A student can hold a steady rhythm and is competent with a variety of basic chords. Understands simple chord progressions, can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.

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.

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.

The Who Songbook

Learn some of the secrets that made Pete Townshend a legendary guitar player. Part jam, part rhythm technique, we will focus on learning some of The Who’s most iconic songs as well as Pete Townshend’s unique rhythmic strum. We will decode some examples of how he made some of the most iconic rock songs of all time by using a few techniques which he employed again and again throughout his songwriting career.

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 :)