Beginners Ukulele Workshop

This taster workshop is ideal for complete beginners. You will need your own instrument but no other experience is necessary, just a desire to try out a fun and simple, yet versatile musical instrument and to learn to how to strum a tune. Once you know the basics, why don't you come and join us in the afternoon for the Ukulele Social, strum along and meet the Mary Ward Centre Ukulele Community for a fun session of new songs and skills.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for complete beginners. No other experience necessary, just a desire to try out a fun and simple, yet versatile musical instrument. The course will include songs in a broad range of musical styles, including pop, rock, jazz, folk and blues.
You can follow this session with the Ukulele Social in the afternoon

What does this course cover

The course is a practical introduction to playing ukulele. We will cover good positioning, technique and how to tune the instrument, whilst learning a repertoire of songs and chords. We'll cover plenty of chords and strum patterns to provide you with what you need to go along to a ukulele night and join in.
Reading chord charts and making simple notation will also be introduced to aid the learning of songs. All of this will be done in a supportive group environment.

What you should be able to do by the end of the course:
- Play the songs, as recommended by the tutor,
- Demonstrate basic understanding technique and positioning

What will it be like

What you should be able to do by the end of the course:
- Play the songs as recommended by the tutor, solo or in an ensemble
- Demonstrate good technique and positioning
- Refer to a range of chords
- Read a chord chart and understand chord symbols for ukulele
- Demonstrate an understanding of ukulele tablature (simple notation)
- Tune the ukulele
- 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:
- Constructive feedback, one-to-one and in groups

What else do you need to buy or do

If you choose to, you can 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 in Cheshire Street off Brick Lane 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; pen and paper for making notes.
If you want to spend a day playing ukulele before you decide whether to get your own, you are welcome to borrow one from your tutor, Tricity. Just let her know in advance, to make sure she brings enough ukuleles with her for everyone who needs one.

What this course could lead to

You can follow this session with the Ukulele Social in the afternoon
Keep playing! Joining a ukulele group is a very good way to stay in practice. Your tutor can help you find one if necessary.
We have weekly classes in Ukulele

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: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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