Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries, Scotland, DG1 4TA

Workshops

24th to 26th May 2019

Workshop tickets will be available to purchase from 7PM on 18/03/2018


FRIDAY WORKSHOPS 3.45pm to 5.00pm

WORKSHOP 1 – FRED SOKOLOW
SLIDE UKULELE

If you’re ready to up the ante on your playing, you might want to consider learning how to play a little slide ukulele, a technique that will enhance any and all blues, Hawaiian, and country music. In this workshop you’ll learn to play slide ukulele in standard tuning and one or two open tunings, as well. Bring your own glass or metal slide or bottleneck!

Level: Intermediate
Room: Mitchell Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 2 – STUART FUCHS
UKULELE ZEN:  GET RHYTHM AND BECOME “ONE WITH THE STRUM”!

This workshop will give ukulele players of ALL experience levels a rock-solid foundation in ukulele strumming and rhythm.  Both beginning and advanced players will benefit from the focus on effortless “zen” technique.  You’ll play fun songs and learn many all-purpose grooves, deepen your rhythmic sensibilities using holistic & body centric technique, and improve your tone and timing.  In addition, you’ll learn how to shortcut the learning process using Stu’s lighthearted and effective method of “Ukulele Zen” – a method which has helped thousands of people cultivate good technique through a focus on good posture, breathing & relaxation techniques, a very positive and supportive mindset for learning.

Level: All levels
Room: Johnston Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 3 – JIM D’VILLE
LEARNING NEW SONGS THE FUN WAY: BY EAR

Jim has combined the most popular elements of my Play Ukulele By Ear #1 and #2 workshops into a sleek new presentation which offers the ear a delightful journey through some of the most popular chord progressions in western pop music. This is a hands on, ears on, play along session utilizing super familiar songs. Once you start learning songs this way you’ll never go back to simply playing from the book.

Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Room: Crichton Church


FRIDAY WORKSHOPS 5.30pm to 6.45pm

WORKSHOP 4 – MANITOBA HAL
BEGINNING BLUES FOR UKULELE

This blues tutorial is designed for beginning ukulele players and beginning blues players. Using the key of C and the chords C, F, G7 players are guided through a basic 12 bar blues progression including shuffle strumming patterns and the turnaround. Participants play through the entire workshop and learn little tidbits of theory as it applies to the blues and the ukulele. Players only need to know those three chords and have a basic ability with strumming and changing chords. Handouts are provided.

Level: Beginners/Confident Beginners
Room: Johnston Room

WORKSHOP 5 – JIM’D VILLE
THE FANTASTIC KEY OF F!

F Major is a very ukulele friendly key. It’s the easiest key to play two-chord songs, and you can descend the F scale to the five below the root on the uke, so it’s very adaptable to melody playing. In this workshop, you learn to play the F Major scale in two different positions, learn the chords of the key and generally become fast friends!

Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Room: Crichton Church


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS 9.30am to 10.45am

WORKSHOP 6 – BARTT WARBURTON
TABS, HARMONY AND LAUGHTER: FROM BEATLES TO BEETHOVEN!

Pure Action! Bartt will quickly teach you to read and write tabs. It’s easy to get started. You’ll be playing melody lines and harmony lines, scales in various keys, and joining with everyone in the room to perform bits of Beethoven, Beatles and our own spontaneous compositions.

Bartt provides all of the handouts, charts and hilarious jokes. He runs a highly-interactive workshop, so be prepared to pick and strum the entire time. Bring your sense of humor and your adventurous spirit. You’ll work with other members of the class to play simple duets of melody and harmony, and you’ll also work with bunches of classmates to include big chords and vocals. You’ll have plenty of chances to sing if that’s your thing. We’ll have Q&A time, too.

The pace of the class is dictated by the proficiency of the participants, but Bartt usually keeps things moving quickly. We’ll run through lots of exercises, and spend more time on the things that click. Bring a pencil – you’ll be composing a little music!

