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Beginners Ukulele Workshop

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: see below

What will you learn?
In the first hour, you will learn the basics of tuning by ear and uke holding, some basic chords, strumming and playing a song or two on your ukulele. The second hour will be spent adding a few more chords, different strums, and practising in dyads for peer feedback and a bit of fun. At the end of the two hours, you will have learned basic ukulele playing skills you can build on – with a smile on your face and a song in your heart 🙂

Skill level
Absolute Beginners with zero or very little ukulele playing skills

Your Ukulele Teacher
Sophia has taught Ukulele for years to groups of teachers, parents and children, private lessons with adult students and the general public from all walks of life.

Bring along
Your own ukulele is recommended so you can continue playing and practising at home. There are spare ukes you can borrow at the workshop if you’re absolutely ukeless 🙂

Cost per person
$20 (unwaged) $25 (waged) to help pay for venue and Beginners Ukulele booklets

Enquiries/bookings email Sophia: wellyukes@gmail.com
OR Phone/Text 027 345 2010
OR RSVP on this Meetup 
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Book & Pay
Please deposit into the following bank account with your name as reference:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

What Next?
* Request more uke tuition or ukulele workshops as you wish.
* Join our friendly Ukulele Tuesday Meetup group @ 7pm every week for regular fun practice and meet other Ukulele Lovers.
* Sign up to our Mailing List to receive our Weekly Email Alert.
* Receive our updated Ukulele DropBox which has over 400+ song sheets with uke chords. We continue to add more over time. This will help you practice at home between our Weekly Tuesday Meetup sessions. It also contains Common Chord Charts, Ukulele Online Tuning and video links. 

Venue:  
Mt Vic Hub
24E Elizabeth Street, Mt Victoria
Wellington, New Zealand
Google Map   Mt Vic Hub

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Beginners Ukulele Workshop

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~ Ukulele is the instrument of friendship, love and peace ~

Date: Sunday 29 May 2016
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: see below

What will you learn?
In the first hour, you will learn the basics of tuning by ear and uke holding, some basic chords, strumming and playing a song or two on your ukulele. The second hour will be spent adding a few more chords, different strums, and practising in dyads for peer feedback and a bit of fun. At the end of the two hours, you will have learned basic ukulele playing skills you can build on – with a smile on your face and a song in your heart 🙂

Skill level
Absolute Beginners with zero or very little ukulele playing skills

Your Ukulele Teacher
Sophia has taught Ukulele for years to groups of teachers, parents and children, private lessons with adult students and the general public from all walks of life.

Bring along
Your own ukulele is recommended so you can continue playing and practising at home. There are spare ukes you can borrow at the workshop if you’re absolutely ukeless 🙂

Cost per person
$20 (unwaged) $25 (waged) to help pay for venue & photocopy hand-outs.

Booking & Queries
Email Sophia: wellyukes@gmail.com

Book & Pay
Please deposit into the following bank account with your name as reference:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

Cancellation, Refund or Donate
Please give at least 2 days notice if you wish to cancel. No refunds will be given after that time lapse. Alternatively you can donate it to help build our UkeTown Network Community with our gratitude, and receive our Ukulele DropBox and Weekly Email Alert.

Any other queries?
Email Sophia: wellyukes@gmail.com

What Next?
* Request more uke tuition or ukulele workshops as you wish.
* Join our friendly Ukulele Tuesday Meetup group @ 7pm every week for regular fun practice and meet other Ukulele Lovers.
* Sign up to our Mailing List to receive our Weekly Email Alert.
* Receive our updated Ukulele DropBox which has over 400+ song sheets with uke chords. We continue to add more over time. This will help you practice at home between our Weekly Tuesday Meetup sessions. It also contains Common Chord Charts, Ukulele Online Tuning and video links.

