Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mike DaSilva Shop Festival Jan 22, 2011

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January 10, 2011 -- Happy New Year!

It looks like this is going to be another great ukulele year with more ukulele festivals and events, certainly more instruments, and of course, much more ukulele music to enjoy. So, just to be sure this new year gets off to a wonderful start, we are announcing the first, "A Day at the Shop", mini-ukulele festival, at DaSilva Ukulele Co. Victoria Vox, Brook Adams and Mark Gutierrez will be here to provide a full day of music and ukulele education, then along with Mark's band, 4 Strings of Swing, they will reconvene for an evening extravaganza of ukulele music and fun.

Here are the details:

"A Day at the Shop"
DaSilva Ukulele Co. presents
Victoria Vox || Brook Adams || Mark Gutierrez and 4 Strings of Swing

January 22, 2011
Ukulele Workshops & Evening Concert
Victoria Vox, Brook Adams, Mark Gutierrez and 4 Strings of Swing
Workshops: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Concert: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
$125 for Workshops and Concert
includes catered lunch and refreshments.
$20 Concert only

Festival pre-registration is required. Register online at www.ukemaker.com/register or use form below (go to www.ukemaker.com) . Concert only tickets, with cash or check, will be available at the door.

Festival Schedule
9:00 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am - 11:00 am
"Tasty Rhythm" workshop w/ Brook Adams
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch break – meet the teachers and fellow players and learn how a ukulele is made. We’ll be providing a tasty meal.
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
"A Little Bit of This, & A Little Bit of That" workshop w/ Mark Gutierrez
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Snack time and maybe even jam a little.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
"Playing with Hammers" workshop w/ Victoria Vox
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dinner break - Find another uke player to have dinner with in Berkeley!
7:30 pm
Concert doors open
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Concert with Victoria Vox, Brook Adams, Mark Gutierrez & 4 Strings of Swing

DaSilva Ukulele Co.
2547 8th. Street, #28
Berkeley California 94710
510 649-1548
email: mike@ukemaker.com

Directions: From the North: 80/580 – University exit, East on University, Rt. on 6th, Lft. on Dwight, Rt. on 8th. From the South: 80/580 – Ashby exit, East on Ashby, Left on 7th, Rt. on Parker, Left on 8th. Enter at Bay 3 and look for #28
We are wheelchair accessible.

The workshops are designed for players that have knowledge of basic chords and can strum a steady rhythm. While each ukulele player's ability is different, our teachers will present a variety of techniques of varying difficulty with the intent that all players will find some benefit and enjoyment from the workshops.

"Tasty Rhythm" with Brook Adams, link
Brook will demonstrate several different techniques for generating rhythms beyond the standard strum. It's a mix of picking and strumming that gives you the freedom to play lively tunes with less effort, and slower tunes with more detail and texture. On the left hand side, he will show you some useful chord variations that can be used to suggest a melody or reinforce a vocal line. These tricks should make your playing more interesting to hear and more fun to play.

"A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That" with Mark Gutierrez, link
Mark will explain how to go beyond your basic chord fingerings using chord inversions. Learn how chord inversions are used to play songs in different registers, easily provide appropriate melody notes, and make even long single chord passages much more interesting. By exploring the major scale and basic chord construction, Mark will show how to create, play and apply this useful knowledge into your everyday playing.

"Playing with Hammers" with Victoria Vox, link
Victoria will not only show you how to remodel your kitchen, but she will also show you how to get playful on the ukulele with the use of different hammer and muting techniques. She will, of course, use her song examples to get you strumming, hammering and muting along.

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