Hot Jazz and Blues with Del Rey and Adam Franklin! 6 June ’17 @thecumby

Back by popular demand! 

The Fabulous Del Rey returns to Newcastle on her 2017 UK Tour!

This time with the Amazing Adam Franklin!

Hot Jazz and Blues at The Cumberland Arms

James Place Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

1. Ukulele Workshop: Hot Jazz Rhythm Picking

Adam Franklin is a fantastic tutor, as anyone who has attended his Workshop on “Hot Jazz Rhythm Picking for Ukulele” will testify!

  • In this workshop you will learn some easily remembered picking patterns and how to use them to provide a solid rhythmic foundation to ANY song in ANY style – not just “hot jazz”!
  • Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player, you will find this technique a very useful tool to add that “extra something” to sing-alongs and jams!

2. Guitar Workshop: Moving Bass Lines

After Del Rey’s last performance, guitarists in the audience asked her if she could come back to run a Guitar Workshop. So that is what Del is going to do for us this time, focussing on “Moving Bass Lines”!

  • Want to play like a pianist? Walking and boogie-woogie bass lines for fingerstyle guitar! Learn the positions where you can find both chords and  moving bass.
  • Intermediate-Advanced Level.  Standard tuning. Recording permitted.

3. Hot Jazz and Blues Concert

Del Rey and Adam Franklin Resonate! Jazz and Blues Duets!

Hot Jazz and Blues Evening

Del and Adam often run workshops and perform together in the South of England when Del is in the UK.  We are so pleased to bring them up to the North East to run Guitar and Ukulele Workshops and perform for us in concert!

Timings:

6:00 – 6:15 Doors Ukulele Workshop (Max. attendance 30)

6:15 – 6:45 Ukulele Workshop – Adam Franklin

7:00 – 7:15 Doors Guitar Workshop (Max. attendance 30)

7:15 – 8:15 Guitar Workshop – Del Rey

8:30 – 8:45 Doors Concert

8:45 – 10:30 Concert (Del Rey and Adam Franklin

10:30 – 10:45 RAFFLE

10:45 – END

Tickets – NO Booking Fees!

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELFDJJ

There are four tickets to choose from.

1. Concert + Both Workshops (Guitar and Ukulele):  £30

2. Concert + Guitar Workshop: £20

3. Concert + Ukulele Workshop: £20

4. Concert Only (does NOT include Workshop Attendance): £10

Venue:

The Cumberland Arms
James Place Street
Byker/Ouseburn Valley
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 1LD

Access:

  • The Workshops and Concert are in the upstairs Function Room.
  • There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp.
  • The toilets are on the Ground Floor and are not officially wheelchair accessible.
  • The Public Bar is on the Ground Floor.

Notes:

  • There are separate admission times for each event.
  • If you are attending the Ukulele Workshop and then the Concert, you will be able to relax in the Music Room or Saloon Bar downstairs while the Guitar Workshop is running upstairs.
  • Refreshments are not included in the Ticket Price.

Links:

Del Rey: http://delreyplays.com
Adam Franklin: http://www.adamfranklinblues.com
The Cumberland Arms: http://www.thecumberlandarms.co.uk

This Event on Facebook:  Hot Jazz and Blues Evening with Del Rey and Adam Franklin 

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UPDATE: Print-friendly Poster and Fliers!

Many thanks to Aaron Tucker for producing these lovely posters! There are links to download PDF file versions for printing below.

Put them on your fridge, your noticeboard, etc. or pass on to friends who might be interested in coming along!

PDF file A4 poster: Hot Jazz and blues poster

PDF file A5 flier x 2: Hot Jazz and blues poster x 2

PDF file A6 flier x 4: Hot Jazz and blues poster x 4

 

Tips for looking for a ukulele tutor

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The best tip is to follow the advice published on http://www.musicteachers.co.uk

There is also a search facility on the site to find music teachers.

This organisation works in conjunction with the Musicians Union. For the protection of its members, the MU publishes the names of individuals and organisations where it feels members should receive advice and information before proceeding with any involvement: please see p 33 of http://issuu.com/musicians_union/docs/the_musician__autumn_2012

The MU only advises its members, not the public. However, it is unlikely that an individual or organisation that is a cause of concern to the MU would be listed on the Music Teachers website.

