Ukulele Workshops

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Fall Eastern Tour

Pioneer Valley Ukulele
Northampton, Massachusetts September 5
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Great VT Uke Gathering
Bristol, Vermont September 7
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Ukulele Sista’s
Brattleboro, Vermont September 9
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SNHUG
Seabrook, New Hampshire September 11
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Ukes Heal The World
Portland, Maine September 13
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The Bazz Theater
Belfast, Maine September 14
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Lake Larrson School
Brooksville, Maine September 15
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Elderly Instruments
Lansing, Michigan September 21
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Bayberry Music
Ferndale, Michigan September 21
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ABQ Ukekopelli Fest
ABQ, New Mexico Sept. 27-29
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Lane Music
Nashville, Tennessee October 12
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Workshop Offerings

The Emotional Value of Chords

Learning Songs The Fun Way: By Ear

Uke Jam By Ear

Play Ukulele By Ear #1
Hearing the I-IV-V

Play Ukulele By Ear #2
Chords & Circle of 5ths

Play Ukulele By Ear #3
Soloing

Picking Ukulele By Ear

Strumming Ukulele By Ear

3 Chord Magic

Magical Mystery Chords

Fab Four ’63-’64

Hank & Buck By Ear

Buddy Holly By Ear

The Crickets & The Beatles

The Jersey Boys By Ear

Neil Diamond Hits ’66-’71 By Ear

Carl Perkins Rockabilly By Ear

 

Play Ukulele By Ear Workshop Review

Posted on: September 27th, 2010 by dville

David Uriguchi, a luthier and uke player from California, attended the Play Ukulele By Ear workshops I conducted recently at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in St. Helena, California with his father. Below is the review he wrote for his blog The Happy Ukulele.

Jim D’Ville And The Elusive Obvious by David Uriguchi

“In order to learn to play music, you have to first listen to it.”

So said Jim D’Ville as I attended his workshop at the Wine Country Uke Fest. “Well of course, that’s obvious.” I thought to myself, “Geez, even I knew that.” Or so I thought anyway. Turns out I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that at all. I would even go so far as to say that if that was the one and only thing I learned from Jim’s workshop, it would have been completely worth the price of admission. In one hour Jim D’Ville changed the way I practice, and hopefully one day learn to play, my ukulele.

Jim made me think about, and more importantly, listen to, the music I was trying to play. Instead of staring at sheets of cryptic chord diagrams without the slightest idea what they meant and dutifully changing chords wherever those sheets directed me, Jim made me listen to and BE the music. He sounded a little like Yoda actually.

“Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us… and binds us. You must feel the Force (music) around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock… everywhere! – paraphrased from a 900-year old Jedi master.

Anyway, not to get too spacey, Jim breaks down your favorite music into simple numeric sequences, the chord progression. These simple strings of numbers are so much easier to remember than weird strings of letters and numbers and symbols. They are hidden inside all your favorite music and hold the key to the tension, resolution and drama that the music imparts. It makes the DaVinci code look like child’s play.

The bonus is that with Jim’s method you can easily play your music in any key. I used to think that I was a horrendous singer, but I’ve discovered that I was almost always trying to sing in the wrong key. By transposing my music to a better key for my voice, I’ve found I’m just bad, not horrendous. Score!
Anyway, more on this later. Smile when you play that!™

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