Carl Ventis: Bend’s Basics Master
Carl Ventis has 25 years experience, and is an invigorating, inspiring, and talented teacher.
Carl’s teaching skills expand across multiple instruments, including Ukulele, Guitar and Bass. Carl believes learning to play Ukulele is Fun, Easy and Uplifting.
Carl is the Ukulele Instructor for Bend Parks and Rec and Redmond Parks and Rec, and a long time Member of the Bend Ukulele Group (B.U.G). He is also the owner of Snow Dukes Ukes, Central Oregon’s Kamoa Ukulele Dealer.
In Carl’s classes:
You will learn the common strumming patterns to many of your favorite songs, and take your understanding and playing to a whole new level! The Ukulele has been used to write so many of the songs we hear, due to it’s beautiful and simple note structure. This class will take away the mystery, and you will learn you really can play ukulele too!
Basic Picking will provide players with an understanding & grounding of basic picking patterns and the songs that use them.
Wanting to bring something to share on the mainland, Craig chose to focus on the ukulele before leaving Hawai’i for college. Although Craig had grown up playing the cello and piano, he wanted something that gave a little more distinction of coming from the islands.
During Christmas and summer breaks of his Freshman year at the University of Oregon, Craig has had the pleasure of studying under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. Ever since then Craig has been trying to further experiment with the ukulele in settings that aren’t typically associated with the instrument.
From workshops to individual lessons, Craig has been teaching throughout the past 4 years and couldn’t be happier. Craig often remarks “if I’m not playing at any given moment, I hope to be teaching!” Playing at local venues, to the Oregon Country Fair, to ukulele festivals around the world, Craig hopes to continue to travel and share his passion for the ukulele and expand on how people view the instrument!
James has been a performer of American Roots Music for over thirty years. Starting as a blues guitarist he has expanded over the years into rockabilly, ragtime, swing and added ukulele to his bag of tricks several years ago. Rock legend John Fogerty calls him “A great guitar player. I’m a fan!” In 2010, he did a tour of England and has played uke festivals worldwide. He is currently recording a new CD and lives in Portland, Oregon.
More about James Clem at his website – www.jamesclem.com.
Richard Colombo has been teaching, performing and spreading the love of the ukulele for the past ten years. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Portland Ukulele Choir and teaches many different ukulele classes throughout Portland. During his years at Artichoke Music he literally taught hundreds of folks how to play the Ukulele and created the new nonprofit music school. He is also a gifted singer-songwriter and guitarist and has penned many great songs including “Everybody Needs To Sing and Play Ukulele”.
He is a remarkable songwriter and his stories cover a lot of ground. They feel as old as the hills yet new and rich with themes of love and poignant passages. Often told in the voice of a character he has created, his songs are honest, courageous and bold giving us a glimpse of a world that is not often visible.
Stephen Yant: Evergreen Ukulele Trio
Stephen Yant of the Evergreen Uke Trio out of Salem will be teaching at the Oakridge Ukulele Festival this year. Stephen will be sharing Finger Picking Chord Melodies as well as Playing by Ear. You can find his trio on YouTube.