Ukulele For Improvers
Ideal for those who have previously taken the beginners course, or have some experience. Learn more advanced techniques (e.g. finger-picking), as well as trickier chords and melody playing.
The class will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB
This a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.
Who is this course for
The course is ideal for anyone who has previously enrolled on the beginners course, and is looking to further their development as a ukulele player. The course is also open to anyone who has been playing ukulele for a little while, and can competently strum and play some essential chords. The ability to read chord charts and tablature is recommended, but not essential.
What does this course cover
This course picks up where the beginners course left off. We will continue to learn a range of chords, songs in different styles.
Additionally, we'll start to look at some more advanced techniques, such as fingerpicking, trickier strumming patterns, barre chords and alternative chord voicings.
The course will also focus on improving sound and tone. The songs themselves will start to get a bit trickier, and when performing as a group the arrangements will get a little more challenging.
As always, towards the end of the course there will be an opportunity to perform what you have learnt!
What will it be like
What you should be able to do by the end of the course:
- Play the songs and exercises as recommended by the tutor, solo or in an ensemble
- Demonstrate some more advanced techniques, such as fingerpicking and trickier strumming patterns
- Refer to an increasing range of chords
- Read a chord chart and understand chord symbols for ukulele
- Demonstrate an understanding of ukulele tablature (simple notation)
- Demonstrate a developed confidence with singing and playing simultaneously
The teaching and learning methods we use on the course:
- Demonstrations and tutor feedback
- Multimedia resources - chord charts, video/audio etc
- Practical exercises
- Group discussions
How we assess your progress on the course:
- Students will receive a practice diary that will help to monitor progress outside the weekly meetings
- Constructive feedback, one-to-one and in groups
What extra study/practice we expect you to do outside the class
- Practice recommended songs
- Optional exercises to aid further progression
- Further listening and viewing encouraged!
What else do you need to buy or do
It is essential that you bring your own soprano, tenor or concert ukulele. There are plenty of usable and affordable ukuleles on the market, but anything priced around £40 should be a decent instrument. Have a look at brands such as Lanikai or Kala. The Duke of Uke stocks a wide range of ukuleles and can offer great advice. If you have any queries regarding types of ukulele, brands, where to buy etc, please contact Jackie Wamaitha, who will put you in touch with the course tutor for advice.
Also recommended but not essential: a chromatic tuner (e.g. Korg Pitchclip), typically around £10-£15 and a pen and paper for making notes.
What this course could lead to
Keep playing! Joining a ukulele group is a very good way to stay in practice. Your tutor can help you find one if necessary.
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
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