Pacific Winds Music
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Rainy Day Uke Bash

Presented by Pacific Winds Music

When: Saturday, April 18, 9:30am – 5pm

What: Full Day of ukulele playing and learning, culminating in an informal performance/ open mic
9:30 - 10:30am Session One—Improvising on the Blues, Neal Chin
10:45 - 11:45am Session Two—Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me”
11:45 - 12:30pm L U N C H
12:30 - 1:30pm Session Three—Improvising with Rhythm and Melody, Joe
1:45 - 2:45pm Session Four—Ensemble Playing, Joe
2:45 - 3:30pm Supervised Practice Session, Joe and Neal
Performance/ Open Mic with Joe and Neal as House Band

Who: Uke players who can play at least six chords and have some basic experience with basic finger picking.

Where: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street in Eugene
Performance at Eugene Wine Sellers 255 Madison in Eugene

Why: Learn new stuff about playing ukulele with fun people!

Teachers: Joe Aloia and Neal Chin

Fee: $55 if paid before March 31, and $65 if paid after March 31.

Preregistration required: Call Pacific Winds Music, 541-343-5660

Bash Teachers

Joe Aloia is an active music enthusiast with a passion for teaching. He is currently working on his masters degree in jazz studies at the University of Oregon while performing regularly throughout the northwest with groups of many different styles. His specialties are musicality and group performance. Joe has been playing music for 12 years. He plays bass, guitar, and ukulele. Joe will be teaching with his ukulele, but also adding bass to our music during the bash.

Neal Chin has been playing the ʻukulele for fifteen years and teaching for fourteen years. He was born and raised on the island of Maui, and he began taking ʻukulele lessons at the age of nine. One year later, Neal started teaching ʻukulele lessons to family and friends, and he started competing and placing in ‘ukulele competitions. This led to the beginning of his performing career, as Neal started playing with other local musicians. At the age of fourteen, Neal taught himself how to play the guitar, thus broadening his musical scope.
Neal moved to Honolulu at the age of eighteen to continue his career as a performing musician and to continue to teach. In his six year span in Honolulu, Neal co­founded two bands and played with over fifty musicians, including Benny Chong, Dean Taba, David Kamakahi, Noel Okimoto, and Steven Inglis. Neal has credits on many recordings, including the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning album, The Akira Project. Neal also has writing and playing credits on the self­-titled album Broke Aesthetic, and also on the albums Things to Break and Seasons Greetings From Soul Sound 2.
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