'Ukulele Boss' Intermediate Advanced Ukulele Lessons 5 Week Course - Shoreditch
Wednesday Nights 7-9pm
6 Oct - 3 Nov 2021
Location: Duke of Uke, 88 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH
Suitable for: Adults
Are you ready for the ultimate challenge?
Meet new people, make new friendships and advance on your musical journey as part of a group. Our Intermediate Advanced Ukulele Lessons aim to get you playing like a pro!
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!
Intermediate Advanced Ukulele
Using a wide range of musical genres, we look further into chord and melody arrangements, scales and chord theory, improvisation, and playing multi part arrangements together in a band like setup using both Ukulele, Baritone Ukulele and U-Bass if desired.
We usually expect students to have completed an intermediate course with School of Uke but we welcome all players approaching more advanced knowledge of the Ukulele who wish to experiment with new genres or cover gaps in their knowledge.
Rock, Pop, R&B, Disco, Funk, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Bossa Nova, Samba, World Music and Classical Hawaiian at Your Fingertips
Over an Intermediate Advanced course, as well as looking at classic Rock, Pop, Blues and Jazz standards we also choose one other musical genre to focus on to broaden your musical repertoire. Focus genres covered in previous courses have included Jazz, Classical and World Music including Bossa-Nova, Samba, Spanish Baroque, Classical Hawaiian, Japanese and African styles. Genre and song requests are encouraged and will be incorporated within the program where applicable.
How to become a Ukulele Boss
We aim to give you full command of all 4 strings and conquer your fear of the 12th fret and beyond! With a hands-on practical approach toward theory and through a variety of standards and musical genres, we’ll look at chord theory, chord construction, inversions, scales and modes, playing in different keys, improvisation and performance tips n tricks!
The course places a strong emphasis on developing a confident playing technique. As well as 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, while developing solo technique and individual playing styles.
Group Ensemble & Performance Technique
- Play multi-part arrangements with Ukulele, Baritone Ukulele and U-Bass
- Learn about developing arrangement and performance in songs with multiple parts
- Emphasis on musical awareness, group timing, texture, rhythm and song
- Develop playing technique and encourage solos and individual playing styles within a group
- Reinforcing playing effectively and confidently in a live gigging environment
Strumming and Picking
- Build confident strumming patterns and rhythms using emphasis, accent and syncopation
- Explore use of barre chords to achieve dampening effects useful for achieving a more percussive and syncopated sound
- Emphasis on timing and cross group syncopation with alternate strumming parts
- Introduction to advanced strumming and picking techniques including tremolo picking
Melody and Theory
- Develop awareness of the whole fretboard
- Advanced scales including Minor and Major Pentatonic up to and beyond the 12th fret
- Application of Modes
- Soloing and melody improvisation within a song structure
- Playing both melody and harmony to a song over the chord structure
Chords and Chord Theory
- Focus on advanced progressions outside the I/IV/V format related to chosen material
- Establish relational patterns between barre chords to be able to play I/IV/V in any key
- Expanding chord repertoire and using extended chords in any key
- Explore ways to decorate simple chord progressions, using passing chords and inversions
- Understanding the circle of 5ths
- Developing understanding of chord construction, including suspended chords in relative Major and Minor keys