Warrington

Ukulele Stages 1 and 2

Group Leader Ken Cockburn

Ukulele - Stage 1

The next beginners' course will be held in the 2019-20 year.

If you've never played an instrument in your life, you can play a ukulele! It's relatively cheap and easy to play and is a much more versatile instrument than many people realise. It will add a new dimension to your life.

You don't need to read music, or even have a uke; you can start from absolute zero. We will show you how to hold and tune a uke, how to choose one, and then a few (very few) easy basic chords, and how to strum along. We have a music book with 150 songs of all types and you will quickly be playing them.

We will help you develop the required speed and variety of chords to play a wide selection of music, and develop rhythm and colour in your playing. With practice, you will soon be able to play well enough to join a group or club and become a musician!

The course will be weekly on a Tuesday for eight weeks at 2.00 at Fairfield Community Centre on Fairfield St. If you have a uke, bring it along. If you haven't got one yet, leave it until our first session when we will show you the various types of instrument, and give guidance on cost and sources. The only thing we can't teach you is how to sing!

For more information, or to let me know you want to join the course, contact me via this page or visit the Ukulele Desk, as for practical reasons, numbers are limited.

Ukulele - Stage 2

This more advanced course will start on Tuesday, 5th March 2019, meeting weekly for five sessions at 1.30 in the Nursery at Fairfield Community Centre on Fairfield Street.

When you have been playing for a while, and have mastered the basic chord set (Major, minor, sevens, etc) and can change them with speed and accuracy, you will want to tackle some of those ‘difficult’ chords (e.g. barred chords like D7 and B♭), and introduce more variation into your performance.

We will investigate and try different uke sizes and types and their purposes, and what to look for in an up-graded instrument. We will tackle barred chords (B♭, etc) and show how these moveable chords can extend your range. Various strumming styles will be covered, as well as ornamentation, changing key and playing in different keys. We will look at various types of chord notation in songs (diagrams, tabs and number/fret notation). Finally an introduction to finger picking for ballads and country-style playing will be included. In addition, there will be opportunity to deal with any problem areas and broaden your knowledge.

The course is not a practice session but is intended to show the way forward, so that individuals can develop these techniques themselves.

The course will start on Tuesday, 5th March 2019, meeting weekly for five sessions at 1.30 in the Nursery at Fairfield Community Centre on Fairfield Street.

For more information, or to let me know you want to join the course, contact me via this page or visit the Ukulele Desk, as for practical reasons, numbers are limited.

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