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

“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.

Swag City!!! Kala Travel Tenor

A big fat box of swag came from the Weekend Ukulele Warrior sponsor KALA, including this sleek and bright Kala Travel Tenor.  Next week, being the last Saturday of the month we will draw the lucky winner from January’s workshop participants.  Your odds are pretty darn good, as we will only have had 3 weeks total of workshops- so come next week and join the fun!

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We also have tuners and shirts to raffle off, plus stickers and Kala Swag for ALL!

Next week’s workshop is Daniel Ward’s specialty- LATIN STRUMS.  Rhumba, baby! Sexy stuff!

Meanwhile, I will be playing with Elizabeth Mitchell and You are My Flower at the SOLD OUT

Children’s Grammy Award Nominee Concert
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at the New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, Ca
Concert starts at 10 a.m.

 Here’s a link to a Red Tricycle listing all about the event.

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 .

 

KALA Ukulele Sponsors the Weekend Ukulele Warriors

This Saturday at McCabes you can hone your ukulele skills AND win a FREE KALA TRAVEL TENOR Ukulele!

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Kala Ukuleles have come on board as sponsor for the Weekend Ukulele Warriors.  Every week in class we will be raffling off tuners and t-shirts, giving away cool swag and every month we will raffle a fancy new uke.  Your name will go in the hat once for each workshop you attend.  On the final Saturday of the month we will hold our drawing for the free instrument.

Get On Board!

Get On Board!

This week, Daniel Ward teaches UKULELE BUILDING BLOCKS- a workshop designed for all levels, great for absolute beginners or seasoned players who want to become faster, better and cleaner on the strings.  He’ll teach you great exercises designed to help you learn proper alignment, shed bad  habits and play better with less effort.

here is the schedule through April- we hope you come every week and win a NEW UKE, plus enjoy the amazing guest instructors coming your way!

1/ 18 Ukulele Building Blocks with Daniel Ward- simple exercises and techniques for all levels

1/25  Latin Strums With Daniel Ward- Even the most simple songs, like “Happy Birthday to You” come to life with a dash of salsa!

2/1 JASON ARIMOTO 

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

NEW SERIES: Weekly Workshops at McCabes

Exciting news! Starting January 11th Daniel and I will be hosting a new series of ukulele workshop-style classes at McCabes Guitar Shop called

WEEKEND UKULELE WARRIOR

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Great photos by John Nyboer – see more here! estnyboer.com/photos

ukelele lesson by heidi swedberg at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Los Angeles

Every Saturday at noon you can hone your skills in a festival-style workshop.  We will feature great guest instructors from the ukulele circuit when they are in town, such as Jim D’Ville, Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee.  Each workshop is $40.  You can sign up inadvance on the website or come a bit early on the day.  Classes are open to all ages, but children under 8 must have a participating adult alongside.

Workshops  become increasingly challenging over the course of the month but any level can attend and learn something in any class.   The first Saturday of the month is appropriate absoloute beginners, the second week geared towards those who know a few chords and are ready for more, the third week will be new skills and the fourth week will focus on a fun challenge, such as latin strums, blues box exploration or classical flamenco Sevillanas.

Fantastic guest instructors from around the ukulele World Circuit share their love and expertise.  Catch some of the hottest uke superstars as they pass through town in these exciting workshops! More special guests to be added- I will update the schedule as great teachers jump on board.

Here’s what we have scheduled so far:

1/ 11  Learn to play the Ukulele in a Day with Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward

1/ 18 Ukulele Building Blocks with Daniel Ward- simple exercises and techniques for all levels

1/25  Latin Strums With Daniel Ward- Even the most simple songs, like “Happy Birthday to You” come to life with a dash of salsa!

2/1 JASON ARIMOTO 

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 with the Bb family with Heidi Swedberg.  Learn a simple 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