Playing Ukulele by Ear Workshop With Jim D’Ville

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Jim D’Ville is an internationally known ukulele instructor and educator. … Play Ukulele By Ear workshops with Jim D’Ville are fun events designed to get ukulele players off the book and playing by ear. 
Strumming Ukulele By Ear (All levels)
Free yourself from memorizing Down-Up patterns! Starting with the basic index finger strum, Jim will quickly have your muscle memory absorbing fun strums like The Gallop Triplett, The Chunky Chop and many more strumming techniques that will spice up your playing.
Learning Songs The Fun Way: By Ear! (All levels)
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.

Rendezvous March 16, 2019

Rendezvous Schedule March 16, 2019
Grace Lutheran Church 1120 Walker
Starting Time:
11:00 Set-up/ Registration
11:30 Uke Lab:
*Practice for Beginners: Barbara Kurland Board Room
Get into the practice habit. This class will review hand yoga to stretch out the playing muscles, a How to Practice Guide, play I, IV, V chord progressions, learn a few strums and put it altogether with a simple upbeat tune. Handouts provided.

*Chords On The Baritone Ukulele Mike Johnson Sanctuary
BRING HANDOUTS FROM LAST MONTH. We will explore the beauty of chords working together to make music. We’ll learn which chords work well together in various keys. We’ll learn what it means to play a I, IV, V or a I, vi, IV, V chord progression. Lots of playing to get comfortable with common chord progressions. Handouts will be provided. All baritone players are welcome.

*Song Circle Session Patricia, Terri and Debbie Social Hall
We will be singing familiar Folk Songs this time around. And remember, If you don’t know some of the chords, just sing louder! Click on the Attachment for the song book. Either download on your device or print copies for yourself. There will be a limited number available for $3.00.

12:30-1:00 Registration
1:00-1:15 Welcome Sing Along / Orientation Social Hall 1:15-2:15Class Instruction:
*Beginning Ukulele 101 Walter Vaux Board Room
Walter’s class is for beginners, those who have never played a ukulele or for those who want a basic brush-up. Walter will take you through how to hold the ukulele,
how to strum, and how to play some easy chords. At the end of the session, you will be able to play several songs and play them well. We have loaner ukes.
Be sure to arrive ten minutes early for tuning.
It really helps to have closely trimmed fingernails

*Beginning Ukulele 102 Ron Rivas Sunday School Room
Ron picks a series of tunes that will help you build your skills and confidence playing in the keys of F, C, G, D, and A. Most of the tunes will be out of the yellow Daily Uke book.

*Intermediate Ukulele 103 Geoff Fong Sanctuary
This class is tailored for the intermediate player. Most offerings at the workshop are geared towards people who know more than a few chords, and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm. Chords like C – Am – F – G7 – C. We will learn the damping technique that is essential to creating the swing rhythm and rhythm n’ blues. In addition, we will discuss holding the instrument, barre chords, moving up the neck and creating efficiency while playing. Tweak your skills while having lots of fun!!! Come join us!

*Intermediate/Advanced 104 Mike Johnson Social Hall
Early Pop Standard and Jump Blues: We will focus on a great early pop standard from 1924 with a subtle tweak to the chord progression that makes the song unique and fun to play. We’ll also work on a really cool tune written in 1946 categorized nowadays as a jump blues song. This type of song was the link between the blues and classic rock and roll. Handouts will be provided for GCEA and DGBE tuned ukes. This class is for intermediate and advanced players who can confidently change chords in major and minor keys.

2:15-2:30 Refreshments/Schmooze
The kitchen is open and we will have coffee and hot water. Those whose last name begins with S through D are asked to bring refreshments. Finger
foods only, please. Thank you…

2:30-3:00 Class Presentations and Singalongs the Yellow Book
288 When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
59 Danny Boy
140 Jambalaya

Happy Hour March 6, 2019

Our next Happy Hour will be March 6, 5:30 – 7:30, at Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 West Sims Way in Port Townsend. Come sign up for open mic or just sing along, all welcome!

The Sing along songs are from the Daily Uke Blue Book. We have a few copies of the blue book for folks to borrow.

Pg 395 Worried Man Blues

Pg 268 Octopus’s Garden

Pg 199 Jamaica Farewell

Rendezvous February 16th

Our next Rendezvous is Saturday, February 16 at Grace Lutheran Church.
Rendezvous Schedule of Events:
Registration and Set-up 11:00-11:30
Uke Lab 11:30 – 12:30
12:30 – 1:00 ​Rendezvous Registration
1:00 – 1:15​Welcome Sing Along / Orientation ​​Social Hall
1:15 – 2:15​ Class Instruction

(Instruction and sharing will change each month)

Print out Singalong Songbook or download on your device:

Love Songs Singalong Songbook

Ukuleles Unite! Party at the Grange January 6th

Let’s “Keep on the Sunny Side” as we slide into 2019 with our Ukuleles Unite New Years Party on Sunday, January 6.

No matter what’s happening outdoors, we’ll be keeping things bright and sunny inside the Quimper Grange at 1219 Corona Street, just off Sheridan in Port Townsend. The festivities run from 2 pm and until 5 pm. We’ll be eating, talking, and playing tunes.

Please bring finger food and any beverage you’d like to have. Ukuleles Unite will provide the pie, ice cream, and coffee. We’ll have a table set up for a Swap Meet, so bring instruments, books, stands, or other gear you think others would enjoy. Even old sheet music to share for free!

Come prepared to play Open Mic for us or lead a tune. We’ll play some summery tunes from the yellow Daily Ukulele book to keep us all on the “sunny side.”

Our play-along tunes will be:

Page 183 Sunny Side of the Street

Page 222 Sunny Afternoon

Page 177 Oh What a Beautiful Morning

See you there!

There is no Happy Hour open mic on Jan 2. Our next Rendezvous is January 19.

Ukuleles Unite Happy Hour-Open Mic

Ukuleles Unite Happy Hour-Open Mic at the Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend on December 5 at 5:30 pm.
Sign-up to perform, all welcome!

Sing along songs are from the yellow Daily Uke Songbook.

299 Deck the Halls

304 Jingle Bell Rock

310 We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Extra points for Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

Road House Happy Hour September 5th, 2018

Ukuleles Unite Happy Hour-Open Mic at the Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend on September 5 at 5:30 pm.
Sign-up to perform, all welcome!

Sing along songs are from the yellow Daily Uke Songbook.

214 The Sloop John B

108 Hey, Good Lookin’

155 Love Potion #9

Next Event: September 22 Rendezvous at Grace Lutheran Church, 1120 Walker, St. PT
11:30 Uke Lab Classes 1:00 Rendezvous Classes


Mark your calendar:

Thursdays 3:00-4:30 Naked Lady Jams

August 1 Happy Hour at Highway 20 Roadhouse 5:30-7:30

August 9 End of Year Celebration: at Alchemys following the Uke Jam. No host bar. Finger-foods provided.
Let us know if you are coming

September 5 Happy Hour at Highway 20

September 22 First Rendezvous of the Fall at Grace Lutheran Church