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Ashokan & these world-class ukulele teachers forging ahead creatively during this unprecedented pandemic challenge. Your support means so much! Let’s learn new uke techniques and enjoy the music together. Registration is $75 suggested donation per household for the whole weekend!

Scroll down for our galactically great staff and interstellar schedule details!

2020 UKES IN SPACE STAFF

STEVEN ESPANIOLA

DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH

CYNTHIA KINNUNEN

AARON KEIM

NEAL CHIN

BEN HASSENGER

Register by Friday, 5pm EDT for a chance to win this Ohana Ukulele!

We are excited to announce that Ohana Ukuleles has graciously donated a
Cynthia Lin Signature Series uke package to be raffled off at Ukes in Space!

UKES IN SPACE FULL SCHEDULE

All classes will be archived and available to participants!

FRIDAY, MAY 22 • all times in EDT Eastern Daylight Time, New York USA

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
5-6pm WELCOME & CHAT
Everyone is invited to say hello and check in to make sure their technology is working nicely. Friendly Zoom tech support will be available.
6-7pm MEET THE TEACHERS
Our great teaching staff will introduce themselves and share a sampling of what they’ll be teaching at camp.
7-8pm GROUP STRUM
Play & sing along!

SATURDAY, MAY 23 • all times in EDT Eastern Daylight Time, New York USA

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
8:30-9:30am BREAKFAST HANG OUT
Just like the Ashokan dining hall, let's all hang out and eat breakfast together! Pass the bacon!
10-11am WRESTLING ROMANS with Cynthia Kinnunen
Could Roman numerals change your musical life? Can they help with things like transposition or jamming? Does the thought of something so “music theory-ish” leave you feeling like you’re stuck in a half nelson? In this workshop, we’ll attack the concept of chord identification using Roman numeral notation in music head on. We’ll discuss what they mean, how they’re used, why they’re an important musical concept to know, and test out your new knowledge in some songs and transposing. By the end of the session, you’ll be taking on vi’s and IV’s in a variety of keys like a true heavyweight. Spandex optional. (Confident Beginner +)
10-11am MUSIC SCHOOL DROPOUT with Danielle Ate the Sandwich
This class is a great place for beginners without previous knowledge of music or the ukulele, who would like to keep it simple and focus on strumming and singing. We will learn musical terms and skills associated with the ukulele and work to accomplish small goals to improve your confidence and skill as new player! Learn how to look up songs, make sense of chords, and put it all together to play your first song. (Beginners)
11:30am-12:30pm RIGHT HAND TECHNIQUES with Neal Chin
One of the defining elements of an ‘ukulele player is the use of the right hand. Many different techniques have been developed over the years that have often elevated ‘ukulele artists to a unique sound of their own. Join us as we explore some of these techniques and some practical uses for them as well. (Confident Beginner)
11:30am-12:30pm PLAY (almost) EVERY SONG IN THE WORLD with Ben Hassenger
What do songs like “Last Kiss”, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, “With or Without You”, and “Say Something” have in common? They all use the same four chords. Learn to play every song ever written (well, most of them, anyway) with these “Fantastic Four” chords and find out how to switch keys easily by using the Nashville Numbering System. (Confident Beginner)
12:30-1:30pm LUNCH HANG OUT
Let’s enjoy a bit of selective un-muting, unwind, and get to know each other. Friendly Zoom tech support will be available.
2-3pm HAWAIIAN STRUMMING with Steven Espaniola
Learn 3 of the most widely used strumming patterns in traditional Hawaiian music: Basic, Classic, and Modern. Traditional Hawaiian songs will be used to show the strums in a real world context. Technique will be taught in a fun, kani ka pila type of environment. (Confident Beginner - Intermediate)
2-3pm AMERICAN WORK SONGS with Aaron Keim
Explore American history through work songs, songs about work and labor protest anthems. This repertoire class will not only provide with some catchy new songs but will also help you understand the important history and culture behind each one.  Expect some harmony singing, a little picking and lots of fun!  (All levels)
3:30-4:30pm INTRO TO JAZZ UKULELE with Neal Chin
The 'ukulele has found its home in the jazz world thanks to some of the greats including Herb Ohta, Benny Chong, and Lyle Ritz. Join us as we dive into the genre and learn some of the vocabulary and techniques that these great players use including comping techniques, how to construct chord solos, and harmony as viewed by an 'ukulele player. So whether you are a soloist or looking to join a jazz jam session on your 'ukulele this class is just for you! An understanding of how chords are constructed will help you get the most out of the class. (Intermediate)
3:30-4:30pm DITCH THE NERVES & GET ON STAGE with Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Learn techniques to help improve your performance, whether practicing at home, in front of your ukulele group or at a sold out show at Madison Square Garden. The class will learn ways to perform thoughtfully, develop a stage persona, and practice stepping in front of an audience during a mini open mic. This is a great chance for shy players to gain some experience in a fun and friendly environment. (You will not be forced to perform, but will be given an opportunity to try.) A great class to get ready for Saturday night's Camper Cabaret! (All levels)
5-6:30pm STAFF CONCERT
Sit back and enjoy!
7-8:30pm CAMPER CABARET
Open Mic by sign up in advance.

