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BLUE HAWAIIAN MOON LIGHT: ALTERNATING THUMB TECHNIQUE

BLUE HAWAIIAN MOONLIGHT: we'll learn a really nice alternating thumb fingerpicking technique that can be applied to thousands of songs. We'll use Blue Hawaiian Moonlight to lear and practice the technique, see how it can be used in different time signatures and have fun learning a classic. We'll also learn about diminished chords and swing feel.

 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/fr1nM

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/925ZK

MAKE ONE UKE SOUND LIKE TWO! I'LL FLY AWAY

Live lesson with Matt Stead where we'll learn how to make your one Uke sound like two! Using a specially written arrangement of I’ll Fly Away we’ll look into time signatures, chord types and most importantly how to use chord melody technique and off beat chord use to create a really amazing sound.

 

WORKSHEETS:

 

​Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

 Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/G54jz

 

 Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/zf1OW

ADD DYNAMIC TO YOUR PLAYING -
AUTUMN LEAVES

BLUE HAWAIIAN MOONLIGHT: we'll learn a really nice alternating thumb fingerpicking technique that can be applied to thousands of songs. We'll use Blue Hawaiian Moonlight to lear and practice the technique, see how it can be used in different time signatures and have fun learning a classic. We'll also learn about diminished chords and swing feel.

 

15:30 Welcome, comments and sound

15:45 Workshop

16:45 Q&A

 

All times GMT

 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/6r51u

 

Worksheets with gift/tip:£8 https://payhip.com/b/x5Zc6

USING CIRCLE OF 5THS - 
A SAILBOAT IN THE MOONLIGHT

22nd JUNE 15:30 GMT
LIVE LINK FOR LESSON: https://youtu.be/emCE5lJ1UMQ

We'll be taking a detailed look at the Circle of 5ths and I'll show you how it's an incredibly useful resource that will help you understand song construction, work out how to play by ear, transpose to different keys and more. We'll use the lovely jazz tune A Sailboat In The Moonlight - Billie Holiday.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

 Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/WGvjX

 

 Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/klT8x

INTRODUCTION TO SOLOING

We’ll be taking our first look at soloing and investigating which scales are most useful for creating really nice melodic solos. We’ll also take a good look at what makes a good solo - there’s more to it than you may think. This won’t be intimidating and all levels of player will enjoy this fun workshop. 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/KyQfx

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/6Ncqv

SHOWBOATING SKILLS - CRAZY G!

Live lesson with Matt Stead where we’ll be having whole heap of fun exploring showboating skills with the great piece Crazy G. We’ll look at a load of uke tricks such as flipping, pinched harmonics, windmill triplets, rakes and all sorts of other things. You’ll have a fun time and have a great laugh learning how to do these crazy tricks! This won’t be intimidating and all levels of player will enjoy this fun workshop. 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/6dyht

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/ZGus4

HOW TO SOLO - MODES & MORE!

In this fun workshop we’ll be looking at simple ways to solo with pentatonic scales and modes. You can think of this as part two or a compliment to the Introduction to Soloing workshop a few weeks ago. Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to that one, we’ll go slow and you’ll still learn heaps!

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/hD9Za

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/2vdEh

HOW TO GET GREAT UKULELE TONE

By popular demand in this workshop we’ll be exploring how to get the best tone out of your ukulele. As ukulele players we’re often searching for that perfect uke that will have great tone, or trying endless brands of strings (and as you’ll see - there are valid reasons for this.) Often, though, we forget the most important factor in tone production - ourselves! We’ll chat about uke types, strings and woods but we’ll also dig deep into ukulele technique to get you sounding superb. We’ll also learn the simple but lovely chord melody Matt uses to demo uses in the shop - his ‘Sigh Waltz.’ 

 

The worksheets for this one contain a full score of Matt’s chord melody piece ‘Sigh Waltz’ in standard notation and tablature.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/pL4WZ

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/XLMs8

VOICE LEADING - AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'

This is one of my favourite workshops to run. We look at voice leading and explore how you can add little chromatic melody runs in pieces to create a beautiful sophisticated sound. These worksheets go into a lot of detail showing all the chords and illustrated diagrams explaining how it works. As well as learning these techniques you'll also learn a great version of Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller. 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/0pZNE

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/hzHWY

EVERY UKE CHORD EXPLAINED!

