Swallow Hill Music — Denver, CO
5:30pm 5:30pm

Swallow Hill Music — Denver, CO


5:30 - 7:00 PM  The Art Of The Improvisor — Improvisation, the art of spontaneous composition, is the heart and soul of jazz, and understanding its core principles will allow players of any level to step up and play a solo at their next jam session. This workshop will focus on the use of scales, arpeggios, dynamics, and several other essential tenants of creative improvisation. Players will be provided with the opportunity to implement these devices on common song forms, including a 12-Bar Blues (i.e. "Kansas City" or "C Jam Blues") and a 32-Bar Standards (i.e. "I Got Rhythm" or "All Of Me").

7:30 - 9:00 PM  Fingerstyle Uke, Global Rhythms — This crash-course in fingerstyle ukulele utilizes traditional rhythms from around the world to teach various right-hand fingerstyle techniques. The Congolese Rhumba, Cubans Son, and Brazilian Bossa Nova are guaranteed to lift you out of your strumming rut.

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to May 30

Ashokan Ukulele Festival • Olivebridge, NY

SAT 10:45 AM – WORKSHOP – Playing The Changes (Part 1)

SAT 2:00 PM – WORKSHOP – Chord Melodies (Part 1)



SUN 10:45 AM – WORKSHOP – Playing The Changes (Part 2)

SUN 2:00 PM – WORKSHOP – Chord Melodies (Part 2)

More info online at www.ashokan.org.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Denver Uke Fest • Denver, CO

The 2016 Denver Uke Fest, presented by Swallow Hill Music.  The Friday night concert (5/13) will feature Daniel Ho, Julia Nunes, and Milk Blossoms; the Saturday night concert (5/14) will feature James Hill, Del Rey, and Paul Hemmings.  Music of Miles Davis workshop (5/14) will feature techniques and compositions from the album Kind of Blue arranged for ukulele. 

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to Aug 15

Gold Pan Ukulele Festival

Friday, August 14, 2015

7:30 PM: Gold Pan Ukulele Festival Concert at the State Theater in Auburn, CA

Paul Hemmings (ukulele), Buca Necak (bass), Andrew Enberg (drums)


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Workshops at the Canyon View Community Center.

10:00-11:30 AM: The Music of Miles Davis

1:15-2:45 PM: Art of the Improvisor - Playing the Changes

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to Jul 17

Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center

  • Davis & Elkins College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tuesday, July 14 & Thursday, July 16, 2015

7:30 PM: Blues & Swing Week Instructor Concerts

Paul Hemmings (ukulele), Jason Anick (violin), Kathy Reitz (bass). Wes Crawford (drums), Robert Redd (piano)

Plus many other performers...

Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17, 2015

Workshops at Halliehurst Hall

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Improvising on the Ukulele

3:00 - 4:30 PM: Augusta Ukulele Orchestra

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to Sep 7

Wine Country Ukulele Festival

  • Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7, 2014

Workshops at Napa Valley College, Upper Campus

1:00 - 2:15 PM: By Arrangement (Parts 1 & 2)

In this  2-part workshop, Paul Hemmings will delve into the fundamentals of arranging tunes for the ukulele for 1 – 3 ukuleles, all the way to a complete ukulele orchestra. It’s a great workshop for anyone who is part of a group, wants to create a group, already leads a group, or just wants to have some ideas that will help their group sound better.

Part I (Saturday, Level 2-3) will focus on arranging tunes for 1-3 ukes, perfect for when you get together to play with a friend or two.  You’ll learn how to develop complementary parts by learning how to incorporate intros and outros, how to harmonize a melody, and how to distill a tune down to its essential components.

Part II (Sunday, Level 3-4) picks up where Part I leaves off and will focus on arranging for anywhere from 4 ukes to a complete ukulele big band.  You’ll get into the basics of 4-part harmony, modulating keys, utilizing dynamics, and much more.  Perfect for players looking to write arrangements of tunes for their ukulele group or club. While it is recommended that you take both parts, you can also take either one.

2:30 - 3:45 PM: Quantum Chord Mechanics (Parts 1 & 2)

This 2-day intensive workshop will clarify everything you’ve ever wanted to know about chords, and in the process, unlock the potential of your instrument’s entire fretboard. Saturday’s workshop (Part One) will cover intervals, triads, and a few 7th chords; on Sunday (Part Two) the focus will be on more 7th chords, chord extensions (9ths, 11ths, 13ths), and a Grand Unified Theory to tie everything together. This is a great workshop for confident strummers, players interested in chord melodies, and anybody with the desire to learn a system for playing any kind of chord on the ukulele.

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