Ukulele Master Lyle Ritz Shares a Lifetime of Performance Techniques
Ukulele jazz master Lyle Ritz shares decades of musical history, invaluable playing techniques and great performances of classic songs. His lesson will thrill learning uke players as he details the chord shapes, ideas and tricks that he has developed over a lifetime of performing.
Lyle initially runs through a slow-paced version of each song, stopping to review specific techniques employed in the arrangement: rips, parallels, bent notes, fills, falls, slides, slurs, rogue chords and deceptive resolutions. He and bassist Stephen Roane then play the song again at normal tempo so you can follow along on your own instrument.
You’ll learn a ukulele master’s versions of Avalon, Beautiful Dreamer, Brahms’ Lullaby, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, My Melancholy Baby, Shine On Harvest Moon and the Ritz original, Bb Blues in C. The lyrics, melody line and ukulele chord grids are included as printable PDF files encoded in the disc.
Bonus: A career retrospective interview with Lyle conducted by Jim Beloff, and a duet with daughter Emily Ritz.
Produced by Jim Beloff for Fleamarket Music.