This is a really detailed workshop explaining all the different types of ukulele chords, how they're built and how they're used. Have you ever wondered why every key uses certain types of chord? Whats the difference between a C7 and a Cmaj7? What on earth is a m7b5 chord and why does it come up so often. You'll learn a massive amount of theory but as always Matt will be on hand to explain everything in a simple and logical way. The worksheets for this on are some of the most detailed yet and will provide an amazing reference resource you can use for years to come.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/RhYKg

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/tK1jY

PLAYING SENSITIVELY - A LONELY WALTZ

We’ll be looking at how we can play ukulele with more sensitivity and dynamism. We’ll be exploring rubato techniques, decrescendos, vibrato and much more. For this workshop we’ll be using one of Matt’s original fingerstyle compositions ‘Lonely Waltz’. This is one of Matt’s original pieces that he often gets asked tabs for. This weeks workshop include a full extended version of the piece in standard notation and tablature.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/AqURa

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/gsM8E

HOW TO ARRANGE A CHORD MELODY

In this enlightening and fun workshop Matt will show you how to create your own chord melody arrangements using four different techniques. By the end of the workshop you’ll have several different arrangements of some simple songs, but more than that, you’ll be empowered to make your own!

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/51aj3

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8  https://payhip.com/b/zS9kP

FLY ME TO THE MOON - II V I CHORDS

In this enlightening and fun workshop Matt will show you how to create your own chord melody arrangements using four different techniques. By the end of the workshop you’ll have several different arrangements of some simple songs, but more than that, you’ll be empowered to make your own!

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/HMRDJ

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/2b6zT

 HOW TO MAKE LONGER ARRANGEMENTS (FREIGHT TRAIN)

How to create longer arrangements

 

Have you ever learned a piece of music on ukulele but it’s much too short to make a performance out of, or even to enjoy properly? In the fun and enlightening workshop Matt will show you hot to take a short arrangement and lengthen it by creating new parts and altering rhythms and dynamics.

 

As well as learning a new important skill you’ll learn some brilliant chord melody arrangments of Freight Train. 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £4.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £4 https://payhip.com/b/bc18A

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/btvVf

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

 

In this festive ukulele workshop we’ll be looking at the classic Christmas piece Christmas Time Is Here from the Peanuts Christmas film, by Vince Guaraldi. Matt has gone to town arranging a beautiful version that is a bit more true to Guaraldi’s original than many versions. The worksheets for this one include Matt’s full score and notes.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/QTxSL

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/vG3rD

ALTERNATING THUMB TECHNIQUE

In this workshop we’ll learn a really simple but lovely alternating thumb technique which will make it sound like you’re playing two ukuleles at once! Matt will break down the technique with some exercises and then we’ll use it to learn an original piece of music called Pendulum. The worksheets include the exercises tabbed out and a full tab and notated version of the performance piece.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/uZztJ

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/zxLhf

TAKING CHORDS UP THE FRETBOARD

In this workshop we’ll learn how to take chords up the fretboard to new positions. Matt will show you a clever way to play chords all over the fretboard, allowing you to play hundreds of chords, using just three shapes. We’ll apply this to the Sam Smith song Stay With Me. If you’ve been wanting to expand your playing but don’t know how this is the workshop for you!

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/aHSdr

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/i2me5

JAZZING UP THE BLUES

In this workshop we’ll learn how to take a simple 12 bar blues pattern and turn it into the jazz blues with lots of substitutions and new chord patterns. Not only will you end up with a really cool way to play the blues, but you’ll understand extended chords, ii V I progressions, chord substitutions, inversions and all kind of other cool stuff that you can use in your playing and/or arranging, AND you’ll have heaps off fun doing it.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/Z7XuT

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/JgULb

THE I GOT RHYTHM 'CHANGES' 

In this workshop we’ll learn all about the most influential and significant chord progression in jazz (and arguably popular music); the ‘Rhythm Changes’ from Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm. We’ll learn what makes it so special and why it was replicated for decades in other songs. We’ll also take the basic chords and add our own chord extensions and embellishments to make it sound really special. 

