WHERE:  Glasgow Kelvin College, John Wheatley Building, 2 Haghill Road, Glasgow, G31 3SR. Click here for map

WHEN: Monday 7.30pm - 9.30pm     CLASSROOM: Monday Rooms

LEVELS: Absolute Beginner / Beginner / Improvers 1,2 / Intermediate (Click for Which Ukulele Class?)

TUTORS:   Findlay Napier (Absolute Beginner) / Gordon Melrose (Beginner) / Finlay Allison (Improver 1) / Ian Murray (Improver 2) / Thomas Abela (Intermediate)

INSTRUMENT HIRE: Soprano Ukuleles available : Instrument Hire

TERM DATES, ENROLMENT AND COST:  Membership 

GFW Playing Together – Monday Slow Session  –  See Sessions page.

Which Ukulele Class ?

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 Finlay Napier

Absolute Beginner – with Findlay Napier

This class is for people who have never played the ukulele before. You will be taught how to hold the instrument, strum effectively and learn the first few chords in the key of C. Everything will be explained assuming no prior knowledge.

You will be taught a few simple songs which allow you to build fluent chord changes and steady rhythm. Emphasis on songs and listening and playing together.

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Beginner – with Gordon Melrose

For those who have completed the Absolute Beginners class and/or those who have played a little before. You should know how to hold the instrument and be able to play a couple songs from memory at a slow pace. This class will work on simple songs with an emphasis on fluent chord changes  and confident playing. There will be a good deal of revision every week and constant work on chords and fingering. The Keys of D and G will be introduced. Also some associated minor chords. Chords for some of the GFW standard repertoire will be introduced to allow students to join in the Monday Slow Session before classes and the Very Slow Session.

 


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Improver 1 - with Finlay Allison

For those who have completed the previous standards and are able to play a few songs with reasonable confidence in more than one key. This class will continue to work on many songs of different types, playing together and working on simple arrangements with an emphasis on fluency of playing and a group sound. You may also be introduced to some basic melody playing for introductions or bridges and some more elaborate strumming in different styles. Class members will typically join in the Monday Slow Session before classes and the Very Slow Session.  . Simple understanding of tablature will be introduced. There will be revision every week of songs already covered with learners encouraged to offer ideas and contribute to arrangements of songs.

 

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Improver 2 - with Ian Murray

For those who have completed the previous standards and are able to play a few songs with reasonable confidence in more than one key. This class will continue to work on many songs of different types, playing together and working on simple arrangements with an emphasis on fluency of playing and a group sound. You may also be introduced to some basic melody playing for introductions or bridges and some more elaborate strumming in different styles. Class members will typically join in the Monday Slow Session before classes and the Very Slow Session. Simple understanding of tablature will continue. There will be revision every week of songs already covered with learners encouraged to offer ideas and contribute to arrangements of songs.

 

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Intermediate - with Thomas Abela

This class is for those able to play comfortably in the keys of C, D, G and A in Major, Minor, 7th, Diminished, Augmented chord varieties. An understanding of different genres, rhythms, and chord progressions will be covered. Melody playing and harmony will be added to well-known standards of jazz, pop, rock, blues, and ragtime to the traditional Scottish repertoire. Class members will typically join in the Monday Slow Session before classes, the Very Slow Session, and are likely to play regularly with other groups of Ukulele players.

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General Class Guidelines

Song sheets with words and chord windows for revision and practice (and occasionally videos by the tutors explaining or demonstrating a teaching point) will be made available for support. 

PLEASE NOTE

It is not expected that students will automatically move up a class level each year/term. Students should remain in the same class until they feel ready to move up to the next level. Speak to either your own tutor or a Senior Tutor for advice on which level would suit you best