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Experienced ukulele teacher and Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association (AUTLA) member, Cathy Welsford, issued this October Uke Challenge!

James Hill Ukulele Course Level 1: Units 1, 2 & 3 (ONLINE via ZOOM)

Dates: Five week course – 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October 2020
Time: 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Cost: $125
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BLGVC

In Cathy’s ZOOM course you will:

  • learn to read music
  • play simple melodies on your ukulele
  • play music in parts
  • find out about note values, rhythm, timing in music
  • identify intervals and learn how to use them to play by ear
  • play basic scales including the blues scale
  • develop improvisation skills.

The course is based on the James Hill ‘Ukulele in the Classroom’ resource. You will also receive comprehensive additional material including music theory worksheets, new repertoire, picking and strumming exercises, audio resources and self-assessments.

For more information go to https://www.thewildwomenofanywherebeach.net/ OR contact Cathy by emailing .

Would you like to improve your ability to play ukulele and sing solo and with others?

Come jam with us …

BUMS is planning a jam leaders course designed to build performance confidence.  The aim of the program is to develop your skills so you can create and lead a set at a jam.  Playing at jams is a great stepping-stone to performing at a wider range of events.

The proposed program would run over 12 weeks  and require fortnightly attendance at six weekend workshops. You will be expected to complete practical and theoretical ‘homework’ between workshops. You will also be encouraged to collaborate with others to plan and lead a set.

Skills

The workshops will cover:

  • planning a set for a jam,
  • formatting songsheets using the BUMS standard format
  • basic singing skills
  • playing ukulele for jams
  • setting up and using PA equipment
  • lots of practice in playing in front of a small crowd.

Call for Expressions of Interest

BUMS is seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to join the program.  If we have enough interest, we can move to develop the program further.

We are also seeking expressions of interest from members with performance experience who are willing to present segments or mentor the participants during the twelve-week period.

If you are interested, please email your contact details and suburb to Peter Grace at by Sunday 6 September 2020.

Zoom into a FREE Ukulele Rockers Intermediate workshop.

Do you feel stuck with your ukulele practice? Want to level-up past basic chords, and feel that super magic feeling of CONFIDENCE from getting some cool moves?

Are you keen to move past the 3rd fret, learn some really fun ways to play songs (other than strumming), and dive into the creative world of fingerpicking?

Learn how easy and fun it can be with Lanikai Endorsed Recording Artist and ukulele lover, Miss Elm.

Join our free Online Intermediate Workshop for a fun, upbeat and joyful way of learning new skills while connecting with the Ukulele Pop Princess herself in this FREE one-hour online workshop

What: The Ukulele Rockers FREE Intermediate Online Workshop (hosted in Zoom)
Date: Sunday 19 July 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00pm (Australian EST)
What will be covered: Intermediate strumming styles, moving past the 3rd fret, fingerpicking and riffing.

Bookings: Bookings essential. Please book via EventBrite.

Want to make music? Want to play a musical instrument?

Learn 5 chords in 5 minutes with the best ever gateway instrument — The Ukulele!

Come to:

This workshop — hosted by Ukulele Expert and endorsed Lanikai Artist, Miss Elm — will get you started on all the exciting things that the ukulele has to offer.

In addition to a performance by Miss Elm demonstrating all the cool things you can do, you’ll learn about:

  • Strumming
  • Basic ukulele chords
  • Using your uke as a percussive instrument
  • Fingerpicking

Become a Ukulele Rocker! Tune in from anywhere around the world!

Friday 29th MAY, 7:00 pm (Brisbane Time AEST)

This will be hosted on ZOOM. An email confirmation with the link will be sent to you upon when you register for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

For more information email Erin on .

Follow Miss Elm on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/elmukulele

Visit the website. https://www.elmukulele.com/

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About ELUKULELE

ELMUKULELE is the creation of seasoned musician and songwriter, Erin Harrington.

Surrounded by jazz musicians at young age, Erin has been exploring creativity through music her whole life. Violin and Singing lessons led to a quirky Singer Songwriter and from many cafe gigs, uni bars and experimentation of sounds; Erin became her alto ego, “Miss Elm”. Miss Elm produced 3 EP’s, was recognised as a finalist in the “Folk, Singer Songwriter” section of the Queensland Music Awards and travelled around Australia for 4 years playing in many popular festivals such as the SPRUKE Ukulele Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and the Teneriffe Festival. After many different line ups (ranging from double melodica and flute, down to 4 piece band) Miss Elm is now a stripped back solo singer-songwriter in the midst of creating new works in 2019.

