Want to know the theory, technique and shortcuts to improvising on the ukulele?
Or you do you just want the shortcuts?
Either way – this course will get you understanding what you have to do, and then we’ll practice, review and get you to feel it in your blood.
This is a FIXED course over four consecutive weeks using Zoom. Each session is 1.5 hours, and will be offered to only 16 people so as to increase your learning and personal feedback opportunities.
Express interest for the next scheduled Improvisation Workshops on the form below. The next Impro workshops will commence late August or early September 2020.
THERE WILL BE TWO COURSES OFFERED: AN ADVANCED AND BEGINNERS COURSE.
The advanced course is for those that have done the Quokkas or the Antechinus course previously (essential prerequisite). The Beginners is for folks new to improvisation. NO previous course is required. For those that have done the Bilbies and Potoroos your refresher course is coming but not yet!
- We learn and review your important scales – the major scale, the pentatonics, the blues, and other minor scales etc.
- We will help you apply these new found scales.
- Jamming. We’ll play a bunch of songs across different genres to see what we can apply to make them feel better.
- We’ll practice, and review feel. You get a chance to improve your improvising in the privacy of your own home!
- We will provide some backing tracks so you can practice at home.
- All sessions are online using Zoom.
- A private Facebook allows you to submit homework for peer and teacher review.
- All sessions will have breakout rooms lead by informed, skilled and grounded teachers for finer grained assistance.
Who are the Teachers?
Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart, from The Sum of the Parts (music), are well know at ukulele and folk clubs and festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA and other places. They have also published two books on their teaching method and business model. They have a rare combination of skills, sensitivity, planning and personality to deliver an entertaining and educationally fruitful workshop. They are assisted by whizzkid, John Wallace.
What do you need?
- An ukulele. Baritone ukes are ok (if you know what you are doing) but you must have a capo available.
- Knowing the names of your strings and some notes on the fretboard is required. This is not for beginners.
- Minimal knowledge + tenacious and curious attitude + fingers that can = acceptable. Please be ready to give things a go.
- A printer or a separate ipad or device to view your music.
- Headphones are preferable, or good speakers.
- Standard microphone on your device or computer is ok.
- A separate device (like a phone) to record your solos and to repost them.
Our preferred time is 7-8:30pm Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights in late August or early September. Put your preference on the form below.
This is a fixed four week course with a limit of 16 registrants. If there is sufficient demand, we have the capacity to run another session on another day
The cost for four weeks is $120. Payment is not required yet. You will receive a confirmation email with bank deposit (or credit card) details once we have once we confirm numbers and the preferred day and time.