Tag Archives: Ukulele Basics

Ukulele Courses starting January 2017

Two new nine-week courses are starting on Tuesday 10th January at The Woolpack Studios, Otley.
Ukulele for Beginners (7:15pm-8:15pm) is designed for total beginners and will get you strumming in no time!
Ukulele for Improvers (8:30pm-9:30pm) is for those with a good grasp of basic chords in the C family (C, F, G, G7 and Am) but want to further their chord knowledge and strumming technique.

For more details please see our COURSES FOR BEGINNERS page!

beginners-2017

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A New Season of Ukulele Fun has Begun!

We had a wonderful session last week and it was so great to see everyone after the summer break. Lovely to welcome some new faces too.

Although we didn’t have any sessions over the summer, we did have 3 awesome gigs. 2 at the Oakwood Clock and 1 at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival. A big thank you to all who came to play and those who came to support and cheer us on!

Oakwood Farmers Market July 2014

Oakwood Farmers Market July 2014

View from the stage at Chapel Allerton Festival

View from the stage at Chapel Allerton Festival

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival August 2014

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival August 2014

Here are the songs we played on 3rd September

SUNNY AFTERNOON

LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE

SURFIN’ USA

FRIDAY I’m IN LOVESURFIN’ USA

BEGINNERS COURSE

I am also running a beginners course starting Saturday 1st November 2:30-4:30 and for the following 2 weeks. Please email to book your place!

Let your friends and family know!

Let your friends and family know!

Keep up to date of up and coming events by looking at the Calendar tab at the top of the page – it’s going to be an exciting season of playing together!

Keep in touch!

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16th October 2013 – Getting Ready for our next Gig!

So did I mention we were playing at The Thomas Osbourne pub, Street Lane, on 20th November 8pm-10pm?!

We will be raising money for PAFRAS (www.pafras.org.uk) – a fantastic charity in our community.

So over the next few weeks we will be looking at the songs on the set list (we will play 2 sets with a break in the middle)

you can find the songs we will be doing here…

RUG set list 20.11.13

Last night, we looked at these songs

REET PETITE L+C

REET PETITE TAB

THE SCIENTIST L+C

The Scientist Tab

BARBARA ANN

BARBARA ANN TAB

JUMPIN JACK FLASH RUG

Jumping Jack Flash TAB RUG

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (RUG)

Whole Lotta Shakin LEAD (RUG)

TWIST AND SHOUT (RUG)

keep practising those chord changes you are getting stuck on… new players often find changing from A/A7 – D – G tricky. Remember to use 2nd 3rd and 4th fingers for D so your 1st finger is ready to go into position. start off by playing each chord for 4 strums as slowly as you need to then gradually speed up. If you do this for even 5 minutes every day your changes will get faster I promise!

Keep up the good work!

Next week we will be looking at Bm – specifically

IT’S NOW OR NEVER L+C (RUG)

and

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (RUG)

happy strumming!

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18th September 2013

Hello everyone!

Yet another fun filled ukulele session this week and people left smiling despite the new chords i made you learn!

Remember – your playing will not improve if you only play for 1.5 hours a week in our session! Put time aside to practise… leave your uke out and about in the house and pick it up for a few minutes here and there. just spending 5 minutes at a time changing between 2 chords you’re finding tricky will bring your playing on and increase that muscle memory.

We continued to look at these songs… including the tab parts

BARBARA ANN

BARBARA ANN TAB

I’M ALL SHOOK UP L+C

ALL SHOOK UP TAB

JUMPIN JACK FLASH RUG

Jumping Jack Flash TAB RUG

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then we looked at a new song, which features Bb and Gm7 (there is only one finger difference in these 2 chords so it’s only really like learning one new chord!!)

DAYDREAM

enjoy practising and see you next week for more ukulele fun!

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24th July 2013

We had a great session last night looking at 2 new songs…

IT’S NOW OR NEVER L+C (RUG)

It’s Now or Never NOTATION and TAB

listen here for a little demo….

there is a space at the end for you to practise the tab over the chords!

I’M A BELIEVER (RUG)

I’m a Believer (tab)

we also covered the following songs too…

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (RUG)

Whole Lotta Shakin LEAD (RUG)

THREE LITTLE BIRDS RUG L+C

Three Little Birds TAB

Bye Bye Love (RUG)

STAND BY ME – Ben E King

so we only have one session left until our August break! keep the song suggestions coming in!

And if you have any friends who may be interested in the Ukulele Crash Course for beginners…please spread the word. There are limited places left but I will be running more courses throughout the year

Uke Crash Course Sept 13 jpeg

happy practising!

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10th July 2013

We have been busy gearing up for our next performance…. 20th July at Oakwood Farmers Market. Catch us from 10:30am and then buy yourself some lovely local produce!

These are the songs we will be playing…

RUG Set List 20th July 2013

so get practising! I would like everyone to join in regardless of how long you have been playing or how many chords you can play. It’s all to do with team work and the bigger the team the better! We sound so great considering we have only been around for a few months. So come down, strum and sing your heart out and I promise you will have fun! 😉

Last night we did some more work on these songs too

THREE LITTLE BIRDS RUG L+C

Three Little Birds TAB

I’M A BELIEVER (RUG)

I’m a Believer (tab)

Bye Bye Love (RUG)

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (RUG)

Keep practising that Bm bar chord…we will be able to play loads more songs when we have mastered the bar chord technique. Remember to use your second finger to help your first finger press down all the strings. Your thumb should be behind your first finger in the middle of the back of the neck. This will help you get a really good firm grip and make those strings ring out nice and clear!

Don’t forget to get in touch if you need any more information or tips on the Ukulele.

See you next week for more strumming fun!

 

15th May 2013

This week’s session was full of excellent strumming, plucking and singing! every week we are getting more confident with our playing so keep up the hard work guys…it will pay off i promise!

we did a little work on reading tab and notation too – and i will not make you play nursery rhymes ever again (!) but the exercise in as important one. keep reading the tab and and playing and you will get used to it. have a look at the following…

Practising Tab and Notation

we also looked at the following songs

ALOHA OE (rug)

Blowin’ In the Wind (RUG)

DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY (RUG) Don’t Worry Be Happy TAB (RUG)

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (RUG) Whole Lotta Shakin LEAD (RUG)

STAND BY ME – Ben E King

and we looked at a couple of new songs too!

THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (RUG) *remember this is in 6/8 time

BROWN EYED GIRL (RUG) BROWN EYED GIRL TAB (RUG) *we will look at the tab part next week – listen to the song so you are familiar with the parts…!

they sounded great already!

you can also listen to the following MP3s to help you with your practise…i will add more as i record them.

ALOHA ‘OE

STAND BY ME

happy playing!