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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.
  • Who is it 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 it 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 I 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 could it 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.
    You can join The Ukulele Song Group
    Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.

    There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

Available Courses

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.

07 May 2024 – 09 July 2024
Tuesday, 19:15 to 20:45
Course Code:918
£112 / £39
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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03 October 2023 – 05 December 2023
Tuesday, 19:15 to 20:45
Course Code:916
£112 / £39
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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23 January 2024 – 26 March 2024
Tuesday, 19:15 to 20:45
Course Code:917
£112 / £39
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Friday, 19:30 to 21:00
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Invent, create, play! This course will allow you to explore sound as an art form using instruments, found objects, voice, recordings and technology. The emphasis will be on exploration and experimentation. You will also learn about the history, key artists and movements associated with sound as an art form. Each term focuses on a different aspect, leading to an individual project and the opportunity to take part in a public event or exhibition.

22 January 2024 – 25 March 2024
Monday, 18:30 to 21:00
Course Code:926CS
£203 / £71
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High Street, Stratford
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