Rendezvous September 21, 2019

Grace Lutheran Church
1120 Walker
Port Townsend WA

Schedule:

 11:00– 11:30          Starting Time: Set-up/ Registration              

11:30 – 12:30           Uke Lab:                                                      

Practice For Beginners Chord Progressions:       Barbara Kurland
Sanctuary
Establish a practice habit of chord progressions, hand yoga, finger exercises, basic strumming techniques and playing simple tunes to put it together. We’ll have fun learning simple tricks for conquering B flat and playing with a group when you don’t know all the chords. For beginning players who know a few basic chords. Handouts provided.

Joys Beyond The Third Fret                                      George Yount      
Board Room
Based on the I IV V chord progression and variations of open chord forms you already know, you will strum familiar melodies in the keys of C, D, G, and A and utilize the whole fret board range.   George goes slow, methodical, and leaves no one behind.

Check out the handout files ahead of time. These are reference materials for this and future sessions. What you will learn is taking the guess work out of which chords and order you can play for any tune.   The whole purpose of this lesson is helping folks think in chord sequences, “progression”, and patterns.  Chords in succession are not random.  There is “ear” logic behind them.

The other take away will be understanding chord forms based on the root note of the cord and where the root not is located on the fret board.  The intent of this class is not to learn a song to be performed before the Rendezvous audience but rather, understanding the reason and logic of the guts of a melody line story.

Click here for reference materials for the class:
George’s Movable Chord Lesson

Song Circle Session                                             Patricia/ Debbie/Terrie     
Social Hall
Beatles!  We will be singing songs from our Beatles Book 2.  All levels welcome. Playing with friends is a great way to practice your chords. Either download songbook on your device or print copies for yourself. There will be a limited number available for $3.00.
Click here for songbook:
Beatles 2 Songbook


1:00 – 1:15               Welcome Sing Along / Orientation
Social Hall

1:15 – 2:15               Class Instruction:                                               

Beginning Ukulele 101                                         George Yount                                Board Room
We have loaner ukes!   George’s class is for beginners, those who have never played a ukulele or for those who want a basic brush-up.  George will take you through how to hold the ukulele; how to strum; and how to play your first tunes.   We will make it fun and easy… Come with your questions and your sense of humor.

Stage Two Beginner 102                                      Ron Rivas                                          Sunday School
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  103                                                  Geoff Fong                                   Sanctuary
This class is tailored for the advanced beginner/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 E7-A7-D-B7. 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!

Playing the Great Half-Remembered Songs         Bruce Cowan
Social Hall
Working on songs from the twentieth century is a fun way to learn musical concepts and ukulele skills. The class will cover two or three tunes from swing, rock, pop, Broadway, folk, and blues. Sheet music is provided with standard notation, tablature, and chord forms for both ukulele and baritone ukulele. The class is meant for intermediate and advanced players who can confidently change chords in the common keys (C, G, F, D, A) and who might be ready to try playing melodies and new chord forms.

 2:15-2:30
Refreshments/Schmooze
If your last name starts with A-L please bring finger food to share

2:30-3:00
Presentations and singalongs
Social Hall
All the classes will meet together where we will share one of the tunes you have learned.

Singalong Songs from the yellow Daily Uke:

Page: 16        Ain’t She Sweet
Page: 60        Daydream
Page 70         Don’t Worry Be Happy

 

 

 

Happy Hour September 4th, 2019

Our next Happy Hour/Open Mic is September 4th at the
Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 West Sims Way, Port Townsend

5:30 – 7:30.

Ukulele Open Mic, sing-a-longs and good times.
(Sing-a-long songs from the Daily Uke yellow book)

Sloop John B pg 214
Drunken Sailor pg 71
Don’t Worry Be happy pg 70

Everyone welcome!

Summer Jams

Come play ukulele with your friends (other instruments welcomed as well) in front of Haller Fountain Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:30.

Upcoming dates for the Fountain of Uke (aka Naked Lady Jams!):

July 11
July 18
July 25
Aug 1
Aug 8

Songs will be from the yellow Daily Uke book.  You can sign up for email to get the weekly song list, or check out our Ukuleles Unite! facebook page where it will be posted weekly.

 

 

Happy Hour Open Mic

Our next Happy Hour/Open Mic is June 5 at the Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 West Sims Way, from 5:30 – 7:30.  

The sing-along songs attached are the same songs we will be doing for Frank’s Celebration. These were some of Frank’s favorites. Please print them and bring with you.

Frank’s Songs

UPCOMING EVENTS:

JUNE 3  Jim D’Ville  Workshop in Sequim.  

JUNE 20 and 27  Fountain Uke Jams   3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

JUNE 30 2:00-5:00 Frank’s Celebration at Palindrome

April 20th Rendezvous

April 20, 2019 Rendezvous
Grace Lutheran Church
1120 Walker St, Port Townsend

PLEASE NOTE: DIFFERENT STARTING TIMES, STARTING AN HOUR EARLIER

 10:30– 11:00     Starting Time: Set-up/ Registration         

 11:00 – 12:00     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.

 Baritone Uke’s Jam Session        Mike Johnson                             Sanctuary
We’ll be playing some great songs from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s while working on moveable chord forms. It’s another arrow in your ukulele quiver to learn to play up the neck and this class will give you the opportunity to work on it. Handouts will be provided. All skill levels are welcome and standard ukes can sneak in if you want to swing with us.

Song  Circle Session             ​​Patricia,  Terri and Debbie           Social Hall
Come join our Song Circle featuring Happy Songs. Click on link at the bottom for the Happy Songs Song Book.  Either download on your device or print copies for yourself. There will be a limited number available for $3.00. All levels welcomed.

12:00 – 12:30              Registration

12:30 – 12:45              Welcome Sing Along / Orientation       Social Hall

12:45 – 1:45                Class 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.

Beginning Ukulele 102                Ron Rivas                                Sunday School
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 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      Bruce Cowan                       Social Hall
Popular Song AND Performance Skills  First, we’ll work on a mid-century classic tune. Then we’ll work on performance skills in a supportive workshop setting. We’ll ask two or three performers to play a tune of their choice for our friendly group of admirers. Let’s learn new chords, play melodies, and put some polish on our presentations. This class is for intermediate and advanced players who can confidently change chords in common keys. Music will be provided and we love baritones.

1:45-2:00                            Refreshments/Schmooze
Those whose last name begins with E through N are asked to bring refreshments. Finger foods only, please. Thank you

 2:00-2:30                    Presentations and singalongs                 Social Hall
The singalong songs will be those selected for performance at the Rhody Parade. Copies will be distributed at the Rendezvous.

Print out Sing-a-long Songbook or view on your device:   Happy Songbook

 

 

Playing Ukulele by Ear Workshop With Jim D’Ville

Register Here

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. 
1:00 
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.