SUNDAY, MAY 24 • all times in EDT Eastern Daylight Time, New York USA

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
8:30-9:30am BREAKFAST HANG OUT
Just like the Ashokan dining hall, let's all hang out and eat breakfast together! Pass the bacon!
10-11am LEVEL UP YOUR TEACHING GAME with Cynthia Kinnunen
You’ve been playing ukulele for a while and you’re ready to start sharing what you know. Or you’ve already got a group of students and you want to take things up a notch. This workshop will cover the basics of teaching a ukulele class, how to structure your lessons and set goals, and some practical tips for keeping your students engaged and making music. Whether it’s an after school children’s program or an adult community learning group, you’ll have some takeaways you can apply right away in your classes. (Confident Beginner +)
10-11am EZ TABLATURE with Ben Hassenger
Do you have a good handle on strumming, but would like to learn to play the melodies of songs on your ukulele? Ben will teach you how to read tablature, a way to read music for the ukulele without having to understand actual music notation. You’ll be playing everything from “You Are My Sunshine” to “Ode to Joy” by the end of class. (Confident Beginner)
11:30am-12:30pm BEYOND THE BASICS OF HAWAIIAN MELE with Steven Espaniola
Learn how to personalize a Hawaiian standard and make it your own. Steven dives into the process of arranging Hawaiian songs using various tools such as rhythm, intros, tempo, kaona (hidden meaning) and melody play, so that you can make that classic song your very own! These valuable tools can be used for any genre of music. (Confident Beginner - Intermediate)
11:30am-12:30pm CLAWHAMMER UKE with Aaron Keim
Clawhammer style is a banjo playing technique that also sounds great on the ukulele. For this workshop, we will get the basic techniques and learn two short tunes. Students will also go home with a series of practice exercises and more tunes for enrichment. (Intermediate - Advanced Intermediate)
1-2pm AN ASHOKAN FAREWELL
A sing-along and jam-along finale.
WHAT LEVEL PLAYER AM I?
BEGINNER This player has been playing for up to 6 months and has learned 3 - 4 chords but hesitates in between chord changes to move the fingers to the next location.
CONFIDENT BEGINNER This player knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. Has trouble with barre chords, and has developed a strum or two or a basic finger pattern for picking.
INTERMEDIATE This player can hold a steady rhythm, and is competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, Bb, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E7, Em, G, and G7. Understands simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.
ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE This player can hear I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth fret, and has been there with barre or 4-fingered moveable chords. Plays lead and backup easily with others and keeps steady rhythm.

This is the first online “weekend” I have done and I have to say you nailed it. As well as getting the technology just right, your sociable hosts also lent a “human touch” to proceedings whilst keeping a “light hand on the the tiller” to ensure mics were muted and “original sound on”as appropriate. – William in Belfast

This was a GREAT festival. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, from the musicians/teachers to tech the tech support. I think everything went vey smoothly and I learned a lot! MORE! MORE! – Kay in Pennsylvania

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