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Spring into Uke — Ukulele Intensive

Spring into Uke — Ukulele Intensive

with Jim Beloff, Bernice Lewis, and Ron Gordon

We’re coming down from the cloud and we’re back in person for the 2022 edition of Spring Into Uke at Old Songs. This year the great Jim Beloff will be back, teaching workshops, talking about his new book and the history of our modern day uke phenom, and of course performing. Bernice Lewis will also be teaching song smithing on the uke, and Ron Gordon will teach about fingerpicking. Our schedule will maintain the usual 6 workshops, a concert, and is modified to adapt to our current realities. Lunch will be out and the day will wrap up by 4:30. We are looking forward to seeing you there and revving up our uke energy for the warm months ahead.

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Schedule

  • 8:30 am — Doors open, participant check-in.
  • 9:15 am — Introductions
    9:30 am — Early Morning Workshops 

    • Old Songs Building — Advanced Beginners Workshop with Jim Beloff: For those who know a handful of chords and a basic up/down strum, here’s a chance to take your skills to a new level. A half dozen or so well-known songs will be played while learning more chords, new fingerings, new strums, transposing on the fly and performance tips and techniques along the way.
    • American Legion — Begin Playing Ukulele with Ron Gordon: Get started strumming and singing on this most accessible of all fretted instruments. We’ll learn the ergonomics of playing your uke, basic chords (reading a chord chart), and two essential strums. It will all be put together with a few classic songs. Get a great start to your ukulele career!
  • 11:00 am — Late Morning Workshops
    • Old Songs Building — Fingerpicking on the Uke with Ron Gordon: Fingerpicking adds new sounds and rhythms to your playing by highlighting the notes that constitute harmony. We’ll learn two patterns having very different “feels”: arpeggio and alternating thumb. We’ll apply these to two songs and educate that thumb.
    • American Legion — Songwriting with the Uke with Bernice Lewis: There’s plenty of need for personal expression these days so this may help you to jump-start your creativity. We’ll go over the anatomy and physiology of songs and talk about what makes writing for the ukulele unique. We’ll talk about the structure of songs, and why it works. We’ll analyze components, storyline, use of poetic devices, chord structure, melody, and look at how contemporary song has evolved historically.
  • noon — Lunch Out (of the building): There is a town park and a diner a block away. Many eateries on Rte 20, Western Ave.
  • 1:30 pm — Afternoon Workshops
    • Old Songs Building — Jazzing Up The Ukulele/At The Ritz with Jim Beloff: (intermediate) How to use chord substitutions to “jazz up” a simple 4 or 5 chord song. Based on the 2015 Flea Market Music book. We’ll also play through several Lyle Ritz classic jazz arrangements.
    • American Legion — Songwriting II with Bernice Lewis: This will be a continuation of the morning session, along with critiques and helpful suggestions on improving the details and process of song smithing. Bring your creations and ideas to try out and discuss: there is no bad or best in composition… Just better.
  • 3:00 pm — Uke Sampler Concert
  • 4:30 pm — Everybody go home and practice!

Notes — Workshops are for approximately one hour. The American Legion is across the street from Old Songs.

Spring into Uke on a Cloud

Spring into Uke on a Cloud

That’s right strummers and pickers… Spring into Uke at Old Songs goes virtual this year and it’s real, on April 17! Featuring Lil Rev and Ron Gordon teaching great new tunes, tips, and songs in an interactive virtual space with Zoom. Our workshops will be longer than was standard to allow time for lots of learning… Continue Reading

Spring into Uke

Spring into Uke

All Day Ukulele Intensive with Jim and Liz Beloff, Paula Bradley, Amy Kucharik, and Ron Gordon Includes Workshops, Open Mic, and Saturday Evening Concert Full Schedule and Workshop Descriptions Register Online (no added fees): Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org Refunds are not available for this event. Continue Reading

Spring into Uke

Spring into Uke

All Day Ukulele Intensive: Workshops, Open Mic, and Sat. Evening Concert with Lil Rev, Nemo, Mark Menard and Ron Gordon. Includes a Ticket to the Lil Rev Concert on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 pm All for $50 Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815. Refunds are not available for this event. Continue Reading


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Virtual Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 am–4 pm.
PO Box 466 • 37 S Main • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
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