Ukulele orchestra

Course Dates: 15/07/19 - 29/07/19
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Martin Wheatley

Ensemble ukulele with individual parts. For experienced players, preferably who read tablature. A challenge, but the music/repertoire will be tailored to various abilities.


What is the course about?

Ensemble ukulele playing : not strumming along to songs but playing individual parts which fit together to form a musical arrangement - a proper orchestra !

What will we cover?

We will develop our reading skills. We will learn to play together. This means playing separate parts while listening so we are aware of the rest of the band. We will play a variety of music including some classical.

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

- demonstrate improved listening skills
- play well in a group situation.

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

You will need experience of playing ukulele : the course is intermediate to advanced level. Experience of reading tablature is desirable as is skill in finger style playing. A group of varied technical levels will work well as the music is multi-part so it will be possible to match the music to the player's abilities.

You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

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

Students will learn by playing in a group. The tutor will give practical demonstrations of tunes, parts and techniques you will be asked to learn.

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

Bring your own ukulele. The tutor will provide all other materials.

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

Longer courses on the ukulele run throughout the year. You may also be interested in extending your technique through learning guitar (folk/pop or classical style). Another uke orchestra module will come along in due course.

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Loved this course! It was fun and challenging (very challenging!) and remotivated me to play and practise more. As there's no follow-on full course from Ukulele 2, this fills that need. However, I would have liked more than 3 weeks, and preferably not so late in the evening in order to get the best from the participants without being too tired.
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Review by Carole / (Posted on 02/08/2015)
Excellent course. Great fun. It encouraged me to want to do more. I would recommend it to anyone who likes playing parts in an ensemble and who wants to progress beyond strumming along to chords to accompany songs.
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Review by Paddington / (Posted on 31/07/2015)
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Course Code: ME1053

Mon, eve, 15 Jul - 29 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £36.00

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