What we're about

This group is for ukulele beginners who want to strum and sing along with their ukuleles. Every week, we learn two or three new songs that are well-known and easy for beginners to play. Over time we will learn dozens of songs that we can play and sing to. We meet once a week (weekdays) after work hours in Kensington (3 km from Melbourne CBD). Our meetups are free.

I started this group because I believe playing music and singing are good for mental and emotional health, when done on a regular basis. Also, it's a lot of fun :) Looking forward to playing music and singing with you!

best regards, Fi

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Further reading:

Benefits of playing a musical instrument: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-in... (http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140103-music-lessons-brain-aging-cognitive-neuroscience/

Benefits of singing: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/

Benefits of music: http://greatist.com/happiness/unexpected-health-benefits-music/

Upcoming events (1)

Ukulele in the park!

Kensington Railway Station

It's the middle of summer, let's strum & sing outdoors! Venue: Meet at the grassy area beside Kensington Railway Station and bordered by Rankins Road and Eastwood Street. Don't worry about heat, we will be shaded by two big gum trees. Songs: We will play easy songs (2 to 3 chords). If you are a beginner, this session is particularly suitable for you! I've taught dozens of complete beginners and I guarantee you can play at least a song or two in this session :) If your fingers get sore (and they will for beginners), just rest them and sing along :) What to bring: Please bring your own ukulele or borrow one. I have three spare ukuleles that you can borrow for this meetup. You can reserve them by leaving a comment in the comments section below. Bring a mat, hat, sunscreen, snacks and drinks. Bring a folding chair if you don't want to sit on the grass for 90 minutes. If you're a first timer and feel a bit nervous, please feel free to bring a friend or two. Just indicate how many when you RSVP. If you don't want to play but just want to enjoy the music (or sing), come along too! This is also a child-friendly session :) Cost? It's free! However, last year some of you suggested to make available a donation box so I will bring one this time. How to Get There: Train - From the city, catch a Craigieburn Line train and get off at Kensington Station, which is 2 stops from Southern Cross Station or 1 stop from North Melbourne Station. Be careful you don't take the wrong line to SOUTH Kensington Station which is 900 metres away. Driving - park at Eastwood St beside the railway line. Bus - Take bus 402 (towards Footscray) to Macaulay Road. Get off when you go past Kensington Station. The bus stop is near Australia Post (There is a Foodworks opposite Australia Post). Tram - Take tram 57 from the city. Stop at Racecourse Road (outside Woolworths) and walk down Eastwood St (about 700 metres). What if it rains? If it rains during the session, we could take shelter at the train station for a while. Important reminders: If you can't attend at the last minute, please change your RSVP or send a message via the Meetup app. Please keep the park litter-free and help to clean up at the end of the session. Children and young people under 18 must have accompanying adults. cheers, Fi

Past Events

Ukulele in the park! (weather permitting)

Kensington Railway Station

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