This blog is your information source for the class. Every week on Wednesday I post a summary of what we did in class and I also list what you should practice for next week. I will also post any handouts or recordings that apply to the lesson. Please put the link for the blog on your desktop or somewhere that you will have easy access.
I will post one blog for both Book 1 classes (2:30 and 7:00) You are essentially one class. So, if you have a conflict for your class time on a certain Tuesday, you can attend the other class for that day.
All of my classes have a name (it is just less boring than "Book 1") and your class will be "UkestArs".
All classes will take place at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave., in Fairhaven. That's on the corner of Harris and 18th and we will be downstairs so park in the lot that faces Harris, if possible.
Daytime class 2:30 - 4:00, Evening class 7:00 - 8:30
For the first class on Tuesday September 8, please bring your Ukulele, a music stand, and a tuner (f you have one). Try to arrive a bit early the first day and have your ukulele already tuned (if you need help with that, I can help you before class starts).
I will have your materials at the first class. I am a very punctual teacher and will start and finish class on the dot! We'll cover a lot of things at the first class that you may have questions about: strings, straps, ukuleles, tuners, etc.
FYI: The first half of this class series is the hardest part of the the whole program. That is because you will be learning a lot of brand new things that, over time, become much more comfortable and automatic….if you practice.
This class does require practice in order for you to be successful. If you do not practice, it will probably be very frustrating for you. Practicing daily is more important that practicing for a long time. 15 minutes of practice every day (or several times a day) will benefit you much more than 2 hours of practice the day before class.
The class will be easier for some people that others and we will have a wide variety of skills among the people in the class. It is my job to challenge all of you (and make sure you have fun) and it is your job to put in the practice time and to try really hard to avoid comparing yourself to others. You will have to be patient with yourself and remember that this is all new and takes time.
Bravo to all of you for taking on this new adventure. I love teaching this class and I really hope you enjoy this journey into the wonderful world of music.
Here is a video or James Hill - author of the Ukulele in the Class series and certainly one of the greatest ukes players in the world. There are 2 songs on the video so stick with it
No… you and I will never be able to do this on the ukulele. But we WILL be able to make music and have fun in our own way, and with other people ! Just enjoy listening ! The beautiful lady he plays with is his wife… Anne Janelle.
Have a Great Week-end !