With Ian Whitcomb & Dave Jones at Cantalini's With the Goin' South Band

Performances

Bay Area people: I'M DOING TWO WORKSHOPS AT GRYPHON IN PALO ALTO

211 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306-2217 United States
Phone:
650-493-2131
Website:
www.gryphonstrings.com
 

Guitar and Uke workshop: Understanding Chord Progressions

It’s easier to learn new songs, pop, rock, jazz, country or whatever, if you understand progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all and Fred will explain chord movement and song structure, the circle of 5ths, the 12-bar blues, scale-wise patterns and more! We’ll look at lots of songs, including your suggestions, and see how they work.

Sat, July 28, 2018, 11:00 am-12:15 pm

$40.00

ALSO: Uke Workshop: How to solo for Ukulele

Strumming the uke is great, but there’s so much more: there’s playing solos, with other people or by yourself. There are lots of soloing strategies; some solos are based on scales, some are based on chords. Fred will introduce you to several soloing ideas, including minor pentatonic scales (blues boxes), major scales and chord-based licks and solos. Learn the basics on how to ad-lib solos in any genre: blues, rock, country…you name it.

Sat, July 28, 2018, 1:00 pm-2:15 pm

$40

WASHINGTON BLUES PEOPLE!

I'M TEACHING BLUES MANDOLIN AT THE PORT TOWNSHEND BLUES FESTIVAL & WORKSHOP IN WASHINGTON, JULY 29-AUGUST 5. HERE'S THEIR WEBSITE: http://centrum.org/port-townsend-acoustic-blues-festival-workshop/

My plan is to do classes on blues in 5 keys, one key each day. Each day we focus on the chords, scales and licks you need to play in a certain key…learn several songs in that key…and show how to improvise in that key. The keys are C, G, D, A and E. The first class, each day, will feature the fundamentals, like first position chords and scales, and easy, three-chord blues tunes. The second class will include more complex chord progressions, some moveable chords. In each class we’ll spend some time learning songs and some time improvising solos.

The end result is a big chord vocabulary that take you up and down the fretboard, an understanding of basic blues chord progressions and some fancier progressions, the ability to ad-lib solos in five keys and a boat load of great, classic blues tunes.

 I'M TEACHING SOME UKULELE CLASSES AT DUSTY STRINGS IN SEATTLE, AUGUST 5TH!

Introduction to Blues Ukulele
Sunday, August 5, 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM $40

The best way to lose the blues is to play the blues! Learn how to strum moveable chords to a twelve-bar blues tune in any key and pick-up some classic licks and scales for jamming with other people. Walk away with some classic blues tunes and TAB for playing them. Bring a slide so you can learn a classic slide blues tune for uke, as well! For advanced beginners to intermediate players. Recording devices recommended.

Understanding Chord Progressions
Sunday, August 5, 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM $40

Want to know the secret to learning almost any popular song? It's in the chord progression! Discover the tools to make sense of it all; including chord movement, song structure, the circle of fifths, twelve-bar blues, scales, patterns, and more. Examine and play a handful of songs, including ones you bring, to see how the progressions work in each of them. For advanced beginner to intermediate guitar and/or ukulele players. Recording devices recommended.

Here's Dusty Strings website for more details: http://store.dustystrings.com/c-75-ukulele-classes.aspx

Sunday August 12th we're at Cantalinis again!

    

 
NEW MCCABES CLASSES:


I'm teaching some new classes at McCabes in Santa Monica. Call 310) 828-4497 to sign up, or just show up. The JAM CLASSES welcome all instruments and you can pay for one class at a time, so check one out to see if you like it...they're really fun; you get used to playing with other people, practice soloing if you like, or just strum along.

 

HOW TO SOLO ON UKULELE

Strumming is fun, but you and the ukulele can do so much more! Learn how to play solos (with other people or by yourself). Fred shows you several approaches using songs of all genres. Learn blues boxes, chord based licks, "Steve Cropper" licks, first position, and movable major scales... and much more!
1:00 - 2:30 PM Sunday, Jul 22 (1 session) $40

UNDERSTANDING CHORD PROGRESSIONS FOR UKULELE

It's easier to learn new songs in a variety of genres if you understand chord progressions. Yes, there is sense to it all! Fred will explain chord movement, song structure, scale-wise patterns, 12 bar and 8 bar blues and more! We will study many different songs, including your own suggestions. You'll finally get an explanation of the circle of fifths (which motivates thouands of songs) that is understandable!
1:00 - 2:30 PM Sunday, Aug 12 (1 session) $40

BEGINNING MANDOLIN

Is mandolin just for bluegrass and Italian songs? No way! It's also heard in rock, country, folk, jazz, and swing. You'll learn songs in all these styles from Fred, as well as how to get around the instrument in several keys, and even how to improvise, so you can (gasp!) play with other people. The mando may be small, but there's a world of music in there, and this is a great way to get started. As a bonus, you're invited to bring in tunes you'd like to play, and Fred will try to include them in the class.
3:00 - 4:30 PM Sundays, Aug 12 - Sep 16 (6 sessions) $150

FRETBOARD ROADMAPS FOR UKULELE

Take your playing to the next level. Fred shows you several ways to play chords and solos all over the fretboard (past the 5th fret!) and illuminates many things about music in general. This class helps you understand the best-selling book by the same name. Once you know the visual patterns on the fretboard that all pros know and use, you can play chords up and down the neck, ad-lib solos, and play in any key. Many light bulb moments are guaranteed!
1:00 - 2:30 PM Sunday, Aug 19 (1 session) $40

 

 
At the Coffee Gallery in Alta Dena Fred backstage at McCabes with Tom Paxton