Grace Lutheran Church
Port Townsend WA
11:00– 11:30 Starting Time: Set-up/ Registration
11:30 – 12:30 Uke Lab:
Practice For Beginners Chord Progressions: Barbara Kurland
Establish a practice habit of chord progressions, hand yoga, finger exercises, basic strumming techniques and playing simple tunes to put it together. We’ll have fun learning simple tricks for conquering B flat and playing with a group when you don’t know all the chords. For beginning players who know a few basic chords. Handouts provided.
Joys Beyond The Third Fret George Yount
Based on the I IV V chord progression and variations of open chord forms you already know, you will strum familiar melodies in the keys of C, D, G, and A and utilize the whole fret board range. George goes slow, methodical, and leaves no one behind.
Check out the handout files ahead of time. These are reference materials for this and future sessions. What you will learn is taking the guess work out of which chords and order you can play for any tune. The whole purpose of this lesson is helping folks think in chord sequences, “progression”, and patterns. Chords in succession are not random. There is “ear” logic behind them.
The other take away will be understanding chord forms based on the root note of the cord and where the root not is located on the fret board. The intent of this class is not to learn a song to be performed before the Rendezvous audience but rather, understanding the reason and logic of the guts of a melody line story.
Click here for reference materials for the class:
George’s Movable Chord Lesson
Song Circle Session Patricia/ Debbie/Terrie
Beatles! We will be singing songs from our Beatles Book 2. All levels welcome. Playing with friends is a great way to practice your chords. Either download songbook on your device or print copies for yourself. There will be a limited number available for $3.00.
Click here for songbook:
Beatles 2 Songbook
1:00 – 1:15 Welcome Sing Along / Orientation
1:15 – 2:15 Class Instruction:
Beginning Ukulele 101 George Yount Board Room
We have loaner ukes! George’s class is for beginners, those who have never played a ukulele or for those who want a basic brush-up. George will take you through how to hold the ukulele; how to strum; and how to play your first tunes. We will make it fun and easy… Come with your questions and your sense of humor.
Stage Two Beginner 102 Ron Rivas Sunday School
Ron picks a series of tunes that will help you build your skills and confidence playing in the keys of F, C, G, D, and A. Most of the tunes will be out of the yellow Daily Uke book.
Intermediate 103 Geoff Fong Sanctuary
This class is tailored for the advanced beginner/intermediate player. Most offerings at the workshop are geared towards people who know more than a few chords, and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm. Chords like E7-A7-D-B7. We will learn the damping technique that is essential to creating the swing rhythm and rhythm n’ blues. In addition, we will discuss holding the instrument, barre chords, moving up the neck and creating efficiency while playing. Tweak your skills while having lots of fun!!! Come join us!
Playing the Great Half-Remembered Songs Bruce Cowan
Working on songs from the twentieth century is a fun way to learn musical concepts and ukulele skills. The class will cover two or three tunes from swing, rock, pop, Broadway, folk, and blues. Sheet music is provided with standard notation, tablature, and chord forms for both ukulele and baritone ukulele. The class is meant for intermediate and advanced players who can confidently change chords in the common keys (C, G, F, D, A) and who might be ready to try playing melodies and new chord forms.
If your last name starts with A-L please bring finger food to share
Presentations and singalongs
All the classes will meet together where we will share one of the tunes you have learned.
Singalong Songs from the yellow Daily Uke:
Page: 16 Ain’t She Sweet
Page: 60 Daydream
Page 70 Don’t Worry Be Happy