What You Get With This Class:
Live, expert instruction by a skilled ukulele teacher
Fun and effective learning exercises to improve your playing skills
Interactive small group setting with other students
In this ukulele class, your expert instructor will teach you a new set of essential ukulele chords to unlock hundreds of your favorite songs. Every week you will learn a new set of skills and exercises, so be sure to sign up for each class!
What You'll Cover:
Saturday July 15th: Introduction to Basic Chords: C Am F G C7: In this course we will explore five of the most important chords to master on the ukulele. These chords are used in almost every genre of music including rock, jazz, blues, reggae, country, pop and even hip-hop! It’s not only important to know how to form the chord on the instrument: it’s important to know how not to form the chord. If we start out early in our musical career paying attention to common misconceptions about forming chords then we can save ourselves a lot of time and grief in the future. Your improvement will increase exponentially! I will also show you some exercise to help with the switching in-between chords while still staying in a musical groove. Once you can move in-between each chord we will learn our first songs on the ukulele tailored specifically to each class’s preference. How exciting!
Saturday July 22nd: Introduction to Strumming - Learning how to stay consistent with your up and down strokes: In this course we will cover all there is to know about learning our first strumming patterns. While the chords we choose to play in a song determine the emotion of the song, the strum pattern determines the flavor of that emotion. Most songs would sound pretty boring without an interesting strum pattern behind it! We will discuss the mechanics of reading the rhythms on paper, hearing them in songs, and translating them to the feeling in our right hand (or left for our left handed friends out there!). Most people find it difficult at first to make the upstroke, the upward movement of our hand across the strings, and I have some great exercise to help us overcome that difficulty. I will also introduce my concept of the “motor in the right hand” which will bring more fluidity into our strumming. With the motor in place I can show you some of the most popular strumming patterns to our favorite songs and how to break them down so you can learn them on your own in the future.
Saturday July 29th: "Fingerpicking Basics On The Ukulele: Fingerpicking on a ukulele is one of the most soothing sounds we can make with our two hands. Like chimes in the wind it can bring us to a place of pure joy! At first the practice can seem daunting because of all of the notes flying in every direction but by breaking it down we will see that there is not that much to it. We will discuss how to figure out which finger goes with which string, I call it ‘marrying each finger to each string’, and how that can help simplify the process. To further simplify we start to compartmentalize the hands into separate categories, essentially putting the picking hand on autopilot. There are also a handful of fingerpicking patterns that everyone uses that I will teach you so you can implement them into your playing. From there we can explore and make up some fingerpicking patterns of our own, the possibilities are endless!"
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