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“I’m all about that bass” workshop has been designed exclusively for BUMS who play bass.

Accomplished Brisbane musician Mark Cryle, took a poll of his fellow musos to discover what abilities make a good bass player. He has extracted and distilled this into a workshop which will enable you to get better at playing bass on your own and with others.

The workshop will focus on bass as an ensemble instrument and will be divided into 3 sections.

  1. Bass as a rhythm instrument: understanding the fundamentals of time keeping.
  2. “No one knows the chord until the bass player decides which note to play!”: understanding the concept of the “root note” ; knowing when to play it and when not to.
  3. What to play between the “root notes”: understanding the importance of scales and harmony theory in deciding which notes to play and not to play.

When it comes to improving your bass playing faster, nothing beats than actually getting out and playing with other musicians.

To get the most out of this workshop participants need have the fundamentals of playing bass, and know notes of the bass fret board and be comfortable playing. This is NOT a beginners workshop.

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

Mark Cryle began playing bass at age 14 in high school bands. In the intervening years he has played on international and Australian festival stages, in concert halls and theatres, recording studios, clubs, pubs, churches, markets on the backs of trucks and once in a cemetery. As well as being an experienced and accomplished bass player, Mark also plays mandolin and guitar and is a highly-acclaimed songwriter.

SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019

COORPAROO BOWLS CLUB

TIME: 9:30 am until 12 Noon .

             Door opens 9:00 am. Please check in and set up ready to start at 9:30 am

TICKETS $25: Buy your tickets directly below.

BUMS DISCOUNT CODES: BUMS financial members tickets $5 after promo code.

Check your email 21 June 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for Bass Workshop with Mark Cryle 27 July 2019.
Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BDOGB
Choose Workshop BUMS Member Ticket and enter promo code at checkout. TIPS for using Trybooking here
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50. 

WHAT TO BRING

  • U Bass/ Bass guitar,
  • Amp,
  • Jug lead [power chord for amp],
  • Lead for bass,
  • pen, notebook,
  • extension cord,
  • snack and water.

Please note: The Coorparoo Bowls Club bar will not be open.

 

Learn ukulele Bluegrass style with Brisbane Ukulele 15 June 2019

BUMS Beaut Bluegrass Workshop

Back from Melbourne, longtime performing BUM, Tony Richardson, offers a you-beaut bluegrass workshop.

DATE: Saturday 15 June 2019
TIME: 10:00 am start and finish 11:30
VENUE: Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034
TICKETS $25 : Available from Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCJMV.

BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code. Check your email 27 April Subject: Members Promo Code for June Ukulele Workshops.
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50 TIPS for using Trybooking here

What is the workshop about?

“What the hell is bluegrass?” you ask. Well it’s a blend of traditional Americana styles that became prevalent around the 1940’s. It’s a unique style of acoustic instruments overlaid with vocal harmonies. It’s not gospel, it’s not blues, it’s not country, it’s not jazz and it’s not Trad (traditional), but it has elements of all of these styles.
It’s bluegrass, and I invite you to join me in a workshop to explore the style and experiment a little with your ukulele. You’ll be part of a participative experience that will add to your repertoire, and expand on your ukulele skills. If you get a bit uneasy with gospel music or murder ballads then this isn’t for you, but if you can see through that, and enjoy it for what it is, you’ll gain plenty.

Who is this workshop for (skill level)?

This workshop is aimed at intermediate players. All levels are welcome to join in, but we won’t be teaching chords in this workshop. If you know your basic chords, and can match a strum pattern then you’ll get by, but be aware, there will be some of the quickest strumming you’ve attempted. You won’t know if you don’t go.

What makes me qualified to teach the workshop?

I’m one of only a handful of BUMS to play at bluegrass festivals on stage.
Oh, and in the Bumsteaders bluegrass ukulele band.

 

 

What will you learn?
1. The basics of traditional bluegrass
2. How to best play it on your Ukulele
3. How to fit in at a bluegrass jam
4. A little of the circle of fifths
5. How to form a bluegrass band that emulates the sound of a traditional bluegrass band
6. We’ll play a number of bluegrass songs
7. We’ll explore the songs a little along the way

What to bring?

