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I teach beginners and intermediate students how to get around on the ukulele and have fun playing songs they want to learn.
The ukulele is a creative adaptation and redesign of the machete de braga, a small stringed instrument that was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in August of 1879. The Hawaiian people fell in love with the sound of the instrument and named it “ukulele" because the fingers of the performer dancing around on the neck and strings as a song was played resembled jumping fleas. Ukulele means jumping fleas in the Hawaiian language.
Since the ukulele is related to a European instrument and the guitar from Spain, the relative tuning is the same. It should be tuned a perfect fourth up from a guitar, so the first string is tuned to an A, second string should be tuned to an E, third string will be a C, & the fourth string should be tuned to a G an octave up. Most ukuleles have a fourth string that is an octave above what the normal progression would be of most stringed instruments. If your G string is not tuned an octave up it’s a larger size than the average ukulele G string ...
I teach Ukulele in a way that allows the student to cross over easily to the guitar. This can be especially helpful if the student is too young to start guitar but still want to pick up an instrument. Ukulele is a great way to prepare for guitar.
Easy peasy and so much fun!
Strength in teaching baritone uke, but can also teach traditional uke
I am a 5 year ukulele player and teacher and have taught people to play all over the country.
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Why learn how to play the ukulele? It is one of the most underrated string instruments on the market today. Unlike other string instruments, the ukulele is small and portable, rather easy to learn for beginners, and is extremely inexpensive in comparison to most other string instruments.
The ukulele is a great starter instrument for children, because of its size and simplicity. It also leaves room for variety of genres, since it’s used in many different musical styles, such as folk, Hawaiian, reggae and rock. With private ukulele lessons from a professional teacher, you can make worlds of progress in just a few months!
TakeLessons offers an extensive roster of safe, certified ukulele teachers who can help you improve your skills and reach your musical goals. You’ll also have access to an online journal so that you can track your progress. Your lessons will be customized based on your skill level, age and interests so that you are gaining the most possible from your music lesson experience. If not, you’re protected by our 100% Money Back Guarantee.