Level: Confident Beginner and Up
Room: Duncan Room 1 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 7 – PHIL DOLEMAN
ARRANGING FOR UKULELE GROUPS

Bored with your group or club all strumming the same thing at the same time? Want to add more interest, colour, rhythm and polish to your playing? This is the workshop for you!

Level: All levels (a mixed group is best)
Room: Duncan Room 3 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 8 – PETER MOSS
SYNCOPATED PATTERNS

Derived from the multi-talented George Formby. We will explore 3 right handed patterns he commonly used and then place them into one of his famous tunes.

Level: Intermediate
Room: Mitchell Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 9 – CHRIS HOUGH – UKULELE UFF
STRUMMING TECHNIQUES

Strumming techniques are of course fundamental to ukulele playing. The techniques you will learn in this workshop are what I believe really bring my playing and hopefully yours come alive. You may not leave the workshop having mastered them all but you will certainly have a good understanding of how they work and how to use them. You will see deconstructed and demonstrated strums such as the thumb roll, fan stroke, scrape and many more, also some basic strums to get you started and ideas on how to begin to introduce melody into your playing.

If you know all the songs but just need some fancy bits under your belt, then this is the workshop for you.

Level: Confident beginner and up.
Room: Johnston Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 10 – NIGEL GATHERER
TWO CHORD SCOTTISH REPERTOIRE

Using two ukulele chords, we’ll put together a wee repertoire of Scottish folk songs. Open to everyone who can play C and G7!

Level: Beginner and up
Room: Board Room Holiday Inn


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS 11.15am to 12.30am

WORKSHOP 11 – JAMES HILL
BOOSTER UKE

Based on James’ book of the same name, BOOSTER UKE takes you from “ho-hum” to “big fun” in a relaxed, stress-free way!  The secret: Chord Twins, a simple technique that will change the way you play.  Even if you bought the book and have taken the BOOSTER UKE online lessons you don’t want to miss this workshop as James will teach great songs that aren’t included in the book!

Level: All
Room: Duncan Room 1 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 12 – PHIL DOLEMAN
THE UKULELE PLAYER’S BAG OF TRICKS

Learn the tricks that the pros use to make their performances slick, original, exciting and interesting. We’ll cover passing chords, clever voicings, chord substitutions, rhythmic tricks, and ways of making people think you’re doing a lot more than you are! Shhh, don’t tell!”

Level: Intermediate
Room: Duncan Room 3 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 13 – MOTHER UKERS
LEARN TO PLAY THE MOTHER UKERS WAY! AN EXPLORATION INTO UKULAR FUSION.

Come with us on a journey to our ukulele universe as we take a song and rework it into a Mother Ukers classic.
Learn how we decide on what to keep and what to throw away when producing an original cover.

Handouts for rhythm, fingerpicking and bass parts will be provided.

We would also like to invite the attendees to join us on stage to perform our joint masterpiece.

Level: All
Room: Mitchell Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 14 – UKUS IN FABULA
UKULELE IN A BAND

We had such amazing reviews about this workshop last year that we decided to run it again with different songs. A funny and useful workshop with the Italian ukulele trio. We will play some famous songs, in our style, and show you how to play ukulele in a band to make a great sound’. The handouts for this workshop include easy, medium and hard parts so there is something for everyone.

Level: Confident Beginner and up
Room: Johnston Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 15 – LIAM CAPPER STARR
CHORD RUNS

Life on Mars by David Bowie is absolutely packed full of chord runs.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to turn a boring chord structure into a downright awesome song.  It will show you how sometime simple movements of a single finger can create a series of chords the names of which might seem terrifying, but in fact are easy to play and make your songs come to life.  Plus you’ll learn Life on Mars, which is frankly awesome on its own!

