'Absolute Beginners' 5 Week Ukulele Challenge Part 1 - Shoreditch
Monday Nights 7-9pm
15 Nov - 13 Dec 2021
Location: Duke of Uke, 88 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH
Suitable for: Adults Only 18+
15 Places Available, 2 Tutors Per Course
Get inspired. Meet new people. Start your ukulele journey in just 5 weeks.
Our Absolute Beginners Ukulele Lessons will give you the perfect introduction to the Ukulele! Meet new people and get inspired on one of our relaxed, fun and friendly evening courses.
With 15 places in each class, they are a perfect size for everyone to get to know each other and enjoy playing together as a group. There are two experienced School of Uke tutors per class who will put you through your paces, while making sure everyone is comfortable and having a great time.
Duke of Uke
Enjoy your ukulele classes in the inspiring surroundings of London's World Famous Ukulele Specialist Store. A Shoreditch institution and situated by East London's buzzing Brick Lane, Duke of Uke has hosted School of Uke experiences since 2006. With the notorious Carpenter's Arms Pub across the road, there's a selection of world wines, craft ales and Belgian beers to accompany you on your ukulele challenge!
As the name suggests, we whole-heartedly welcome complete beginners! You don't need any prior musical knowledge whatsoever. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started. Through a selection of popular songs curated and arranged by School of Uke we’ll give you all the necessary technique and confidence to kick-start your musical journey!
Rock, Pop, R&B, and Disco Classics at Your Fingertips
All techniques will be taught by looking at popular Rock, Pop and R&B Classics. Think ABBA, Blondie, The Cure, Bowie, Stevie Wonder, ACDC, Diana Ross, 80s Anthems and 60s Classics from The Shirelles to the Shangr-Las and many more! Song requests are encouraged and will be explored whenever possible.
Confident Playing Technique
The course places a strong emphasis on developing a confident playing technique. As well developing your technical ability, with a focus on timing, texture, rhythm and song, we aim to build your musical awareness as part of a group ensemble. We take into consideration the specific aspirations and needs of everyone in the group, and encourage singing and individual style.
Group Ensemble & Performance Technique
- Play one or two part arrangements with Ukulele
- Learn about performance in songs
- Emphasis on musical awareness, group timing, texture, rhythm and song
- Learn a variety of strumming patterns, with accent and basic syncopation
Melody and Theory
- Understand and read tablature
- Introduction to the C scale in chromatic, major and minor pentatonic (blues)
- Playing simple single-note melodies
Chords and Chord Theory
- Learn major, minor and seventh chords in root position
- Play a I/IV/V chord progression