Ukulele summer school
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME1053
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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 !
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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.
Martin Wheatley has enjoyed a varied career playing and teaching all sorts of fretted instruments: guitar, banjos of all sorts, mandolin and ukulele. His interest in the ukulele started long before the current wave of popularity through a love of vintage Hawaiian music. You can watch him performing on the ukulele on Youtube but he is as interested in the value and joy of the instrument for complete novices as he is in pushing technical boundaries. His performing career has been spent playing old-style jazz (pre-WW2) with occasional forays into the worlds of rock (Bryan Ferry) and classical music (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic). He has a B.A. from Colchester, an M.A. from University College London and a houseful of ukuleles.
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.