Workshops

9:30 AM
Title Description Instructor Level
The Bo Diddley Rhythmic Strumming Workshop

Learn the “Bo Diddley” beat, a syncopated Afro-Cuban rhythm found in many popular rock and roll songs such as Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly, Faith by George Michael, Magic Bus by the Who, and Marie’s the Name by Elvis Presley among many others.

Melissa Nannen Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
We Can Play in Any Key

For beginners and up. Now that you have the basics down in the key of C, you are ready to learn how to play in other keys.  This workshop will show you how.  

 

Donna Frost Novice, Beginner, Advanced Beginner
Intro to Songwriting on the Ukulele

“ I love playing the ukulele. When I sing to it, it sings back” – Katy Vernon

Katy Vernon All Levels
10:45 AM
Title Description Instructor Level
Intro to Improvising (Session 1)

Have you ever wondered how musicians play just the right notes when they improvise? Do they randomly pick notes out of thin air or is there some logic to the musical lines they play?  Improvising is easier when you have a framework or blueprint to work from.  We will explore single note and chordal ukulele improvisation in this class.

Gerald Ross Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Rock Jam: Don’t Stop Believin’

This fingerpicking and singing class for intermediates will have you BELIEVIN’! We’ll cover the chords and parts of a rockin’ ukulele arrangement that you can take home to your uke group.

Amber Rozel Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
From Seat to Stage: Map out Your Musical Journey

When you see people on stage do you think, "I could never do that!"? Well, sorry to break this to you, but EVERYONE can! From finding your unique voice, conquering your fears, stage craft, skipping the school of hard knocks, and taking the stage like a seasoned performer. Also, learn the little mistakes performers have made and how to avoid them.

Mim All Levels
1:30 PM
Title Description Instructor Level
Sad Songs on a happy instrument - How to put your story into song

How to put your story into a song. We will look at ways to inject meaning and depth into songwriting. We will dive deeper into writing techniques and also discuss techniques on the ukulele that can enhance songs. How to write what you know and avoid cliches. 

Katy Vernon Intermediate
Introduction to Fingerpicking the Ukulele

This class will show you how to position your hand for picking rather than strumming your ukulele. Your thumb becomes the time keeper, while each string has a finger to play melody. After some exercises to get started, we’ll play a C scale finger style, then move on to answer the question  “what makes the blues blue”? Re-entrant (high G) tuning preferred. By ear, no TAB.

Del Rey Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Introduction to Electronics

Learn how to use pedals and amps to create interesting sounds with your ukulele as well as how to properly mic and amplify yourself for playing out. Melissa will show off her collection of electric ukuleles and pedals and talk about what to look for if you want to go electric.

Melissa Nannen All Levels
3:00 PM
Title Description Instructor Level
How To Read And Write A Chord Chart

Have you ever wondered how professional musicians perform an unknown piece of music; a song they've never heard before?  Typically they are handed a sheet of music, they take a few quick glances at it, the band leader counts off the song and they immediately play the song. Can a hobbyist musician do this?

Gerald Ross All Levels
Classic Licks

For beginners and up:  I will be teaching you some classic signature licks from some classic rock and pop songs like Secret Agent Man, These Boots Are Made for Walking and My Girl. These

Donna Frost Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
All Together, Now!

Does your ukulele group perform for others? Learn how to organize, maintain, and rehearse your group rather than just closing your eyes and "using the Force".

Amber Rozel Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
4:30 PM
Title Description Instructor Level
Listen Inn - Early blues & jazz Ukesters

In this music appreciation workshop you will discover and deeply listen to several early 20th century African American blues and jazz ukesters- Lemon Nash, Rabbit Muse, The Pebbles, Little Laura Dukes.   Del Rey, who loves this music, will spin the original scratchy, catchy tunes and talk about their history, with some tips on figuring out what they are doing. 

Del Rey All Levels
Harmony at Your Fingertips

Getting bored with hum and strum? Want to make your performances sound amazing? Learn an easy technique to harmonize your singing, using the note at your fingertips in just a few minutes. We’ll be singing 4 parts in roughly 20 minutes. We’ll go from easy block voicing (first position chords) to more advanced open chords by the end of the session.

Amber Rozel, Melissa Nannen Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Hula Workshop

Students will learn the folk dance of our 50th state, the Hula.  Simple steps and hand motions will combine to tell a story.

Instructor Debi Velasco will supply written instructions to each dancer.  Students will perform the song they have learned at the Saturday evening concert!

Debi Velasco All Levels
10:00 AM
Title Description Instructor Level
Lei Making

Students will complete a wristlet made with fresh flowers using the “wili” (winding) method.

Instructor Debi Velasco will supply all materials and tools needed. The technique taught is simple and can be replicated at home.

Debi Velasco All Levels
Intro to Improvising (Session 2)

Have you ever wondered how musicians play just the right notes when they improvise? Do they randomly pick notes out of thin air or is there some logic to the musical lines they play?  Improvising is easier when you have a framework or blueprint to work from.  We will explore single note and chordal ukulele improvisation in this class.

Gerald Ross Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
Ukulele Blues Party

Jugband and blues songs orchestrated for the ukulele, with playing and singing parts for several levels of player. We’ll work on getting that old-timey sound on your uke, with the right rhythm, chord positions and where to find the melody. Plus we’ll try and listen to each other and play together.  We’ll add parts for basic chords, strumming, picking and singing.

Del Rey Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
11:30 AM
Title Description Instructor Level
"My My How Can I Resist You" - Exploring the songs and popularity of ABBA

ABBA’s songs continue to endure almost 5 decades after the band debuted. From their Greatest hits to ABBA Gold, the runaway success of Mamma Mia and now the reunion album Voyage they have served as the soundtrack to our lives.  Can you actually break down scientifically why the music is so irresistible and understand the key to writing an enduring hit?

Katy Vernon All Levels
Proper Care and Feeding of Your Ukulele

Hey! What exactly is a set-up, anyway? Why does my ukulele buzz? How do I fix it? What does my ukulele want from me? Mim will be breaking down the mysterious “set-up” everyone talks about! She will lead you in an informative workshop that will cover everything from changing your strings and daily ukulele maintenance to diagnosing ukulele problems and even fixing them yourself!

Mim All Levels
Beatles Brunch

All levels welcome. We will be learning and jamming out on some of our favorite Beatles songs. This will be a fun filled hour! 

 

Donna Frost All Levels
1:00 PM
Title Description Instructor Level
Music of Papa Charlie Jackson

Papa Charlie Jackson was the first self-accompanied solo guitar (six-string banjo) songster of the 1920’s . The songs he recorded are influential. Learning a few of his tunes will help you with hearing not just his music, but the music of many other early blues and jazz musicians. We’ll be talking about how he uses the chord positions in these keys.

Del Rey Intermediate, Advanced
All of Me

A Master Class featuring an in-depth look into timeless standard All Of Me.  Gerald breaks the song down to it’s basics before ramping things up to jazzier chords and improvisations.    Audience comments and questions are welcome during this entertaining demonstration.  This is not play along workshop.  All levels welcome.

Gerald Ross All Levels
Christopher Davis-Shannon teaching
Craig Chee teaching at the 2019 Allegheny Ukulele Soiree
Aaron Keim teaching at the 2019 Allegheny Ukulele Soiree
Amber Rozel teaching at the 2019 Allegheny Ukulele Soiree
Attendees having a wonderful time learning at the 2019 Allegheny Ukulele Soiree