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Ukulele Etudes Workshop- Portland, OR

Ukulele Etudes with Aaron Keim

Extended workshop with Aaron Keim - Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Etudes are short instrumental pieces that are designed to teach you a technique or musical concept. These fun musical vignettes are intended to expand your finger style and Carter style technique and melodic vocabulary. Knowledge of tablature is required. This all day workshop is offered to the intermediate/advanced student. The day will start at 10:30 a.m. and will include two 90-minute sections with lunch provided in-between. We will wrap up by 3 p.m. Limited to 12 students.  Venue: Marianne Brogan's home. Fee: $95 includes lunch. Please RSVP to and let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

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Cherry Hills Farm- Mosier, OR

Cherry Hill Farms is very excited to present J Wagner and The Quiet American live on stage in the old rustic Barn on the hill. $10-15 suggested donation.  1550 Carroll Road, Mosier, Oregon 97040

Friday July 21st. Doors open at 7:30

J Wagner is a songwriter out of Austin TX who was raised in the deserts of New Mexico and one time park ranger for Joshua Tree National Park. His music often draws from this desert landscape. His song (Wagner/Isakov/Elliott)“If I Go, I'm Goin, has been covered by the country artist, Bart Crow, by the Denver symphony orchestra, and also appears on the TV shows, Californication and Teen Wolf. He co-writes often with his long-time friends Gregory Alan Isakov and Ron Scott. Their collaborative work lead to their song “Suitcase Full of Sparks” being featured on NBC's show, The Blacklist. He has been dubbed “A number one best bet” by the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News has called him “A Texas folk music staple”, and the Austin Chronicle gives his album "The Runaway Kid" a perfect "Four Stars" and refers to Wagner as "A commander of words and ideation" and awarded him with the Austin Chronicle's pick for best Local Singer Songwriter for 2014.

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim. A home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty Americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments. Gathered around a single microphone, Aaron and Nicole present a concert experience that pays tribute to old time folk music traditions yet strives to connect to a modern audience. Dusty back porch or shining concert hall, The Quiet American reminds you why home made, hand crafted, American folk music will never fade away.

In addition to traditional American folk instruments, Aaron and Nicole are well known for their ukulele playing. Since 2004 they have been all over the world teaching ukulele techniques and performing at ukulele festivals. They are ambassadors for old time folk music in the ukulele world, adapting banjo and guitar techniques to the ukulele and publishing several books. Nicole's handwritten notation and illustrations in these books are the perfect compliment to Aaron's arrangements. Aaron is also a luthier, building instruments for Mya-Moe ukuleles ( since 2011 and as Beansprout from 2007-2011.

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Ukulele Workshop with Del Rey and Matt Weiner- Hood River, OR

April 1st- Ukulele Workshops at Aaron's woodshop.  $30 at the door. 

10:00-11:00 AM: Blue Uke- Intro to fingerpicking with Del Rey

Level: be familiar with basic chords and be able to keep time while changing them. 

Getting your thumb to keep time while your fingers play melodies and arpeggiate chords is the aim of this workshop.  We'll work with a blues tune from the repertoire of the Memphis Sheiks that sounds good played on the beat or syncopated. 

11:30-12:30PM: Jug Band Party, All Levels.

Have some fun learning some traditional jug band and acoustic blues tunes with Aaron, Matt and Del.  Expect to also learn a bit about the history and culture behind the music as we sing and pick.  

 ** PLEASE EMAIL NICOLE TO RESERVE A SPOT.  Space is very limited. 

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