A sense of humor, any ukulele you desire, as many ukuleles as you desire, a notepad if you want to take notes, a tuner, water to drink, a snack to eat during the breaks, a questioning mind because there are lots of people who don’t understand the same thing as you and they are never game to ask so no one finds out. Patience and plenty of it.
This workshop can cater for Ubass, Baritone, Tenor, Concert, Soprano and Banjo ukes so please bring them along. Hell If its stringed just bring it along, I’m not going to exclude other instruments, except bagpipes…. don’t bring bagpipes along.
That being said you need to be proficient enough to play basic songs in basic chords, and if you bring a lead instrument be prepared to play the melody.

What is supplied?

A venue with a roof and walls, chairs, a sound rig, a presenter and a small song book.

What will you take home to help you practise?

A song book of the songs played in the workshop.

Other things to see and do to help you understand the style …
1. Watch the movie Oh Brother Where For Art Thou staring George Clooney
2. Listen to the following bands on Spotify or YouTube
• The Davidson Brothers
• Bluegrass Parkway
• Honey and Knives
• The Steel Drivers
• Bill Monroe
• Earl Scruggs
• The Soggy Bottom Boys
3. Listen to the Bluegrass show on 98.9fm on Tuesday nights 6.00pm to 7.00pm
4. Listen to the radio show Three Chords and The Truth on 98.9fm Wed 6.00pm to 7.00pm
5. Purchase a “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook” for most of the bluegrass standards.

Zillmere hall. Soak up the ambience from this classic structure with is hardwood floors, the acoustics are really something else!About the venue

It’s happening in sunny downtown Zillmere hall. Soak up the ambience from this classic structure with is hardwood floor and ornate ceiling. The acoustics are really something else. The stage setup and expansive open dance floor really make the scene. Take a trip back to the 1960’s as you grace the front of the building and bask in the glory of its decorative Palfrey stone feature wall. Nothing says bluegrass more than this building!

Dress warm, flano shirts and lumberjack coats welcome, but don’t come dressed like the homeless.

Transportation

Well, there is a train station up the road a little if that’s your thing. But if your 1952 Ford F100, or your 1957 Plymouth Belvedere, decides that today is the day they’ll actually start for you, then that would be better.

Brisbane Ukulele Workshop-Ukulele Upgrade:strumming and beyond for playing and arranging songs on Saturday 1 June 2019

Ukulele Upgrade: strumming and beyond in playing & arranging songs

Ross Clark and Helena Bond (of Daylight Moon) offer this essential Saturday morning strumming workshop for beginning & intermediate players.

DATE: Saturday 1 June 2019
TIME: 10:00 am -11:30 am
VENUE: Coorparoo Bowls Club,  32 Riddings St., Coorparoo
TICKETS $25: via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BCJKW
BUMS DISCOUNT CODES: BUMS financial members tickets $5 after promo code. Check your email 27 April 2019 Subject: Members Promo Code for June Ukulele Workshops.
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50. TIPS for using Trybooking here

About the workshop …

Ross & Helena will demonstrate their approach to presenting songs for performance and recording (one original and one classic). Participants will be shown how to use a variety of picking and strumming techniques in order to make a song “theirs” – different from other versions, but true to the original. Bring a song you’d like to work on (lyrics & chords will do; several versions or keys if you like).
You’ll be supplied with a list of techniques/strategies to choose from, & our charts for the songs we present. Opportunities to record and video will be flagged, so you’ll be free to concentrate on the workshop itself.

About the presenters …

Ukulele Upgrade presented by Ross Clark and Helena Bond of Daylight MoonHelena BOND, vocalist and u-bassist for Daylight Moon, has been singing all her life, and brings an experienced ear to making a song work.
Ross CLARK, original u-bassist for The Performing BUMS, co-founder of The BUMSteaders, and guitarist/ukulelist/vocalist for Daylight Moon, brings a decade of songwriting experience to his arranging of songs for performance. Daylight Moon are currently recording their 3rd album, Dancing on the Moon, which includes three uke songs.

