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Beginner & Intermediate Ukulele Classes held in the Dougherty Centre in the heart of Chatswood.

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Cheap, portable, and requires no musical training. Only Four strings!! Have fun while you strum.

Sing and play at the same time in class environment

All classes taught by internationally certified James Hill Ukulele teacher, Ian Porter

Popular repertoire covered

More information can be found at http://www.ianportermusic.com.au

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Intermediate 2 Ukulele Class

Dougherty Centre

A$125.00

This is the second of two Intermediate 5-week courses. Each week is a two-hour session of face-to-face learning. It is expected that personal practice between session will be undertaken by students The outcomes include: *Learning another chord melody *Learning the chromatic scale and include in a blues piece *Learning the blues scale and how to improvise *Increase chord vocabulary with some less-common first position chords and some more chords up the neck *Learning about ghost-note strumming and when to use it At the end of this course you should be confident enough to join the Willoughby Ukestars playing group, or any other advanced playing group where both picking and strumming is encouraged, or play solo. The pace is relaxed and, whilst challenging, is not as intense as the beginner course. It has 10 face-to-face hours of directed learning. Material is presented in both notation and TAB, and weekly revision videos provided to all enrolled students. PREREQUISITES: *Must have your own instrument *Must have own music stand *Can tune and maintain their ukulele *Read read either TAB and/or Music Notation *Must have completed Ian Porter's Intermediate 1 course

Beginner Ukulele Class - 2019 (2)

Dougherty Centre

A$180.00

This is an 8-lesson course on Tuesdays starting 23rd July 2019 thence weekly. Each class is 2-hours duration, 7pm-9pm - note this is 16 hours of face to face classes. Most Uke classes out these are only 12 hours OR LESS!! Pre-requisite – bring your own ukulele, if possible. Preference for beginners is a Low-G or linear-tuned ukulele, but it is not essential. All material works for soprano, concert and tenor ukulele. This course does not suit a learner of baritone ukulele. We recommend you try Gladesville Guitar Factory, Big Music (Crows Nest), Turramurra Music, or Mall Music (Macquarie) to buy your ukulele – spend as much as you can afford and try to ensure they sell you one that will stay in tune! Some ukes are available for loan and purchase from the organiser, please advise when booking. Not essential, but if you have attended a beginner workshop or know a couple of things about this instrument already this course is great revision and will sort out some bad habits and we will spend considerably more time in teaching the fundamentals. It is structured and aims to provide you with the ideal platform to go on to a local ukulele club with confidence or take a more advanced course later on. We do expect you to put in a little practice between lessons on this one J Reading music is not essential, but is an advantage; we will cover all you need on the theory front, (and yes there is some, but we make it meaningful and ukulele focused - its all about patterns). Singing is not essential, but highly encouraged – even shower-singing. We cover a lot! Be prepared. Starting at the very beginning, learn a bit of history, ukuleles sizes, how to hold, how to sit/stand, names of strings, proper strumming technique using both thumb and fingers. Basic finger picking, and basic strumming patterns (more than 30). Enough chord shapes to be able to play literally 1000s of songs. Over a dozen songs in detail in the repertoire, including lullabies, pop songs, standards and a couple of songs of your choosing (if technically possible). Practice tips, care and maintenance. You get stacks of hand-outs covering technique, chords and repertoire. Each week a short video recap is posted to a private video list so you can follow along with the material in the comfort of your our home Total course fee $180, payable in advance here online via Pay Pal, or in cash on the night. If paying on the night please send the organiser a note to RSVP and a $30 deposit will be required to secure your spot; PayPal deposit details will be provided on receipt. Cancellation within 30 days of the registration date will incur a $30 fee. This fee increases to $90 if cancellation occurs within 14 days of the event. There is no refund if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the event, but a credit may be offered at the discretion of the organiser.

Intermediate 1 Ukulele Class

Dougherty Centre

A$125.00

This is the follow-on course from Beginners. It is the first of two 5-week Intermediate courses. Each week is a two-hour session of face-to-face learning. It is expected that personal practice between session will be undertaken by students The outcomes include: *Increase picking skills for melody *Learn to pick and strum as an introduction to *Travis-style picking *Increased chord vocabulary using dominant 7ths up the neck. *Learn the triple strum and consolidate chuck and fan strum. This is the pre-requisitie course for Intermediate 2, where the blues and chromatic scales and more chords up the neck are explored in more detail. We will use a couple of new pieces including the basic 12-bar blues. The pace is relaxed and, whilst challenging, is not as intense as the beginner course. It has 10 face-to-face hours of directed learning. Material is presented in both notation and TAB, and weekly revision videos provided to all enrolled students. PREREQUISITES: *Must have your own instrument *Can tune and maintain their ukulele Either have completed the Willoughby Uke Beginners' course (Ian Porter's beginner course), or/and can play: *Basic C major and C-pentatonic scales *The following chords in first position (below the 5th fret): A, A7,Am,Am7, Bb, C, Cmaj7, C7, C6, D, D7, Dm, Dm7, E, E7, Em, Em7, F, Fadd9, F7, G, G7, Gm, Gm7, G6 *Basic Finger and thumb strums, both up and down, Island/Calypso strum, off-beat strumming, on-beat strumming. *Can read TAB, and/or music notation.

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Beginner Ukulele Class - 2019 (1)

Dougherty Centre

A$180.00

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