What’s it all about?
The humble uke gets an Australian makeover!
Ukulele is enjoying a popular renaissance courtesy of inexpensive starter ukes, a multitude of YouTube covers, blogs and ‘how to’ clips, and the technology of get-playing-quickly electronic tuners. It’s THE instrument to play wherever friends gather: travelling in a car, on the beach or in a park. Time for you to add to the soundtrack of your own life.
Based around a few classic Australian rock tunes, this class will teach you the basic chords and knowledge that will give you access to thousands of songs and hours of happiness.
What will we cover?
- How do you hold it? How do you strum it? How do you keep the beat?
- Why a uke is much more than a little guitar. Tips on strings, ukes to buy and not to buy, and why an electronic clip-on tuner is essential for the modern uker.
- A touch of uke history so you can win points at trivia nights.
- We will learn a few classic hits to gradually build our stock of fundamental chords and strums. You’ll go home with these tunes ‘under your belt’, clear directions where to find others to study and a very useful list of resources you can access online.
Who will be teaching?
Harry Harrison runs the Yarra YUkers uke group (details at www.greatbigukes.com). He has played with the fabulous Melbourne Ukulele Kollective, helps out at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival, is a member of AUTLA (Australia’s peak uke body) and teaches workshops and at festivals around Victoria. He’s a passionate advocate of this humble little instrument as a fun, mobile and (usually) inexpensive box o’ joy that appeals to musical beginners but ascends up to international performance level.