After working at Ukulele Specialist Store, Morris Brothers Music; Erin grew a love of Ukuleles for their simplicity, transportable size, powerful sound and variety. Erin quickly became the expert on all things Ukulele and developed her own unique sound. She now loves helping others find their creativity through Ukulele and sparking joy in anyone who will listen.

ELMUKULELE is a hybrid service of tuition, workshops and customised musical experience for all those (young and old) who love music, want to improve their skills or play an instrument for the first time.

The flood and the drought!

Over 20 people registered for the February Mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp, and 8 people were on the waiting list. Making sure no absolute beginner missed out was our priority. We asked people who felt that they’d mastered C, F & G7 to relinquish their places to absolute beginners on the waiting list.

The result? Fortunately, there were several generous ‘beginners’ gave up their places to ‘absolute beginners’. Sadly, one person decided not to learn ukulele, a couple sent unavoidable last-minute apologies, and several were unexplained no-shows. Unfortunately, that’s common with free events.

A grand total of eight people (including two very brave and well-organised baritone beginners) attended the February Mini Absolute Beginners Bootcamp. The unprecedent last-minute dropout rate at first seemed a little alarming … but upon reflection it was good news.

Many early Bootcamp registerers jumped in very early. Knowing they had hit their straps, jamming before February, was very heartening. Thanks to the wonderful January and February beginners’ sessions run by Donna, Linda and Erin those new to ukulele in 2020 were off to a flying start.

Bootcamp’s a Bargain

But our February Mini Bootcamp group was amazing. They whizzed through four hours work in two, and had a great time doing it.

As with most Bootcamps, we surveyed participants after the session to find out what they thought.

Kim summed up the feedback we received from most participants.

“I absolutely loved the session. The leaders were warm, welcoming and well-prepared.  The lesson flowed and allowed time to practise skills as well as play songs. It was a wonderfully uplifting and joy- filled experience, and I’ve been raving about it ever since.”

Gary pointed out the advantage of learning in a smaller group.

“We were a small group of “newbies”, therefore, it wasn’t as intimidating as a room full of people would have been. We were all made welcome and were relaxed. Although we were a small group, we had three people helping us, which meant that we all received assistance when it was needed. We were also encouraged along the way. I was amazed that after such a short period of teaching, we were all actually playing and singing songs together! I was elated that I could do this and wanted more.”

Bootcamp Take-Away

February’s Bootcampers shared some things they valued from the session.

  • It’s about having fun, and not to worry.
  • Learnt so many new chords and played songs in such a short time.
  • The ‘teacher-student’ ratio.
  • The benefits of using a neck strap.
  • Learnt the basics of how to read music.
  • Social learning was more fun than anticipated.
  • Made friends with people with similar interests to practice with and attend jams.
  • Learnt how to strum.
  • Using the Z chord.
  • Practice is the key.

What Beginners Want!

We asked what Bootcampers felt they needed moving forward. Bootcampers want. Like many Bootcampers, they found that once home alone, it wasn’t quite the same. So they said they want:

  • A beginners’ jam!
  • Chord diagrams placed on songsheets, so they don’t scroll off the page by the time you need them.
  • Tips on how to remember chord changes and progressions.
  • Learn to fingerpick.
  • Followup Beginners’ Bootcamp sessions.
  • More options for baritone players.
Mini Absolute Beginners Bootcamp

February 2020 Mini Absolute Beginners group at Bulimba BCC Library.

East of West Performance and Ukulele Masterclass with Philip Griffin held on Sunday February 16th 2020.

Folk Redlands put on an excellent afternoon which included a Ukulele Masterclass Workshop with Philip Griffin. Prior to the workshop we were treated to some fantastic world folk, Balkan and Middle Eastern music played on oud and double bass with various hand percussion. Philip, Malindi and Goran were all virtuoso musicians and told us a bit of history about the instruments and the tunes. You could hear a pin drop as everyone was enthralled by the performance which was totally acoustic and unplugged.

