Mark has prepared the sheet music for the piece “Chopstix” in standard music notation and tablature which you will learn to play in 4 part harmony by finger picking the individual notes. You will learn how to read both the standard music staff and tablature notation for this piece.
In this workshop Mark will teach easy basic Jazz chords while learning the classic standard song “The Summer Wind”. You will also learn more about common chord shapes or patterns and how they move up the fret board. To participate in this workshop you should be able to play a C Major scale competently in both directions.
Bob Isaacson encouraged beginners to practice with something other than the boring "Down Down Down Down" strum. A strum that works for most country and rock tunes with 4/4 time is D- D- DU DU, i.e. strum the strings on the up stroke of the 3rd and 4th beats in a measure.
And another strum good for country and rock tunes: Put emphasis on the 2nd and 4th strums in a measure.
Trudy mentioned the dreaded E chord (fingering 4442 - that's 1st string, 2nd fret, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th string of the 4th fret), and showed us an alternate way to play this chord: Barre the 4th fret, and put your little finger on the first string (A) of the 7th fret (4447). Keeping that same position, you can slide down the fret board to play these chords: D# (3336), D (2225), C# (1114), and C (0003 - pressing "A" string with other 3 open, the common "C" chord); or up the fret board to play F (5558) or F# (6669).
From November through March, the first Thursday of every month with be "Workshop/Lesson" night.
The cost of each one hour workshop is $10. All workshops will be taught by our Musical Director, Mark Baker. If you have any questions about the workshops, you can call Mark at 623-974-3360.
Check out the Tempo bullet on the resources page for a list of songs with recommended tempo, and some info on metronomes.
Open Mic Afternoon is everyone's chance to shine and to share with the club your favorite songs. If you want a little support up there, just call a fellow uker (or 2 or 3 or 4), get together, and practice the number (or numbers) that you would like to play and sing. Remember, you don't have to be a professional, you just have to love music, and be willing to share with the rest of this music loving group. It's a guarantee that we will give you a standing ovation for your first time &ldq;on stage&rdq;.