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Ukulele Play! Utah's Uke Fest
American Fork Senior Center (and other venues)
American Fork, UT
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Ukulele Play! Utah's Uke Fest
Ignore the date given above, the festival runs Friday and Saturday, July 27-28

Friday, July 27
12 noon : 2-day Festival Registration
1-2:15p : Class Session 1
2:25-3:35p : "The Daily Ukulele" Jam at Robinson Park (Free)
3:45-5p : Class Session 2
7pm The Quiet American and Sarah Maisel in Concert

Saturday, July 28
8:00a : Saturday Festival Registration
9-10:15a : Class Session 3
10:25-11:40a : Class Session 4
12 noon  2p : Ukulele Picnic and Open Mic at Robinson Park (Free)
2:10-3:25p : Class Session 5
3:35-4:50p : Class Session 6
7pm : Brittni Paiva in Concert

A maelstrom of ukulele workshops, activities and concerts. A Festival Super Pass allows you access to all festival workshops, activities & concerts. Concert tickets may be purchased seperately.

Choose from 16 workshops and jams on Friday and Saturday. Participate in the ukulele picnic / open mic on Saturday. Attend concerts featuring Brittni Paiva on Saturday as well as Sarah Maisel and The Quiet American on Friday (both concerts are 7pm at the American Fork Junior High School Auditorium). Full festival schedule and details are available at http://ukuleleplay.com

Check in is at the festival booth at the American Fork Senior Center. Other venues include American Fork Historic City Hall, American Fork Library, Robinson Park (all within a block of each other) and American Fork Junior High School (for the concerts). Map of all venues: http://goo.gl/maps/x2tj

SOLO TECHNIQUES with Q&A: All Levels

In this workshop Brittni Paiva will demonstrate and share techniques for playing solos on the ukulele that are featured in her own playing and then answer questions on ukulele technique. Come prepared with something you always wanted to ask one of the great players of our time.

Saturday 2:10p @ AF Senior Center


Bill and Cheryl Evans have compiled a great sing-a-long featuring over 20 gospel songs, spirituals and hymns. This class is open to everyone, including non-ukulele players that just want to sing. Bring your ukulele, banjo, mando, guitar, etc., or just your voice and have a great time singing the Gospel of Uke.

Saturday 3:35p @ AF Historic City Hall


Clawhammer style is a banjo playing technique that also sounds great on the ukulele. For this workshop we will get the basic techniques and learn two short tunes. Students will also go home with a series of practice exercises and more tunes for enrichment. Instructor: Aaron Keim (The Quiet American)

Saturday 9a @ AF Historic City Hall


Bring your copy of The Daily Ukulele : 365 Songs for Better Living by Jim and Liz Beloff, the most popular ukulele songbook in the world and be prepared to pick a favorite and get the group started. For the Friday session at Robinson Park, bring your lawn chairs. Saturday's session will be held indoors.

Friday 2:25p @ Robinson Park  Led by Max Willard
Saturday 9a @ AF Senior Center - Led by Steve Butler

HOW TO WRITE A SONG : All levels

Bolo explores with students how to find and get inspiration, find the right key and the right notes. Using example from his own music, Bolo gives you the story behind the music.

Friday 1pm @ AF Senior Center

I'VE GOT RHYTHM : Beginner to Intermediate

Are you tired of playing the same strum? Here's your chance to learn some new tricks! Though Paul Tillery may not perform on an ukulele- being a bass player, he knows a LOT about rhythm and keeping time. This class is meant for anyone who is ready to add new rhythms to their repatoire. The focus of the class will be Swing, but if there is time, other styles will be covered. Be prepared to work that strumming hand! This class is taught by Paul Tilery and Sarah Maisel.

Saturday 10:25a @ AF Library

BLUES UKULELE: Beginning to Intermediate

It's difficult to be sad while playing a ukulele . . . but its easy to GET the blues! Pick and strum your way through fun blues songs, learn blues chords, and blues fills and turnarounds from our own Utah-based ukulele instructor Max Willard. Bring your GCEA tuned ukulele.

