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49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 15 - 19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

49th Walnut Valley Festival has been postponed
to September 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

2021 Spring UKULELE Workshops

Marcy Marxer - Western and Western Swing for Ukulele

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 10:30am to Noon CDT

Western songs are a Ukulele player’s chord paradise. Think Sons of the Pioneers, RIders in the Sky and a little life on the lone prairie. We’ll use beautiful, movable chord positions to evoke the mood of the prairie campfire. Lyrics and chord charts will be provided and we’ll learn how to finess our ukuleles into that classic Western sound. Baritone and Standard Ukulele friendly (Soprano, Concert, Tenor). 

Marcy Marxer - Ukulele - Roy Smeck's Version of Bye Bye Blues

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 2:30pm to 4pm CDT

Marcy Marxer studied ukulele with Vaudeville star Roy Smeck in the 1980s.  Learn one of Roy’s Ukulele showpieces in the old Chord Melody style.  PDF Chord Chart and notes provided.

Marcy Marxer - Easy Solos for Jazz Ukulele

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 9am to 10:30am CDT

Thelonius Monk’s Blue Monk and Dark Eyes by Django Reinhardt will anchor our exploration of playing simple jazz solos.
We will learn both chords, scales and how to think through which lead notes you want to play. Participants will get rhythm tracks to play to and a chord chart. By the end of the session, you’ll be playing lead ukulele! Check out the tutorial from Ukulele Magazine. Marcy will work with you on improvisation skills and confidence building for lead playing.

Check out the tutorial from Ukulele Magazine here: https://www.ukulelemag.com/stories/marcy-marxer-teaches-you-to-play-django-reinhardts-dark-eyes-on-uke

Marcy Marxer - "High on a Mountain" for Ukulele

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 2pm to 3:30pm CDT

Ola Belle Reed’s beautiful song “High on a Mountain” is one of the most popular enduring songs of Bluegrass and Folk music.  How do we adapt this classic sound to Ukulele?  We combine Appalachian chordal sounds with blues notes, modal scale tones and haunting harmonic enhancements.  Don’t scared, Marcy makes this EASY and FUN!

Have a listen in advance here:  https://youtu.be/wKuiV9Gvv2w

Linda Tilton- Super-Duper Beginning Ukulele

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 9am to 10:30am CDT

This course is for those brand new to ukulele and will cover how to tune, hold and strum it as well as basic chords and a couple of beginning strums. Commonly known songs often played at “Winfield” jams will be taught. While this class focuses on ukuleles that are in standard GCEA tuning, baritone ukuleles are also welcome. Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum 10 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton - Intermediate Ukulele

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 11am to 12:30pm CDT

This course is for ukulele players who already know basic chords and chord progressions.  It does not piggy-back from the beginning class.  Focus is on fingerpicking, reading tablature and advanced chord shapes such as barre chords.  While this class focuses on ukuleles that are in standard tuning, baritones are also welcome.

Maximum 15 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton - Welcome to Hawai'i!

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3pm CDT

There is a difference between Hawai’an inspired tunes, such as “Tiny Bubbles” and authentic Hawai’ian tunes such as Aloha ‘Oe. Come learn some history of the ukulele and songs that are truly Hawai’ian. Two songs will be taught. One will be a contemporary song in English; the other a more traditional one in Hawai’ian. Strums and vamps will also be presented. Skill Level: Intermediate

Maximum 15 Participants ages 13 or older.

Maximum 15 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton - Singing and Strumming on your Ukulele

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 4pm to 5:30pm CDT

It is common to be able to sing a tune or strum the chords.  But putting them together is a separate skill.  In this class you will be learning why it is so challenging (it’s a brain function thing) and how to integrate both skills so you can smoothly sing and play simultaneously.  Once you understand the components of the song, and the process of understanding it, you will be able to sing and strum songs easily.

Maximum 20 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton- Super-Duper Beginning Ukulele

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 9am to 10:30am CDT

This course is for those brand new to ukulele and will cover how to tune, hold and strum it as well as basic chords and a couple of beginning strums. Commonly known songs often played at “Winfield” jams will be taught. While this class focuses on ukuleles that are in standard GCEA tuning, baritone ukuleles are also welcome. Skill Level: Beginner

Maximum 10 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton - Intermediate Ukulele

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 11am to 12:30pm CDT

This course is for ukulele players who already know basic chords and chord progressions.  It does not piggy-back from the beginning class.  Focus is on fingerpicking, reading tablature and advanced chord shapes such as barre chords.  While this class focuses on ukuleles that are in standard tuning, baritones are also welcome.

Maximum 15 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton- Singing & Strumming on your Ukulele

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3pm CDT

It is common to be able to sing a tune or strum the chords.  But putting them together is a separate skill.  In this class you will be learning why it is so challenging (it’s a brain function thing) and how to integrate both skills so you can smoothly sing and play simultaneously.  Once you understand the components of the song, and the process of understanding it, you will be able to sing and strum songs easily.

Maximum 15 Participants ages 13 or older.

Linda Tilton - Reading and Playing Ukulele Tablature.

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5pm CDT

Students often confuse tablature with chord diagrams.  Chord diagrams are the pictures that we all see in ukulele music with dots where you put your fingers; a picture of the chord.  Tablature, or tabs, is the musical notation of the melody of the tune.  At the end of this class you will have the ability to read basic tablature and play a tune from it.

Maximum 15 Participants ages 13 or older.

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