Whatever your standard on the ukulele, this workshop weekend is for you! We’ll give you a kick-start in improving your skills on this wonderful instrument, as well as an opportunity to sing and play with a group of like-minded enthusiasts. We’ll split the group into two: beginners and improvers. You will learn new techniques and be given advice on where to go from here. In addition, we’ll run a singing workshop and bring everyone together on the final day for a group concert.
Over the weekend you will learn:
• New chords and how they fit together
• Strumming techniques suitable for different styles and songs
• Fingerstyle playing as well as strumming
• How to accompany yourself on a song
• Advice on purchasing instruments, strings, etc
• Harmony and singing techniques and a group sing-along!
You’ll be able to develop Ukulele Band skills, using pieces arranged for different ability levels; gain performance tips – get thinking about how you want to present your music improve stage craft and presence – and develop confidence and song writing skills, unlocking some creative potential!
“Excellent teaching by Sarah and Jon, also the evening jamming was good for hearing other repertoires.” Participant
Who’s it For?
We’ll accommodate all standards, beginners and improvers, but we will require you to bring your own instrument (or voice!). For advice on this, you can call us in advance. Handouts and music will be provided and some advance lessons and songs will be available on our website www.ukuleleoxford.com
The tutors are two members of the Oxford band Moonrakers (Jon and Liz) – www.moonrakers.net – joined by a guest tutor tba.
Jon Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in fretted instruments of all kinds. He has been a tutor at Scotland’s Common Ground Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and the Wallingford Bunkfest, and is an established guitar, bouzouki and ukulele teacher based in Oxford. He runs workshops and individual classes and has teaching aids at www.ukuleleoxford.com.
Sara Spade: Enjoy progressive and fun tuition from a full time professional performer and teacher of over 15 years experience. ‘Utterly inspiring’! Sara Spade is the resident ukulele tutor at The Stables in Wavendon and her original ukulele music has been played by Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2. See video featuring Jools at www.saraspade.com
Liz van Santen is a skilled teacher and fiddle player. She’ll lead the singing workshops, but will also be available to add instrumental arrangement ideas to the ukulele classes too (if you want to bring instruments other than ukulele, please do!). You can go back and forth between the singing and the ukulele workshop. On the Sunday we’ll all come together for an informal concert.