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/TvV3i

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/Fd92j

FINGERSTYLE UKULELE - JACOB'S LADDER

In this workshop we’ll learn all about fingerstyle ukulele; digging into right hand fingering and arm position, left hand fretting, vibrato, legato and much more. We’ll apply this to one of Matt’s popular original pieces Jacob’s Ladder. This piece was originally used as part of the LCM Ukulele Grades and had been updated and re-written more in keeping with how Matt has recorded and performs it. The worksheets include the full score and song notes.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/wT1VU

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/3Lrab

MINOR KEY BLUES

In this workshop we’ll learn all about the minor blues; a much misunderstood but great form of the blues. We’ll learn the differences from major blues, all about the minor blues feel. I’ll teach you the three main formats and a really cool Wes Montgomery style jazz blues progression. We’ll also see how you can apply it to blues songs from a major format with Johnny B Goode as a case study.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/2qkrX

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/9nRsy

MR SANDMAN

For this lesson we’ll be learning the brilliant Mr Sandman, which translates to ukulele perfectly. I’ll teach you a really cool arrangement which we will use to learn about adding fragments of melody by extending and altering chords. We’ll also learn about the circle of fifths and I’ll teach you how you can use it to memorise a whole song. This one is going to be heaps of fun! The worksheets include a full arrangement with tab and notation and explanations of chord tensions.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/zVY4M

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/m8VJU

LEARN THE FRETBOARD WITH MELODY

For this lesson we’ll be taking a fresh look at how to learn and master the entire ukulele fretboard using melody. I’ll show you how using a nice tune based on major scales (Joy To The World) you can learn and practice all over the fretboard in a simple and fun way. Not only that you’ll be able to play melodies in many different keys easily. No more getting lost last the third fret!

Please note this lesson was originally arranged for May 17th but I have had to postpone whilst a new internet line is put into my unit. Huge apologies, Matt

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

Worksheets: £5 https://payhip.com/b/C9r6g

 

Worksheets with gift/tip: £8 https://payhip.com/b/9RUVG

INTRO TO OPEN C  TUNING -

For this lesson we’ll be learning a brand new way to tune your ukulele which opens up a world of possibilities. It works for both low G and high G with no mods needed to your uke (and don’t worry you can tune right back to normal afterwards with no problems!) I’ll show you how you can then use one finger to play hundreds of songs. We’ll also take things further by looking at the blues and some Keith Richards style additions.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

MAUI FUNDRAISER - KALENA KAI

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

For this lesson we’ll be learning a brand new way to tune your ukulele which opens up a world of possibilities. It works for both low G and high G with no mods needed to your uke (and don’t worry you can tune right back to normal afterwards with no problems!) 

 

This time we’ll be looking at the beautiful Hawaiian song Kalena Kai. The sheets have two fully tabbed versions of the song and lots of Hawaiian turnarounds you can use to create your own arrangements.

 

It’s only a small thing but I’ll be donating 100% of the proceeds to Elliot Prestwich’s George Kahumoku relief fund to help the people of Maui. If you’d like to donate to anything extra to the cause in the meantime here’s the link:

 

https://gofund.me/2f590504

REM NIGHTSWIMMING - FINGERSTYLE

For this lesson we’ll be learning the beautiful Nightswimming by REM. I’ll teach you a really nice fingerstyle picking technique that works wonderfully with this one. We’ll also learn how to add melody notes to a fingerpicked pattern to create two gorgeous solos. The worksheets have everything you need fully scored with standard notation and tablature.

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

 CARAVAN - CHORD MELODY

WORKSHEETS:

Worksheets can be downloaded and printed or saved from Payhip for £5.

 

Just click the link below. If you are unable to afford that just email me (matt@theukeroom.com) and I'll send some free. You don't need to give a reason - I want this accessible to everyone. If you are feeling generous and would like to pay extra to help those that can't afford it there is link to pay £8. This is totally discretionary and please don't feel obliged.

 

For this lesson we’ll be learning one of the very best and most influential jazz tunes of all time - Caravan by Duke Ellington. As well as the chords and rhythm I will teach you how to play a full chord melody fingerstyle version. The worksheets include the lead sheet and full arrangement.

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