Workshops  2019   UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Please Read the descriptions and bios below before making your choices!


Session A  Sat 2 February  9:00am - 10:30am 


Session B  Sat  2 February  11:00am - 12:30pm


Session C  Sun 3 February   9:30am - 11:00am



 : $  per session  


Hyram Ballard Session A : Altered States of Ukulele Session B: Stagecraft

Hyram needs no introduction to Lauder having been an important part of the last two festivals. 

He participates in the open Mics, Main Stage Concert, leads workshops and will even sell you the ukulele of your dreams!  He is very experienced, knowledgeable as well as being extremely entertaining and his workshops fill up fast.

Workshop titles:

Session A:  The Altered States of Ukulele: Exploring alternate tunings
Tired of strumming the same old tune the same old way? Looking for some songwriting inspiration? Well, maybe you just need a change of tune. Alternate tuning (not facts) is a technique used by many fine songwriters and players - Keith Richards and Joni Mitchell to name two. Come and explore and see where it takes you.
Session B: Stagecraft
Playing on-stage is a different experience than playing in the living room and it can be a stressful for some folks. With a bit of knowledge and a few tips, stress levels can be reduced to allow one to become fully immersed in the experience. We’ll look at how we present ourselves on stage and ways to feel comfortable and relaxed as a performer; audience interaction; communicating with sound people and stage managers; our responsibilities as performers.

Steve Barkman Session B: How to get the most out of your ukulele and Session C: New Age Microphone Technique

Music featured in Steve's life from the outset and guitar from age 8.
In the mid 1970s the repair and maintenance of guitars, ukes, mandolins and banjos began, with work from local music retailers in Dunedin, Invercargill and Timaru. 
This led to the first guitar being built in 1989.
Since then Steve has completed around 185 instruments, mostly guitars, ukuleles and mandolins.
The majority are custom-ordered and have woods, inlays, and features specific to the customer's requirements.
As much as the instruments are important, Steve also enjoys the personal interaction and relationship that develops when making that special instrument for someone.

Session B: How to get the most out of your Ukulele. If you are not happy with the sound of your ukulele but you can't afford to buy a new one - Steve will be pleased to show you how to make the most of your own ukulele. 
 Steve will take you through the process of making a custom ukulele. He will discuss such topics as the design, woods, engineering and other features that contribute to a fine instrument.


a. introduction to MIC. and WHY you need to be friends.
b. getting your message across.
c. how to keep the 'soundie' happy and smiling.
d. DI ‘s  - what to do with them, and how to do it.
e. foldback/monitors.
f. how to sound your best/vocal techniques.


Paul Lee Session C "Secrets of the Secret Lives" or "Putting Your Songs Together"

Lauder Workshop: “On-stage With The Secret Lives of Ukulele Big Band”


This year The Secret Lives of Ukulele will lead an all-inclusive workshop

that takes you from learning a simple song together, into devising and arranging creative ideas and then culminates in performing as part of a super group collective - all in one short day! 


Join us in the creative process of bringing music to life.

Contribute at whatever level suits you – simple strumming or crafty picking.

Learn in small groups – combine in one big mass extravaganza!


Experience the thrill of performing alongside The Secret Lives of Ukulele

on the main stage at Lauder. Pick up handy performance skills from

seasoned practioners. Get invaluable wardrobe and style advice from those that know.


The Whole Package in only 90 minutes! 


Ewen Mason Session A and B -"What a good Sound System can Do for you

By the time I’d left school I had already developed a keen interest in sound reproduction & reinforcement. This has remained with me over the past several decades during which time I have been involved in both thestaging, and technical production, of a variety of functions.

There are many questions which keep surfacing, among them myths, fears and misconceptions experienced by performers when relating to PA systems, sound engineers, venues, choice of equipment, set-up & use thereof.

The Ukulele Festival in Lauder (Feb 2017 has offered an opportunity for those who wish to attend a “workshop on sound” to hear about some of the basics, and maybe dis-spell some of the misconceptions.

Discussions, demonstrations and exhibits would cover plenty of the “do’s and don’ts” surrounding setting up for a gig – what gear to use – how to best set it up (for the venue in question) – what is necessary (and what is not) – mixing – care of gear – working with others – knowing the limitations, and more.

The sessions will be very interactive and questions will be welcomed. See you there.


Keith Lightfoot Session A: “Are you Looking for more out of yourMusic and your Life?” Session B: “Anyone can Sing in Tune” Session C: “Have You ever wanted to Create/Write a New Song?”



Q: What should I bring to the workshop?
A: Yourself, your ukulele, something to write on, an open mind and a sense of humour.

Q: Can I video the workshop?
A: The workshop will be professionally videoed ... It is more important for you to "be 100% present" to gain maximum benefit from the session, rather than looking through a camera.

