Hey mister, give me two, give me two - 'cause any two can play

Don't want the parades just passing by you? Hone your skills and knowledge at the workshops! All workshops (will be held at the Northcote Town Hall, Room 2 (ground floor, near reception), except for Rafayard's and Woody and Herc's Family Workshop which will be in Northcote Town Hall Studio 1.

Tickets will be available online shortly.

 

Saturday 29th October

10:00 - 11:00am: Ayami from Uke Time - Family Ukulele Workshop - $20 for 1 child and 1 adult, $10 for each extra child/adult

Ayami from Uke TimeJoin Ayami and her ukulele for a fun time learning the ukulele. Learn lots of easy songs with puppets, games, and actions. A chance for little children and their parents to learn together in a fun, encouraging environment.

All ages are welcome but this workshop is particularly aimed at those aged 2-8 years old and their parents with their own ukulele. (Some spare ukuleles will be available to borrow.)

11:30am - 12:30pm: Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart - Ukestration - $20 ($15 Concession)

Think that there must be more to playing ukulele together than the ol' hum n strum? Ukestration is where contemporary songs are arranged into parts for a ukulele orchestra. The very essence of a ukestra is inclusion, so the parts cater for a wide range of abilities. You will learn really cool riffs and licks that make the ukulele sound so much more!

12:00 - 1:00pm: Rafayard - "Jazzin' up the Blues" - Free

Rafayard will show you how to take a simple blues song and embellish it with chord substitutions and some fills. She will take the mystery out of the "how does this work" with a passionate, understandable approach to music theory!

1:00 - 2:00pm: A. J. Leonard - A Touch of Paradise: The Musical Evolution of Ukulele - $20 ($15 Concession)

This workshop covers the major phases in the evolution of the ukulele from the perspective of where it all began, Hawaii. The repertoire includes music from the late 1800s, 1915, 1926, 1931, 1967, 2008. This is part masterclass, part history lesson and essential learning for true followers of the gospel according to Uke.

2:20 - 3:35pm: Peter Moss - Anything Goes - $20 ($15 Concession)

Peter MossAnything Goes is an upbeat workshop using a classic song from a blank canvas up to a complete performance piece. Participants will learn how to jazz up a song and develop their ear in relation to timing, pitch, harmony singing in 2 parts, changing key and how to build it to a crescendo.

4:00 - 5:00pm: The Melbourne School of Ukulele - free

The Melbourne School of UkuleleReturning to the 2016 festival, the Melbourne School of Ukulele shall be presenting a free workshop for beginners. With ukuleles provided (or bring your own!) join Tristen and Ebonie for a unique and fun learning experience. Concludes with a performance! www.themelbourneschoolofukulele.com

Sunday 30th October

10:00 - 11:00am: Ayami from Uke Time - Family Ukulele Workshop - $20 for 1 child and 1 adult, $10 for each extra child/adult

Ayami from Uke TimeJoin Ayami and her ukulele for a fun time learning the ukulele. Learn lots of easy songs with puppets, games, and actions. A chance for little children and their parents to learn together in a fun, encouraging environment.

All ages are welcome but this workshop is particularly aimed at those aged 2-8 years old and their parents with their own ukulele. (Some spare ukuleles will be available to borrow.)

11:30am - 12:30pm: The Thin White Ukes - Bowie for Ukulele - $20 ($15 Concession)

Thin White UkesDavid Bowie aficionados the Thin White Ukes specialise in the art of deconstruction and rearrangement for ukulele and voices. Betty France, Michael Dwyer and Robert Stephens will lead MUF workshoppers into the mysteries of a classic Bowie tune, breaking down essential elements of rhythm, riff and melody into three interlocking parts to suit uke players of all levels of proficiency.

1:00 - 2:00pm: Bosko & Honey: Hot Strumming (All Levels) - $20 ($15 Concession)

Bosko & Honey pride themselves at being able to present this hugely popular strumming workshop in a clear, comprehensive and entertains fashion. Results are guaranteed!

Amaze yourself with your ability to learn some serious “Hot Strumming” techniques, including Bosko’s take on the classic yet elusive “Fan Stroke Triplet”.

2:20 - 3:35pm: Peter Moss - Rock and Roll "Fun Shop" - $20 ($15 Concession)

Peter MossThe concept: To explore together 4 classic Rock & Roll tunes and form a performance medley that will have everyone on board, no matter what level they are at. I have written it with different parts that will all get together to form a big and vibrant sound.

2:30 - 3:30: Woody and Herc Family Workshop, followed by Woody's World concert - free

Woody's World

Children and families can create music rather than just consume it and you can make music a part of your family's culture and home environment. Bring your uke and get some ideas from all three generations in The Woody's World Family Band and we can all learn together.

Participants in the beginners workshop can bring their ukes and join Woody and friends in the live concert straight after the workshop!

For more information, click here.

4:00 - 5:00pm: Yanai Morris - One or Two Chords, a Few Notes and the Truth

Yanai MorrisHarlan Howard apparently said “Country music ain’t nothin’ but three chords and the truth”. However some of the best pieces of music ever written (spanning classical, folk, blues, funk, pop, rock, reggae, soul and country) only used one or two chords. Learning this kind of music is easy and fun, and understanding these simple chord structures provides a great foundation for learning more complex music.

Plus, we are going to use these simple songs as a basis for some lead ukulele action! So if you feel overwhelmed at the idea of ripping out a solo, or think that melodic improvisation is hard, my aim is to prove you wrong. Here you will learn at least one very simple collection of notes that will have you soloing in a musical fashion within minutes.

With a bunch of simple songs, some likewise simple ideas for soloing, a looper pedal, a few effects and of course some willing participants, this could turn out to be the jam of the festival.