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Niagara-on-the-Lake Ukesters Pages

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Joining NOTL Ukesters

If you're considering joining the NOTL Ukesters Group but holding back out of a concern that you're starting from square one this page is for you. Here are a few thoughts to help you decide whether to join or not.

1. You don't own a Uke but you think you may have an interest in learning.

We welcome anyone attending our workshops simply to observe. We're glad to have you attend as an observer and are happy to answer your questions or just meet and greet members of the group. Group members are happy to talk about how they came to the Ukulele and provide you with suggestions on getting started.

2. You own a Uke but don't know the first thing about how to play.

Some group members came to their first workshop with a Uke and had no playing experience. This group welcomes new players. All of us started with no experience at some point and we understand how difficult it can be to tackle something completely new without proper support.

When you arrive at your first workshop one of our co-organizers will assist you with learning to read song sheets and provide guidance on learning your first couple of uke chords. With daily practice and weekly workshop attendance you will be surprised how quickly you progress. Within a couple of weeks most people begin to get comfortable with chording tunes.

3. You're considering taking Uke lessons but not sure it's worth your time and money.

With a good instructor, private or group lessons are certainly a good way to get started but many learning resources are available through the internet as well as printed instructional books.

Simply typing "Ukulele lessons" into your web browser will provide a wealth of uke lessons from which to choose. Among the many books available we've found "Ukulele for Dummies", "The Daily Ukulele" and the Mel Bay Uke instructional books to be exceptional guides for the beginner.

Thorold Music in St. Catharines has a good selection of Ukuleles and Uke books including "The Daily Ukulele". Be sure to tell Ryan or Conrad that you're part of the NOTL Ukesters...they're very supportive of our group members.

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About Niagara-on-the-Lake Ukesters April 30, 2014 9:19 AM anonymous

Niagara on the Lake, ON

Founded Aug 27, 2012


Alan Ash, Bill Short, Doug Widdicombe

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