Jon Bennett, Sam Muir and Phil Dolman return for another enjoyable summer weekend of Ukulele music and song for players of all levels of experience.
The mix of the three tutors is what makes this course special. Jon deals with the ‘tools of the trade’, introducing new fingerstyle and strumming techniques along with some theory. Sam takes you down the classical route with tablature and ensemble playing. Phil is a jazz and blues specialist who introduces a bit of extra spice in your playing. There will be plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings include opportunities to perform your own material, plus enjoy 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 from the blues/jazz repertoire 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
•How to read and interpret tablature
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 of player, though this course may not be suited to absolute beginners. We will require you to bring your own instrument. 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
Jon Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in fretted instruments of all kinds. He is a member 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. Sam 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/