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Ukulele and Songwriting Lessons
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Brit R. - Songwriting and Ukulele Teacher
$50per hour

Ukulele and Songwriting Lessons

Brit's lessons:

Songwriting, Ukulele

Songwriting Lessons

If you've always wanted to write your own songs but don't know how to begin, I am the teacher for you. Likewise, if you've already started writing but want to polish up your music or hear some feedback.

Students will learn the basics of songwriting. Piecing together melodies, harmonies, and chord progressions. How to incorporate concepts/themes. Where to add hooks and bridges. How long should your verse or chorus be? Is your song lacking depth or honesty? These are all things songwriters have to grapple with in the music industry.

I can help with that.

Levels
Beg
Int
Specialties
Jazz
Pop
Rock
Ages
10 to 50

Ukulele Lessons

Students will learn all about the ukulele--from the instrument's parts to the strings to the circle of fifths!

Start small with learning notes, simple chords, and strum patterns. Then, as your lessons progress, you'll be able to play any song you want as well as write your own!

* Younger students receive more playful lessons.

* All students will learn techniques of professional ukulele players.

Levels
Beg
Specialties
Folk
Jazz
Pop
Ages
5 to 70

Overview

Brit Rodriguez is known for her soulful, smoky voice that beautifully contrasts with the bright, colorful sound of her ukulele. As a musician, she is renowned for her lyrical content and melodic prowess. As a performer, audiences are captivated by her unique sense of humor and down to Earth personality. Influenced by late fifties R&B and nineties dance music, Brit is a hybrid of the raw, youthful energy of today and the great soul and folk divas of the past.

In 2014 she debuted her first demo, My Name Is Brit Rodriguez Please Listen To Me, showcasing only vocals and ukulele. After touring all over the world, from New Zealand to Los Angeles, Brit dedicated several months entirely to working in the studio. In 2016 Brit will be releasing her first fully produced EP, How to Burn, under Caffeine Records.

Brit has been teaching ukulele for three years, going on four. She designed a ukulele workshop to teach players how to incorporate more minor chords in their songwriters called "The Bittersweet Workshop" and brought it to New Zealand, where she toured for a month, and the iconic Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard. Brit has also taught with the NAMM Foundation at public schools and Make Music Los Angeles for their ukulele Mass Appeal event in Santa Monica.

In her spare time, she runs a music program at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Team Ukulele, a charity that supplies instruments and workshops to facilities in Southern California, and Uke Jam L.A., a pop up strum along in the city.

Brit is sponsored by Godin Guitars, Guitarras Manuel Rodriguez & Sons, Boulder Creek Guitars, and Aquila Strings.

Charity

Ukulele Kids Club UK Special Edition CD, Featured song: Damn Good Wife

Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, Currently fundraising

Jack McGee's MMM Benefit Concert, Mar. 2015

Artists Give Back Benefit Concert, Nov. 2014

Survivor Girl Ukulele Band Project Benefit Concert, Nov. 2014

McKenzie Healthcare (New Zealand), Jul. 2014

VA Loma Linda Healthcare, Feb. 2014

Fairview Developmental Center Fall Charity Concert, Oct. 2015

Radio

ROCK 105.3 Loud & Local, Jun. 17 and Jun. 24 2012

OAR 105.4 The OARsome Morning Show, Jul. 2 and Jul. 25 2014

OAR 105.4 Global Kids NZ, Jul. 25 2014

IMP Indie Mania, Aug. 2015 - present

CMG - Global Radio Network, Aug. 2015 - present

Defenders of Freedom Radio, Aug. 2015 - present

International Connection Radio, Aug. 2015 - present

Pennine 235 Radio, Aug. 2015 - present

Revival Internet Radio, Aug. 2015 - present

Portland Radio Project, Aug. 2015 - present

Press

Geraldine News, Feb. 2014

Timaru Herald, Feb. 2014

The Ace Agency Newsroom, Feb. 2013

OC Weekly, Mar. 2014

Mountain Scene, Jun. and Jul. 2014

Santa Monica Mirror, Jun. 2015

Santa Monica Daily Press, Jun. 2015

Ukulele Magazine, Nov. 2015

Digital Media

Backslash About Podcast Episode 23, Sep. 2013

Kilson Street TV Episode 22, Oct. 2013

Serrato Studios Blog, Feb. 2014

Young Adventuress Blog, May 2014

40's and 20's Podcast Episode 65, Jun. 2014

VoiceUrOn Main Stage Interview, Nov. 2014

“A Guide to Set Lists w/ Brit Rodriguez” UkeUniversity.net, Nov. 2014

Hometown Pasadena, Oct. 2014

UkuleleHunt.com, Oct. and Dec. 2014

"The Ukulele and Soul Diva" Thumbtack Spotlight, Jan. 2015

“Featured Ukulele Artist” Yokulele.com, May 2015

“Brit Rodriguez’s Voice Is As Unique As The Instrument She Plays” UndiscoveredArtists.com, Aug. 2015

Kabellion.com’s Indie Artists of the Week, Aug. 2015

"Brit Rodriguez: Winter NAMM 2016" UkuleleMag.com, Jan. 2016

Notable Events & Venues

Macy's Los Angeles - Musician Residency, Sep. to Nov. 2013

Sherman Library & Gardens, Sep. 2013

TRiP, Oct. 2013

Televised Ceremony for American Legion Post 772, Nov. 2013

Disney's California Adventure Theme Park, Nov. 2013

Konsept Art & Music Festival 2013 & 2014

Laila Lupe Launch Party, Jan. 2014

Guitar Center - Ukulele Jam Los Angeles, Feb. to Mar. 2014

OC Weekly's Artopia, Mar. 2014

Frida Cinema Spring Benefit, May 2014

Black Sheep Fashion Show, Jun. 2014

New Zealand Tour, Jul. 2014:

