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Dougf
09-14-2010, 03:52 AM
Well, sort of. I attended James' improvisation workshop at the Wine Country Uke Fest first thing on Saturday. After teaching us the blues scale in C, he asked for a volunteer to give it a try while he played rhythm. Nobody else raised their hand, so I raised mine. It was a blast! I really felt like I hit the groove! Well, I guess with James providing the glue, how could I not? Anyway, looking back on it, of many memorable moments at the festival, I think this was the best. Thank you James!

lindydanny
09-14-2010, 03:55 AM
That's awesome. Thank God for players like James who are rockstars in their own right but have patience and spirit to teach of a saint. I got to play guitar with a couple of guys far beyond my abilities the other day and they did nothing but insist that I keep playing solos. Basically, they wanted me to get the experience and get better. And, I think I played better every song!!!

~DB

Lexxy
09-14-2010, 04:20 AM
Wow! Grats on the Doug! Was the sensation..Electrifying? :D

savethecheerleader
09-14-2010, 04:22 AM
That sounds like an awesome experience! I'm usually one of the folks who doesn't raise their hands and then wishes I did after the fact. hah!

Pueo
09-14-2010, 04:32 AM
That's a great story Doug! It is also an excellent example of how participating in the jam instead of just watching has its rewards. I'm sure it was an awesome experience.

mm stan
09-14-2010, 04:59 AM
Aloha Doug,
What an awesome experience....Did someone take pictures of you and him?? For you, worth every penny of the workshop...eh!!
How cool was that??? with your new Mya Moe....thanks for sharing, MM Stan....

Ken Middleton
09-14-2010, 05:40 AM
Great to meet you at the fest, Doug. Wasn't it a terrific event? Just got home about an hour ago, and I'm shattered.

I hear that all the workshops went well. I have never attended one of James' classes, but I have watched from a short distance. He certainly has a great teaching style.

Big_Fred
09-14-2010, 06:00 AM
It was a great event. The Sunday master classes I managed to get in to (Victoria's and Ralph's) were outstanding. I would have loved to get in to James' class, but it filled up very quick, evidently.

It was great meeting you in person, Doug. I would have liked to have been able to meet all the UUers who were there.

Edit: There is another meetup on the 24th at Mike DaSilva's shop in Berkeley. Hope to meet more of you there.

mds725
09-14-2010, 09:03 AM
There is another meetup on the 24th at Mike DaSilva's shop in Berkeley. Hope to meet more of you there.

That's Aldrine's California Tour 2010. It starts at 7:00 p.m. More information here (http://ukemaker.com/Calendar.html). Does anyone know if people who attend are encouraged to bring their ukes?

thejumpingflea
09-14-2010, 09:36 AM
James is a great guy and loads of fun to jam with. Very cool that you volunteered!!

Dougf
09-14-2010, 10:13 AM
That's awesome. Thank God for players like James who are rockstars in their own right but have patience and spirit to teach of a saint. I got to play guitar with a couple of guys far beyond my abilities the other day and they did nothing but insist that I keep playing solos. Basically, they wanted me to get the experience and get better. And, I think I played better every song!!!

~DB
James is not only an awesome ukist, but a great instructor. He dispelled some of the myths about jazz and improvisation, and explained why we needn't be intimidated. He then led us through a basic but beautiful arrangment of Moonglow, and although he explained the chart clearly, he also let us know that careers could be spent exploring this composition.

Dougf
09-14-2010, 10:15 AM
Great to meet you at the fest, Doug. Wasn't it a terrific event? Just got home about an hour ago, and I'm shattered.

I hear that all the workshops went well. I have never attended one of James' classes, but I have watched from a short distance. He certainly has a great teaching style.

Ken, I was so glad to be able to meet you, and really sorry I missed your set. And yes, the WCUF was just an awesome event. Ukulele magic at its best!

lambchop
09-14-2010, 11:03 AM
This counts as jammin with James Hill in my book. We need to get neat stuff like this for us Midwest ukulele players.

SuzukHammer
09-14-2010, 01:25 PM
Great Doug,

You know I attended my James Hill workshop and I still practice some of James Hill's material, lke Capital Blues, Everybody Loves Saturday Night, Scale in C, Sheik of Araby.

The thing about improvisation is you have to have done it so many times beforehand that it will ne natural when you are called. Its why I practice scales all the time. I wanted to volunteer to improv with James

Pippin
09-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Congratulations on getting up there and giving it a shot with James. It's great to come through under pressure.

SuzukHammer
09-14-2010, 01:51 PM
If anybody goes to a James Hill concert or show, James asked if anybody brought their ukulele. I am not sure if he would invite you up on stage to play along or if he wants to play your uke; but, I wish I had brought my uke to the show. We feel self conscious but in the end after the show, the regret is bigger.

ceviche
09-14-2010, 07:31 PM
That courage will serve you in the future. Keep on jammin'!

--Dave E.