Thursday, July 7, 2011

July workshops

Who (in Connecticut) doesn't know Jim Beloff? If you don't, or do, consider taking a workshop or two (description to follow) with him on Sunday, July 17th, 12:30-2:30 & 3:30-5:30.

Where? Here's the blurb:
~ Sticks and Stones Farm Retreat ~
201 Huntingtown Road, Newtown CT 06470
$25 a workshop, $45 for both
Preregistration a must. Make Check Payable to Jim Beloff
To save your space call Annie! 203-270-8820

Beginner Ukulele Workshop: introduces you to the basics of playing the ukulele including holding, tuning, strumming and making the chords. We will play through a dozen well-known songs learning new chords, strums, tips and techniques along the way. Bring a GCEA soprano-tuned uke and be ready to have a lot of fun. At the end of the workshop you will have made a new life-long friend—your ukulele! See uke there! Starts at 12:30 SHARP!

Intermediate Ukulele Workshop This workshop takes off from where the beginner workshop ends. More challenging arrangements and chord solos are introduced with sophisticated jazz chord changes. Also, finger-picking patterns and performance techniques will be highlighted. Time will be set aside at end of the workshop for those who would like to play a song. Starts at 3:30 sharp!

*Children over 10 years can attend accompanied by an adult.
*If you would like to attend but don’t have a uke, please let us know.

Jim Beloff is the author of The Ukulele—A Visual History (Backbeat Books) and author, compiler and publisher of the popular Jumpin’ Jim’s series of ukulele songbooks. This series is sold worldwide.
Jim has also recorded several CDs of original songs performed on the ukulele, produced Legends Of Ukulele, a CD compilation for Rhino Records, and made two how-to-play DVDs for Homespun Tapes. In 1999 Jim and his family introduced a new, colorful and low-cost ukulele called the Fluke and later a soprano-sized model, the Flea that have won admirers all over the world. Jim and his wife Liz own Flea Market Music, Inc., a company dedicated to the ukulele. They believe very strongly in their company’s motto, "Uke Can Change The World."

I have taken a workshop with Jim, and it was fun and informative. I'm looking forward to taking the intermediate class this time. Hope to see you there!

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