A student at this level knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. Student may have trouble with, say, the B-flat chord shape. Student has learned a strum or two and/or a finger pattern for picking.

Simple Smeck

A little bit o'Smeck.  Roy Smeck that is, one of the grandaddies of uke shredding-native of PA.  A quick run through some of his right hand technique and we'll jump into a very simple chord melody of his. Early 20th century east coast style.

Singing the Strings: Vocal Harmony at Your Fingertips

Ever wondered how to construct a harmony part? Ever run into a song that was easy to play in uke group, but completely out of your vocal range? If you're ready to go beyond the basics of "hum & strum", this class is for you! Using the simple technique presented in this class, you'll be able to create one, two, and three-part harmonies quickly and with confidence.

Attendees should be prepared to sing! You will need a uke to play and a pencil to take notes. A music stand is not required, but will be extremely helpful.

Don’t Go to the River - Murder Ballad Songbook

This workshop is an introduction to the music genre known as the murder ballad. Derived from the British/Scottish Broadside Ballad tradition as a means to spread news, the tradition was carried over to America and continued most notably in Appalachia, sometimes as a cautionary tale, and sometimes as a means to reinforce social order. Some like to think of them as an “old time true crime podcast” before we had such things. 

Intro to Fingerpicking

Learn some basic fingerpicking patterns to change the dynamics of the tunes you play. We will
go over good fingerpicking techniques so your body is in a good ergonomic position to play
and doesn’t create tension in the neck, shoulder, or wrist. We will learn a four finger forward
roll and how to apply it to Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright and a forward reverse roll
to play Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Jawaiian Music: Riffs and Tunes

Jawaiian music is a unique blend of reggae with pop sensibilities that comes from Hawaii. Mixing the culture of life in Hawaii with catchy reggae beats makes for great songs to jam on and even more fun to play with friends. We'll go through some of the basics of the genre by learning some of the classics with their foundational rhythms and licks.

3 Stringed Uke

One of the virtues of the ‘ukulele is learning just how much we can do with so little. We take it one step further and focus on just 3 strings at a time to help visualize the fretboard a bit differently; with constraints. We’ll walk through a small tune and do some finger-picking to help train our fingers and ears to traverse the fretboard. High G and Low G friendly :)