12-1 Open Mic: kiyoshi’s band(12-12:15), String Jam(12:15-12:30), Jeff, Elisabeth, Caroline, Rick, Fun Strum Along with Danno
1-1:45Workshops: Troubleshooting (TJ), Latin Uke (Rich), Rock and Roll Uke (Jeff), Ukulele Tech (Jerry)
1:45- 2:45 Open Mic: 1920s Strum Along, Kemp's Jig, Rick, Tracy, Molly and Dan, Art, Rock and Roll Workshop performers
2:45-3:15 Well Tempered Ukes Performance
3:15-4:00 Workshops: Blues Jam (TJ), Syncopated Strumming (Chuck), Pop Uke (Rich), Beginner Uke (Melissa),
4:00-5:00 TJ Wheeler!!
All Open Mic performers will need to be back stage and ready to go on immediately to save time. One song each please, and songs need to be reasonable in length allowing for all to participate. There are five stage crew kids to help with set up and break down.
The Cutler parent group will be selling some food and water during the event.
Trouble shooting ...What's holding you back from being the next Jake Shimabukuro?- led by TJ Wheeler: Tj will tackle all questions on everything you wanted to know about Ukulele playing but were afraid to ask. Topics can include how to develop as a triple threat Ukeist i.e. 1:Solo (how to be a unaccompanied 4 string orchestra ) Ensemble playing ( 2: Rhythm comping, 3: soloing... how to be an amusing muse to your fellow players) PLUS The Blues... 3 chords, 6 notes and a Ukulele gig bag of tricks! ) Bring your questions as well as your Uke!
Ukulele Blues Jam up & Jelly tight - led by TJ Wheeler: Tj will lead an informal Blues song Jam for all comers. 8 bars, 12 bars, & 16 bars (If were not shut off after all those bars we'll have an old fashion Blues Throwdown.) No matter what level your at join in and have some fun. The worst thing that can happen is you might learn something. Blues styles from the Delta, Jug Band style, Hokum, and much more!
Ukulele Tech: Software for the Ukulele Player. The World Wide Web contains a wealth of song and chord/lyric sheets contained in PDF, text with chords, and ChordPro files. We'll begin by reviewing these formats and then look at free software to put together and maintain songbooks and directories of songs. Some programs transfer a song from one format to another. Other programs transpose a song with a simple key press. The focus will be on Windows/Android software, but most programs have iOS/Mac versions or equivalents
Pop Tunes: We will look at the basic structure of pop tunes, and discuss how to translate that into a more engaging rendition on the ukulele – particularly how to incorporate “the hook” into your playing to make it more catchy. We will look at a few examples, but will spend the most time looking at Ms. Swift’s “Shake It Off,” since it is a stellar example of a tightly written pop tune.
Latin Tunes: This is a wide ranging topic, so we will focus primarily on Afro-Cuban music and its descendants (i.e. Salsa). We will also look at how it has spilled over into “American” music. Son Clave, Montunos, chord structures, the whole shebang. ¡Azúcar!
Rock and Roll Ukulele! - led by Jeff Bellin
Rock and roll ukulele is not so much about technique as it is about an attitude. This workshop is about shedding inhibitions and letting your inner rock and roller out. We'll take a couple of tunes and learn how to get the rock and roll feel and sound out of you and your ukulele. Songs to be determined, but one of them is likely to be “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star.” If we're feeling confident, our work could lead to a performance of the songs later on in the day.
This workshop is for advanced beginners and higher. Knowledge of basic chords and strumming is a prerequisite. Ability to sing and/or sing harmony will be helpful, but not a requirement.
Beginner Workshop: This workshop is for the many people who have thought about learning the ukulele, but haven't had the time or opportunity. You will be surprised by how much fun it is and how easily you can learn a song! I have about ten ukuleles and some willing volunteers to teach some basic chords and a basic strum. If you have your own ukulele, bring it along. The goal will be to learn a song or two and leave with some resources for further learning online.
SYNCOPATED STRUM WORKSHOP Yes, we can have a perfectly happy uke-life just strumming down-up-down-up-down. But so many other inspired and syncopated strums make the right hand’s job all the more fun. Join Chuck Goldstone, strumster and 1920’s-30’s uke-enthusias, and learn a few strums that make you sound good, and sometimes look really cool. We’ll learn the George Formby Split Stroke, the Triple, the Four-Finger-Roll, and a couple of strums made popular by the likes of Roy Smeck, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, and the contemporary Ukulele Uff (no relation). Be prepared to astound yourself.
Ukulele Flea Market: Stewart
We will have a UUOB UKULELE STUFF table again at this year's Melee. Proceeds will be used for the small Melee'e expenses and to support future events. Please bring a donation of precious and not so precious ukulele items for sale at our table. Like: Instructional Video , sheet music, CDs, tuners, strings, ukuleles, amps, t-shirts etc.
If you would like to sell one of your ukuleles, we will provide space for you. In exchange, we would like 10% of your sale for the UUoB fund.
Recycle those items you have in a drawer.
Come by the table and BUY more ukulele STUFF cheap!
Ukulele items ONLY please as our space will be limited. Contact Stewart for details.