

Flaming Hot Flamenco

DANIEL WARD

Flamenco Ukulele? Oh yes… in this workshop you will get a real right hands on look at what a little Spanish spice can do for your playing. Almost any song you know can be infused with some passionate strums, and it’s not as hard as you would think. Daniel Ward has worked for years to create a simple step-by-step approach to learning these rhythms and strums. Clear hand-outs and vocal “phrases” that outline the patterns you are learning make it easy to add the Latin charm to the songs you already love to play. The workshop will concentrate on the flamenco rhumba strum, and other variations of Latin music. Participants will come away with a brand new bag of skills. Ole’ !

Level 3+

 

“Let’s Write a Song”

MARIANN SMITH

In this class, we will explore the fun process of songwriting, and how it can be a good way to practice new chords and techniques on the ukulele. This is a creative and interactive class for all levels.

Level 1-4

 

 

How to Build a Chord

DANI JOY

Learn how to build a scale (WWH-WWWH) which is the foundation of a song. From that scale we will construct chords: Major, minor, Dominate 7, minor 7, Major 7, and Augmented. Armed with this information, chord melody solos will unfold beneath your finger-tips, not to mention alternate chord voicing up the neck.

Level 2+

 

Basic Rhythm and Strumming

RHAN WILSON

Want to learn some new strums? Well, once you get a handle on rhythm, you will be able to create more strums than you ever thought possible. Memorizing up-down, down-up, etc. is fine, but you need to know why that works before you will really be able to settle into a song with confidence and feel. In this workshop, Rhan will start you off simple – with a basic understanding of how time is counted while playing. Then, as you strum down and up, you will be able to “see” what you are actually doing while you are strumming. This is very basic information, yet it is rarely taught and explained.

Level 2-3

 

 

2:30-3:30 - ALL MEET | BAND SCRAMBLE | STRUM ALONG JAM

   

 

 

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LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS

Level 1: Beginning uke player. Should know your basic chords: C, F, G, Am, etc. etc.

Level 2: Been playing a while, able to play complete songs, starting to use barre chords, can possibly play a “diminished” chord (or are at least willing to try!)

Level 3: Know and understand that there if “Life Beyond The 3rd Fret”. Can play barre chords and some of the more complicated “jazz chords” :9th , diminished, aug, etc. You can also do basic fingerpicking, as well as the more complicated strums.

Level 4:  Know all of the above levels, as well as knowing and understanding major scales, and pentatonic scales. Also able to improvise and play with other level 4 players. Can also play multiple inversions of the same chord.

 

 

 

RELATED LINKS

MORE INFO:

Main Ukulele Festival Page

Ukulele Instructors

Ukulele Workshops

Ukulele Festival Flyer

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration Form

Purchase tickets online

 

 

If you have additional questions, email Sheryl at spetersen@auburnrec.com.  


 

LINKS

MORE INFO:

Main Ukulele Festival Page

Ukulele Instructors

Ukulele Workshops

Ukulele Festival Flyer

 

REGISTRATION:

Festival Registration Form

Purchase tickets online

 

 

 

LOGISTICS

 

RECREATION PARK:

 

 

 

ACCOMODATIONS:

If you are coming from a distance, you can find accommodations at:

 

Auburn Holiday Inn
120 Grass Valley Hwy
Pet Friendly
530-887-8787 www.auburnhi.com

 

Best Western
13450 Lincoln Way
Pet Friendly
530-885-8611 http://book.bestwestern.com

 

Comfort Inn
1875 Auburn Ravine Road
Pet Friendly
530-885-1800 www.comfortinn.com/hotel-auburn-california-ca587

 

Auburn Gold Country RV Park
3550 Koa Way
Pet Friendly
530-823-4533 auburnrvpark.reachlocal.net

 

 

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