For the last year, Daniel has been writing “studies”. If you are someone who has dipped their toe into classical music, you know that these can sometimes stand alone as solo performance pieces (think Villalobos) or be exercises to strengthen your playing (like Hanon for piano). Daniel’s split the difference. They are simple pieces to play in loops, beautiful to listen to, calming and centering to play. Students and festival workshop participants have been enthusiastic about them, so he’s working on putting them together in a book.
Daniel will be teaching a sampler of studies at U-Space this weekend, and the following weekend he will be joining me teaching ALL AGES- that means kids, adults and in-between. And then, there’s that Sukey Jump Band show at McCabes the next day.
UKULELE MEDITATIONS WITH DANIEL WARD
This Saturday, March 11 at U-Space: TWO workshops with ukulele master Daniel Ward highlighting pieces from his forthcoming book “Arpeggio Meditations for Ukulele”.
Arpeggio Meditations are soothing, rhythmic and melodic instrumental compositions for repeated playing. They teach both right and left hand techniques, and offer a relaxing discipline for improving tone and musicality. The simplest exercises are great for all levels of player, from the novice to the professional, who is ready to focus intently on technical mastery and expression. The more difficult exercises include challenging patterns and Latin styles.
TWO one-hour workshops, $20 for one, $35 for both. Sandwiches will be available for purchase between classes for attendee convenience.
11:30 am to 12:30 am All-Level Arpeggio Meditation,
1:00 to 2:00pm Montuno Arpeggio Meditation
Saturday, March 18th at U-Space: TWO workshops for ALL-AGES Active participation in the arts is one of the best ways to inspire creativity and confidence–and the `ukulele is fun to boot!
`UKULELE FOR All-Ages with HEIDI SWEDBERG and DANIEL WARD : A workshop for adults, kids, and families starting on their musical journey. Sing and strum a dozen songs in just one lesson. This class is open to all, ages 5 and up. (Participating parents MUST accompany children between the ages of 5-8. Children 8 and up may come alone, though parental participation is highly recommended)
10:30 am to 11:30 am $25 includes “Color-Along Ukulele Method Book” and participating parent admission, (or $35 for both classes! Sandwiches will be available for purchase between classes for attendee convenience.)
CONTINUING UKE FOR ALL AGES- Kids, families, adults learn together, adding picking techniques, new chords and rhythms. Increase your skills so your musical enjoyment can grow.
12 noon to 1:00 PM $20
SUKEY JUMP BAND KID’S CONCERT at MCCABES
Sunday, March 19, 10:30 am $10, kids under 2 FREE
Mccabes will be providing some percussion and kid-friendly instruments for the wee folk participate with. Come play, sing and have fun with Heidi and the Sukey Jump Band at our favorite LA venue!
Here are some other events we have scheduled:
April 8 ISLAND SOUL Daniel and I will be teaching FREE classes during the day (more details TBA) Chapman University, Orange CA
April 29 BLACKBIRD GUITARS
April 30 DaSILVA UKULELE
May 12-14 MIGHTY UKE DAY, LANSING MI
May 19-21 LAS CRUCES UKEFEST 2017 Our friends in the southern NM are putting on their first full-on festival- My Mom and I are working up a piece!
June 19-July 31 MARLBOROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL I will be teaching early childhood music and ukulele on a beautiful campus in the heart of Los Angeles. If you have little ones needing some summer day care, or older kids wanting enrichment, this is a chance to breathe some rare air at a (somewhat above) ground level price.
June 21 MAKE MUSIC DAY at the SKIRBALL CENTER we will be teaching a ukulele class at noon. Come play!
July 30 SUKEY JUMP BAND at the SKIRBALL CENTER We loved our Bill Grahm show at the Skirball two years ago, and we are thrilled to return for a show during the Paul Simon exhibit. Expect songs related to this great artist, from folk, to pop, to world beat. An amazing opportunity to really stretch and shine, teach and jam!
August 11-13 AUBURN GOLD PAN UKULELE FESTIVAL We are thrilled to join Dani Joy at this vibrant new festival in a town we have never experienced! Can’t wait to meet the lovely folks of Auburn!
September 27 PORT TOWNSEND UKULELE FESTIVAL Now that there is an OYSTER BAR on the premices, this event may be unchallengably the tastiest ever! This event sells out shortly after it is announced every year. If you are already signed up- see you there! If not, look into it, and cue up for next year.
October 14 ANTELOPE VALLEY UKULELE FESTIVAL Honored to be returning to Lancaster to celebrate the love of ukulele and community with our desert ukulele ohana.