Venue:
Trinity Union Church
11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street)
Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand

Instructions to get to the Trinity Union Church venue:
Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue, just up the road from Pita Pit, across the road from Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south.  You’ll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost.  Plenty of free parks at the church.  If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.  Here is a google map https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=100+Riddiford+Street,+Newtown,+Wellington,+nz

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You may just find You and Uke will become happy life long friends 🙂

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Ukulele Revolution

Ukulele is the instrument of friendship, love & peace

A renewed interest in the ukulele is happening worldwide on all levels not only with professional musicians, but it is also giving people who have never played music before the opportunity to join a local group and learn to strum and sing. Many clubs have started all over the world in the last five or six years, in both metropolitan and regional towns.

The modest ukulele is enjoying a surge in popularity. Once considered a novelty, the four-stringed instrument is ready to be taken seriously.

Ukuleles sell themselves. They are so portable and occupy very little space. It doesn’t have the baggage associated with the guitar, and very unintimidating. It just says “hold me and play me.” The ukulele can carry a range of moods and can be played virtuosically in many styles including jazz, blues, islander, country, rock, pop, folk, punk and classical. It is an extremely versatile instrument, and not just for novelty songs.

     Elvis Presley with ukelele
Elvis UkeMany people have never picked up an instrument before in their lives, but over recent years, there has been a huge surge in interest to play this easy to learn happy instrument. Music stores have been quick to respond to the public’s renewed appetite for the stringed instrument, and sales have soared. Many music stores claim that undoubtedly there has been an astronomic rise in ukulele sales which has been the saviour of their industry. The shortfall in sales of instruments due to the economic downturn has been balanced by a rise in demand for the ukulele.

Rival to recorder?
The magic of the uke is that with its four strings – as opposed to the guitar’s six – it is easy to play. As a delightful consequence, it encourages the formation of ukulele community groups who enjoy singing and playing the ukulele together. It takes very little time to have a few chords down which enables people to play a large amount of music of all genres. There is also a bigger interest in folk instruments and the ukulele is popularly seen as one of them. The ukulele is increasingly seen as a replacement for the old school recorder and widely acknowledged as the first instrument of choice for school children. Professional musicians such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain who, in doing covers of well known songs, have further popularised the ukulele as a ‘serious’ musical instrument, and the community sing-along aspect that accompanies it. The internet has helped fuel the popularity of the ukulele. Fans of the instrument visit ukulele websites in increasing numbers, as many sites offer useful online resources with tabbed song sheets and even free uke tutorials. 

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Ukuleles have gone viral
Uke makers are riding the wave of popularity that began around the time of former Beatle, George Harrison’s death in 2001. Harrison was well-known in uke circles, but it was former band-mate Paul McCartney who reignited the public’s fascination by playing the instrument in the 2002 tribute Concert for George and in other performances.

Though big stars helped spur the instrument’s latest round of popularity, the Internet has been “more important than anything” in the uke’s resurgence, said Jim Beloff, a leading publisher of ukulele songbooks and a major promoter of the sweet-strumming, four-stringed, long-maligned uke. In the last two years, singer-songwriter Julia Nunes has parlayed her YouTube videos, most of her own compositions, into online stardom. 

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, already big in Hawaii, the uke’s homeland, became a nationwide sensation with his wailin’ on Harrison’s “My Guitar Gently Weeps.” It has attracted more than 13.5 million hits on YouTube since 2006 and earned him tours with Jimmy Buffett, a recording session with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and various television appearances.

As with so many groups the Internet has helped to foster, Ukulele Lovers have been searching for like-minded folk among isolated pockets of uke players and creating online communities. Some music websites host directories of ukulele players so they can find one another in their local communities. Good ukes, once hard to find, are popping up on EBay. 

The website Ukulele Underground posts YouTube videos and ukulele reviews and hosts spirited discussions about concerts, techniques, instruments and everything else a ukulele fan would want.

Happy ukeThe novelty aspect still exists, as anyone who listens to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain can attest, with eight men in tuxedos, strumming and picking the tune of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

The ukulele even had a revival in Hawaii, where it had fallen out of favour as a tourist cliche, and also has long been popular in Japan. Hawaii’s oldest factory, Kamaka Hawaii, produces 3,500 to 4,000 instruments a year, a quarter of which are sold in Japan.

The Internet has also helped to spread demand internationally. Looks like the once humble big-hearted Ukulele is definitely here to stay – indefinitely.

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