Mendocino Coast UkeFest 2020
Friday evening's jam session from 7:30 - 9 will introduce this year's workshop teachers, including the popular duo of Dani Joy and Perry Stauffer, Alex de Grassi and Sheridan Malone. Proceeds benefit the Community Center of Mendocino.
Saturday the UkeFest begins at 9am with orientation and an informal jam. Participants will have two choices for each workshop, one in the morning and two in the afternoon, based on a range of themes from beginner to intermediate levels. The Saturday evening concert featuring UkeFest leaders will follow the dinner break.
Dani Joy's world-influenced musical style is soothing and romantic, blending old time jazz with Bossa nova/exotica genres. She is most noted for her crooning alto vocals and tasteful ukulele fingerpicking & accompaniment. Her Dad Stu Herreid gave her a ukulele, opening an unexplored world of jazz and endless possibilities on four simple strings. Originally from Redding Ca, she now resides in Grass Valley Ca, touring as often as possible across the USA and internationally to venues and festivals across the globe.
Perry Stauffer is a multi-instrumentalist who enjoys recreating old time swing music with ukulele, upright bass, baritone uke and guitar. He often accompanies Dani Joy in concert, showcasing bluesy solos and laying down strong, foundational bass lines.
Sheridan Malone is a singer/songwriter from Ukiah, California who has taught for seven years at Joe Craven's RiverTunes Root Music and Creativity Camp. He's been a popular teacher of vocal technique and harmony, and plays ukulele, guitar, and upright bass. He loves to play ensemble, especially with multi-part harmony and performs regularly around Northern CaliforniaCatch him outside workshops with several other singers, and you may be drawn into some acapella harmony!
Alex de Grassi is widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and virtuoso of acoustic guitar, fusing a variety of guitar traditions into a highly orchestrated sound. His early recordings of original music as well as his arrangements of folk, jazz and world music have influenced a whole generation of young players. Currently his attention is being drawn to the ukulele, having performed at the Ukiah ukulele festival and at the Navarro-by-the-Sea Day last year and recently leading a ukulele workshop in Ukiah. Hosting a "Ukestration" workshop is right up his alley.
Friday jam and meet instructors - 7:30 pm for 90 minutes;
Times of workshops, with two choices during each session;
10:15 - 11:30, 1:15 - 2:30, 2:45 - 4pm,
Lunch break - 11:30 - 1pm
Bass uke workshop 4:15 - 4:45 pm;
Evening concert at 7:30
Dani Joy Workshop Descriptions
Uke 101: Riffin The Good Life
Using just a couple of universal riffs, you will take a chromatic walk, play with slides, and incorporate hammer-ons, pull-offs, and bends! You will leave the class with new ways to express Yourself!
Prerequisite: basic understanding of TAB.
Level: Intermediate Beginner & Beyond
Sure, strumming is fun. But fingerstyle takes music to a whole other level! Through some simple fingertyle exercises, learn how which fingers to use, how to let notes ring out beauitifully to create argeggiated patterns which add texture to any strum-along or, when played solo, create a lullaby for the soul.
Perry Stauffer Workshop Descriptions
Rhythm in a Pinch
Same ol strums makin you glum? Its time for the Pinch! Celebrate the sweet, gentle soul of the ukulele with this right-handed rhythmic technique. Not quite a strum, not quite finger-picking, but always just right.
Ukulele Bass 101
So youve got a bass ukulele, now what? In this introductory class learn about ones and fives, and how to link them together with chromatic approach notes (its easier than it sounds). Soon youll be jamming in your club with confidence!
Alex de Grassi Workshop Description
Making of an Arrangement - Ukestration
This workshop will trace the development of a song from a simple chord progression through the process of finessing the rhythm, creating an introduction, and adding an instrumental interlude for the purpose of demonstrating how to realize an arrangement of your favorite songs. The result will be three distinct parts that allows players of differing levels to play the arrangement together utilizing both basic and more advanced techniques of strumming, fingerpicking and phrasing a melodic line. Once a song is chosen, we will make each of the three parts available online so participants can listen and better prepare for the workshop. Open to all levels.
Sheridan Malone Workshop Descriptions
Beyond Strumming - Double-stop licks and fills for Ukulele
Under every ukulele closed chord lies a simple scale and twin string pairing to add color, texture and instrumental fills on nearly any song or genre. These allow you to pluck and play nifty intros, fills, and outros anywhere on the neck and in any key. You should be able to play a Bb chord shape on the uke (F shape on baritone uke) and G chord shape on the uke (D shape on baritone uke. Level 3 intermediate and up.
Triad Secrets for Better Vocal Harmony
If you are an advanced beginner or intermediate player, this class with a smidgen of chord theory and lots of singing, will improve your ear, voice, and working knowledge of "where to go" and how to make better harmony choices. If time allows we can try harmony improv in major and minor keys, and perhaps "devices" like bell chords and back time harmony. Playing a Bb shape is very helpful, but not required.
There is limited seating, so get your tickets early. For more info contact Pattie at 707-937-1732 or email email@example.com.
Community Center of Mendocino (View)
PO Box 893
Mendocino, CA 95460