There was a very good turn out of interested spectators and uke players who stayed for the workshop after the performance. There were quite a few BUMs on seats (pardon the pun) to learn a Venezuelan tune called La Perica (The Parrot) arranged by Philip. There were 3 ukulele parts – strumming, picking and the melody line, also a part for baritones and a part for the U bass. It was surprising how quickly all the parts came together within an hour as an ensemble and how good it sounded.

All in all it was an enjoyable and very educational afternoon.

For more of Philips music check out his website http://www.philipgriffin.com/

Reviewed by Julie (aka Mama Juju

 

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FOLK REDLANDS
Folk Redlands Inc. is a not for profit organisation run by a dedicated committee of volunteers. Established in 2005, Folk Redlands aims to build a music community, supporting local and visiting artists and lovers of Folk, Acoustic, Original, Traditional or Contemporary music in a friendly relaxed environment.

They hold events every 3rd Sunday at Redlands Modern Country Music Club, 226 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd, Thornlands (Pinklands Reserve). Check their website http://folkredlands.org/ for more details and a calendar of events.

 

 

To welcome the new year, and new Brisbane ukulele players, there are BUMS Inc members are offering beginner workshops and lessons in February 2020.
Please note that these are not official BUMS Inc events, so please contact the event organisers directly.

FREE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS

Julie Sharpe, John & Keryn Henderson

Mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp – Absolutely FREE!
Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply. We start with the very basics. Read more here.
DATE: Wednesday 19 February
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start.
VENUE: Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, Meeting Room 1, Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba Q 4171.
COST: FREE, but you must register via Trybooking. If you miss out on a place, please add your name to the waiting list. We sometimes get last minute cancellations, or extend the class to accommodate a few extra registrations.
Email Keryn at . Follow Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamp on Facebook to find out about future Bootcamps.

Linda Gough & Paul Morris

FREE Beginners Night – Just bring a uke.
This night is sponsored by Morris Brothers Music Store at Stafford and will be taught by Linda Gough who is one of the leaders of our Ferny Grove Jam.
DATE: Wednesday 5 February
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove. (07) 3851 1889
COST: FREE
Contact Linda on 0431 391 888 or Paul at Morris Brothers on 3356 3299.

Donna Farrell Beginners Class before the BUMS Ferny Grove Jam
Our first event of the year was he ‘Gotta uke for Christmas! Now what?’ workshop. It was run by Donna Farrell for two hours at Zillmere Community Hall on Saturday 8 January. Twenty-five players of all ages attended and by the end were playing three chord songs. Donna, ably assisted by Dianne Davis, hold a beginners lesson before the BUMS Ferny Grove jam starting at 6:00 pm. The next one is on Wednesday 19 February (and then every third Wednesday of the month). Learn how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and how to play some basic chords. This introduction will give absolutely new players a grasp of the basics that helps them to participate in and enjoy the jam. Included in the price of the jam.
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.
COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Beginners Class.
TIMES: Beginners class at 6:00 pm followed by Jam at 7:00 pm

MORE OPTIONS TO LEARN

Linda Gough

Linda also offers a range of options for new and continuing ukulele players.
2020 Beginners Course – Please ring Linda to book.
DATE: Starts Tuesday 11th February
TIME: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Phone Linda on 0431 391 888.
Find out more about what Linda has to offer for continuing players: https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/portfolio-item/linda-gough/
Follow Ivory Frets Music on Facebook to find out about Linda’s  classes.
Uke ’n’ Sing
DATE: Tuesday 4 February
TIME: Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Easy Sing and Play class with a little tuition along the way)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Nightriders
DATE: Tuesday 4 February
TIME:Night 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Performance Group for all levels)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Daytrippers
DATE: Wednesday 5 February
TIME:Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Performance Group for all levels)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.

Erin Harrington

Ukulele Rockers Group Class (RSVP essential)
Learn to play uke in group as an ensemble with fun rocking music!
Including movie themes, classics, rock from the ages and more!
DATE: Monday 3 February
TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
VENUE: Grange
Book via https://www.elmukulele.com/hire-us
Contact Erin via 0423 378 392 or
Find out more about learning opportunities that Erin has to offer: https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/portfolio-item/erin-harrington/

Dukes of Uke

The Dukes of Uke Club rehearse on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (the first 2020 meeting is on 25th Jan). They also have group classes for both beginners and players who are looking to advance their skills.
VENUE: Binary Music Studio, Shop 11 Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
COST: $12 per session (1 Hour)
TIME : 9:00 am Beginners. 10:00 am Advancing
All song charts displayed on projector and available by subscription to www.dukesofuke.com. Contact Len Henderson via or (07) 3488 2230

Please check out the Ukulele Teachers page under the Learning Uke tab, if you are looking for a teacher to help you achieve your playing goals. There is a list of BUMS members who are ukulele teachers.

