Great American Songbook Play Along with Leonard Kaufer (Level 3)
Classic jazz and swing tunes. Expect 10-20 chords per song!
Little Something Extra Play Along with Leonard Kaufer (Level 2-3)
This play-along will feature songs that include a little something extra – an unusual strum or special chord pattern – that will lift them out of the ordinary.
“Groovin’ on a Saturday Morning” Play Along with Budd Snell (Level 1-2)
Budd Snell will lead a group of easy play-along songs to help you find your ukulele goove.
Right Hand Rules! The Fine Art Of Strumming Ukulele with John Sandoval (Level 1-2)
Learning your chords is one thing but it’s just as important to learn how to strum your ukulele. This workshop will teach you the basics of strumming and how to improve your rhythm. Some topics we’ll cover include the “island strum”, various rhythm patterns, “chunking”, and triplets.
Playing Well With Others with John Sandoval (Level 1-2)
The Do’s and Don’ts of Group Play for the Ukulele. Have you ever been in a Ukulele Play-Along group where it just sounds like one loud ukulele? Why do some groups sound harmonized and “groove” better? The difference can be just a few simple tricks! Learn how to play well with others by using substitute and alternate chords as well as various strumming and other creative techniques.
Next Step in Bluegrass Ukulele with Dr. Dennis Fisher (Level 2-3)
Learning roll patterns is a great way to become familiar with right hand technique when playing bluegrass music on the ukulele. Using the C, Am, F, and G7 in standard tuning, we will show you this lively new way of playing the ukulele. After teaching you how to retune your uke from a 1st string A down to a G in “slack key tuning,” we will show you a simple picking pattern called the “forward reverse roll” which we will use in playing the song, “Worried Man Blues.” A basic understanding of how to read ukulele tablature is recommended. For those students unfamiliar with tablature, it will be included in this workshop. Students can take the “Next Steps” without taking the “Intro” class. It is preferable that the student has a high “G” (fourth string). However, they can learn the techniques with a low “G” (fourth string).
Introduction to Bluegrass Ukuleles with Dr. Dennis Fisher (Level 2-3)
Most of us began our ukulele journey strumming, but fingerpicking on the ukulele opens up a whole new way of accompanying a song as well as playing solos. If you know the C, Am, F, and G7 in standard tuning, you are on your way to learning this exciting new way of playing the ukulele. A basic understanding of how to read ukulele tablature is recommended. For those students unfamiliar with tablature, it will be included in this workshop. In this workshop, we will teach you how to retune your uke from a 1st string A down to a G in “slack key tuning.” From there we will teach you a simple picking pattern (alternating thumb) which will help you learn your first bluegrass song, “Skip to My Lou.”
Alternate Chord Shapes with Steve Kritzer (Level 2-3)
How to find and use alternate chords up the neck with just enough theory to be dangerous. How to use these to add the “frosting” to any jam session.
“What Strum Do I Use?” with Steve Kritzer (Level 2)
You know the basic Island Strum, and maybe a little “chucking”. Now where? We’ll explore a couple more complex strums, including 3/4, and 6/8 time, as well as a basic “Travis” fingerpick, and figure out how and when to use them to compliment what others are doing.
Leonard Kaufer is the curator of the www.ukejams.com website where you can find over 700 high quality ukulele chord charts. He leads a weekly jam in Lincoln, CA, and presents workshops throughout Northern California. You can find out more at the website or on the UkeJams page on Facebook.