Friday 1p @ AF Library

TWO CHORD SONGS: Beginner to Intermediate

Sometimes a simple song is better! Let's learn some cool songs with only two chords. While we are at it, we can learn some simple riffs, arrangements, intros and outros so we can sound "like the pros!" We also will hit upon some basic chord theory and discuss how to transpose songs to different keys. This workshop is great for anyone who is sick of the same old songs. I promise, you will learn some new catchy ones! Instructor: Aaron Keim (The Quiet American)

Friday 3:45p @ AF Senior Center


Tired of the same old strums? This workshop will focus on ways to break up your strumming with unique strumming patterns, single note riffs and arranging techniques. This workshop will also be helpful to anyone with a ukulele group or orchestra that needs some ideas about how to spice things up! Instructor: Aaron Keim (The Quiet American)

Saturday 3:35p @ AF Senior Center


Learn what 2nd position chords are and how to use them to enhance songs you already know. You will learn 4 basic chord shapes and how to use them on the ukulele. We will go over Major, Minor and Dominant 7 Chords. Instructor: Sarah Maisel

Friday 3:45p @ AF Library


Lets spice up your playing! This workshop focuses on linking chords together to create 'runs', walk downs, and other simple ways to jazz up some of the songs you already know. Instructor: Sarah Maisel

Saturday 9a @ AF Library

UKE'N BLUES: Intermediate

If you already know your basic 12 bar blues and want to expand your knowledge, this is the class for you. We will focus on the Key of Bb. The class will cover the Bb Pentatonic Scale, alternate chord voiceings, and some blues licks. Come prepared for a challenge and to have some fun! This class does have a limit of 30, so don't miss out! Instructor: Sarah Maisel

Saturday 3:35p @ AF Library


Bolo offers some simple exercises and patterns for Classical/Flamenco style of playing. These patterns will soon make their way into your 'every day' playing, picking and strumming. Bolo will use examples of how to put them together in a popular song such as Hotel California, Over the Rainbow, Imagine, etc.

Saturday 10:25a @ AF Historic City Hall

CELTIC UKULELE, parts 1 & 2: Intermediate to Advanced

Ukulele Jigs Anyone? To key to playing celtic music is ornamentation. In this session with Irishman Tommy Connor you will learn how to embellish and give variety to your ukulele playing with slides, cuts, crushes, taps, rolls, triplets, and more.  We will also explore advanced cross-string finger-picking techniques.

Friday 1p @ Historic City Hall
Friday 3:45p @ Historic City Hall

THERE'S MORE TO UKE THAN JUST THE UKE!!: Intermediate to Advanced

If basic chords and a few simple strums come easily to you now, it's time to move on to a little music theory. But don't be afraid. Brittni Paiva will guide you gently through the maze of different chords and will help you emerge as much better player. You'll come away with a better understanding of how chords are created and named and why we use chords the way do. With a little theory under your belt, you'll memorize less, understand more, and be able to play solos in any song and any style with less pain and more fun.

Saturday 10:25a @ AF Senior Center


American Fork Senior Center (and other venues) (View)
54 East Main Street
American Fork, UT 84003
United States


Arts > Performance
Education > Workshops
Music > Americana
Music > Festivals
Music > Folk
Music > World

Minimum Age: 8
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Vocal Works
On BPT Since: Jun 13, 2006
M Ryan Taylor


Question: Can I attend a workshop without a "Super Pass?" I heard it was $15 at the door of the workshop. Cash only?
Answer: Yes, $15 at the door, cash or check to "AFAC." Credit cards may be used at the Senior Center or Jr High Auditorium.
Question: Can I go to a workshop without a "Super Pass?"
Answer: Yes, $15 at the door, cash or check to "AFAC." Credit cards may be used at the Senior Center or Jr High Auditorium.

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