Evening Ukulele Classes

Evening Beginner Ukulele Class

Start Dates –  24 July, 23 October

Runs for 2 hours per week (Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm), for 8 weeks

Costs $180

Held at Dougherty Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

Parking is available at Dougherty Centre or Chatswood Westfield car park. Or catch a train as we are 2 mins from the station.

Book by contacting Ian – call 0438672732 or email info@ianportermusic.com.auOr RSVP on Meetup.

Bring a music stand, pencil, ukulele (if you need to borrow one, please advise when you book- loan instruments are limited)

Background

This is an 8-week course happening on Tuesdays, each course totalling 16 hours of face to face class time. That works out to be less than $15 per hour! So don’t miss out on this great offer.

All class material works for soprano, concert and tenor ukulele. This course does not suit a learner of baritone ukulele.

We recommend you try Gladesville Guitar Factory, Big Music (Crows Nest), Turramurra Music, or Mall Music (Macquarie) to buy your ukulele – spend as much as you can afford and try to ensure they sell you one that will stay in tune! Some ukes are available for loan and purchase from me, please advise when booking.

Not essential, but if you have attended a beginner workshop or know a couple of things about this instrument already this course is great revision and will sort out some bad habits and we will spend considerably more time in teaching the fundamentals. It is structured and aims to provide you with the ideal platform to go on to a local ukulele club with confidence or take a more advanced course later on. We do expect you to put in a little practice between lessons on this one.

Reading music is not essential, but is an advantage; we will cover all you need on the theory front, (and yes there is some, but we make it meaningful and ukulele focused – its all about patterns).

Singing is not essential, but highly encouraged – even shower-singing.

We cover a lot! Be prepared.

Starting at the very beginning, learn a bit of history, ukuleles sizes, how to hold, how to sit/stand, names of strings, proper strumming technique using both thumb and fingers. Basic finger picking, and basic strumming patterns (more than 30). Enough chord shapes to be able to play literally 1000s of songs. Over a dozen songs in detail in the repertoire, including lullabies, pop songs, standards and a couple of songs of your choosing (if technically possible). Practice tips, care and maintenance.

You get stacks of hand-outs covering technique, chords and repertoire. Each week a short video recap is posted to a private video list so you can follow along with the material in the comfort of your own home.

Total course fee $180, payable in advance via PayPal if you book through Meetup, or in cash on the night. If paying on the night please send me a note to RSVP, as Meetup won’t allow you to RSVP without paying.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Evening Intermediate Ukulele Classes

Intermediate (Level 1)

Starting Next course starts 25th July – watch this space!

Runs for 2 hours per week (Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm), for 5 weeks

Costs $120

Held at Dougherty Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

Parking is available at Dougherty Centre or Chatswood Westfield car park. Or catch a train as we are 2 mins from the station.

Book by contacting Ian – call 0438672732 or email info@ianportermusic.com.auOr RSVP on Meetup.

Bring a music stand, pencil, ukulele (if you need to borrow one, please advise when you book- loan instruments are limited)

Pre-requisitesPLEASE READ and ENSURE YOU MEET THESE BEFORE BOOKING

Completed my Beginner Class, or –

Can read basic notation, and TAB

Can play C Major, C Pentatonic

Can strum basic thumb and finger strums, including DU and missing beats.

Knows the following chord shapes in home position:

C, C7,D,D7,Dm, E7,Em,F,F7,G,G7,Gm,A, A7,Am,Bb

Curriculum – 

More picking techniques (Pick/Strum & ghost notes)

Learn to Hammer-on, Pull-off and slide

Master the triple Strum

Introduction to moveable Scales patterns, including chromatic scale

Learning Outcomes – Better understanding of how scales make up melodies. Improve dexterity of fingers by learning new picking patterns and scales, increase chord repertoire, and increase strumming patterns repertoire.

Background

This is a 5-week course on Wednesdays starting 21st February 2017, with each class 2-hours duration, 7-9pm. That’s 10 hours of face to face classes!

A short video covering each week’s material is provide following each lesson to allow students to practice more effectively from home, as well as all the hand-outs you need.

Focus for the course is expanding the use of picking and combining with strumming. We use a couple fo very basic songs to pull this together. The introduction to movable scales sets yo up for the next level course as well

Total course fee $120, payable via PayPal if you book through Meetup or in cash on the first night.

If you wish to pay cash on the first night, please send me a note as Meetup will not allow you to RSVP without paying.

Intermediate (Level 2)

Starting Next course  – watch this space! Please contact Ian if you are interested in attending this course (subject to start date availability)

Runs for 2 hours per week (Wednesdays, 7pm – 9pm), for 5 weeks

Costs $120

Held at Dougherty Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

Parking is available at Dougherty Centre or Chatswood Westfield car park. Or catch a train as we are 2 mins from the station.

Book by contacting Ian – call 0438672732 or email info@ianportermusic.com.auOr RSVP on Meetup.

Bring a music stand, pencil, ukulele (if you need to borrow one, please advise when you book- loan instruments are limited)

Pre-requisitesPLEASE READ and ENSURE YOU MEET THESE BEFORE BOOKING

Completed my Intermediate (Level 1), or  a previously run Intermediate Course by Ian, and-

Can read basic notation, and TAB

Can play C Major, C Pentatonic, and C Chromatic scales in home position

Can strum basic thumb and finger strums, including DU and missing beats, triple strum (basic)

Knows the following chord shapes in home position:

C, C7,D,D7,Dm, E7,Em,F,F7,G,G7,Gm,A, A7,Am,Bb

Curriculum – 

More Chord Melodies, including multi-part ensemble work.

Dominant 7ths/ Minor/Major 7ths movable shapes

Introduce Blues scale and the 12-bar blues in multiple keys using the rocking-chord approach

Learning Outcomes – Better understanding of how chords are structured up the fretboard to add colour and variation to your sound. Be able to play the 12-bar blues in a number of keys other than C. Start to experiment with improvisation using the Blues scale

Background

This is a 5-week course on Wednesdays starting 21st February 2017, with each class 2-hours duration, 7-9pm. That’s 10 hours of face to face classes!

A short video covering each week’s material is provide following each lesson to allow students to practice more effectively from home, as well as all the hand-outs you need.

This Level is quite demanding and there is quite a bit of new material and techniques covered each week

Total course fee $120, payable via PayPal if you book through Meetup or in cash on the first night.

If you wish to pay cash on the first night, please send me a note as Meetup will not allow you to RSVP without paying.

Look forward to seeing you there!