Vermont Ukulele Harvest
This is our 2018 workshop schedule.
Getting to Know Your Uke
10:00 - 10:50
Life After 3rd Fret
Rocking the 6th
11:00 - 11:50
Intro to Fingerpicking
1:30 - 2:20
Shaping Your Sound
2:30 - 3:20
3:30 - 4:20
Intro to Jazz
Getting to know your Ukulele (Beginner)
Everything you need to know about starting your adventure with the Ukulele. In this workshop you will be taught all basics about Ukulele. How do you tune this thing? What are these crazy lines and how do they make chords? How do I practice so I can improve? Learn a great foundation to start playing Ukulele!
Songwriting 101 (All levels)
Want to write your own songs but not sure where to start? This workshop will cover the basics to get you started. We will discuss good songwriting habits and appropriate chord progressions for the music genre you wish to write in. We will even try writing a song together that we might all perform together at an open mic!
Ukulele Boot Camp 101 (All Levels)
High G tuning recommended
Craig’s most popular workshop! Craig’s ever adapting Boot Camp will dive into a ton of exercises that will help strengthen and quicken your fingers as well as focus on your tone.
We will then show how these exercises are applied to intermediate and even advanced techniques to take you to the next level! ‘Ukulele beginners to intermediates will have lots to chew on as there are many variations for all levels.
Shaping Your Sound (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate)
Every Musician has their own voice, and this class will help you create yours. Craig will take you through expanding the basics of Hammer ons/Pulls offs, Percussive elements, as well as some right hand techniques to get you on your way. You’ll be surprised at how simple elements can completely change the feel and sound of a song. All the techniques taught in this class can be used on any form of music- whether it be Island Pop, Jazz, or Rock and Roll. This is the perfect class for the strummer who is looking to do more than strum. You must be comfortable with your basic chord shapes and be prepared to play a few barre chords.
Intro to Jazz ‘Ukulele (Confident Beginner/Intermediate)
Ever been intimidated by Jazz? Don’t worry, this class will be a lot of fun as we go through some popular Standards and progressions. We’ll show you how easy (or hard) you can make these tunes. You must be able to play all of your basic chords in order to get the most out of this class.
Life After the Third Fret (Beginner to Intermediate)
We all play in ukulele groups, and we all learn to play and strum the same thing. In this class, we will focus on different ways to change chords, so you can enhance the sound of the group. This is a great class for all skill levels. Let's work together using substitution chords and possibly even chords up the neck to make your group sound even better!
Rockin’ the 6th (Beginner/intermediate)
What does the 6th mean in musician-speak? How do you find the 6th of any chord/chord progression? How do you use it in a song? Why do we use it?
The Pentatonics (Beginner/intermediate)
“No, not that Fab a cappella band”! How to read the pentatonic scale in tablature. Practice, practice, practice to develop muscle memory using individuated fingering. Name all the notes in chromatic scale on the first string. How do you find your starting tonic note in various keys? Using it to ‘play leads’ in blues & rock’n’roll or rock-a-billy.
Creative Strumming (Beginner/intermediate)
As much as chords are the backbone of the song, 'ukulele strums add the spice and flavor! This workshop will lead you through the chunk, fan, triple stroke, and finger rolls. We'll also combine different strums to create new and interesting patterns.
Intro to Fingerpicking (Beginner/intermediate)
Rock, folk, blues, jazz, classical --- You can find fingerpicking in all styles of music. This workshop will explore a variety of one, two and three finger patterns and lead you through the basics of fingerpicking on the 'ukulele.