The founders of www.UkuleleUnderground.com with Aldreine Guerrero are in town teaching a beginning and advanced workshop on the Ukulele. In addition they will be performing at Mo's Island Grinds today July 22,2008 at 6:30p.m..
I wasn't sure which class to take so I ended up in the beginning class which was a bit more rudimentary than anticipated but still well worth it. I stayed for the advance workshop which covered some strum patterns as well as some improvisation. This was more to my liking and skill set.
The two workshops were followed by a short set of Ryan on Guitar and Aldriene on the Uke. The crowd was uber impressed, Aldriene's technique is the real deal and has to make a decision if he really wants to pursue a more serious recording career. I hope he does, although we have Jake Shimbabukaro it would be great to have a few more contemporary Uke projects. (I'll work on it but it's still not my primary instrument....lol)
After decades of playing piano and directing musicians in various capacities it has been interesting actually picking up another instrument for once
It's been almost 30 days since Steven Sloan gave me a Ukulele on my birthday. It was the week that we were in sessions for the Derek Stroh Project which is heavily guitar driven so I guess I got the bug. My intention behind the Ukulele was a bit comedic to be honest, then I started looking into the new wave of Ukulele seemingly inspired by Jake Shimabukuro and found Ukulele Underground. Aldreine has videos covering how to play more contemporary pieces as well as more aggressive strumming and pick styles.
Ukulele Underground is a great example of a blog, video podcasting model. so check it out just for that....