Ukulele Instructor: Carla Fontanilla
Beginning and Advanced Contemporary Hawaiian, Jawaiian, Pop, Jazz; Folk; Light Rock; StrumTechniques; Basic Chord Theory
Carla started playing ukulele at age 4, receiving her first ear training and playing lessons from her Dad, an accomplished uke player and singer, while playing along with tunes from his large Hawaiian, jazz, and instrumental album collection. Individual and group uke lessons began at age 7 before Carla discovered the joys of the guitar at 9. At age 12 she gave her first ukulele lesson to half a dozen 8-year olds. Honing hybrid picking and rhythm styles on uke and guitar, Carla became equally comfortable playing in Hawaiian luau bands accompanying hula dancers and Rock and Pop garage bands.
Carla’s musical sensibilities draw on the styles and techniques of many artists and bands, including Chet Atkins, Ohta San, Lyle Ritz, the Brothers Cazimero, Peter Moon, Gerald Ross, Troy Fernandez, Acoustic Alchemy, Peter White, Pierre Ben Susan; Michael Buble, Eva Cassidy, Ekolu – just to name a few. She’s supported openings for Cecilio & Kapono, Dane Drewis, Patrick Landeza and Hapa.
Today Carla plays lead guitar and ukulele for Kua’aina, her Hawaiian and Island-flavored music band. She’s conducted basic uke workshops delving into chord knowledge and progressions, strum patterns, playing styles, and playing and sing-along exercises.
Lessons are designed around the student’s skill levels and interests. Whether new or returning to the uke, wanting to develop greater abilities on it or to play confidently with other music-minded folks, the student is provided tools and techniques to build understanding and playing skills, and have fun while learning.