Q: Who is Keith Lightfoot?
A: Keith Lightfoot has played music and studied positive psychology for more than thirty years and has changed thousands of lives via his seminars, youtube videos and his motivational book/articles ... His extensive background in computer technology, combined with his passion for the ukulele, make him an ideal leader for the workshops ... Refer publicspeaking.co.nz for more information

Q: What do other people think of the workshops?
A: “I really enjoyed the session, it was informative, inspiring and full of fun, thank you” ... “Thank you for such and inspiring, relaxed and entertaining presentation” ... “I really enjoyed your workshop this afternoon, good laughs and great tips and secrets! Thanks again” ... "Always a pleasure to watch your videos Keith. You have a real comfortable way of teaching that makes people feel like 'even they' can do it :-)"

Keith's teaching methods are extremely effective and loaded with humour... Be prepared to hear new ideas, to laugh and to have some fun :-)
Note: These workshops have limited numbers, so book early to ensure your seat.




SESSION A:Are you looking for more out of your music and your life

1. Overview:

Discover how to break free from your musical and life limitations.

This session will unlock “more than just your musical abilities!

2. Who should attend?

Only attend this workshop is you are searching for ways to break out of your comfort zone, wishing you could do more with your ukulele (and your life).

Any level of musical ability can attend (beginners, intermediate and experts), this session is not about "what you can do at the moment" … it is about "what you can do from now on!"

If you have read this far, then you are clearly interested in this topic and therefore you are likely to benefit from the workshop

3. What will be covered?

a) Find out what might be holding you back

b) Unlock your potential and your music

c) Improve your self-belief quickly and easily

d) Keep improving when you get home by applying the techniques discussed



SESSION B: Anyone can sing in tune


1. Overview:
If you have ever been told "you can't sing in tune" or you believe you "can't sing in tune" ... if so, Keith has a pleasant surprise for yo 

2. Who should attend?
If you have a spouse/partner who often tells you "you can't sing", then he/she should attend the session with you.
You will both come away with new thoughts and idea 

3. What will be covered?
a) You will learn simple techniques to improve your singing (immediately effective) and you will discover why some songs seem difficult to sing (and how to fix it).
b) People who attend this workshop come away with a new sense of confidence re their singing and for many it is the beginning step and long-term realisation of a lifetime dream.


SESSION C: Have you ever wanted to create/write a new song?


1. Overview:

Have you ever wanted to create/write a new song?

In this session, you and I are going to “start from scratch” and create a “brand new song”.

Before the session ends we will have a new song, complete with chords, lyrics and a live performance.

(Note: Yes, this is extremely risky in just 90 minutes and it could go horribly wrong … lol … But we will certainly have some fun!

2. Who should attend?

Come along if you like to laugh, experiment with new ideas and enjoy creative environments.

Any level of musical ability can attend (beginners, intermediate and experts), this session is not about "what you can do at the moment" … it is about "what you can do from now on!

3. What will be covered?

a) Find out how to get started with your song writing

b) Be part of “the Lauder Group” that creates a brand new song “on the spot”

c) Improve your self-belief and abilities

d) Keep improving when you get home by applying the techniques discussed


Sam Girling Sessions A & B: "Percussion for Groups" and Session C : “Drumming”


Sam studied percussion and timpani at Trinity College of Music in London under the inspirational guidance of Kevin Nutty (BBC Symphony) and Matthew Perry (Royal Philharmonic), graduating in 2008.  Following three years of teaching music at a boarding school in Norfolk, Sam returned to London to complete his Masters studies at Royal Holloway, where he developed an interest in West African djembe drumming and the Irish bodhrán, which culminated in a performance at the Orkney Folk Festival 2012 in northern Scotland.  In early 2014 Sam moved to New Zealand, where he currently teaches music history and theory at the University of Auckland.  As a percussionist Sam has performed with several of Auckland’s leading music ensembles, including the Auckland Philharmonia and the Auckland Chamber orchestras, and has given recitals in both England and Italy.  


The percussion and rhythm workshops will incorporate songs, ideas and styles from two contrasting musical cultures that I am familiar with – West African djembe drumming and the folk music of the Orkney Islands in north-east Scotland.  You will learn about the different techniques used to produce different sounds on a wide range of percussion instruments in a fun and relaxed environment, involving the whole group.  I will include different methods of ear training, including fun rhythm games and exercises that are aimed to increase co-ordination and build unity and co-operation within the group.  It is hoped that the workshops will allow participants to learn how to play a variety of rhythms on several instruments together in order to create a piece of music.  

 Sessions A and B  : Introduction

Session C :  More advanced Concepts.   You may wish to take Session A or B on the Saturday and move on to the more advanced concepts on Sunday In Session C. 

John Buchanan Session A: Everyone can Sing - Vocal Training Session B: I want to Sing in Harmony


John Buchanan has been involved  in choral music most of his life both as a performer and a conductor.

He has been at Dunstan High School for the past 12 years where he has been involved in the classroom teaching of music as well as conducting the school choir Dunstanza.

The choir has grown from 15 singers in 2006 to about 80 students over the past two years.  The choir has established a reputation around the area for the high quality of its performances.


