An enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sara will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills. Meanwhile Liz will focus on singing for those wanting to develop their confidence. This year we’ll run an additional session on songwriting. 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 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 the wonderful Sara Spade.
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.