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Ukulele Blues Party
Basic level: be comfortable and confident with first position chords and able to keep time while changing between them. More advanced levels will be accommodated, too – it’s a party!
Jugband and blues songs orchestrated for the ukulele, with playing and singing parts for several levels of player. We’ll work on getting that old-timey sound on your uke, with the right rhythm, chord positions and where to find the melody. Plus we’ll try and listen to each other and play together. We’ll add parts for basic chords, strumming, picking and singing. Re-entrant tuning preferred. By ear, no TAB.
Level: your left hand is familiar with basic chords able to keep time while changing them. Right hand can pick out a melody. This class focuses on the right hand.
Fingerpick melodies and accompaniment on blues repetoire suitable for the ukulele.
An introduction to right hand fingerpicking, what makes a melody “blue”.
Songs from 1920s guitar greats like Charlie Jordan and Barbecue Bob, suit the ukulele, but there are also little known ukesters Lemon Nash of Louisiana and Rabbit Muse of Virginia who were African American ukulele players and showmen with distinctive styles on traditional and standard jazz material. We’ll listen and learn a song (by ear-no tab) in class. Re-entrant tuning preferred.
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