At the Los Angeles International ‘Ukulele Festival, once you're in the door, you can take as many workshops as you like at no additional costs! Get started with the basics and build from there throughout the day. If you've already been playing for some time, workshops on technique, song writing and more will help get you of a rut and take your playing to the next level. Bring your music stand, tuner, and a friend! Check back for downloadable workshop materials.

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Level Definitions


Beginner

Welcome newbies! This level includes those who may have learned a handful of chords but still needs some time to rearrange fingers between chord changes.

Get a headstart with these basic chords: C, F, G, G7


Beginner 2

A student at this level knows the 3 chords above and most/many of the chords below and is able to move from one chord to another without breaking the rhythm. Perhaps you've nailed down a couple of strumming and fingerpicking patterns, as well. Add these chords to your library: A, Am, A7, Bb, B7, C, C7, Cm, D, Dm, D7, E, Em, E7


Intermediate

Students at this level are familiar with the chords above and can strum a steady rhythm while singing at the same time. An intermediate student is able to catch on and follow along on simple tunes fairly quickly.


Advanced

A student at this level can hear basic chord progressions, has mastered some chord inversions, barre/4-fingered closed chords and is able to keep a steady strumming rhythm while changing chords.


Beginner Workshops


Melissa Stevenson - Let’s Play! - A Family Jam with Musical Mama

Discover the joy of making music together in this all-ages workshop. Adults and bigger kids will learn the basics of how to play the ukulele while little ones engage with rhythm instruments. Together, we will play and sing several songs that are fun for the whole family. No previous musical experience required!

Ukuleles and rhythm instruments generously provided by _______________.


Mark Kohls - Ukulele for total beginners Click for handout


Learn to hula!

Learn the basics of hula choreography and how it works in conjuction with Hawaiian storytelling through song. Perfect for the spouse you dragged along with you to the festival or simply as a fun diversion that's educational as well. After Farrah's 12:00 class you'll all get up on stage and show everyone what you learned!

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Mitch Chang - Fingerpicking

Tired of just strumming all the time? "Arpeggios" lend a nice lullaby-classical touch to any given piece and you don't even have to learn new chord shapes. May as well learn fingerpicking from someone who's been classically trained! Suitable for any level, really.


"The Ukulele Teacher" - Learn to play your favorite pop songs (2 sessions) Click for handout


Ukulenny - Intro to Reggae Strumming Click for handout

Learn the basics of reggae strumming in this step-by-step workshop - Lenny will take you through the process of adding chucks and mutes to your strum to get some reggae into your life. We'll start with basic chords of C, F, G7, and Dm, and cover reggae strumming with barre chords as well.


Cynthia Lin - Singing 101 for Uke players

Do you struggle with singing and playing at the same time?  Wish you had more confidence in your voice?  Join ukulele teacher and vocal coach Cynthia Lin for this sing-and-play workshop. Learn fun voice exercises to improve your sound and practice techniques for combining uke rhythms with vocal melody.


Mitch Chang - Understanding   chord progressions + transposing

Do you want to be able to figure out both the chords and strumming partterns to songs in minutes, not days? Tired of noodling around with 100 chords trying to guess that one part? Have you ever wondered how some people are able to effortlessly jump in on any jam, even if they’ve never heard the song before? Then you need this class!

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Intermediate Workshops

Cali Rose - Chord Melody

Come one, come all! Ukulenny & Cynthia will cover all the basics to get you started: from how to hold the instrument to strumming chords to your very first songs. From here, you'll want to join in on some group strum-alongs and check out more workshops throughout the day.


Advanced Workshops

Abe Lagrimas - Island Strum

Come one, come all! Ukulenny & Cynthia will cover all the basics to get you started: from how to hold the instrument to strumming chords to your very first songs. From here, you'll want to join in on some group strum-alongs and check out more workshops throughout the day.


Aaron Keim - Island Strum

Come one, come all! Ukulenny & Cynthia will cover all the basics to get you started: from how to hold


*Workshop topics/schedule subject to change **Baritone ukulele players may wish to bring a capo to get the most out of the workshops

Only $45 for everything all-day! Click here for tickets or call 800-595-4849

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