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Melbourne Ukelele Festival workshops & open uke


Klub MUF (like Klub MUK) is an Open Uke stage at Bar 303 (303 High Street Northcote) where all ukers are welcome to get up and do a few songs. The enigmatic Terry McNiff is the master of ceremonies.
There will also be several featured guests such as Rose Turtle Ertler (Sunday 2pm) who will lead a play-along/workshop in how to play You Are My Sunshine backwards and simultaneously in different keys!
Also, Chicks With Picks Melbourne will lead a play-along/workshop (Sat. 2pm) of two of their songs that the audience is then invited to perform with them immediately afterwards on the stage at the front of the Northcote Uniting Church (Sat 2:45pm).
Also appearing as featured guests are the awesome Awkward Strangers; Sat 16th at 1pm

Two arvos of uke workshops by awesome ukers as part of MUF'19.
Saturday March 16
12:30-1:30 - Helen Begley, Chicks With Picks – Basics for Beginners
2:00-3:00 - Bernard de la Coeur – Song Writing
3:30-4:30 - Cameron Murray – Formby and Beyond

Sunday March 17
12:30-1:30 - Brendan Canty, Duplicity – Intro to Jazz Ukulele
2:00-3:00 - Chrissy - Intermediate Strumming Techniques
3:30-4:30 - Dafka: David Krycer - The Bo Diddley Beat


Helen Begley, Chicks With Picks – Basics for Beginners
Helen will get you playing some brilliant songs in next to no time. Learn some basic strums, campanella style melody playing that any beginner can do, and a check in with your chords, put it all together and you'll be singing and playing with the Chicks with Picks on stage later in the afternoon!

Bernard de la Couer – Song Writing
So you'd like to try songwriting, that will be great!
Commanding the crowd, fame and fortune await-
You pick up your pencil to pour our your heart,
But now there's a problem, just how do you start?
To get the ball rolling, you've all been invited
To learn what to write about and how to write it
The tricks for beginners from Bernard, your coach,
So come down and try out The Brass Traps Approach!

Please bring a pen and paper (though we'll have some spares)

Cameron Murray – Formby and Beyond
A regular on the Aussie uke scene, Cameron Murray is a George Formby-like strummer who enjoys performing original songs, as well as classics from the 1920s and ’30s. Endorsed by Romero Creations Ukuleles, he’s also an enthusiastic teacher and the publisher of international ukulele magazine KAMUKE. Cameron will present a wide-ranging workshop that features something for all skill levels, including versatile Formby-esque strums and simple picking patterns that can be incorporated into almost any song.

Brendan Canty, Duplicity – Intro to Jazz Ukulele (Intermediate)
Have you always wanted to try Jazz, but thought it was too hard? We'll show you how to add some "jazz" to basic chord progressions with simple chord substitutions. We'll also go through some simple Jazz progressions that are found in many popular Jazz standards. You need to have a good knowledge of basic chords to get the most out of this workshop.

Chrissy - Intermediate Strumming Techniques
This workshop can be increased or decreased in complexity depending on the skill level of participants. This workshop takes participants from simple down-up strumming patterns to percussive strumming patterns, syncopated patterns, and patterns that combine picking and strumming. Players will learn a series of songs and also be taught about song arrange songs by using different patterns for each song section.
A low G string on your ukulele is recommended but not mandatory.

David Krycer, Dafka - The Bo Diddley Beat
Let’s have some fun with the ‘Bo Diddley beat’, the syncopated rhythm that is used widely in rock and pop music. It’s named after early rocker Bo Diddley who introduced and popularized the beat with his self-titled single but was used both before that and after him in many famous tunes. Come and learn the beat, play a bunch of great songs whether you’re a rusted on ukulele performer or a newbie.

Tickets on the door only so be early.

Later Event: March 16
Funky Kingston