Ukulele Song Group

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Who is this course for

The course is ideal for anyone who has previously enrolled on the improvers course, and is looking to further their development as a ukulele player and performer. The course is also open to anyone who has been playing ukulele for a while, and can competently strum and play some chords. The ability to read chord charts and tablature is recommended, but not essential.

What does this course cover

We'll continue to look at 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.
There will be a field trip on the 2nd Tuesday of every month when the tutor hosts a Ukulele Cabaret event in Kings Cross. As your skills and confidence grow there will be the opportunity to join in with the singalongs at the event.

What will it be like

- Demonstrations and tutor feedback
- Multimedia resources - chord charts, video/audio etc
- Practical exercises
- Group discussions

- Students will use 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 Rahul Miah, 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.

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