Please also look at the News & Events page where the latest details of all workshops and BUMS jams are updated monthly. There is a list of other groups and jams in the Brisbane area on the Jams About Town page. Please check with individual jams and groups contacts before going along to check the details of the session.

Happy Ukeing!

East by West are the featured act at Redlands Modern Country Music Club

Folk Redlands are hosting East of West as their feature act at the Redlands Modern Country Music Club in February 2020.

East of West play original music with a focus on improvisation, inspired by the music of the Mediterranean and Balkans. After the performance there will be a ukulele workshop for intermediate to advanced players.

Afternoon kicks off with blackboard performers, followed by East of West performance, and Ukulele Workshop for Advanced Players.
Walk-in Blackboard performers are welcome on a “first-in” basis. 20-minutes slots including change-over. PA provided.
1:00 pm – Blackboard
2:00 pm – East of West performance
3:00 pm – Ukulele Workshop

DATE: 16 February 2020
TIME: 1:00-4:00 pm
VENUE: Redlands Modern Country Music Club, 226 Cleveland Redland Bay Rd, Thornlands (Pinklands Reserve)
COST: Entry fee to cover venue costs: $ 3 members, $5 non-members.
Folk Redlands Membership is just $5 per annum. Join at the door and pay only $3 entry.

This is not a BUMS official event so please direct any inquiries to

 

 

UKULELE MASTERCLASS 

Learn to play in a ukulele ensemble with Philip Griffin.
If you have a good grounding in ukulele, stretch your skills by playing arrangements made especially for ukulele orchestra.
The pieces will work best if there is a good mix of different ukulele types – baritones, low-G tenors, uBass welcome!

EAST OF WEST

East of West is a fresh project from players firmly grounded in professional music performance, offering a captivating new take on the fusion between world music and jazz. We play original music with a focus on improvisation, inspired by the music of the Mediterranean and Balkans. The project was formed in order to explore new compositions that showcase the players’ extensive experience playing at both national and international levels.

The trio consists of Bosnian-born Goran Gajić (double bass), Philip Griffin (oud) and Malindi Morris (hand percussion). All three are active in professional music scenes, including world, jazz, folk, & baroque. Goran Gajić plays with and composes for the Queensland Music Award winning band Mzaza. Philip Griffin works or has worked with internationally renowned musicians such as Linsey Pollak, Tunji Beier, Frankie Armstrong and Ross Daly. Malindi Morris has worked with internationally known guitarists ‘Duo Aritmija’ in Slovenia, composing for and directing the project ‘Lastovka’ and was one of the founding band leaders of the Balkan brass band ‘The Transbalkan Express’.

Website Links:
Folk Redlands
Redlands Modern Country Music Club
East of West

This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and do not know where to begin.

You just got a uke, and are ready to have some fun but feel a bit overwhelmed?
This workshop is for people who have just got a ukulele and don’t know where to begin. Donna Farrell will teach you the absolute basics.
• How to hold, tune and strum
• How to read chord diagrams
• How to make the chord shapes for the most used chords
By the end of this workshop you will have played several 1,2,3- and maybe even 4-chord songs. Handouts will be provided which will allow you to take your new uke away and start practising.

Wednesday 8 January 2020

10:00 am – Midday

Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere, Brisbane, QLD 4034

 

This workshop will give you the basic skills and confidence to join in the uke jams in your area or just play at home.

WHAT TO BRING: Your ukulele, a pen and notebook. A folder for the handouts. A snack & drink for the break.

LEVEL: Absolute beginners who have never played before.

This is a FREE event by Brisbane Ukulele, places are limited and you must book.

BOOK NOW on Trybooking www.trybooking.com/BHJCW.

Please check this page for tips on using Trybooking

Donna Farrell conducts workshops for beginners at Ferny Grove Jams, Kumbartcho Nursery, and leads the popular senior band CHUMS. Donna  presented this workshop at Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival in 2019. Donna will be assisted by other BUMS members.