Port Townsend Ukulele Festival Online Schedule 2022

The Online option offers two choices per class period. Recordings of all classes will be available for two weeks after the festival.

Class Descriptions are found below the schedule. All times are PDST. Updated August 26. Schedule subject to change.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

9:00 – 10:00am
Soulful Songwriting – Diane Nalini
Clawhammer Uke Workshop – Jere Canote

10:30 – 11:30am
Tenor Songbook – Robyn Kneubuhl
Build your own Strum – Dani Joy

1:30 – 2:30pm
Life of the Party! – Nikki Dee
Yacht Rock on Ukes – Brook Adams

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

9:00 – 10:00am
Writing Cool Riffs – Gracie Terzian

Intro to Melody & Compositional Improvisation – Daniel Ho

10:30 – 11:30AM
Baritone Songbook – Ginger Johnson
Old Time Songbook – Jere Canote

1:30 – 2:30pm
Yacht Rock On Ukes – Brook Adams

Learn a Song Off a Record – Aaron Keim

 

Friday:

Soulful Songwriting – Diane Nalini
This class will get your creative juices flowing as we explore different starting points for songwriting. We’ll cover: 1) writing lyrics to an existing melody, 2) writing music for a short poem; 3) using a simple chord progression as a springboard for inspiration. If time permits, we’ll also examine a few classic songs across different genres to see what makes them so great. Drop-in class, all levels.

Clawhammer Uke Workshop – Jere Canote
A complete overview of the clawhammer technique on the ukulele. Requires a Uke with a high g fourth string. Drop-in class – Day Two—Intermediate (melodic skills, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, simple arrangements.)

Tenor Songbook – Robyn Kneubuhl
Tunes that “swing” from Ginger Johnson’s songbook: This workshop will incorporate the same tunes that Ginger is teaching Baritone players – we will combine the classes in an out-of-class session for a big jam. Robyn plays with a low-G strung instrument but high-g tuning is welcome. Level 2/3, drop-in.

Build your own Strum – Dani Joy
How many times have you asked this question, “What strum should I use?” It’s time to stop “memorizing” strums and start analyzing the beat to come up with your own strum! From the time we are born we learn to mimic what we see and what we hear. It’s how we learned to speak, walk, hold a spoon and play our first chords. In this class we will learn to listen to a song, decide on a few key points (swing or straight? Waltz or common time? Is there a backbeat? How strong is the emphasis? Are we mimicing the guitar, the drums, or both?) You will leave this class with a set of very simple tools so you can listen to your favorite song and do a decent facsimile on the ukulele all by yourself. Drop-in class, level 2/3.

Life of the Party! – Nikki Dee
Learn to play sing-along favorites for any gathering, from disco to pop to classic rock. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to be able to pick up their ukulele and confidently lead a group of singers or a solo singer – including yourself! We will work on 2-3 songs per class in the same style, focusing on strumming techniques, song form (intros, endings, verse, bridge, chorus), and call-and-response techniques that will get everyone at your party to join in.  Drop-in class, level 2/3.

Yacht Rock On Ukes – Brook Adams
A class for people who like to sing. ‘Smooth’ pop music of the 70s and 80s by artists such as Doobies, Bee Gees, Elton John, and more. I’ll demonstrate chords, licks, and tricks to make the songs come alive, and of course we’ll work out fun parts and sing a lot. I have charts. Drop-in, all levels.

 

Saturday:

Writing Cool Riffs – Gracie Terzian
In this workshop students will learn the secret ingredients to great riffs, analyze famous instrumental riffs, and practice writing their own! One day drop-in, all levels.

Introduction to Melody and Compositional Improvisation – Daniel Ho
The how-to’s and foundation behind playing melodies by ear. We’ll start by doing an analysis on the makings of timeless melodies (e.g., Somewhere Over the Rainbow; Beethoven’s 5th), then apply the use of solfeggio to transfer favorite melodies onto ʻukulele, and end with spontaneous composition in the Key of C going from one to five-note improvising. Level 2/3.

Old Time Songbook – Jere Canote
Come sing and play your heart out, with songs from the early days of recorded country music, songs of love, humor, and rural living.  From  “Come Out and See Me Sometime” to “You Ain’t Talking’ to Me.”  Song sheets and playing tips provided. Drop-in class, all levels

Baritone Songbook – Ginger Johnson
Over the years I have compiled a custom songbook featuring tunes that “swing” on the baritone uke. Each arraignment contains grace-notes, walk-downs or turnarounds that can then be applied to other tunes in your expanding repertoire. Drop-ins are welcome and I will work to make each chart accessible to varies skill levels. Level 2/3.

Learn A Song Off Of A Record – Aaron Keim
Every day Aaron will learn a song he hasn’t heard before from a recording, with your help.  He will show how he approaches chord changes, melody, key, lyrics, style and more.  Drop in, all levels.

Yacht Rock On Ukes – Brook Adams
A class for people who like to sing. ‘Smooth’ pop music of the 70s and 80s by artists such as Doobies, Bee Gees, Elton John, and more. I’ll demonstrate chords, licks, and tricks to make the songs come alive, and of course we’ll work out fun parts and sing a lot. I have charts. Drop-in, all levels.

 

 

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