In 2014 a Senior Girls choir was formed and this choir has achieved success at a very high level. This year they were successful in being selected as one of the top 24 choirs in New Zealand and competed in the Finale of the Big Sing in Auckland where they gained a Silver Award and the coveted trophy for the outstanding performance of work in Te Reo Maori beating choirs from much larger schools in the competition.

In 2018 the Girls have been invited to compete at the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney.

Out of school, John also conducts the Central Otago Regional Choir and the Roxburgh Pioneer Brass band.  This year the Brass Band became the D Grade National Champions at the competitions held in Wellington 

John is also active as the treasurer of the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Choral Federation.

Workshops for Ukulele Festival


Session A: – Saturday 9.30 – 11.00


Everyone can sing (but sometimes they don’t know it!)


Will look at basic vocal technique – 

How we make sounds. 

How we can improve the sounds we make. 

How to figure out where my voice sits.

How to move songs around so that I can sing them.

A practical workshop with a lot of participation from those that attend.



Session B: – Saturday 1.00 – 2.30


I want to sing in harmony – how do I do that?


A practical look at what is harmony – how to figure out how to make harmony and sing a part in a song.  Explore some songs and work out parts to sing.  A practical session with lots of noise (hopefully tuneful!)



Pete Royle Session A: Harmonica for Beginners Session B: Playing the Blues Harmonica

Harmonica Workshops 

Peter Royle was originally from Melbourne, Australia, started playing harmonica at the age of ten and the blues harp at the age of sixteen. Performing with a number of bands singing and playing blues harp during teens and early twenties

He travelled to Auckland, New Zealand in the mid 70’s playing rhythm guitar, bass and blues harmonica, incountry and bluegrass bands.

Influenced by Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Rolling stones, Cream, John Mayall, The Allman Brothers, Hank Williams, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Pink Floyd and many others.

Peter has always been interested in the musical structure of songs and how each instrument plays a significant part in the overall sound. The placement of notes and spaces, dynamics, rhythm, speed, voicing,phrasing, words and melody all contribute to the big picture. Bass guitar can dramatically change the feel and mood of a song while providing fundamental timing and runs to cue chord changes for the band.Harmonicas allow him to provide creative solos at the higher end, with melody and special effect sounds.

The first workshop is for musicians who are starting outor have no experience with this instrument. The Workshop intends to have you playing simple melodies, by ear, immediately and the ability to pick out any melody, with just 10-15 minutes home practice each day for one to two weeks after the workshop. The workshop will provide the essential basics, before moving on to the Blues Harmonica. 

Participants should bring a Tremolo harmonica 24 Hole 48 Tone Mouth Organ Tremolo Key C Majorand bring your ears!! The ability to reasonably pitch a note is an advantage.

Examples of harmonicas: Hohner Big Valley (quality instruments)The WINNER, harmonica by Suzuki. 24 holes partitioned (48 tones)(The Suzuki was under NZ $25 and more than adequate for our workshop)

Session A: Harmonica for Beginners

1) A short introduction on types of harmonica
2) Understanding, refreshing musical notes in the ‘C Major and  A Minor scales 
3) Learning to play notes and chords and a training strategy, so that blow and suck notes become second nature, after just one to two weeks of practice for 10-15 minutes per day - Like riding a bike you will never forget how to play.
4) Some simple songs to get us started and playing.
5) Some Do’s and Don’ts
6) Techniques for breathing, lipsmouth, hands,practice at home. References.
7) Keeping the instrument clean. You should never share harmonicas with other people.
8) Introduction to the ‘Blues Harmonica - discussion.

(Handout will be supplied, some harmonicas will be available for sale.)



Session B:  Playing the Blues Harmonica.

Participants should bring a C major diatonic harmonica such as Lee Oscar, Hohner Marine Band, or other good quality instrument (10 holes)

1) Introduction
2) Some general musical theory.
3) Note arrangement on the instrument   Major and Minor keys’
4) Chords used in blues songs
5) Understanding cross harp method (1st and 2nd position) How to select the right key
6) Playing the blues, and non-blues songs.
7) Practice bending notes. Other techniques to achieve sounds.
8) Placement of notes in a song, to create the WOW factor. Vamping
9) Jamming playing with guitar and ukulele and having fun with members of Secret Lives Band
10) Discussions, questions, and sharing ideas.  


Judy McDowall Session A: Learn to Read TAB and add to your performance Session B: Chord Melody

Session A - LEARN TO READ TAB AND ADD TO YOUR PERFORMANCE This workshop will gently guide you through the mysteries of tabbing. Then we'll add a bit of easy TAB to some songs and see what happens. I'll have you tabbing in no time!

Session B:  - CHORD MELODY  Learn a few useful riffs to some popular songs. Ever wanted to learn the riffs in Sweet Home Alabama or the intro to Hotel California? (I've got an easy and a hard version!). Or maybe you'd like to have an instrumental break in a song. Let's see where this workshop takes us.

Anu Grace. Session C5 - Sing the Strings

The Ukulele is the perfect instrument to quickly gain a handle on singing 4 part harmony
- something that confounded me in music school. … but before we get to that, I’ll share
 favourite voice openers & resonators, learning to use the whole body as your instrument.