Have you branched out into baritone?

Ukes come in many sizes and shapes, and can be adapted to different styles of music. We see more and more baritone ukuleles at the jams and in our performing groups.

Why play a baritone?

The baritone provides a great transition from 6-string instruments like guitar to playing with 4 strings. If you’re having a hard time adjusting to the GCEA tuned ukulele, this might be the solution for you. Baritone ukulele is a great guitar alternative. Moving from a guitar to baritone ukulele is very easy because most of chord shapes are the same (the exception being that the bottom two strings are just not there). For some people the longer fretboard of the baritone can be a better fit than shorter ukulele fretboards. Compared to a guitar, the string tension is less, and the fret spacing is closer together, and there are only 4 strings to bar. And a baritone uke is so much more portable than a guitar.

Here’s your chance to get started by joining qualified ukulele teacher, Garry Collins at …

Venue: Coorparoo Bowls Club, 32 Riddings Street, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Date: Saturday 25 May 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 or 4:00 pm

Garry Collins has a Certificate 3 in teaching ukulele having trained under James Hill for three years. He has played the baritone ukulele for five years, performing with the Brisbane Uketet.

TICKETS $25

BUY TICKET ONLINE AT TRYBOOKING https://www.trybooking.com/487224

BUMS financial members tickets $5 with promo code (Check your email 24 March Subject: Members Promo Code for Introduction to Baritone Ukulele Workshop )
Please Note: Trybooking has an addition booking fee $0.50 TIPS for using Trybooking here

Workshop description

If you have a baritone ukulele and want to know the differences it has to the standard ukuleles, or even if you don’t have one but are thinking about getting one and want to find out about it before you spend your money then this workshop will answer your questions.

This workshop is suitable for any, beginners to advanced. You will learn how the baritone is tuned, the differences and the similarities the baritone has to other ukuleles. The basic chords in all keys on the baritone. A few different methods you can use on the baritone to play along with others and enhance the overall sound.

Towards the end we will have a bit of a jam so you can get used to baritone chording. To join in the last bit you will need a baritone ukulele and a tuner. There will be a spare (one only) for those who don’t have one but would like to try it out. If you have access to a standard tuned guitar you can use that.

A copy of notes from the workshop and a chord chart will be given to all participants.


If you would like to join BUMS (and get great perks like special prices for workshops) on our membership page.

Check out what jams, workshops, and performances are happening every month on the News & Events page.

On St Paddy’s Day eve, our Brisbane ukulele family were treated to a wonderful morning of Irish music to celebrate the magic of D-tuned ukulele.

Celtic Ukulele Music Workshop, March 2019

The Celtic Ukulele Workshop run by the Toowong Irish Music Session on behalf of BUMS was held at Zillmere Hall, on Saturday morning 16 March.

About 20 participants, mostly beginner level, were enjoyed 100 minutes of introductory musical study, guided by more than half a dozen enthusiastic and knowledgeable uke teachers and tutors.

The outcome was a morning of wonderful Irish Song accompanied on D-tuned ukulele. We learned the wonderful Raglan Road and Star of the County Down. The group felt another workshop soon would be great. Thank you BUMS Inc for hosting the workshop.

As a result of the March workshop, we were pleased to welcome three of the participants to their first Irish music session at our venue, Toowong Bowls Club. Everyone is welcome, regardless of levels of experience. So please come along on Thursdays between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

For more information contact Pete on 0447 721 669.

Or hit us up on our Toowong Irish Music Session Facebook page.

Peter McMeel
Toowong Irish Music Session
23/3/2019

Our first Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp for the year was held on 13 & 20 March 2019.

The March Beginners Ukulele Bootcampers hard at work.

Here’s what one of our enthusiastic Bootcampers, Eva-Maree Matson, had to say about the course.

