Folk Elements with Jason Darling
The workshop will focus on song, using a handful of folk classics to show how changes, dynamics, syncopation, simple harmonica fills and rhythm hand nuance can transform a standard accompaniment into a breath of creativity, allowing the performer to express themselves through the songs of others without taking liberties or strangling the context of the words.
Jason will outline many rhythmic techniques ranging in complexity from simple to WTF?! In order to achieve similar ends, so that each participant can take that which they are ready for.
In summary. The colour tones available for any chord you might be strumming, the force, stroke and overall attack as well as the connection of uke and voice will be broken down, and the use of a harmonica in a rack to support one’s playing will be discussed in detail.
Note – the harmonica is simple in its structure and most folk songs can be enhanced with little time for learning. The harp can become a furiously complex instrument if one wishes to push its limits, yet in the folk spectrum it is no more difficult than tying a lace – yet many times more expressive.
Jason Darling has been tickling his ukes and writing folk songs for 20 years. Predominately interested in the uke’s early styles – circa 20s & 40s golden era – he is also fond of bashing out the folk tunes he loves; Dylan, Baez, Seeger and Guthrie his go-to artists.
Saturday 14 September
Kala Marquee- Festival Green SunPAC
ALL TICKETS $23
Tickets via SunPAC: www.sunpac.net.au/whatson
Please note: General Admission. A transaction fee of $4.50 applies per transaction. Must have a ticket to attend. If available there will be ticket sales at the SunPAC Box Office before the workshop. Choose carefully- tickets are not refundable if you change your mind.