Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival 2016 - Workshops

Workshops take place at the Quay Arts Centre on the Saturday and Sunday morning of the festival weekend

From Absolute Beginners to Performers

From George Formby to Rock and Roll

From Strumming to Riffs

From Chord progressions to Playing with the Stars

We've lined up workshops of great quality and variety for the very first Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival!

For details of each workshop just click on the workshop title below

Great value at £12.50 per workshop! Tickets on sale here

 

 

Mike Krabbers introduces transposition of chords, understanding  I–IV–V principles, and key changes, as well as whatever tips he can throw in at the time, for good measure!  Krabbers doesn't use handouts but will always email a pdf document to participants that request it within a week of doing the workshop. It's all about saving trees ! 
Suitable for: Beginner/Intermediate
 
If you are new to the ukulele then the Wight Ukers' very own Verity Bird (pictured here with her good friend Aldrine Guerrero!) will introduce you to this versatile little instrument, and show you the basics to get you started on your way to enjoying a lifetime of fun and merriment!
Suitable for: Beginners
 
Music is all about expression. In this workshop UkuleleZaza will demonstrate several techniques that define his smooth style of playing. Techniques that add colour and emotion to your playing, with strums and dynamics that are easy and efficient - and some that require a bit more practise. All ideas in the workshop work for every style of music. 
Suitable for: All levels
 
With Peter Moss, you will explore together 4 classic Rock & Roll tunes and form a performance medley that will have everyone on board, no matter what level you are at. It has been written with different parts that will all gel together to form a big and vibrant sound using basic chords and more advanced alternatives. Features an introduction, two different singing parts and a big finale.  
Suitable for: All levels
 
Join the ukulele revival! No prior experience necessary. Northampton's well loved singer / songwriter Sara Spade (theukulelelady.com) will provide a friendly, creative atmosphere and a lesson of sheer enjoyment. Learn the basics, how to hold, strum and play tunes, and how to accompany songs. 
Suitable for: Beginners
 
With Michael Adcock. If you have never performed in public before, but would like to, let Michael show you how to use a mic, project your voice, and interact with the audience.  This workshop is all about getting over your nerves and building confidence. 
Suitable for: All levels
 
Les Hilton's newest workshop is a demo of many kinds of musical style riffs taken from traditional Hawaiian, ragtime, blues country, bluegrass and pop music, and concentrates on constructing a convincing blues backing/solo (for players to use in their own music, as oppopsed to a speciffic song). He will look at scales, chords and some solo ideas. He will provide a MP3 recording and workshop notes to anyone who attends the workshop, for further study at home, on request. As a bonus, all attendees will also get last years workshop notes and MP3 free also, a 2 for 1 deal!  
Suitable for: Intermediate/Experienced
 

The Mersey Belles will be hosting The Mersey Belles Experience, a fun and exciting vocal and performance workshop. They will take you on a journey through music and performance, and make you smile, feel confident, and excited about performing your own song. At the end of the session you will actually get to perform the piece you have learnt with them!
 Suitable for: All levels
 
Andy Eastwood lifts the lid on the famous syncopated style of George Formby, unravelling the complexities of the 'split stroke', the 'triple' and the 'fan'.  Whether or not you wish to play the songs of the Lancashire legend, this is an informative masterclass to enhance your rhythmic technique! Detailed explanation of the Formby syncopated strokes - quite a challenging workshop! 
Suitable for: Intermediate/Experienced
 
Liam Capper-Starr focuses on expanding your playing beyond the first 4 frets. By using the idea of shapes, instead of chords, you'll realise there's a world of opportunity further up the neck. Barre chords will no longer be quite so frightening... AIMED AT ESTABLISHED BEGINNERS WHO CAN PLAY Bb, BUT HAVEN'T YET VENTURED OUT BEYOND THERE
Suitable for: Intermediate/Experienced
 
A fast paced and challenging workshop from a master of ukulele jazz technique, making wider use of the fretboard to add interest, energy and excitement to your playing. An ideal follow on from Liam Capper-Starr's workshop or can be just taken as a standalone workshop
Suitable for: Intermediate/Experienced