April 9-11, 2021 via Zoom

We're bringing Menucha to you!

Do you love the ukulele? Want to play and learn with exceptional musicians who are also great teachers? Then the Menucha Ukulele Band Camp is for you. You can't catch the virus through the computer, but you can catch the excitement and connection with others through the music shared online.

Using the technology available to us, we'll bring the magic of Menucha Ukulele Band Camp to you: classes, open mic, jams, social events, virtual tours and more!

For 10 years Ukulele Band Camp has brought joy, laughter and merry music-making to our 102 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. In 2021, we're going to bring all that to your house, and hopefully all over the world! Since we're not limited by space, bring lots of your ukulele-playing friends. Everyone gets a front-row seat for classes, you can noodle all the way through class (as long as you're on mute!) and no one can hear you! We'll record the classes so you can revisit them.

2021 Faculty: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, the Canote Brothers, Kevin Carroll, Aaron Keim, Nicole Keim, Matt Weiner, Nova Devonie

Artistic Directors: Nicole & Aaron Keim

 

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Registration is now open!

Cost: $100 

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2021 Classes

Matt Weiner
Nova Devonie

MATT WEINER & NOVA DEVONIE  

Groov-Etudes with Matt ’N’ Nova (All Levels) 

Over 2 classes, learn four short groovy etudes from the aged neophyte ukulele brains of Matt and Nova. After you quickly master these little nuggets of rhythm and melody that took us years to perfect, we will resume our familiar duties on bass and accordion, accompanying YOU as you float along on the happy world of groovy mastery and relaxation.

 

 

Bio of Nova Devonie and Video of Nova Devonie

Bio of Matt Weiner and Video of Matt Weiner

 

 

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

CATHY FINK 

Swing It! (Advanced Beginner and Up) 

A class in swing rhythm on uke including some swing chords, how to make it swing with left and right hand muting and chops, and how to practice so you are a rock solid rhythm section. Advanced beginners and up who are comfortable changing “regular” chords in the key of C (CFG/G7) and G (GCD/D7) 

 

Clawhammer Ukulele (in GCEG tuning)  (Intermediate-Advanced) 

For people who already have some clawhammer uke right hand going, we’ll explore what this tuning has to offer that is different from GCEA, and learn a tune! You are welcome to attend just to learn about the tuning, but it won’t be a beginning clawhammer technique class.

 

MARCY MARXER 

The Girl From Ipanema (Intermediate)

Play the lovely chords and easy melody of this Brazilian Classic tune. For Ukulele and Baritone Ukulele

Nuages (Advanced)

Nuages was written by Django Reinhardt.  This song has cool Jazz chords and a beautiful melody.  Our inspiration version features the sweet melodic playing of Stephane Grappelli. https://youtu.be/VSBjvjSrna4  

 

Bio for Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Video of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

 

Kevin Carroll

KEVIN CARROLL

Celtic Ukulele  (Advanced Beginner - Advanced)

This ensemble-style class will explore the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles. Bagpipe drones, fiddly-bits, hammer-ons and pull-offs are just the beginning for this new offering. I have several tunes arranged in a ‘Ukestra’ style with a combination of single-note parts as well as chords. We will also try our hand at a couple of traditional “session” tunes where the ukulele will play Celtic fiddle melodies. Material will include a curated set of traditional music that has been tailored to fit the ukulele like a fine kilt. Prior note-reading and/or tablature reading experience highly recommended. Low-G tuning recommended, though not mandatory. 

 

Intro to African Ukulele for Ukulele (Intermediate and Advanced)

This unusual offering (I have not seen this anywhere else!) introduces the hypnotic and expressive qualities of African music. The music of the Congo, Zimbabwe and Mali will be highlighted as we get a feel for the forms and rhythms of this powerful music. 

 

Bio of Kevin Carroll

Video of Kevin Carroll

 

 

The Canote Brothers

THE CANOTE BROTHERS 

Rhythmic Tricks of the Trade!  (All Levels) 

Add pep to your songs with a handful of happy strums! Including: Various down-up patterns, the Freight Train, The Triplet, The Blues Shuffle, Syncopated Strums, The George Formby Split Stroke, plus many more! 

