Specialty Workshops

May Workshop-Various Strumming Patterns
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There are many different strum patterns for different song genre. Up-down, down up and more. Strum patterns add interest and texture to songs. They can make a song memorable or boring. Learn different patterns and apply them to the songs you already know giving songs your creativity and flair! May 24, 2021 at 10am, PDT. (Subscriber Pricing, 50% off)

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March Workshop - Guess this song!
  • March Workshop - Guess this song!
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Some songs you can recognize from just a couple of notes. This is one of them! You will learn this one song and one song only! Learn the nuances, timing and chords that make this song unique. Then it's up to you to practice! ICUP Subscribers, you recieve your 50% discount!

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Janary 2021 Workshop Slack Key - Ki'ho alu

Hawaiian Slack key or Ki 'ho alu is an alternate tuning played on the guitar. The story has been told over the years, dating back around into the late 1700, that many of the colonizing ships brought different animals as gifts to the foreign lands they hoped to conquer. The initial gifts of animals did not last in Hawaii as they were usually killed, as they were foreign to the native people.  In 1794 British Officer George Vancouver impressed upon Kamehameha to put a 10 year ban on the killing of these cattle. This way the cattle could multiply and flourish. Boy did they multiply and cause havoc as they were eating the homes of the native Hawaiians since they were made of grass.  The ban was finally lifted in 1930. By 1932 our King, Kamehameha III, hired Spanish cowboys to teach the Hawaiian's how to care for the cattle. These paniolo (a Hawaiianization of españoles—"Spaniards") brought their guitars and taught the Hawaiians the rudiments of playing. Upon leaving, the paniolo left their guitars as gift.  Hawaiian's soon realized they did NOT know how to tune them. Hence the Hawaiians developed a style on their own.

This workshop brings to you Brian's unique style of using an alternate tuning on the ukulele. This particular style is rarely heard, or taught.