Pre-requisites: A fear of chord names with “aug” or “#m7b5” in them, or a love of David Bowie

Level: Confident beginner to intermediate
Room: Board Room Holiday Inn


SATURDAY WORKSHOPS 5.30pm to 7.15pm

INCLUDES SANDWICHES TEA/COFFEE FROM 5.30pm to 6.00pm

WORKSHOP 16 – STUART BUTTERWORTH
WE’RE JAMMIN’ – AN INTRODUCTION TO REGGAE AND SKA

Let your ukulele transport you to the beautiful island-sounds of Jamaica and the iconic music of Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker and the Paragons. You’ll explore up to four different ways of producing the characteristic Reggae sound and apply these methods to five Reggae and Ska ‘classics’. You’ll learn how to ‘chunk’, ‘mute’ and ‘dampen’ chords, and a handful of riffs will help you to add that final pinch of Caribbean spice.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A Soprano, Concert or Tenor ukulele tuned GCEA (High or Low ‘G’).
  • Chords: You’ll already be able to play Bm7 (barre at the second fret) and first position C, F and G (and move confidently between these last three chords).
  • You’ll also be easily able to identify beats 2 and 4 in a four-beat pattern.

You’ll get even more out of the workshop if you can also play:

  • Bm and barre chord inversions of C, F and G.
  • Melodic riffs on single strings.

Included:

  • A full-colour booklet, detailing everything covered in the workshop.
  • It is hoped that we’ll also have a bass and cajon player on-hand to help us get into the tropical vibe!

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Room: Duncan Room 1 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 17 – UKULELEZAZA
SWING IT!

In this workshop Zaza will teach you the basics (and beyond!) of swing music, from laid-back afterbeat variations to fingerpicking swing and of course the quintessential fierce gypsy jazz rhythm. Most toe-tapping techniques taught in this workshop work for other music styles as well.

Level: All levels
Room: Duncan Room 3 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 18 – OPERA-LELE
JOIN OPERA-LELE’S OPERA CHORUS

You can join the opera chorus and sing on the main stage with Opera-lele in the Grand Finale Concert! In this workshop we teach you to sing an opera chorus which you will then perform with Opera-lele on the main stage. Ukuleles are required. “Ever wondered if you could sing in the opera? Here’s your operatunity! George & Mandi from Opera-lele will teach you a famous opera chorus which you will then perform on stage with Opera-lele. Here is your big chance to break into opera – next step, Covent Garden! Wear loose clothing and bring your uke if you have it with you.”

Level: Beginners/intermediate
Room: Mitchell Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 19 – JIM D’VILLE
NEW! JERSEY BOYS BY EAR

The Four Seasons exploded onto the music scene in 1962 when their first three singles, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Walk Like a Man. All rocketed to #1 on the Billboard chart! The Four Seasons were swept back into the limelight more recently with the Broadway musical and film Jersey Boys. In this workshop, you’ll not only learn to sing and play the music of one of the most popular vocal groups of all time, you’ll discover the underlying structure that made their first three hits, along with Dawn, and Rag Doll, immortal classics.

Level: Confident beginner and up
Room: Johnston Room or Church – To Be Confirmed

WORKSHOP 20 – BARTT WARBURTON
DYNAMICS: MAKING EASY SONGS MORE CHALLENGING, INTERESTING AND FUN!

When we play every song at the same speed, and with the same strums, the predictability can get dull. Challenge yourself by adding stops, syncopation, rises and falls, crescendos and a cappella verses. In this workshop, we’ll take familiar songs and transform them into thrilling new adventures. Yep. Thrilling!

We’ll dramatize timing, because all music sounds better when everyone plays together as a tight unit. We’ll explore rests, the little moments of silence that add pizzazz. We will get louder and softer at various points, and we’ll strum on the three instead of the two. Crazy stuff, eh?

We’ll also break out the call-and-response and the key changes. And we’ll figure out what to do when you make mistakes or lose your place. And of course, there will be lots of singing, if that floats your boat.

Bartt provides charts, handouts and monkey business. All you need is your uke, your energy and your sense of fun!

