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Are you ready to expand your three chords and basic strum to include some cool rhythm and blues, hot jazz, smooth Latin, upbeat swing, psycho pop, solid gold rock, foot-tappin’ country, romantic waltz, impassioned flamenco, funky reggae, quintessential soul, evocative blues, melodious harmonic Hawaiian and retro folk classics? Then this course is for you. You may have noticed that many hit songs share the same chords, yet each is distinctive and different. It’s the strumming that makes the difference. What sets good players apart is their strum techniques.
This course will show you how to:
• identify strumming patterns in songs that produce distinct rhythms
• bring your strumming to life by adding up-strums and bass notes
• create musical texture through emphasis, mute, gap and tempo
• use expressive strums to achieve diverse musical styles
• hit some Habaneras rhythms and Güiro strum to Latin enhance songs In the company of other cool ukers, you’ll discover some tricks of the trade, including how to:
• transpose a song’s key to suit your voice
• be fabulously entertaining while having fun on stage
• use cheat chords to progress to increasingly complex songs
• get a cooler or hotter sound out of your uke to make it sing with a sweet tone
• strum the twelve bar walkin’ blues
Bring a ukulele, music stand, pencil, sharpener, eraser and water to drink. I’ll provide you with song sheets and you can scribble on these as needed, but you might also like to bring a note pad or exercise book in case you feel inspired to write some songs.
Angie Smith is a ukulele teacher, singer-songwriter and member of The Wild Women of Armidale who performs at festivals and community events. She has a PhD in Education, as well as over 30 years’ experience of teaching in universities and community arts programs. She co-directed The Armidale Women’s Comedy Festival for nine years and Uralla YouthFest for three years, promoting the careers of artists and festival workers, and now teaches regular ukulele classes to assist players develop both their playing and singing skills. She has published several books on health and comedy, and is currently compiling a song lyrics collection. Examples of her work can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/thewildwomenofarmidale/?fref=ts.