Join jazz ukulele provocateur Paul Hemmings as he guides you through the ins and outs of crafting your own chord melodies on the ukulele. Rather than simply learning a chord melody arrangement, this workshop will instead provide you with the tools needed to transform a simple melody and chord progression into your own fully-fleshed out chord melody arrangement. Suitable for intermediate (and above) ukesters with some experience playing moveable chord shapes and confident strummers with a desire to learn more about chord melodies. Attendance will be limited to 12 participants.
About Paul Hemmings:
Viewing music through a wide-angle lens, Paul Hemmings utilizes the unassuming ukulele to fuse together elements of modern jazz, free improvisation, and American roots music. His proclivity for crossing musical boundaries led All About Jazz to write, “Hemmings’ mixture of cultures, influences, and genres, exploring the edges of harmony and rhythm, is remarkably fresh and a complete success.” Paul has released six albums on Leading Tone Records, including critically acclaimed recordings with saxophonists John Tchicai and Eric Alexander. His latest album, The Blues And The Abstract Uke, features Gaku Takanashi, Rudy Royston, Greg Tardy, and Curtis Fowlkes. The album earned a four-star review from Down Beat magazine and a place in the CMJ Jazz Charts’ Top 100. Paul lives in New York City where he has been a faculty member at the Third Street Music School Settlement, the nation’s oldest community music school, since 2001.