 

Big Yellow Taxi, (Not the Joni Mitchell song!) (Intermediate) 

Learn a swingy blues using closed up the neck chords, played using the swing chop strum, with a fingerpicked turnaround! We’ll start with the chord forms, then put all the techniques together! 

 

Bio of the Canote Brothers

Video of the Canote Brothers

 

Aaron Keim

AARON KEIM 

Spicing Up a Simple Chord Progression (All Levels)

Join Aaron as he decorates a simple 12 bar chord progression.  We will use music theory, vintage recordings and our own imagination to make the commonplace new again.

Learn It From the Source (All Levels) 

For this workshop Aaron will show you his process for learning songs from old records.  He will pick a piece he has never learned and dive in with you watching and helping.  Words, chords, intros, endings, solos, the whole works!

 

Bio of Aaron and Nicole Keim

Video of Aaron and Nicole Keim

 

 

Tentative Schedule


Friday, April 9th

 

Zoom Meeting 1- “Wright Hall” Pacific Time Zoom Meeting 2- “Greenhouse”
4-5 pm Participant Tech Check & Zoom Orientation
Welcome Session/Faculty Introduction

Meet the Teachers and Play-A-Long, Q&A, Icebreaker Rooms

5-6:30 pm
6:30-?? Jam with Aaron and other faculty

 

 

Saturday, April 10th

 

Zoom Meeting 1- “Wright Hall” Pacific Time Zoom Meeting 2- “Greenhouse”
Class #1

Cathy Fink- Clawhammer Ukulele in GCEG tuning
(Int-Advanced with previous Clawhammer Experience)

9:30-10:30 am Class # 1

The Canote Brothers-
Rhythmic Tricks of the Trade!
(All Levels)

Menucha Meditation 10:30-10:45 am
Class #2 

Aaron Keim- Learn It From the Source
(All Levels)

10:45- 11:45 am Class #2

Kevin Carroll- Intro to African Music for Ukulele
(Intermediate and Advanced)

Lunchtime Hangout- Hosted by Matt & Nova and The Canote Brothers 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Class #3

Marcy Marxer- The Girl From Ipanema

(Intermediate)

12:45 -1:45 pm Class #3 

Matt Weiner and Nova Devonie-
Groov-Etudes

(All Levels)

1:45-2:15 pm Luthier’s Corner with Jere Canote

Show and Tell, Q&A of Instruments he’s built

Participant Open Mic (Must Sign up Ahead of Time) 2:15-3:15 pm
Tour of Menucha Grounds, Facility Updates 3:15-3:45 pm
3:45-4:15 pm

 

Luthier’s Corner with Aaron Keim

Shop Show and Tell , Q&A– Beansprout Musical Instruments (3:45-4:15)

4:15-5:00 pm

Dinner Break

 
Faculty Concert

 

5:00-6:30 pm
6:30pm-??? Campfire Sing-A-Long/Play-A-Long with Lizann and Aaron

 

Sunday, April 11th

 

Zoom Meeting 1- “Wright Hall” Pacific Time Zoom Meeting 2- “Greenhouse”
Morning Sing with Nicole 9:00-9:15 am
Class # 1

Marcy Marxer- Nuages
(Adv)

9:15-10:15 am Class #1

Kevin Carroll- Celtic Ukulele
(Advanced Beginner and Up)

Chat with other Participants 10:15-10:30am
Class #2

Matt & Nova- Groov-Etudes*
(All Levels)
* Different music than yesterday

10:30-11:30 am Class #2

The Canote Brothers - Big Yellow Taxi (Not the Joni Mitchell Song!) (Intermediate)

11:30 am-12:30 pm

Lunch Break

Participant Open Mic (Must Sign up Ahead of Time)
Class #3

 

Cathy Fink- Swing It!

(Adv Beginner and Up)

12:30-1:30 pm Class #3

 

Aaron Keim- Spicing Up a Simple Chord Progression

(All Levels)

Chat with other Participants 1:30-1:45 pm  
Closing Session

Breakout Groups

Staff Members Sing/Play A Long

Final Song- “Safe Home”

1:45-3:00 pm