Spring Session for Adult Ukulele starts April 19-20

Registration for the next 8-week session of my Adult Ukulele classes at Brookfield HS is already started. This program focuses on music literacy through the ukulele using James Hill’s “Ukulele in the Classroom” method.

Find course info at https://e-connect.ocdsb.ca or call 613-239-2751.

Ukulele Level 1: Wednesdays at 7pm
Course #81734

Ukulele Level 2: Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Course #81736

Ukulele Level 3: Choir format on Tuesdays at 6:00pm
Course #81737

I Lava the Ukulele!

Play along by ear to this Disney vignette, Lava:

It’s a great way to use your listening skills to figure out which chord to accompany. You will soon realize that there is a pattern for the verses and a different pattern for the chorus. Your chord choices are:
I (Tonic chord): C
IV (Sub-dominant chord): F
V7 (Dominant 7 chord): G7
There is a spot in the middle of the chorus where  a C7 works beautifully. See if you can figure out where that is. Use a double-strum.
The lyrics are all there in the video so sing along with it and learn as you go.
No classes this week so enjoy playing this one with someone you “Lava” in mind on Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a nifty Ukulele Strap

© Lise Gray

© Lise Gray

I’ve been meaning to share this for awhile now. A student of mine from last term, Lise Gray, came to class one day with this nifty, crocheted ukulele strap. I had been trying for awhile to find a strap solution that doesn’t let the uke flip forward, scratch it or require drilling any holes into the instrument. This one does it all and is super comfortable to wear! She offered to make me a few for re-sale at Strings and Things and kindly shared the pattern with me.
I recently started to crochet again after my dog passed away last year. It’s such a great way to de-stress and relax and I do find so much peace while I’m working on a project. (It’s also a great way to keep your hands out the chip bowl in the evenings!)

I made a bunch in lots of fun colours before the holidays to give as little gifts for my younger students aIMG_0151nd they seemed to really like them too. A strap really frees up your focus when you’re trying to learn tricky finger positions without having to hold on to the instrument. If you’d like to make your own, the pattern is available for download from Ravelry here. If you’d like a ready-made one, let me know!

 

Winter Session for Adult Ukulele starts Feb 2-3

Registration for the next 8-week session of my Adult Ukulele classes at Brookfield HS is already started. If you’re a new beginner, the level 1 class can fill up quickly. If you’ve already taken 1&2 or if you’re an advanced player,  please consider joining the level 3 choir. We’ll need at least 5 members to run this course. Find courses at https://e-connect.ocdsb.ca or call 613-239-2751.

Ukulele Level 1: Wednesdays at 7pm
Course #79543

Ukulele Level 2: Tuesdays at 7:30pm
Course #79545

Ukulele Level 3: Choir format on Tuesdays at 6:00pm
Course #81036

The “Brookfield Ukers”

Good times at the Bytown Ukulele Group‘s latest jam night. It was a great opportunity for some of my adult students to show what they’ve learned in a couple of months. I was very happy that so many were willing to go up there and perform. They even gave us the name “Brookfield Ukers”. It might just stick…

Congratulations to all!
Looking forward to seeing some of you next Wednesday for the spring term. Both classes at OCDSB have been confirmed to go ahead and it’s still not too late to join.