2019 Willoughby Ukulele workshop

12th January 2019

Willoughby Ukulele Orchestra Workshop



This full-day workshop is run by Ian Porter assisted by other James Hill -certified teachers who will guide you through an intensive tutoring session based on your skill level (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) covering three mulit-part instrumental pieces. In the afternoon you will be combined with the other players for a rehearsal as a full ensemble. The day wraps up with a recording of your performance.
All music is provided 1 month in advance, so you can start to practice your part.
The workshop outcomes include:
  • provide understanding of what it means to be part of a structured orchestra
  • understanding conductor instructions and signals
  • listening critically to the other parts in the orchestra and how your part fits in
  • exposure to three different genres of music arranged for this special little instrument
Ukuleles of all sizes in standard C6 GCEA tuning are welcome. Limited baritone ukulele parts in GCEA will be allocated but please contact us prior to booking
Registration is at 9:00am with the rehearsals starting at 9:30am sharp. There will be a 1 hour lunch break, where you can wander through to Chatswood Mall and source food, then a session in the afternoon, with the final recording and performance concluding the workshop. Morning and Afternoon refreshments will be provided. The day finishes at 4:30pm
Number of spaces strictly limited.
Incentives for groups of 6 or more (see pricing below)
Contact Ian if you have any questions about this event


Dougherty Centre
 7 Victor Street, Chatswood, NSW, 2067


Workshop price for the full day, including all materials, tutoring, morning and afternoon tea and final recording is $145.00 for individualsGroup Bookings of 6 or more includes one free ticket for the group organiser.


45% discount on normal ticket price. Use code ‘LEVEL3’ at checkout.

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Refer a friend: Call Ian for more details before you book your ticket to claim a 55% discount..

Skill Level Pre-requisites

All players must read either TAB or music notation (or both). Strumming parts will often be shown in slash notation as well as chord boxes

Level 1: SOLD OUT

  • You can strum basic major, minor, 7th and minor 7th chords for A, B C, D, F G using thumb strum and simple up and down strumming, plus Bb, Bb7, Em E7, Eb.
  • You know most of the notes, by name, on the fret board up to 4th fret
  • Can thumb pick the C major scale in first position
  • You can keep a steady beat when strumming and picking
  • Has a basic understanding and experience reading TAB or notation

Level 2: SOLD OUT

  • In addition to Level 1 requirement:
    • You can play E chord, and some of the less common barre chord shapes
    • You are not freaked out by extension chords, including ‘5’ chords, some common augmented, diminished, and suspension chords
    • You can confidently play the island/calypso strum and other syncopated strums that emphasize the up (or off-beat) strum
    • You can play chuck (chunk) and basic fan strums.
    • You have experience with chords further up the neck, and moveable chords
    • You can pick some other major scales, may have limited experience with pentatonic or blues scales
    • Has basic experience in picking multiple strings simultaneously
    • You have experience picking out notes, by name, above first position and across the fretboard
    • Has confidence reading more complex TAB or notation for melody lines

Level 3:

  • In addition to Level 2 requirement:
    • You can grab common movable chord/barre chord shapes (such as C7: 3433, F: 5558, F#7: 6667, Gmaj7: 7779) for major, minor, dominant 7th and min7th chords as required
    • You have ‘some’ familiarity with and would not be phased by extension chords including 6ths, 9th.
    • You can pick basic major scales at a moderate pace, possibly in broken 3rds.
    • Has exposure to other scales possibly including major modes, pentatonic, or blues
    • You have experience in picking melodies all over the fretboard
    • Can pick multiple strings at once as part of melody or between strums.
    • Has no problems wth TAB or notation reading, particularly for single line melodies

Terms and conditions

Regular ticket price $145 per person (excludes early-bird and group discounts)

Cancellation/refund: If YOU   cancel within 10 calendar days of registration WE will refund the full payment made, less $20 in administration costs, but only for registrations made on or before 20th November 2018
For registrations that are older than 10 calendar days, if YOU cancel, you will receive a 50% refund, provided cancellation occurs prior to December 1st.
If YOU cancel after 1st December for whatever reason there will be no refund.
In the unlikely event that WE cancel the event all monies paid (registration fees) will be refunded in FULL.
The organiser makes no representations as to the suitability of the workshop for your skill level or musical preferences.
All material supplied is strictly for the use of the participants, is for educational purposes only, and may not be copied or distributed to persons or organisations not registered at the event. Material will be emailed to participants via the email provided in the registration on or before 12th December 2018 in PDF format.
Any refreshments provided are consumed at the participants’ own risk, in terms of allergies, suitability and preference.
All participants must arrange all travel to and from the workshop at their own expense. Parking is available in the Westfield Carpark (a charge is involved after 3 hours). The Centre is a few minutes walk from Chatswood Station and Bus Interchange.
Participants must be at least 16 years of age, and be responsible for their own behaviour. The Dougherty Centre is a disability-friendly centre, but anyone needing assistance should ensure they have carers at the ready. All participants must ensure they have read and can meet all playing skill prerequisites for their chosen level prior to registration. No refund will be made where due care of the participant or person making the booking has not met these requirements of playing.
The organiser reserves the right not to accept a registration without any claim or action, whether previously accepted on TryBooking or by any other means and will refund any payments in this case.