So glad I attended Beginners Bootcamp! After struggling through countless YouTube sessions at the beginning of my uke journey, it was pure pleasure to be part of a group learning session led by patient and knowledgeable teachers, Keryn, Julie and John.

The course is really well set out, and the setting is relaxed (you do not feel pressured at all). You’ll surprise yourself, as I did, just how much you can take in if you apply yourself. And it’s such fun too with everyone playing along together!

You’re sent the course notes after attending, and I found that really helpful to reinforce what I had learnt during the session. So handy to have to refer back to as well.

I am not familiar with reading sheet music, timing, and beats etc, but Keryn and Julie explained the basics to us simply and clearly, and gave excellent tips for smoother chord progressions. By the end of the second session you’ll be equipped with a bunch of chords to take you through quite a few songs.

After such an enjoyable learning experience, I would recommend Beginners Bootcamp for anyone looking to make a strong start on the ukulele.

If you live on the northside and you’re looking for a Bootcamp closer to home, come to the FREE April Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Nundah. Beginners Bootcamp is specifically for ukulele players who can move smoothly amongst the basic chords like C, F & G7, and perhaps Am & G.

John and Keryn will run the April Bootcamp at the Nundah Brisbane City Council Library on two consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Session 1: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Session 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp offers practice tips, finger dexterity drills, ear training exercises, basic music theory, and how to find clues for playing songs in sheet music. The chords used in this course include A,  A7, Am, Am7, C, C6, C7, Cmaj7, D, D7, Dm, E7, F, G, and G7.

Registrations open on 1 March 2019. Bookings are for two sessions. Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your uke and tuner.

Please only register if you are available for both sessions. Each person must register separately. The group size is limited to 24 participants. If you miss out, please add your name to the waiting list. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Booking into Session 1 automatically books you into Session 2.

Absolute Beginners Bootcamp was run at Bulimba BCC Library on 13 & 20 February. The course was over-subscribed, so we opened it up to the waiting list. One of our enthusiastic bootcampers, Donna Singleton, has this to say …

Why Bootcamp?

Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamps are FREE. There is your first draw card.

And, what have you got to lose? A few hours on a Wednesday night?

Session 2, Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Bulimba, February 2019

Three marvellous people, Keryn, Julie and John have designed classes to make it easier for people to start playing the ukulele, and not fluff around trying to mimic others. There are many videos on YouTube, but if you are not musically minded, this can be very daunting. Now you can say goodbye to the ‘daunt’.

At Bootcamp you learn basic strumming and picking techniques and how to read music notation, all in a very relaxed manner. The pace is set by the group on the night so that nobody is left behind. The song choices are varied, which is nice, and unexpected, as they all have limited chords. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the lessons designed to give a basic understanding of how music is written and played, and how to recognise the sounds of notes and chords, and to feel rhythm. We also learned how to take care of and strengthen our fingers and hands.

We played … I use that term loosely … a few simple tunes on the first night. A pretty good achievement, I thought. We were supplied with notes and songsheets from the session for our homework. When we returned for the second class, we had all practised for different amounts of time. I tell you what though, by the end of that final class, we were playing more chords and more difficult tunes without too much pausing.

For a bunch that couldn’t play a chord at the beginning of the previous week, this was really pretty cool. For non-music teachers, these three are pretty awesome uke teachers.
I am now looking forward to the Beginners  Ukulele Bootcamp in March.

Donna Singleton


Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp

Registrations are currently open for:

What a great time was had by all at the introduction to ukulele night put on by Morris Brothers Music, BUMS and Linda’s Uke‘N’Sing. There were about 140 beginners attending. It was a great place to start for people with no or limited knowledge as the information was simple and clear — so easy to follow. At the start we were taught what all the bits on the ukulele were called, how to hold it and all the essential things like that. We quickly moved on though, and were playing our first song within 10 minutes from the start!

The songs to follow were a good selection of quick to master songs. The music and lyrics were projected onto a large screen at the front of the room, making it easy to see and follow along.

Linda & Paul with lyrics on the big screen.

