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Sunday January 29, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm at Feldenkrais Center SF
98 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131
Vocal Power is more than just volume - vocal power is confidence, control, freedom, connection, and full-body release. Learn to use the full potential of your voice.
In this 2-hour workshop, vocal coach Cynthia Lin will guide you through the fundamentals of how to develop healthy breathing and vocal habits to harness your inherent vocal power. Cynthia will provide a worksheet of breathing exercises and vocal warm-ups for your home practice. All levels welcome.

$60 buy ticket, only 20 seats

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BEGINNER - meets Tuesday 6pm
ADVANCED BEGINNER - meets Tuesday 7:15pm
INTERMEDIATE - meets Wednesday 6:30pm
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please note: i teach only group classes and workshops.
i do not teach private lessons because i believe ukulele is best learned in a group environment.
i encourage you to join a group class!

starting Tuesday January 24, 2017 from 6-7pm at SHARED SF
739 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
meeting Tuesdays Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
for students brand new to uke or any instrument, bring your own ukulele
this class will give you a solid foundation for making music on the uke.
we'll learn to read chord charts, play the most common chords,
learn three important strums, and we'll play a new song each week.

*all classes are recorded, missed classes can be made up via video
$120, for 6 weeks

BEGINNER II UKULELE will follow Beginner I and run from March-April 2017.

starting Tuesday January 24, 2017 from 7:15-8:15pm at SHARED SF
739 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
meeting Tuesdays Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28
prerequisite: Beginner I class, and please also review the following lessons from Beginner II: fingerpicking , reading tab, and chucking
In the Advanced Beginner class, we learn a new song each week and practice a variety
of advanced strumming and fingerpicking techniques, build our chord base,
and practice singing and playing at the same time.
This is a mixed level class. There will be optional variations for more advanced players.
Cynthia will adjust the pace and song choices to best suit the level and interests of the class.

*all classes are recorded, missed classes can be made up via video
$120, for 6 weeks

starting Wednesday January 25, 2017 6:30-8pm at Binky's Barn inside Project Artaud
499 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
meeting Wednesdays Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1
In this workshop, we will begin developing a performance repertoire with multiple part arrangements.
We'll focus on building strong rhythm and learning some music theory.
We will move quickly through songs; you should feel comfortable
with your ability to learn new chords and pick up new strumming / finger-picking patterns.
please check with Cynthia that you are ready for this class

*all classes are recorded, missed classes can be made up via video
$120, for 6 weeks

class faq

Q: what level should i sign up for?

A: i want you to learn solid fundamentals but i don't want you to be bored. sign up for the level you're most comfortable with, and we can move you after the first class to the most suitable level.

Q: do you teach private lessons?

A: no, i believe ukulele is best learned in a group environment, and i'd encourage you to join a group class. playing along with the rhythm of a group makes it easier to learn strum patterns, and it's much more fun to sing and play with a group.

Q: i'm shy - in the group class, do we have to play in front of other people?

A: in a group class, it's pretty hard to hear what each individual is doing, which is kind of by design. you can easily hide in the group if that's what you prefer!

Q: who do you recommend for private lessons?

A: my friend, bandmate, and co-leader of SF Uke Jam Ukulenny teaches private lessons in the Bay Area and via Skype. he also teaches classes in the East Bay. check him out!

Q: are your classes appropriate for children?

A: my classes are geared towards adult learners. young people can take the class if they sign up with an adult/parent - it's more fun to learn together! you can check with Aloha Warehouse in Japantown to see if they know of current keiki classes.

Q: i have to miss a class - can you prorate the class fee?

A: as of July 2016, all classes are recorded, so you may catch up on any missed classes via video. i don't offer prorated class fees.

Q: i'm a beginner - can you recommend a good beginner ukulele?

A: i have found that a concert (medium) size is suitable for most adults. if you're taller/larger or have played guitar before, you might prefer a tenor. sopranos (the smallest size) can be harder to learn on, and most people find they want to upgrade soon anyway.

the best way to know is to visit an uke shop and try holding and strumming a variety of ukes. i recommend visiting a dedicated ukulele shop vs buying online or from a big box music store.

if you don't have an uke shop near you, here are some ukuleles that i like:
BUDGET STARTER UKES under $100: Makai concert, Luna concert, Makai tenor
NICER STARTER UKES over $100: Islander concert, Islander tenor, Makai tenor

everyone should have a clip-on tuner - they work by vibration so they're more accurate than phone apps. I like this one: Snark SN-2

if you're looking for a book of songs, the Daily Ukulele is a great resource for classic and traditional songs, including Beatles and jazz standards. Daily Ukulele
(these are affiliate links, i receive a referral fee if you buy using these links - thank you!)

Q: where can i get an ukulele in San Francisco?

A: in San Francisco, i recommend visiting Aloha Warehouse in Japantown. the owners are nice folks from the islands who will help you find the right fit for you, and they have a lovely selection of fancy handmade ukuleles as well as beginner level ukes. it's always nicer to hold and strum an uke before you buy one.

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