Level: Confident Beginner and Up
Room: Crichton Church or Johnston Room – To be Confirmed

WORKSHOP 21 – DANIELE DENCS
THE UBASSIST – WHO IS HE AND WHAT SHOULD HE PLAY

Daniele “Dencs” Vacca, official endorser Kala Brand and U-bassist of the trio “Ukus in Fabula” has played more than 500 concerts with this instrument. He wants to share his experience for those who want to learn to play this instrument, or to those who want to improve some technical and theoretical aspects of that. The workshop will articulate talking about: – The role of U-Bass in a band – Tips and trick about the U-Bass – Technical exercises to familiarize with the U-Bass – Examples of some musical genres – The walkin’ U-Bass – Presentation of the book. Please note – please bring your own bass ukulele. This workshop is suitable for players who have just begun playing bass upwards.

Room: Board Room Holiday Inn


SUNDAY WORKSHOPS 9.30am to 10.45am

WORKSHOP 22 – JAMES HILL
LYRICISM AND LINE: HOW TO MAKE THE UKULELE SING

Explore the lyrical side of the ukulele.  In this workshop students learn to play chord-melody arrangements of beautiful melodies such as Spring Song (Mendelsohnn), Slumber Song (Schubert) and Streets of Laredo (Trad.).  Discover subtleties of left-hand fingering and right-hand fingerpicking and how these can make (or break) the lyrical qualities of the music.  A workshop full of musical delights and ukulele insights.

Note: This is an intermediate-level workshop; please download the Lyricism and Line Prep Sheet and study it before attending the session:

(These prep sheets can also be found at James Hill’s workshop website)

https://www.jameshillmusic.com/workshops-step-2-of-3

Level: Intermediate
Room: Duncan Room 1 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 23 – STUART FUCHS
FINGERPICKING FUNDAMENTALS FOR UKULELE

The ukulele was made for fingerpicking and can make your ukulele sing! In this workshop Stu will share tips and secret techniques he’s learned over a lifetime of classical and finger style guitar study.  You’ll learn many useful patterns for accompanying your songs and serve as a foundation for solo playing.  Stu will also share exercises and shortcuts for developing effortless finger style technique, flexibility and good tone as you play fun and easy to learn songs.

Level: ALL
Room: Duncan Room 3 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 24 – MANITOBA HAL
HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR BLUES PROGRESSIONS

In this workshop we’ll dissect the standard blues progression and look at ways to make it more interesting. Included will be chord variations and substitutions, soloing within the chord triad and use of riffs to punctuate the lyrics.  We will base our work on the key of C for simplicity, but the techniques will be applicable to any key and I’ll show you how. Students will be given a blues song composed of 6 two bar riffs that can be applied at any time over a standard C Blues Progression. Students should be familiar with a 12 bar blues progression and the chords C, F and G7

Level: Confident beginner and up
Room: Mitchell Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 25 – FRED SOKOLOW
FRETBOARD ROADMAPS FOR UKULELE

Take your playing to the next level. Fred shows you several ways to play chords and solos all over the fretboard (past that 5th fret!) and illuminates many things about music in general. This class helps you understand the best-selling book by the same name. Once you know the visual patterns on the fretboard that all the pros know and use, you can play chords up and down the neck, ad-lib solos, play in any key, and more. Many light bulb moments are guaranteed!

Level: Intermediate
Room: Johnston Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 26 – LIAM CAPPER STARR
12 TECHNIQUES

A summary of 12 essential techniques to open doors in your wider ukulele abilities.  Ever wondered how a performer makes that sound, or what technique he’s using?  Chances are it’s one of these.  From harmonics to hammer-ons, tapping to tremolo rolls, there’s lots to get your teeth into here.

Pre-requisites: Good calypso and some very basic finger picking skill

Level: Intermediate
Room: Board Room Holiday Inn


SUNDAY WORKSHOPS 11.15am to 12.30am

WORKSHOP 27 – JAMES HILL
BEYOND C, F AND G7

Have you heard C, F and G7 one too many times? Like an old, reliable pickup truck these three chords will get the job done… but like an old, reliable pickup truck they could do with a little TLC.  A paint job, maybe?  Or a new set of tires?  In this all-levels workshop James shows you how to breathe fresh life into these beloved workhorse chords. Fall in love with C, F and G7 all over again!

