What is your level?
LEVEL 1: Beginner
Welcome. You are in this most exciting phase of the learning curve until you can move between chord changes and keep a beat. Get fluent with (at least) your C, F, and G7and then head to the next level.
LEVEL 2: Advanced beginner/early intermediate
Now you’re a player, but chord diagrams over the words are still a must. Your job here is to master B flat, get some strums under your belt and grow into your instrument. This is when you truly learn how to practice.
LEVEL 3: Experienced intermediate
Look at you, singing and strumming at the same time! You know a bunch of chords and are ready to use them. Time to dig in and learn some exciting techniques, and maybe venture up the next. Be proud of yourself, this is a fine plateau to reach.
LEVEL 4: Advanced
You can hear changes, you know some barre chords and closed and have toured the real estate above the fifth fret. You are unafraid of the tricky stuff, ready to sit with the big kids. When things go over your head, watch and listen closely, then take your new ideas home to practice.
Basics of Cajon
Discussing and sharing the basics of the cajon and being able to maximize sounds from it.
Applying Ringo’s Drumming Style to the Cajon
Song specific examples of how to apply the percussive and rhythmic style of Ringo Starr’s drumming in the Beatles to the simplicity of the cajon.
Transcribing Beatles Music from Guitar to Ukulele
An intro to the fun of translating music originally produced with other instruments to our fun ukuleles. You can then find sheet music anywhere and make it playable on your uke at home.
Tremolo Picking on the Ukulele
This workshop will delve into the various picking techniques including finger style, strumming techniques and tremolo picking with the use of a plectrum.
Visualizing and Conceptualizing the Fretboard
This workshop will elaborate on the many different approaches one can take when mapping the fretboard including scales chords and arpeggios.
Got To Get UKE Into My Life
My 60 X 60 Project
Nolet lived in Hawaii since 1991. His “aha” moment came when he was approaching 60 and decided to re-learn on ukulele all his favorite Beatles tunes. Nolet posted 60 homemade videos of them on YouTube before his birthday! Now it is your turn to impress or humor your friends. Bring your cell phone and learn the process from idea through recording to email or posting on the web of you singing and playing your favorite song. Nolet knows all the tricks.
Paul and the UKE BASS
A simple analysis of Paul McCartney’s creatively inventive bass lines and how to sing while playing the complicated bass riffs.
Playing Baritone Ukulele
Be the hero of any uke club ortransition from guitar to ukulele orfind a longer and easier fretboard to play music on. A baritone ukulele is a blessed friend to transition to or play in addition to your standard size uke.
Come and hear the deeper, warmer sounds of a baritone ukulele.
Applying Baritone Ukulele to Beatles Music
Ok, Time to jam!!
Sonny, Nolet and Alastar
Singing in two and three part harmonies set to Beatles Songs,
Beat-lele will share specific examples of harmonies utilizing specific Beatle songs as examples. They will also touch on challenges of singing specific parts while playing their respective instruments. A great class for people who sing and play in a club.
Bad Hair Day: 70s & 80s pop for Ukes with Barre Chords
Technique & Repertoire – Level 3-4
Some songs are defined by a melodic hook or riff. It can be hard to match those licks to the chords of the song because each different chord shape enables it’s own set of tasty melodic licks. Luckily, there is a pattern that helps you find alternate chord shapes anywhere on the neck. Learn barre chord shapes and patterns for ukulele and use them to play songs from the 70s and 80s. Badfinger, Boz Scaggs, The Cars, Howard Jones, Tears For Fears and more.
Cheese & Crackers: Weird Songs
Repertoire, Musicianship – Level 2-4
Good songs about bad things. Easy to play novelty songs about snacks, cave men and summer camp. I have some simple tricks to sharpen up the arrangements and add interest. We’ll have fun with the singing parts too. Slim Gaillard, Hollywood Argyles, Junior Brown, Allan Sherman.
Technique, Repertoire – Level 3-4
Ukulele reminds you of the beach, but surfing doesn’t remind you of ukulele. Until now! We will learn two or three classic instrumental surf tunes on the uke. There will be fingerpicking, barre chords and the infamous “glissando from hell”. Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Lively Ones, The Chantays.
Blues Basics: The 12 Bar Blues – Level 2
First part of a two-part workshop
Second part of the two-part workshop
The Beatles Blues Tunes – Level 2
- Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?
- Don’t Pass Me By
- You Can’t Do That
- Day Tripper
- Money (That’s What I Want)
- Can’t Buy Me Love
- Slow Down
- She’s a Woman
- The Word
- Yer Blues
- The Ballad of John and Yoko
- Rock and Roll Music
Move Up the Neck – Level 3
Using Moveable Chords
Three Amazing Beatles Tunes – Level 3
I’m So Tired, Oh Darling, Honey Pie
The “Doo-Wop” Progression – Level 2
Which will include Octopuses Garden
Fab Beatles Songs 1963-’64 – Levels 2-4
Why were The Beatles the greatest band ever? The chord progressions! The Beatles’ songs written in the breakout years of 1963 and ’64 showcase Lennon and McCartney’s exciting use of cadence and colorful extended chords. We’ll learn immortal pop classics includingI Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, Please Please Me and more all by ear!
Magical Mystery Chords – Levels 2-4
Using super familiar Beatles songs, we’ll examine how they used the emotional value of simple extended chords to write some of the most popular music of all time. And, you’ll learn to play the songs without looking at the music! Songs include Hey Jude, Nowhere Man, Taxman, A Hard Days Nightmany more!
Buddy Holly By Ear – Levels 2-4
Buddy Holly changed the face of rock and roll. And he did it in just 18 months! With blues-based classics like That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, andOh Boy, Buddy Holly melded the best of rock, rockabilly and blues into his own style of music. Other classic songs you’ll learn include Everyday, Maybe Baby, and It’s So Easy.. Jim will also share his experiences in visiting the Norman Petty studio in Clovis, New Mexico where many of these timeless classics were recorded.
The Emotional Value of Chords – Levels 2-4
There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions to millions of songs. This is the first step to playing by ear. Knowledge of finger positions for C, dm, em, F, G, am, bdim helpful.
Beginner Workshop – Level 1
For new ukulele players. We will be looking at all the parts of an ukulele and learning what they do and how they work together to make music. This is a thirty-minute class.
Beginner Workshop ll – Level 1
The continuation of the Beginner Workshop. The class will learn a pair of musical scales and three chords. The basis of hundred of songs.
Paradise by the Sea (C) – Level 1
So now you are having fun strumming and playing songs. Do you wonder how chords change from major to minor to 7thto everything else? Let’s find out using our best friend the C chord.
Accompany Yourself on Ukulele – Level Everybody
Do you spend most of your ukulele playing time alone? Learn how to add extra sound and musicality to your fun. Class is limited to thirty attendees.
Workshops are subject to change.