Learn to play your favourite songs - Explore strumming and picking techniques - Use guitar and ukulele tablature to read melodies- Join a small group to sing and play with other women and girls - Start playing and participating in jam sessions, performances and groups.
Each term there are opportunities to perform in anything from formal performances at local venues to jam sessions in local lounge rooms. There are also lots of opportunities to make new musical friends by sharing musical experiences or bonding over our famous afternoon teas.
SONGWRITING CLASSES- "TELL A STORY, CATCH A SONG"
Each week, you will learn to reach into your story and pull out the music and lyrics. In the process, you will gain lyric writing and editing skills, receive feedback and assistance with melody making and chord choices, discuss the place of your song in your community and personal life, and develop a simple song arrangement that will be recorded in week 5 of the course.
On completion of the course, you will be invited to perform your song, along with the other song writers from the group, at a "Chicks with Picks" concert. This would be a lovely opportunity to not only share your song live but also to present audience members with a copy of the CD of all the songs written during the course.
UKULELE GRAFFITTI WORKSHOPS.
These hands on, interactive Ukulele Graffitti Workshops would make a fun addition to your next conference, team building day or school function. The workshops are presented by experienced workshop facilitator, owner of "Chicks with Picks Melbourne" and winner of the inaugural Melbourne Ukulele Festival's Songwriting Award, Melbourne musician Helen Begley.
In these workshops, participants will be presented with a beginner ukulele and will be taught basic playing techniques and simple chords. Within an hour, the group will be strumming away on their new ukuleles and singing along to a popular song.
Having learnt and practiced their song, the workshop group will take to the streets or other public space to make Ukulele Graffiti. In a fun, but slightly risky move, this exercise requires participants to present a spontaneous performance in a public place of their choice. The benefits of the performance for participants may include an expanded sense of self confidence, a deeper trust and knowledge of their work colleagues and a sense of personal achievement.
At the conclusion of the performance, participants will be encouraged to continue making Ukulele Graffiti by regularly joining forces to practice a new song and plan their next spontaneous performance. As an added incentive, each participant will get to take their new ukulele home.
As well as learning a new musical skill, these workshops are designed to hone participants listening skills, to introduce the practice of mindfulness through music, to explore team building through group work, to share a musical experience with colleagues they may otherwise never meet and to benefit from an overall sense of wellbeing and enjoyment.
Recommended group size: 8-10 people
Recommended Duration: 1 or 2 hours
Quotes and Bookings: To enquire about booking a workshop or to obtain a quote, contact Helen via the contact form on this website.