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Beginners and Improvers Course January to March 2015

Do you know anyone who might like to learn the ukulele in the new year?

I am running a Beginners and Improvers course (the two are designed to go together!)

Uke Crash Course JAN-MAR 2015 jpeg


SATURDAY 24.01.15, 31.01.15 and 07.02.15
2:30pm – 4:30pm

This course is designed for total beginners. The course will be at a pace suitable for new players and will help you get a grasp of the basics through learning songs together

You will learn in a small, friendly group environment:
• how to get the best sound from your ukulele
• good playing techniques
• basic strumming patterns
• how to song sheets with lyrics and chords
• songs using the chords of C, F, G, G7 and Am


SATURDAY 28.02.15, 07.03.15 AND 14.03.15
2:30pm – 4:30pm

This course is designed for people who want to carry on where the Beginners course left off. The course will be at the same pace and will hopefully build your confidence as a player. We will learn new songs too!

You will explore in a small, friendly group environment:
• more chords in open position such as A, D, D7 and E7
• bar-chords and moveable chords such as B, Bb, Bm and B7
• how to make your strumming more interesting

Email jen@bighooha.co.uk for more details or to register your interest 🙂

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What will 2014 bring the Otley Ukulele Orchestra?!

I am hoping for…

a) lots of fun singing and strumming together
b) showing audiences far and wide how much fun we have singing and strumming together

don’t think i’m asking too much eh?!

well – we have had a little break and I have been busy working on songs to kick start our year in style. as always – I love your suggestions and so be patient… if you have asked for a song there is a good chance i have forgotten – you can always email me so you know i have it written down somewhere!

Our first session on a Monday 7pm-8pm is a fun sing-a-long suitable for players of all abilities. Complete beginners are welcome but may benefit from an hours tuition at some point. The second session 8pm-9pm is for anyone who would like to push their playing on by learning songs we will perform at gigs. Of course, all are welcome and if you do come to the second session there is no pressure to perform at concerts!



We had a look at this song only once before the Christmas rush took hold (photos are on their way!). I have managed to get round to doing a little demo for you so you can hear the strumming. It isn’t as hard as it sounds… although you do need to use bar chords so if you’ve struggled with these in the past, start having a go now! remember to have breaks when you’re practising bar chords to give your muscles a rest. use your thumb behind your first finger to get extra strength – the thumb should be on the middle of the neck (so someone in front of you couldn’t see it)


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