Launceston Ukulele Jamboree 2024

Ukulele Workshops

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Event Venue

Pilgrim Uniting Church, Launceston

Du Cane Brewery & Dining Hall, Launceston

Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall, Launceston

Event Dates & Times

  • Sat, Mar 23 2024 9:30am
  • Sun, Mar 24 2024 2:45pm


  • All tickets - $20.00 each

Launceston Ukulele Jamboree 2024

Ukulele Workshops

Workshop: Duplicity

Sue Kidd & Brendan Canty

Saturday 23 March
9.30 am - 10.30 am
(Pilgrim Uniting Church)

Arranging Songs in Two Parts

Unleash your ukulele's full potential at our hands-on workshop, "Arranging Songs in Two Parts"! Dive into the art of creative arrangement and learn the secrets to adding depth and interest to your music. In this interactive session, discover the magic of arranging songs in two parts for lead and rhythm ukulele. Whether you're a solo artist, part of a duo, trio, or small musical ensemble, this workshop is tailored just for you. Suitable for all levels, we'll cover essential techniques like strumming styles, combined pick and strum techniques, chord alchemy (playing two different chords simultaneously to magically produce a third chord), and simple chord solos. Elevate your ukulele playing to new heights and create mesmerising arrangements that resonate with your listeners. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your musical skills and join us for an unforgettable musical journey!

Saturday Workshop: Paul Jonson

Paul Jonson (NZ)

Saturday 23 March
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
(Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall)

Playing With PIZZAZZ

This workshop is for those who know there's more to your uke than playing in 4/4 time in the key of C... You'll be challenged to think outside all the boxes, to be creative and innovative, to discover new sounds, to play with more heart, to create more interest. This workshop is for all levels from beginner to advanced, because it's all about how simple it is to put pizzazz into the level you're at right now. It's about how to use new techniques that will add colour and texture to anything you play, any genre, any technique, whether you like fingerpicking or strumming or pinching, or all of them.

Workshop: Sally Carter

Sally Carter (VIC)

Saturday 23 March
1.15 pm - 2.30 pm
(Pilgrim Uniting Church)

Campanella Style Playing – for HIGH G UKULELES ONLY.

How to play tunes making your ukulele sound like a harp, and how to play harmonics. Two tunes will be looked at in this exciting workshop from our headline artist! With Campanella style playing, the notes are constantly moving across the strings. By placing the notes on alternating strings, each note is free to ring on and over the previous notes, creating a bell-like effect. Hence the name campanella, which is Italian for “little bell.”

Sally’s very popular Ukulele Solo/Duo and Ukulele Ensemble TAB books will also be available to purchase from the Jamboree.

Workshop: The Scotsman

Graeme McColgan - The Scotsman (NSW)

Saturday 23 March
1.15 pm - 2.15 pm
(Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall)

Pleasing Pattern Picking

Dive into the enchanting world of ukulele fingerpicking patterns with The Scotsman's Patterns & Picking Workshop. In this interactive session, you will unravel the secrets behind two simple yet versatile fingerpicking patterns. Master these foundational techniques, and you'll unlock the door to a vast array of songs, injecting a unique charm into your musical repertoire.

Led by that mad Scotsman we all know and love, this workshop is tailored for beginners seeking to add new techniques which can be applied to multiple songs they already know.

Workshop: Wild Women of Anywhere Beach

Cathy Welsford & Angie Smith
The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach (NSW)

Saturday 23 March
2.45 pm - 4.00 pm
(Pilgrim Uniting Church)

Write That Song!

In this workshop, The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach, (members of the Australian Songwriters Association), will identify key aspects of their own creative songwriting processes including:

  • getting started: using chord progressions, interesting chords, riffs and licks and chord embellishments
  • finding the melody
  • communicating truths and emotions through lyrics
  • using rhythm, tempo, space and dynamics to create musical moods.

Angie and Cathy will offer examples and provide opportunities for participants to begin writing their own songs, Feel free to bring along any lyrics, poems or ideas you may have scribbled down or work on a song in a small group.

Workshop: Brendan Wakely

Brendan Wakely (TAS)

Saturday 23 March
2.45 pm - 3.45 pm
(Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall)

Wakely Wonder Workshop

Brendan is the founder of T.A.C (Tasmania Acoustic Club) & is dedicated to the Singer Songwriter & Acoustic Instrument Players. His new addition to his acoustic family is the ukulele & he related to it immediately, easily creating his own style & approach with his already solid understanding of music theory & knowledge.

His workshop at the 2024 Launceston Ukulele Jamboree will cover a wide range of knowledge such as finger style, chord voicings, chord substitutions, soloing, accompanying other players, using a capo, genres of music, & much more. Audience requirements include ukuleles, capos, picks & notebook.

Sunday Workshop | Paul Jonson

Paul Jonson (NZ)

Sunday 24 March
10.30 am - 12.00 pm
(DuCane Brewery & Dining Hall)

Performance Ready (Soloing or in a Band)

The hardest part of getting up on stage is the part when you think you can’t. You’ll learn how to take control of the audience first, make them wait for you, and never ever, ever, apologise for your art. You’ll learn body language and techniques like volume control to express your new techniques, and when they start to tell each other to be quiet, you will have made yourself ready... and ready for what? You’ll play and sing a song without a song sheet, music stand to hide behind, or excuses for a poor performance. You'll never apologise and be your own worst enemy, you’ll create feelings and have folks wanting more. The beginning and ending will be your best parts of the song, so you’ll be given techniques that will become good habits of your great song set.

You’ll show the audience you love their applause, as you stand there to receive it, and thanking folks; the organisers, the sound person, the folks you played with and the opportunity for you play, and no matter how many little mistakes you may have made, you’ll never ever again apologise for your art as a musician. You’ll get a list of good habits, and another of the habits you’ll need to drop, and by seeing some examples of both you'll never play your ukulele in the same way ever again. Soloing and playing in a band use similar tools, simply in different ways, so, identifying how to solo or be a part of a band is good for either situation.


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