Jason Arimoto brings the Blues to McCabes

Jason is a great player and teacher with a heart as big as his talent!

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He and Daniel Ho have worked together to build Ukulele Creations and the U-Space at the JACC is an amazing space dedicated to building community through the ‘ukulele.  We are thrilled that he will be at McCabes THIS SATURDAY as our first guest instructor at Weekend Ukulele Warriors.

Join us at NOON, Saturday, February 1 to learn the BLUES for Beginners with Jason!

This workshop will explore the simple and subtle inflections that can help give the blues to any happy uke. If you want to play a hard driving blues shuffle or a solid country blues groove this class will get you started.  In addition, the blues scale in “A” will be covered along with a few choice blues riffs to jump start your blues solos.

Daniel and I will be there to learn from the master- we can’t wait!  Classes are $40 each, no advance reservations necessary.

We have more great guests arranged and tons lining up  Here’s the rest of the schedule so far:

2/ 8   picking and Grinning with Heidi Swedberg- simple picking patterns give variety to your playing for beginning and intermediate players

2/ 15   Bossa Nova Training Wheels with Daniel Ward- like champaigne, bossa goes with everything.  Broken down to simple steps so everyone can get their Jobim on.

2/ 22   Guest teacher FRED SOKOLOW takes students on aUkulele Fretboard Roadtrip!

3/ 1  The effervescent  JIM D’VILLE shares his secrets of how to  Play Ukulele  by Ear

3/8   Special guest teachers SARAH MAISEL and CRAIG CHEE bring  their sparkling chemistry and great chops!

3/15  Modulating  the Bb family with Heidi Swedberg.  Learn a simple closed chord progression that can carry you up the fretboard.

3/29  The Butcher of Seville with Daniel Ward (Spanish guitar classics for the 4 strings)

4/5  Learn to play the Ukulele in a Day with Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward

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“I’d rather put…

“I’d rather put songs on people’s lips than in their ears.” (Pete Seeger)

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When I made my first CD in 2009 I sent a copy to Pete Seeger, to thank him for making it possible by teaching me so many songs. I had/have never met him, but I have known him all my life. To my astonishment, he wrote me back a kind and encouraging letter. It is one of my greatest treasures.

The bravery and beauty of Mr. Pete Seeger is what raises the level for the rest of us. Thank you, Pete. For putting all those songs in my heart and on my lips.

The farther I go on my journey the more I feel your inspiration and guidance.

Kid’s Music Grammy Nominees Concert

I am excited to be participating in this great SOLD OUT show for families coming up in 2 weeks-  One of my musical heroes, Elizabeth Mitchell, has asked me to play some uke and recorder (!) with them.

Justin Roberts Rocks the wee folk at the 2011 Grammy Kid's Concert, and will do it again this year.

Justin Roberts Rocks the wee folk at the 2011 Grammy Kid’s Concert, and will do it again this year.

CHILDREN’S GRAMMY® Nominees Perform Family Concert at The Moss Theater on January 25th

The Children’s Recording Arts Alliance announces the fifth annual family concert featuring all five of this year’s children’s album GRAMMY® Award nominees (Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jennifer Gasoi, Elizabeth Mitchell, Alastair Moock and Justin Roberts), on Saturday, January 25th at 10:30 am at the Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., in Santa Monica. Tickets to the one-hour, all-ages concert

All net proceeds support Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (http://www.mhopus.org/), which keeps music alive in schools by donating instruments to under-funded music programs.

Tickets to the one-hour, all-ages concert ($12 in advance, $15 day of show) are available now via BrownPaperTickets .