Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel (Hawaii)

sunshine coast ukulele festival

Concerts:
Big Top Marquee
Saturday 9pm
Sunday 8.15pm

Workshops:
Big Top Marquee
Craig – Friday 9.30am
Sarah – Sunday 11am
Dining Room
Sarah – Friday 11am
Craig – Saturday 9.30am
Workshop info below


Even though Craig Chee was born and raised on Oahu, he matured as an ‘ukulele player and musician on the mainland. Throughout attending and graduating from the University of Oregon, Craig focused on teaching a myriad of different styles with the tiny instrument. Craig has had the honor of working under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez, and has become a renown instructor and performer around the world. Craig infuses his energetic and just plain “fun” style into many genres of music and is known for his collaborations at different music events.

Sarah Maisel was born and raised in Alabama and found herself working in San Diego, CA as the Lead Female Draper for the La Jolla Playhouse and the University of California San Diego. On walking into a local ‘ukulele jam, Sarah was both fascinated by the instrument and the joy that surrounded it. Studying under Frank Leong, Sarah dove into the jazz stylings of golden age Hawai’i songs and arrangements inspired by ‘ukulele legends like Lyle Ritz, Benny Chong and Byron Yasui. Sarah found a passion of teaching and performing with the ‘ukulele and was quickly featured at many ‘ukulele festivals around the world.

Craig and Sarah discovered a similar passion and work ethic and as of September, 2015 are now married! They have made an incredible splash in the ‘ukulele scene with their complementing styles and vocal harmonies. Craig and Sarah have been featured at ‘Ukulele Festivals and events all over the world including Cairns and the Sunshine Coast (Australia), Cheltenham and Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Vancouver (Canada), Tokyo (Japan), Reno (NV), Bend (OR), Morristown (NJ), Ft Lauderdale (FL), Tampa Bay (FL), Seattle (WA), Eugene (OR), Honolulu (HI) and more. Both feel very fortunate to have been featured on the cover of ‘Ukulele Magazine. Their love of teaching has blossomed into a successful Online ‘Ukulele School with Artistworks; the joy for music and teaching always follows them wherever they travel.


WORKSHOPS

Craig Chee

The Percussive Side of ‘Ukulele- All Levels

High G tuning recommended
Craig loves showcasing how percussive the ukulele can be. We take a look at muting, scratching, golpe and everything in between to bring a whole new element to your ukulele playing!
A fun and addicting workshop to create more sound and texture with your ukulele.
*There will be a follow up video that will be created to go over the important elements as well as expand on some of the ideas brought up during the workshop.

‘Ukulele Boot Camp 101- All Levels
High G tuning recommended
Craig’s most popular workshop! Craig’s ever adapting Boot Camp will dive into a ton of exercises that will help strengthen and quicken your fingers as well as focus on your tone.
We will then show how these exercises are applied to intermediate and even advanced techniques to take you to the next level! ‘Ukulele beginners to intermediates will have lots to chew on as there are many variations for all levels.
*There will be a follow up video that will be created to go over the important elements as well as expand on some of the ideas brought up during the workshop.


Sarah Maisel

Doo-Wop Till You Drop – All Levels

This class focuses on popular progressions, including Doo-Wop, Blues, and Pop. With those we will also discuss holding the instrument, barre chords, and creating efficiency while playing. It’s a perfect class for the beginner ‘ukulele player, though experienced

Life After the Third Fret – Beginner to Intermediate

We all play in ukulele groups, and we all learn to play and strum the same thing. In this class, we will focus on different ways to change chords, so you can enhance the sound of the group. This is a great class for all skill levels. Let’s work together using substitution chords and possibly even chords up the neck to make your group sound even better!