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Ukulele Weekend

Friday 12 May 4pm — Sunday 14 May 4pm, 2023

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £285– single ensuite room
  • £245– sharing an ensuite room
  • £245– single non-ensuite room
  • £195– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £185

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £175

Jon Bennett, Sam Muir & Phil Doleman 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 with Phil driving 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

Jon Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in fretted instruments of all kinds. He is one of the members of the Oxford band Moonrakers  – www.moonrakers.net.  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. Samantha Muir

Phil Dolman has travelled all over the UK and to Europe and the US performing and leading workshops at festivals, theatres, and clubs. He has performed on BBC radio and TV, and shared stages with some of the world’s finest players. He is a regular contributor Uke Magazine, has composed pieces for the London College of Music ukulele grades, and is the author of several books including “How Music Works On The Ukulele”“How Songs Work On The Ukulele”, and “Blues Ukulele”. www.phildoleman.co.uk/