The enthusiasm and joy buzzing around the room was infectious,” said Pam one of the participants. Linda who was leading the class had an easy manner, and an all inclusive way to make sure everyone got something out of the session. Linda and Paul (who was also running the class) worked very well together and clearly loved what they were doing.

Linda demonstrates chord shape.

We had several breaks for people to rest their fingers, have a drink, ask questions and chat with other beginners. The age range of the participants was from school-aged children to retirees, and everything in-between. Everyone was keen to learn and have fun.

There were many volunteers from BUMS on hand to give support to the beginners with things like tuning, finger placement, strumming and other tips. Morris Brothers Music had a pop-up shop with all things ukulele, so any necessary purchases could be made, and advice given.

At the end of the evening, although many had sore fingers, the enthusiasm was still buzzing and the nerves had been replaced with a feeling of achievement.

Over 140 Ferny Grove beginners & BUMS volunteers, Feb 2019

What a wonderful night, such enthusiastic teachers and learners. We had such fun and were playing songs from the beginning!” said J.H.

It was a great night and I have learnt so much,” said H.E. ‘We had a lovely night. I would recommend it to everyone. It won’t disappoint!” said V.N.

Margaret Zordan

Celtic Ukulele Workshop on 16 March 2019

Saturday 16 March 2019

D tuned ukulele offers you an elegant pathway to the ephemeral magic of Irish Traditional Music (ITM)
This 1.5 hour workshop opens the door to participants of any skill level, through the study of popular song and instrumental technique on ukulele tuned in D.
Main presenters Peter McMeel and Brendan Williams have over 100 years musical experience between them. Brendan, a son of the Emerald Isle, is a world class multi-instrumentalist, specialist ITM teacher and ukulele enthusiast. Peter McMeel, Brendan’s student of 30 years, is also a highly experienced multi-instrumental teacher and ukulele enthusiast. They will be ably supported by half a dozen regular participants of the Toowong Twin ITM Session as well. We have all been playing D tuned ukuleles together for the past couple of years at the Toowong Twin Session.
The ukulele, once it is tuned in D, perfectly joins the panoply of the more usual ITM instruments such as tin whistle, fiddle, banjo, guitar & concertina etc. Ukulele is a perfect accompaniment instrument too. This makes the ukulele tuned in D an intelligent first choice instrument for ITM.

Participants will learn

    • The purpose and method of D tuning, it’s relevance to the Irish Tradition.
    • Repertoire appropriate to student skill level. Eg Beginner- Raglan Road song, and ukulele accompaniment.
    • An overview of intermediate level strum hand technique and it’s nomenclature as per the March 6 Session at Coorparoo BUMS.
    • Scales in D tuning. The D scale in D tuning. (Your C scale.) Em & G.
    • Complete performance of Song or Instrumental.

Members of the Toowong Twin Sessions will be on hand, to play along on traditional instruments and more ukes of course!

Saturday 16 March 2019

Zillmere Hall
52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere QLD 4034

10:00 -11:30 AM
Doors open 9:45

TICKETS $25
BUMS Inc Members $5 (2018-2019 financial year)

Get your tickets now on Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/464379


Uke Plays Irish meet weekly Thursdays at Toowong Bowls Club.

INVITATION

To get you familiar with Irish Traditional Music, we invite you come to

BUMS Inc Big Uke Jam at Coorparoo on

Wednesday 6 March  at 7 pm.

Peter and Brendan will demonstrate the skills and repertoire and incredible potential of Irish Traditional Music on the uke. You can then purchase a cash ticket, let us know your skill level and receive some prep information.


Your workshop presenter Peter McKeel.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

    • Get a tenor or concert ukulele.
    • Reserve it for Linear D tuning.
    • Fit a strap to it.
    • Tune Linear D.     1st-B, 2nd-F#, 3rd-D, 4th– low A. (suggest using an electronic tuner)

When you buy your ticket keep an eye out for an email with a link to the preparation which will enhance your enjoyment of the workshop.

Email Pete at with any questions about the workshop.


For any questions about Trybooking email Jo Kunde at