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Ukulele and Song Weekend

Friday 22 May 4pm — Sunday 24 May 4pm, 2020

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Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £250 – single ensuite room
  • £215– sharing an ensuite room
  • £215– single non-ensuite room
  • £170 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £160

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £150

We regret that this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We plan to run the event with the same team in 2021. More info.

Sam and Jon return for another enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sam will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills and they’ll be joined by guest tutor Percy Copley to lead the singing element of the course. We’ll have three groups according to your playing skills, but you’re free to move between the groups, and there’s plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings will include opportunities to perform your own material, plus an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

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 all, 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 Team

The tutors are Jon Bennett, one of the members of the Oxford band Moonrakers  – www.moonrakers.net and Samantha Muir.

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.

Samantha Muir: Enjoy progressive and fun tuition from a full time professional performer and teacher. Samantha plays everything from Bach to sea shanties and will be happy to get you started on the ‘campanela’ style of playing ukulele. Don’t be intimidated – it’s easier than you think!  Samantha will help you towards playing some very well known tunes from her extensive repertoire, plus lots of tips and tricks on how to improve your playing in general.

Percy Copley is a talented Musician, entertainer, actor and teacher with 24 years of playing and singing for Disney under his strap, Percy knows a thing or two about performing. Percy performs and teaches bluegrass, country and old time music and songs as well as jazz and popular songs of the golden age. After three years at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London he embarked on an acting career doing everything from Shakespeare to musicals, occasionally playing banjo or bagpipes! He teaches regularly at camps and workshops such as Sorefingers Summer School in the UK and Guitar Groove in France.