Ukuleles – mysterious, compelling, seductive. Revered and spoken of in hushed tones, they can be vicious and dangerous when encountered in the wild – however, they can (and must) be tamed!
This course will help you discover the secrets and charms of the uke. It is suitable for absolute beginner and beginner/intermediate players. You will learn the basic skills to enable you to play a wide range of styles of music, and most of all – have heaps of fun!
Each session will be adapted to cater for the skills and interests of participants. The intention is to cover a range of skills to give students a solid foundation for their ukulele playing and to give them exposure to what ukuleles, and their players, are capable of.
Please note – this course will run over 3 consecutive weeks on a Thursday night (Thurs 2nd, 9th & 16th July).
Here’s what we’ll cover each week:
Week 1 – We’ll cover some basic techniques to enable us to get up & going! We will introduce you to your uke, and you’ll learn how to tune and hold it, and learn some strumming patterns and chords. With these skills we will already be able to tackle a couple of songs.
Week 2 – in which we will extend our strumming options and learn some extra chords, and look at how these can be used in different genres of music (ukuleles are surprisingly adaptable to a very wide range of musical styles!). We’ll explore the types of ukuleles, and how they’ve re-emerged into prominence. We will introduce a full arrangement of a song that we will continue to work on next week.
Week 3 – in which we will learn some basic picking patterns to enable us to play melodies (a very useful skill in itself, and also this is the first step in learning to play solos). We will also work on refining our full arrangement piece so that it’s performance-ready.
About Bernard de la Coeur
Bernard has performed with the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective for almost a decade, as well as teaching uke, and writing and performing his own award-winning songs. He’s a committee member of the Melbourne Ukulele Festival and has visited – and sometimes performed at – ukulele festivals across Australia and as far away as Paris and California.
Whether you have some experience with playing ukes or other instruments, or a complete novice, Bernard looks forward to sharing all his ukulele tips and tricks with you!
- We will introduce you to your uke, and you’ll learn how to tune and hold it, and learn some strumming patterns and chords.
- We will extend our strumming options and learn some extra chords, and look at how these can be used in different genres of music.
- We will learn some basic picking patterns to enable us to play melodies.
- Instant uke swagger!
- There will be some ukuleles available to borrow for the class, however students are encouraged to bring their own.
- A notepad and pen may come in handy, as will a willingness to learn, have fun and perhaps uncover your true calling in life!
This course will help you discover the secrets and charms of the uke. It is suitable for absolute beginner and beginner/intermediate players.
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Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. If you miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a refund.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes. Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.