Introduction to the Ukulele:
This workshop will take the participant from raw beginner to strumming along to popular songs. The workshop is divided into three halves. The first half is an introduction to the ukulele and basic musical concepts, strumming patterns, and chords. The second half teaches the participants songs starting with a two chord song and then adding a new chord for each new song. The strumming patterns will also increase in difficulty. The third half is the most fun part! This is where you get to perform a concert with the group using the information and songs that you have learned in the workshop. Walk away with a smile.
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 how to apply light and shade to their playing by applying different patterns to different song sections.
Improvising and Creating Riffs Part 1:
Ever wanted to know how to play a lead break but didn't know where to start? This workshop will take participants through the pentatonic pattern and how it extends across the fretboard. Most importantly, players won't just be taught a pattern but how to apply it in a band setting, how to listen to other players, and how to construct a killer musical phrase using a series of tools and tricks. This workshop will include a discussion on how to make the most out of practice times and introduce specific fast track playing techniques.
Improvising and Creating Riffs Part 2:
This workshop will utilize the major scale as a pattern of improvisation and teach participants how to play thirds, fifths, and octaves to spice up those lead breaks.
Introduction To Songwriting:
Ever wanted to try your hand at songwriting but didn’t know where to start? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have the tools you need to write your own song. In fact, the last portion of this workshop will involve writing a song as a group so you can put your knowledge into practice. I’ll begin by demonstrating the various approaches to songwriting. We’ll discuss basic theory so you’ll understand how to construct a chord progression and have a better grasp on what chords will sound ‘right’ together. We’ll look at existing songs and deconstruct what progressions are used, analyze lyrics, melody, and song structure. Finally, you’ll put on your creative thinking cap and work as a group to brainstorm a song!
Chrissy will be releasing the first installment of a solo acoustic album in mid July.