The beginners group is now 11 strong, which is great. We’ve done our inductions, know which way up to hold the thing, and have all grasped tuning.
We’ve started playing Tennessee Waltz, and it surprised me how quickly the group has moved forward – I sometimes wonder if I’m leading the group, or being pushed forward by it 🙂
As hoped, some people are wanting to explore their styles, and which part of playing the ukulele most appeals to them – as such some pluckers are emerging. This means we need to focus on strengthening ourselves as a group.
In all things when playing in a group, timing is everything; even the most simple song sounds great when timing is sharp, and not so good otherwise. One great compliment a musician can hear is “that was tight”.
This week we’re going to stay a little with Tennessee Waltz, as a warm up if nothing else, then start with “Ode to Joy”, It’s a nice simple song in 4/4 time, with simple plucking patterns on only 3 strings, all in the same region on the fret board. The plan is to play it really slowly and focus on getting our timing right with plucking. This will help us get the plucking parts right on some more advanced songs. I think a little groundwork here will pay dividends later.
So, the beginners group started, and we have 10 participants with a great age range. It’s a tremendous start, and looks like it will work really well as a group, as well as a feeder to the advanced group for those who progress that way.
we broke the session down into:
- How the group works and hopefully how group learning works well for us
- which way up your uke is, and how to tune it
- C, the mother and father of all chords on the uke
- strumming technique
- making a start on Tennessee waltz, and we got as far as the G7, which really surprised me as to how well the group moved along. I think quite a few people have been practicing before they came 🙂
So, I’m really happy.
We are Launching a Beginners Group! It starts in January 2015 at 9:30 at our usual venue (Harrogate High), and is open to all beginners. If you want to find out more, please see our FAQ page for all the details, but suffice to say, if you have a ukulele, and you’re keen to learn in a friendly, tutored group then we have the setting for you.
It promises to be fun, and you will progress faster in a group where you get the support and satisfaction of all playing together. The ukulele is a great instrument for making quick initial progress, and after that, it’s down to you.
We will be starting gently, and zero experience is required, neither is reading music. If you’ve been playing for a while and want to explore, develop your technique in a safe environment and have fun playing, then get in touch.