The Los Angeles International ‘Ukulele Festival is the only festival of its kind where you can take as many workshops as you like for a flat fee of just $45 all day! Get started with the basics and build from there throughout the day. If you've already been playing for some time, workshops on arranging, chord substitutions 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! See below for downloadable workshop materials.

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.


Note: baritone ukulele players may wish to bring a capo to get the most out of the workshops

Jim D'Ville

Group Strum

(All levels, all ages)

Torino Stage


Artist Q&A

Ken Miller Auditorium

Here's your chance to pose your questions to the artists and hear straight from the horse's mouth on how they overcame hurdles, the songwriting process, what they did and continue to do to take their playing to the next level and how they stay inspired.


Bartt Warburton

Beyond Chords: Reading & Writing Melodies with Tablature

(Beginner 2/Intermediate)

Toyota Meeting Hall

Bartt will teach you how to read, write, and play melodies within minutes, even if you're still new to the instrument. As a group we'll play Beethoven's Ode To Joy in multiple parts including chords, melody, harmony and singing - Bartt might even teach you to sing the words! Even if you only know a few chords, you can do this. You'll laugh, you'll learn, and all of this in under an hour.  


Milo Fultz

Bass Ukulele

(Beginner)

Ohana Ukulele Booth, Entry Plaza

Cali Rose

(Beginner)

Torino Stage

Total beginners: come one, come all! Cali 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.


Sarah Maisel

Intro to Jazz 'Ukulele

(Intermediate to Advanced)

Ken Miller Auditorium

Ever feel intimidated by jazz? Don't worry, this class will be a lot of fun as we go through some popular progressions and standards. You will see how easy some of these tunes can be, as well as how to add more to them. To get the most out of this class, you must be able to play all of your basic chords.


Victoria Vox

Strumming and Rhythm Fun

(Beginner 2 - Intermediate)

Toyota Meeting Hall

The "chunk" is a great rhythm technique to create a beat for yourself while you're playing. I will break down the "chunk" for you so that you can give yourself a "back-beat" on beats 2 and 4. It's like being your own drummer. Also, we can get a little funky with strumming patterns, AND they are all based of off Down Up Down Up Down Up etc.! Funk is all about the notes / chords you choose NOT to play!


Ali Lexa

Bossa Nova For Ukulele (Intermediate)

Ken Miller Assemblyroom

More and more people are discovering how well suited the ukulele is to the swaying rhythms and jazzy chords found in Bossa Nova music! In this workshop we'll learn basic and modified Bossa rhythms, picking patterns and strums as well as Bossa chord progressions, voicings and fingerings. Then we'll apply what we learn to some well known standards and learn how to apply Bossa Nova styles to just about any song you like.



Jim D'Ville

Group Strum

(All levels, all ages)

Torino Stage

Non-confrontational way for beginners to join in the fun, strumming along to popular (& easy) tunes; also a great place for more advanced players to try out new tricks. Either way, you're sure to meet new friends! Jim leads this group strum-along in a format that follows his play-by-ear methodology.


Craig Chee

Ukulele Boot Camp 101

(Beginner 2)

Ken Miller Auditorium

Craig’s most popular workshop! Craig’s ever adapting Boot Camp will dive into a ton of exercises that will help strengthen and quicken your fingers as well as focus on your tone. He'll then show how these exercises are applied to intermediate and even advanced techniques to take you to the next level! You will have lots to chew on as there are many variations for all levels.


Farrah Mahealani Harder

Hula

(Beginner) Ken Miller Assemblyroom

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. There will be someone teaching the song on ukulele too, for folks to join in. Then you'll all get up on stage at the lunch break and show everyone what you learned!

This is the song you'll learn


Abe Lagrimas, Jr

Improvising Over Chord Changes

(Intermediate/Advanced)

Toyota Meeting Hall

In this workshop, you'll learn about diatonic & non-diatonic chords, and Abe’s simple & practical approach on how to improvise over a set of chord changes without having to learn complicated scales or modes. It is suggested that you have a complete understanding of the major scale in a variety of keys under your belt to get the most out of this class.



Clayton Wilson

(Beginner)

Ken Miller Assemblyroom

Total beginners: come one, come all!


Mitch Chang

How to hear and build chord progressions

(Beginner 2 - Intermediate)

Ken Miller Auditorium

Do you want to be able to figure out 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! You should be able to strum a steady rhythm while playing through the basic chords without pause (A, Am, A7, Bm, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E, Em, E7, F, G, and G7).


James Hill

Ukulele Big Band!

(Intermediate/Advanced)

Toyota Meeting Hall

That's right, ukulele big band. It's time to take a full-blown hip-shakin' big-band swing arrangement and give it a ukulele makeover! All sizes of ukulele are welcome (baritone ukes will have to use a capo).  If you've always wanted to experience the thrill of playing in a swing orchestra this your chance. A-one, a-two, a-one, two, three, four...


Milo Fultz

Bass Ukulele

(Beginner)

Ohana Ukulele Booth, Entry Plaza


9:15am

11:00am

1:00pm

2:45pm

If you're unsure which ukulele size might work best for you, check out Sarah Maisel's video below, courtesy of ArtistWorks.


Generally speaking, sopranos (smallest) are great for kids but may be too small for most adults who may prefer to get started on a concert (medium) size ukulele.


Taller players or those transitioning from guitar may lean toward a tenor size instrument.

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September 24, 2016

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8:30am Kick off the day with a group strum-along led by Cali Rose! Click here to download the songs - see you there bright and early!