Ukulele and 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
“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 fiancÃ© has family from Hawaii that loved her performance. I would definitely recommend her for any event.
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
Sound DesignSep 2010 - Jun 2014Academy of Art University of San Francisco
Best of 2015: Los Angeles Wedding EntertainersAugust 2015Thumbtack
Award of Excellence: Best Song InterpretationSeptember 2015Beatles Festival
#1 on Muzooka’s Hot Chart: Chapel InsomniaAugust 2015Muzooka
#1 on Muzooka’s Hot Chart: EighteenAugust 2015Muzooka
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