Ukulele Concert Band

Course Dates: 25/04/22 - 27/06/22
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Keeley Street
You’ve had your uke for a while, been to jams in the pub, attended some ukulele courses, but what now? Join City Lit Ukulele Band (CLUB). Over 8 weeks we aim to transform your uke 'chops' and enthusiastic singing into a gigging band. On this course you will learn skills of band playing, have fun, and improve your techniques on uke and voice, playing and singing music from Lonnie Donnegan to Kylie Minogue with everything in between. The course culminates in a performance to be arranged.
Break weeks: 2nd May 2022 & 30th May 2022.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £88.00

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Finished Mon, eve, 25 Apr - 27 Jun '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will cover aspects of performing songs as a band with the uke centre stage. Techniques of playing, arranging music, combining voice and harmony work. We will address presentation, style, and playing amplified with microphones and plugged-in ukes.

What will we cover?

Some repertoire will be announced before the course starts (after you enrol), and some will be negotiated during the course.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Learning to play and perform the uke in group/band
- Hone different techniques of playing uke to accompany different styles of popular music
- Improve your vocal skills in relation to the uke
- learn techniques that help playing and singing in relation to a live gig setting.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This project aims to recruit uke players who have reasonable proficiency and are keen to perform. Often a person might be a strong singer but not so developed in their uke skills or visa versa.
A good test is: Are you comfortable playing at a uke pub night singing songs from a typical song book. If you are proficient at playing pop songs in C, G, A and D you should be fine!

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The tutor will give practical demonstrations of the songs and techniques. You will learn and rehearse the show songs in a group lesson and the tutor will give advice and feedback. We will record some run-throughs for appraisal after class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own ukulele(s) and be prepared to sing. Which instruments you employ will be negotiated with the tutor and according to the repertoire. We seek one or two uke bass players, and players who have other skills to share with the group (e.g. cajon).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We may repeat this project in the next academic year. You also be interested in other City Lit courses in popular music.
You should also have acquired the tools and possibly kindred spirits to start your own band.

Jake Rodrigues

Jake is a multi-instrumentalist whose work for several years has had a strong leaning towards the community and social aspects of music. His songwriting and performing builds bridges between ages and demographics, and his styles of presentation and performance attempt the same. Jake runs Froggy's Famous Fan Club (for pre-schoolers), The Cream of Tartar Show (a cabaret performance/workshop) and is his own One Man Band. He plays ukulele, harmonica, accordion, banjo, guitar, piano and percussion, sings, and writes many, many songs. innovation and re-invention have been the inspiration since the covid curse, and Jake has been exploring his unique musical take with live online shows and a collection of original songs. At City Lit Jake teaches ukulele and harmonica.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.