All Levels Uke with Steve Roy
In the All Levels Ukulele Class, we'll be focusing on songs and tunes from the bluegrass and old-time repertoires so that you'll be able to fit right into the NimbleFingers jamming scene. We'll take a look at the way that bluegrass and old time bands work, and we'll find a way to incorporate the sound of the uke within that framework. We'll get used to reading chord charts, but we'll also get used to using our ears to find our way through songs that we've never heard before. We'll also explore different strumming patterns, and try plucking out melodies and reading tablature. We'll talk about a little bit of music theory, see how chords fit into the common keys, and how to use a capo. (bring a capo!)
Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from the New Hampshire Seacoast. Known primarily as an upright bass player, but also a fantastic Ukulele player, he has performed and toured internationally with a myriad of bluegrass's top artists, including Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Darol Anger, Joy Kills Sorrow, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Chris Stuart and Backcountry, Spring Creek Bluegrass, The Brakemen, and many more.. He also leads the exploratory jazz group Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, and performs around New England with a wide variety of bands, including Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, the Stowaways, Grassputin, Steve and Dave Play Dead, High Range, Spinal Tarp, and many others.
He is a faculty member at 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME and at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH, teaching bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and ensembles. Steve has also been featured as an instructor at many of the top bluegrass and music camps (including many years at NimbleFingers!) in the US and Canada. Just to add a wee bit of icing on the proverbial cake, Steve is also a professional archaeologist with field experience in the Northeast US and Central America. Dude!