Ukulele Lessons in Sherman Oaks, CA
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By Teresa Y. - Sherman Oaks Ukulele Teacher
Like many other aspects of rich, diverse life in sunny Southern California, Greater Los Angeles is a musical mecca. Though L.A. isn’t exactly known for the ukulele—I just visited lovely Kauai, where I could buy a uke in ten different places within ten miles!—there’s plenty of ukulele action here, and taking ukulele lessons in Sherman Oaks is always a good idea!
East Side Are you yearning to make some uke music with a group, or to hear a ukulele ensemble, of all wonderful things? Well, you’re in luck, because L.A.’s “Pluckin’ Strummers” can accommodate you either way. Hosted on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month by Christ Church Griffith Park in Atwater Village, the group runs through tunes from 10am to noon with a mid-morning break, then performs again from noon to 12:30pm.
Founders Brett “Tooch” Santucci and Alisa Loren Klein have been creating local ukulele ensemble experiences for years, and they have it down. Their approach and website (https://pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com/) are well organized. Take a walk on the Pluckin’ Strummers’ side of town (or come in your car, like most Angelinos :) and bring your instrument. All ages are welcome!
West Side Buy a ukulele, restore or repair one, snag method books and other accessories, hear some great performers and more at McCabe’s Guitar Shop (http://www.mccabes.com/) in Santa Monica. McCabe’s is one of those local haunts that you might hear about or stumble onto a few years into your life in L.A. and your experience as a uke or strings player. So here’s your community treasure alert: don’t wait!
In business on the same block since 1958, McCabe’s caters to everyone from local pros to beginners who want to rent before buying, and every kind of browser and music fan in between. Their back-room concerts are legendary, as is their inventory of exotic instruments. Go feast your ears and your eyes. You’ll head back to your ukulele lessons in Sherman Oaks inspired.
Downtown If you find yourself in proximity to Little Tokyo downtown, head to the beautiful Japanese American Cultural Community Center, or JACCC, where you’ll find another treasure: U-Space L.A., the active brainchild of uke pros Jason Arimoto and Daniel Ho in collaboration with the JACCC. Jason and Daniel met at a music festival in Australia, learned they had grown up near one another in Honolulu and lived within a few miles of each other in L.A., and thus, before long, U-Space (http://uspacela.com/) hit the scene.
U-Space is an amazing concept, functioning as a retail store, music venue, café that takes its freshly roasted coffee very seriously (yum!), instructional space—check out their UKE Jam 101 on Sundays at 1pm—and cultural center. Did you know that back in the day, one of the ukulele’s first functions was to accompany the Hula? You can learn this majestic dance at U-Space.
U-Space hosts regular songwriter showcases, open mics, and Kanikapila jam sessions. Kanikapila jamming is a chill, improvisational approach to making group music, usually featuring the ukulele, and most definitely featuring it here. U-Space also collaborates with the JACCC to get instruments into the hands of underserved young people. Beautiful, right?
San Fernando Valley North L.A. is my neck of the woods, so I’m happy to share the news that the “Jumpin’ Flea Circus Players” have come to town. More precisely, they’ve been making local ukulele music for eleven years. The Jumpin’ Fleas meet once a month, on first Thursdays, at Congregational Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks, from 7:15 to 9:15pm, led by musical director Clay James.
Clay says they play mostly Americana from the ‘20s to the ‘70s, including “novelty, jazz standards, country, gospel, Beatles and classic rock-n-roll.” Besides their monthly meetings, they play about three to five events a year. He says everyone is welcome and that participants often range from teens to folks “as old as the hills.” It’s just my cup of tea, as there’s something very satisfying about ensemble experiences that connect people of varying ages to enjoy community life and one another. And this opportunity centers around the ukulele? Bonus!
Do you know of other great L.A. ukulele experiences and resources? Have you begun your journey with ukulele lessons in Sherman Oaks? Please do tell! Meanwhile, keep — or start — strummin’ on one. As some wise soul once said, they really are happiness machines.