There will also be many GOOD teachers who are NOT listed on the Music Teachers website – just because a name is missing, do not assume that there is any cause for concern.

Use this advice published on the Music Teachers site to inform your judgement:
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“Sunny” by Bobby Hebb – a song for the Sunday Summer Break

Collage of clips from YouTube videos of versions of Sunny

A lovely song to while away the summer – with some links to stuff that you might find useful for finding and learning other songs!

There are some beautiful ukulele versions of “Sunny” on the internet, both sung and instrumental. None of the versions here have been recorded as a tutorial, with the purpose of teaching someone how to play the song.  I just liked these ones. There are many other versions that I liked too but I had to stop somewhere and 10, including Bobby Hebb’s original, seemed like a good place to draw the line.

My top pick for the easiest arrangement to play and sing is by NGUYEN DINH Quoc-Huy.

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My first uke – what should I buy? What should I practice?

Essential reading for all new ukers!

These two excellent articles include advice on what to buy as your first uke:

1. http://ukulelehunt.com/2010/02/24/beginner-ukulele-lessons/

2. http://www.gotaukulele.com/p/beginners-guides.html


Some more ideas:

I get regular emails via the website asking for advice about the “best first uke to buy”, advice for beginner lessons, etc. There are lots of websites with this sort of advice so I have started listing them here as and when I find them:

My UkeStuff Xmarks: http://share.xmarks.com/folder/bookmarks/k64Oupk0xi

(Xmarks link: sometimes that link goes to a blank page – if so, please leave a comment and I will fix it.)

I have copied extracts from a couple of emails and the replies I sent – see below – and hope this information helps others too.

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Ukes4Fun Song Practice No 4: Singing In The Rain – Two chord version!

Wonderful video of Megs leading Mis-spent Ukes and Friends at Rowlands Gill Community Centre – courtesy of Bob – with a song-sheet so you can practice in between sessions!

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See “The Ukulele First Step – Beginners Start Here!” for the first three practice songs.


Preview! “What Ukulele Players REALLY want to know” eBook by Barry Maz @bazmaz

What Ukulele Players REALLY want to know

A guide, written FOR beginners..

by

Barry Maz

Published by Barry Maz at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Barry Maz

To new ukulele players everywhere….

Cover photo – Mainland Mahogany Concert Ukulele – photo copyright Barry Maz 2010

INTRODUCTION AND HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THIS BOOK

I’m Barry, and I’m a ukulele player. Well, actually, I am not just a player. In fact, I have found myself rather obsessed by the ukulele. You see, the little instrument can do that to you, it kind of gets under your skin. Before you know it, it has taken hold and you are stuck. It’s fun though!

I’m actually a guitar player by trade and have been playing for over twenty years, until a few years ago I was re-watching a documentary about a hero of mine, George Harrison. George liked the uke. In fact, that is an understatement, George LOVED the uke. In fact many of his friends are on record pointing out that he actually put the uke higher than the guitar in his affections. He would always travel with two ukuleles, so that if he was playing with friends, he could also pass one to somebody else to join in. I love that story. George had the ukulele bug bad, just like me. In fact, most people I meet who have started playing the ukulele have the same bug…

When I first bought a ukulele, totally contrary to all of my knowledge and good practice with guitars, I assumed the uke was a toy instrument, that it wasn’t very serious. I therefore spent as little money as I could get away with in the hope of having some fun. How wrong I was. You see it turns out that the world is flooded with cheap ukuleles that frankly, don’t play very well. Nor is the ukulele a toy or anything that shouldn’t be taken seriously. It’s an instrument and it needs the same thought and attention any other instrument receives. This frustrated me, but I carried on, and bought a slightly better ukulele.

continue reading next 20 pages of preview at  smashwords.com
  • Well worth checking out! Written from a UK-uke perspective for beginners. This preview gives a good insight into the content if you are not sure whether it is for you. Bargain price for the full book – Much less than the cost of a pint! If you like his website Baz, invites you to buy him a beer :-)

http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/2011/01/ukulele-ebook-published.html