Level: All
Room: Duncan Room 1 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 28 – STUART FUCHS
UKULELE STUNTS & FOUR STRING CIRCUS TRICKS

Be prepared to laugh—this workshop is a ton of fun!  Participants will learn many of the “ukulele stunts” from vaudeville ukulele master Roy Smeck “The Wizard of the Strings”.  When placed with the right timing, these ukulele tricks can add a great deal of showmanship to a performance and bring a lot of joy to everyone around you!  You’ll be tossing, spinning, and even rowing a boat, with your ukes—all while playing music.  In addition to learning stunt ukulele from Stuart, participants will create their own imaginative ukulele tricks and stunts.  Don’t worry – no ukuleles will be harmed during this workshop!

Level: All
Room: Duncan Room 3 Easterbrook Hall

WORKSHOP 29 – JIM D’VILLE
THE EMOTIONAL VALUE OF CHORDS

There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions to millions of songs. This is the first step to playing by ear. Knowledge of finger positions for C, dm, em, F, G, am, bdim helpful.

Level: Confident Beginner to Intermediate
Room: Mitchell Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 30 – FRED SOKOLOW
UNDERSTANDING CHORD PROGRESSIONS

It’s easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz or whatever, if you understand progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all and Fred will explain chord movement and song structure, scale-wise patterns, 12-bar and 8 bar blues and more! We’ll look at lots of songs, including your suggestions, and see how they work. And you’ll finally get an explanation of the circle of fifths (which motivates thousands of songs) that is understandable!

Level: Intermediate
Room: Johnston Room Holiday Inn

WORKSHOP 31 – OPERA-LELE
SINGING & STRUMMING WITH OPERA-LELE

We work on tricks, tips and techniques to improve your singing as well as look at a different way to learn songs. Ukuleles are required. – suitable for beginners/intermediate.

Level: Beginners/Intermediate
Room: Board Room Holiday Inn

THE BELLES ON THE BUS GO BIG BEACH BUSK!
WITH THE INCREDIBLE MERSEY BELLES!

Back by popular demand – a great way to combine seeing this beautiful coastline known as the hidden ‘Scottish Rivera’ with a jam. We will stop off to busk on the beach and visit a couple of picturesque sea side villages. The bubbly Mersey Belles will leave a smile on your face as they lead you in song and strumming!

We will pick you up at 9.00am from Easterbrook Hall and bring you back for 12 mid-day.

CASTLE MASS JAM!

Yes! It is really happening – A mass jam in Caerlaverock Castle!

What a fantastic way to start the Ukulele Festival of Scotland!

Caerlaverock is one of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses. Its location, its imposing sandstone walls, its moat and unique triangular shape, with each point of the triangle capped with a turret, rank it as one of the most powerful looking castles in Scotland and yet it retains a certain, almost delicate and unrivalled charm.

To make it even more perfect, the entire castle is surrounded by an atmospheric green moat, giving the castle a story-book quality.

If all this wasn’t enough, its name has a particularly poetic meaning. ‘Caerlaverock’ means ‘fort of the skylark’ (from caer meaning fort; and the old English laewerce meaning lark).

Historic Scotland have kindly given us permission to use the castle without a charge, however you will need to book this – per car (regardless of number of passengers) or per coach seat.

The castle is just a short drive along the estuary – post code DG1 4RU.

There will be a charge to cover the coach hire. We will only take 30 cars due to the car park size.

We will leave Easterbrook Hall at 1pm on Friday 26th April – jam at the castle at 1.30pm for 30 minutes, 30 minutes chance for a look about. Leave at 2.30pm – back to Easterbrook Hall in time for the first workshops!  – Book your place on the ticket page.

 

YOGA WITH ASTRID

A great start to Sunday morning!  More details to follow.

Duncan Room 2, Easterbrook Hall 8.20am to 9.20am – we will have some mats available.  Book your place on the ticket page.