June 2 – June 4, 2014
2013 Ukulele Workshop
Photo by Jim Dirden
Del Rey -
this 3-day course, small group sessions will cover the
basics to the fine points and will allow students time with
each faculty member. The workshop will
be held in the Threadgill Theater (in the Quiet Valley Ranch
campgrounds) Monday, June 2nd thru Wednesday June 4th, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
of all levels are welcome. Please bring your
Ukelele/accessories, a notebook and a portable recording
device (if you have one).
reservations are required. If you pay prior to May 10, the price
is just $180. Admission goes up to $215 after May 10. Your
registration fee includes the class, a special Kerrville
Ukelele Workshop t-shirt, tent camping,
lunches, and admission to the Sundown Concerts for class
Enrollment is limited.
You may register
on-line by visiting the Ticket
Page, or by calling the festival office at (830) 257-3600.
Make checks payable to "Kerrville Folk Festival" and
Kerrville Folk Festival Workshops
PO Box 291466
Kerrville, TX 78029
Information from Del Rey:
10-10:15am Everybody Announcements
Play Ukulele By Ear Vol. 1 All levels.
Get the most out of your ukulele experience by learning to
Play Ukulele By Ear. This entertaining, informative and
interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to tap
into your innate musical abilities. Playing by ear is easy,
fun, and it will propel your understanding of how music
works to a new level. This workshop will make you a better
listener and student! All skill levels welcome, however,
knowledge of basic chord shapes (C F G7) is helpful.
JAMES HILL Hooked On Uke? We Can Help.
All levels. Want to go beyond three chords and a double
strum? Add a little razzle-dazzle to your arrangements and
spice up your ukulele playing with new strums, songs,
chords, fills, and more. You'll find lots to keep you busy
in this fun, hands-on workshop.
WEDNESDAY: DEL REY Ukulele Party Jugless JugBand. All
levels. Early jug bands played a mixture of Memphis blues,
ragtime, and popular music. The history of jug bands is
related to the development of the blues. This informal and
energetic music also contributed to the development of rock
and roll. There will be arrangements, singing and parts for
many skill levels (basic level-you know first position
chords are be able to change chords without stopping). We'll
work on listening and playing with one another as a group.
HILL: Ukulele Symphony Orchestra
What do Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn have in
common? Their music sounds beautiful on ukulele, of course!
This is your chance to experience the music of the masters
on the instrument of the angels. To make the most of this
workshop you should be comfortable reading music notation or
TAB (both will be provided). Get ready for Ukulele Symphony
Orchestra: the beauty, the drama and the fun of classical
music brought to life!
DEL REY: Fingerpicking the Blues Intermediate After an
introduction to right hand fingerpicking, what makes a
melody "blue", we'll earn a different Blues song each day,
chosen from 1920s and '30s repertoire that suits the
ukulele. Songs from 1920s guitar greats as well as from
little known blues ukesters like Rabbit Muse of Virginia.
Jim D'Ville: Surf Ukulele By Ear Advanced
Grab your boards and your ukes as we learn three classic
instrumentals Wipe Out, Penetration and Baja. You'll not
only learn to
pick out the melodies to these great tunes you'll learn to
Nashville Number System and solfege syllables.
Hank & Buck By Ear (All levels)
Hank Williams' and Buck Owens were masters of the three
Jim will lead you through four country standards from each
including Jambalaya, Your Cheatin' Heart, Hey, Good Lookin',
Lonesome I Could Cry, I've Got A Tiger By The Tail, My Heart
Beat, Together Again, and Foolin' Round. You'll not only
chord progressions to these classics by ear, you'll learn a
hooks that made these songs famous. This workshop will also
teach you about basic song structure and the Nashville
3 Chord Magic (Advanced Beginner & Up)
The 3 Chord song form is probably the most popular in
In this workshop we'll dissect a number of interesting
the progression beyond the I-IV-V7. We'll also play a lot of
very fun and familiar tunes in the rock, pop and blues
genres. Knowledge of basic chord
shapes (C F G7 D7 A7 E7 Dm Am Em) is helpful.
Living in Perfect Harmony (All Levels)
A singing class for everyone (even your out-of-tune uncle).
Find out why your ukulele is the perfect tool for writing
beautiful vocal arrangements in just minutes. We'll sing
folk, gospel and jazz favourites and, best of all, you'll
learn how to create your own harmonies faster than you can
say "My Mom Made Me Mow My Lawn!"
2-3pm Ask The instructors, show and tell, let's get together
and play! Led by Jim D'Ville Monday, James Hill Tuesday, Del
ABOUT THE FACULTY
started playing guitar when she was four years old. At
thirteen, she was immersed in the world of folk music,
especially blues and jazz from the '20s and '30s. She has
tried to get a whole band onto her solo instrument from the
beginning. This gives her music an interesting complexity,
especially when applied to the ukulele.
Rags, blues and tunes of the early 20th century are her
specialty, even as she writes new music to add to the
tradition. She has taught and played all over the world, and
also brings her distinctive fingerstyle approach to guitar
and ukulele to people through her teaching DVDs on Homespun
"Boogie-Woogie Guitar" and "Blue Uke. Her website is
www.delreyplays.com and her albums can be found at
Photo By Kevin
James Hill, who has earned a reputation as Canada’s foremost
– indeed one of the world’s foremost – players of the
often-underestimated ukulele, stands poised and ready to
take his place in the ranks of today's best young
songwriters. Barely into his 30s, Hill has already made a
career out of knocking worlds against each other. His
technical prowess on ukulele is achieved through attacking
what is mostly regarded as a lowly folk instrument with the
seriousness and nuance of technique usually associated with
the highest levels of virtuosity on, say, classical violin
or piano. His entertaining and unpredictable solo concerts
have a world-wide audience that would be envied by many
wannabe rock stars and his inspirational music seminars have
made him something of a ukulele-based motivational speaker.
Anyone lucky enough to have seen one of Hill’s recent live
shows might also be familiar with his hip-hop influenced
forays into heavily percussive, beat-driven prepared-ukulele
“sound sculptures”: John Cage meets Chalmers Doane via Kid
Koala. But just when you may have thought you’d seen all
possible surprises from Hill, just when you may have
thought, through his powers as an instrumentalist, he had
doomed himself to working up ever-faster renditions of
“Flight of the Bumblebee,” comes a landmark record:
Man With a Love Song. Ukulele World: shake hands with
Songwriter World. It took Hill twenty-odd years to climb to
the top of ukulele mountain as an instrumentalist, but here,
seemingly in a single blast, Hill’s songwriting has grown to
rival his prowess as a musician. A virtuoso instrumentalist,
which Hill has been up to now, especially a young virtuoso,
especially a young virtuoso on a maligned and
under-respected instrument, can make a career out of having
something to prove. A songwriter, on the other hand, must
have something to say. The James Hill we get to see in the
songs of Man With a Love Song has said plenty and said it
eloquently. This is an exciting moment for the ukulele. A
major songwriter has used the instrument to make an
important record. This is also an exciting moment for
songwriting in Canada. A powerful new voice has emerged.
"Worlds have collided. Worlds are colliding. Worlds are
about to collide."
- Leo MacKay (April, 2011)