Geraldine Ukulele Festival

Oamaru Opera House

Queenstown Ukulele Festival

Hotel St. Moritz

Dunedin Ukulele Festival

Kinloch Lodge

Vitello's, Oct. 2014

Pasadena's ArtNight at the Central Library, Oct. 2014

Caro's Ridge Winery, Oct. 2014

Savor Santa Ana, Oct. 2014

Pacific Theater, Dec. 2014

The Dresden, Jan. 2015

The NAMM Show-Godin Suite, Jan. 2015

State Social House, Feb. 2015

The Odd Market, Mar. 2014

Silverlake Lounge, Apr. 2015

Hanna Park's Dolphin Plaza, May 2015

Three Layers Coffeehouse, Jun. 2015

Azucena, Jun. 2015

Lincourt Vineyards, Jun. 2015

Belmond El Encanto, Jun. 2015

Make Music Los Angeles, Jun. 2015:

Sunset Triangle Plaza

Palisades Park - Rose Garden

Made In Earth

Shutters on the Beach, Jun. 2015

Republic of Pie, Jul. 2015

OC Fair - Musician Residency, Jul. - Aug. 2015

Charter Yachts of Newport Beach, The Icon, Sep. 2015

Beatles Tribute Festival, Sep. 2015

Muzeo, Dec. 2015

The NAMM Show, Jan. 2016

Reviews

“This long awaited breath of fresh air walked in the door of the music store in which I work in the form of Brit Rodriguez. Her shopping for an electric ukulele resulted in the most welcome surprise of a talented young lady whose voice and talent mesmerized and entertained
with only one song.”
— Arthur Hopkins, President of Harmonic Revolution

“Totally cute, talented, and has a voice that sounds like butter melting on hot pancakes”
— Ivonne Carley, Artist & Blogger at BeansandInk.com

“Brit is a refreshing change from the ordinary and her talent brightens every stage she performs on.”
— Keith Harrison, CEO/Founder of Tunii Corp.

“I gave Brit a listen and frankly, I’m impressed. She’s different and that’s the first thing I look for. I love the stark ukulele in the background—it lets her voice be the magic. I bought a few tracks and will include them on our app. “Damn Good Wife” is really special.”
— Val Haller, CEO/Founder of Valslist.com

We hired Brit for a friend's bridal shower, and I am so glad we made that decision. We had a theme of rustic elegance, and with Brit's Norah Jones esque/ Adele esque voice, and the rustic sound of Ukelele, the bridal shower was complete. She brings in such a charm to event!! And her voice and performance are excellent. Definite recommendation! Infact, one of the guests is already planning to hire her for the next event, and I am so excited to hear her perform again!

Bindiya K. on April 22, 2015

Brit was an amazing addition to my planned proposal. She was very professional and flexible with the personalized playlist I requested. She showed up early to make sure we could work out all the little details and make sure all her equipment worked properly. Her ukulele was a great touch as my girlfriend now fiancé has family from Hawaii that loved her performance. I would definitely recommend her for any event.

To Brit:
Thank you again for all the help. You being there added that extra touch making our day extra special.

Rogelio B. on April 12, 2015

Brit is extremely professional, sweet, and accomadating. Hire her! You will not regret it. So talented! Beautiful voice! Cannot say enough. Loved her.

Karin P. on December 22, 2014

Brit exceeded our expectations in every way. From the time we first contacted her, she was professional and easy to deal with. She arrived on time (actually even a bit early!) and was flexible and easy going with set-up. More importantly, her voice is velvety and wonderful. The ukelele provided the perfect background and entertainment for our party. The guests loved her!

David V. on October 20, 2014

Brit was fantastic! I agree with the reviewer who said to hire her before she wins a Grammy. (If you have any reservations about the Ukulele, forget them. First, her voice and her music are as outstanding in person as you hear on line). She sang for my daughter's 4th birthday with about 12 children. She was well prepared and easy going with the kids. The kids loved her and asked for her to keep singing. She did beautiful arrangements of children's songs in addition to adult songs. The parents loved the music too. She added the enchantment to a party in the woods. I was so happy that we hired her. Absolutely no complaints. I look forward to when my daughter can boast that Brit Rodriguez sang at her birthday party!

Suzanne S. on September 30, 2014

We hired Brit to perform at an art show last year, and we loved her so much we hired her perform again at 2 of our family weddings (We have quite a large family).
Her music creates a perfectly balanced environment for cocktail hours in which you can hold conversations or look up enjoy to dynamic performance.
Not only did her music wonderfully unique and entreating, but her stage presence was also very charming and interactive.
I definitely recommend hiring this girl now, before she ends up at the grammy's!

Nathan S. on September 5, 2014

Photos and Videos

Education

Sound Design

Sep 2010 - Jun 2014Academy of Art University of San Francisco

Awards

Best of 2015: Los Angeles Wedding Entertainers

August 2015Thumbtack

Award of Excellence: Best Song Interpretation

September 2015Beatles Festival

#1 on Muzooka’s Hot Chart: Chapel Insomnia

August 2015Muzooka

#1 on Muzooka’s Hot Chart: Eighteen

August 2015Muzooka

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency

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Teacher's Home Studio
Los Angeles, CA
Near Los Feliz
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Urban Social House
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