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Ukulele for Beginners


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Current session started May 3, 2022 at 6 pm
2 additional sessions through Jun 1, 2022

Ukulele time is now! Learn to play the ukulele! It's never been more popular. Join our no-stress four week beginner's program. No need to read music, Duncan Perry, our popular teacher, will ease you into playing this wonderful instrument using familiar songs. Beginner classes will repeat every month so you can choose the one that suits your schedule best. If you don’t own a ukulele, please contact us for guidance about buying one. Let your musical journey begin! Duncan is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing ukulele for 14 years. This is a virtual only class. You will receive a link to attend using Zoom closer to the class start date.

4 Tuesday or Wednesday sessions

Class time:  6-7:30 p.m.

Session 1  - Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 

Session 2  - Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Session 3  - March 1, 8, 15, 22 

Session 4  - March 2, 9, 16, 23 Session 5  - April 5, 12, 19, 26 

Session 6  - April 6, 13, 20, 27 Session 7  - May 3, 10, 17, 24 

Session 8  - May, 4, 11, 18, 25

Session 9 – June 1,8,15, 22

Course Fee: $79

Beyond Beginners Ukulele, The Journey Continues


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 2, 2022 at 6 pm

Are you eager to take your ukulele playing to a new level? Would you like to enhance your strumming and finger-picking skills? Perhaps you'd like to discover how to introduce melody notes into your playing. Maybe you've wondered how to decorate your playing with techniques like hammer-ons, pull offs, slides and more. Here's your chance! Join Duncan Perry for a skills packed program that offers advanced and creative ideas for playing the ukulele. You'll need a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, of course, a sense of humor, a computer or an iPad on which to participate in this Zoom course, plus a solid knowledge of the primary six chords in each of the keys of C (C, Dm, Em, F, G7, Am) and G (G, Am, Bm, C, D7, Em, F). Sign up, tune up, and get ready to notch up your ukulele playing skills!                                                               

Ukulele for Seniors - We'll take is slow and easy


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 3, 2022 at 10 am
1 additional session on Aug 4, 2022

It's never too late to learn to play a musical instrument -- and besides, it's good for you! And what fun it is to pick up a ukulele and knock out a tune for your grandchildren, or better yet, play along with them. Or how about the thrill of playing for friends and with others? Here's where that journey begins! Join us for our easy paced, no pressure, fun filled ukulele class! Our seasoned and popular ukulele instructor, Duncan Perry, himself a senior, loves sharing his knowledge of the mighty ukulele and will start you out slowly. He will teach you a handful of chords and some basic strumming patterns and you will leave the class knowing how to playsongs you grew up with! No experience playing an instrument is necessary and you don’t have to know how to read music. But you do have to promise to practice regularly! With 10 chords, a pocket full of strums and a big smile, you'll be a hit! Of course, you'll need a playable ukulele (we are happy to provide information on where to buy one if you don't have one available). So grab a uke, sign up, tune up, show up and bloom on Zoom! (We can help you get acclimated to that too, but you will need a computer or tablet capable of using Zoom).       

Ukulele Refresher Plus


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 11, 2022 at 6 pm
1 additional session on Aug 2, 2022

So, you learned to play the ukulele and you loved it but, well, life got in the way and the uke was neglected. Have you been meaning to brush up your playing because it's fun, relaxing, challenging, a brain booster and a great way to socialize? What to do? Join this refresher course to rediscover the joy of playing your ukulele. In it, you'll review the basics, smooth out any 'bumps in the road' and pick up new skills to add to your player's tool box. Reignite your playing! No time to loose. Get ready to jump back into the wonderful world of ukulele!


Folk Style and Clawhammer Ukulele


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 12, 2022 at 6 pm

Do you love folk and country music? Then you need to learn a thing or two about how to play it! Discover up-picking, a technique used by Pete Seeger and other folk greats as well as the popular down-picking style, known variously as clawhammer or frailing. Along the way you'll get the basics of reading tablature, a system of notating finger positioning and techniques to enhance your playing. You don't need a banjo ukulele to learn these styles (but it's fun to have one). What you do need is a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, an iPad or computer capable of using Zoom, basic knowledge of how to play the ukulele including the ability to make smooth and seamless transitions between, at least, the C, F, Am, and G7 chords.


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