This weekend: McCabes for ALL AGES (with DYLAN DUPRE!)

Just back from the PHENOMENAL Reno Ukulele Festival! What a fantastic time we had!  (More on that in the next post)   Now we are all fired up to jump right back in to teaching ukulele to all ages here in Los Angeles at McCabes. (OK, Santa Monica… but close enough!)


We loved working with our friends Craig and Sarah, and we hope to welcome them back to Weekend Ukulele Warriors as soon as they can fit it into their very busy schedules.  I’m still working through the chord substitutions from the handouts in the last workshop they led.  Our new friend and colleague,  Dylan, pictured here in photos from Reno,  is a killer player and has the best Bb you have ever seen. He will teach you how to play it HERE, and you can listen to his first song HERE.   These are AWSOME videos-  Go Dylan GO!  Maybe we can schedule a date for you to teach at McCabes soon!  It is your birthday on Thursday, after all.  Don’t put it off another year!

Because we are bopping around  we will have some rather irregular dates for the new UKULEAR FAMILY class, and a new time to boot!  If you are interested but know you will be unable to attend a class in the series don’t let that deter you- we would be happy to prorate for you.

UKULEAR FAMILY is an all-ages class, 4 Saturdays, May 3, 10, 24th and June 6, 1:30 PM.  Kids under 8 are $50, and require a participating adult.  Adults are $110.  You don’t have to have a kid to attend, but it helps if you can act like one!

The Weekend Ukulele Warriors series continues on Saturdays at noon.  This week Daniel and I teach an intro Nashville System and the following week we teach plucking patterns to juice up your playing.  We are just about to draw the lucky winner of a Kala Travel tenor uke from the names of workshop attendees, so come to class and get your name in- maybe you will be a winner, like Dylan!

Speaking of McCabes and ukulele… in a few weeks the lovely Louise Goffin will be singing and playing her 4 strings at McCabes!  Come catch her show at 8 pm May 17th. Get your tickets HERE




Big Bunny!


We had a hoppin’good time at the LA Zoo over the weekend, playing 10 shows in 3 days and hanging with the Big Bunny.  We packed breakfast burritos with green chili and lunch burritos with red chili to share with another New Mexican, Luis Guerra who played the sassy new Ohana bass.  (Can’t wait to take this little powerhouse to the Reno Uke Fest this weekend!)


Who can resist a  carousel?  Sure wish we had the chance to ride in the Dung Beetle Chariot!


Warriors take a Holiday this Saturday

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NO WORKSHOP this Saturday as it is a holiday weekend, but you are welcome to join Daniel and Myself at the Los Angeles Zoo where we are doing shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I am hoping to get a family class going at McCabes soon, so if you are interested, please send me a message!

Next weekend Guest instructor FRED SOKOLOW Demystifies Chord Changes with you while we are in REno with the Reno Ukulele Festival and have the pleasure of hanging out with Craig and Sarah!

Here is the schedule for the next few weeks at McCabes:

4/19 No class- holiday weekend

4/26 Special guest instructor FRED SOKOLOW: Demystifying Chord Progressions    Fred demystifies how chord progressions work, and acquaints you with many much-used chord patterns. Once you know this stuff, it’s so much easier to learn new songs…You’ll find it also improves your ear and helps you understand how music works in general. We’ll look at lots of popular songs and see what makes them tick, chord-wise. Bring recordings of your favorites to analyze (CDs, ipods, whatever).

 5/3 I GOT MY START IN NASHVILLE with Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward picking up the uke for the first time or continuing your knowledge, all levels can learn something about theory and notation while playing and singing great songs together. Get acquainted with the I, IV, V and the Circle of Fifths.

5/10 WHAT THE PLUCK?! With Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward All levels are invited to learn plucking patterns. Simple and beautiful ways to give dimension to accompaniments, great tool for songwriting!


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Week of the Young Child Online Event




I am excited to be participating in a new-fangled kind of event- in celebration of the Week of the Young Child I will be joining NAEYC in an online conversation vial Google+.  Event details can be found on NAYEC’s website, HERE.

Teaching children and families is a privilege and a joy for me.  Although I have studied formally half as much as I would like to, I have spent hundreds of hours learning from the children themselves, and I am grateful for the gift every child has given me.

I hope you will join in on this conversation, and I am honored to be asked to be part of it.  Especially as i will be alongside colleagues I worship, including Dan Zanes, Aaron Nigel Smith and Marcy Marxer, along with several more whom I can’t wait to meet.  We will do a little talking and a little singing, and Daniel and I look forward to the experience of making music in our living room with you- where ever you may be!