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We’ll explore different ‘voicings’ of chords by playing new chords higher up the neck, learn about moveable chords, add riffs and licks to familiar songs, play catchy Celtic melodies and sing loudly, joyfully and in harmony when you want to. You’ll play some blues and improvise blues solos, perhaps even write a Camp Creative blues. Our group will also explore some interesting strumming styles and join with another uke class to present combined performances that will blow the socks off other campers!
The Song is Ended but the Melody lingers on – Irving Berlin
Students in this class 1. should be familiar with many chord shapes and move between them fluidly (most major and minor chords in the first three frets); 2. want to learn to play their instrument beyond the first three frets; 3. will know the C scale and can play it up and down (by January 2017); 4. have had a go at picking patterns on their uke and want to play more finger-style ukulele (get those right-hand fingers limbered up and working independently by January).
What to bring: Music stand, pencil, sharpener, note paper, a folder for your handouts, water, sense of humour!
Cathy Welsford has been teaching, playing and singing for as long as she can remember! She has directed adult and children’s choirs performing in major events and on overseas tours to Europe and Canada. Since turning her focus to the mighty uke, she has established Highly Strung Ukuleles in Armidale, teaching community groups and private students, and performing and presenting workshops at festivals. Cathy also teaches ukulele in schools and ukulele and drumming to seniors’ groups. Her relaxed teaching style is very inclusive, catering for the variety of skill levels within any group. Cathy currently performs in the radical, rebellious, revolutionary wild women from the lunatic fringe, The Wild Women of Armidale.