Ukulele Classes

Learn to Play Slack Key 'Ukulele

Sonny Lim, Kunia Galdeira, and Jeff Peterson
Saturday, November 10
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$40

"Nana ka maka; ho'olohe ka pepeiao. (Watch with the eyes, and listen with the ears. Thus, one learns)." Hawaiian slack key masters Sonny Lim, Kunia Galdeira, and Jeff Peterson teach the kanikapila style of 'ukulele. Designed to build on individual skills, this class engages each student at their own level and speed. "We teach the way we were taught. It is an excellent way to understand the deeper levels of kiho’alu and Hawaiian music, so your music will come from the heart." For intermediate to advanced players. All students are required to bring their own instrument. Chord charts and song sheets provided.

Beginning Ukulele 1

Susan Howell
Five Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
5 weeks, $125

It’s easy to play the ukulele! This is a welcoming class for total beginners. Learn a few basic chords and start playing along with others. Soon, you’ll be ready to accompany yourself on all your favorite songs. There are hundreds of songs that can be played with just three or four chords. In addition, explore a variety of strumming rhythms, how to play a song in the right key for your voice, and some simple picking. For ukuleles tuned GCEA. Aloha shirts encouraged!

Intermediate Ukulele (4 weeks)

Susan Howell
Four Thursdays, November 8, 15, 29, December 6 (skip 11/22)
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

Take your ukulele playing to the next level! If you know a few strums and enough chords to play in a few uke-friendly keys, this class is for you. Add to your repertoire as you learn jazz and modern pop chord progressions, as well as how to create snazzy endings. Start strumming and picking Latin and Island rhythms (reggae, tango, and bossa) and get to know your fretboard so you can add melody notes to chords. This class is for those who've taken Beginning Ukulele 2 or are past the novice level.

Beginning Ukulele 1

Susan Howell
Five Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
5 weeks, $125

It’s easy to play the ukulele! This is a welcoming class for total beginners. Learn a few basic chords and start playing along with others. Soon, you’ll be ready to accompany yourself on all your favorite songs. There are hundreds of songs that can be played with just three or four chords. In addition, explore a variety of strumming rhythms, how to play a song in the right key for your voice, and some simple picking. For ukuleles tuned GCEA. Aloha shirts encouraged!

Ukulele Chord Melody

Susan Howell
Five Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5 weeks, $125

You’ve probably been strumming chords on your ukulele and singing along for some time now. Have you wanted to play the tune, not just the chords? Learn how to do both at the same time while exploring familiar, timeless tunes using the chord melody style of playing, without having to read music. For advanced beginners. You should be able to switch chords comfortably in the keys of C, G, and F. For ukuleles tuned CGEA.

Beginning Ukulele 2 (4 weeks)

Susan Howell
Four Thursdays, November 8, 15, 29, December 6 (skip 11/22)
7:45 PM - 7:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

If you know six to eight chords and a few simple strumming patterns, this class is for you! Learn more strums like calypso, rhumba, and swing, jazzier chords, and how to play the blues. Start picking out simple tunes through a variety of fun songs. For ukes tuned GCEA. For questions and more information, email Susan directly at susan@suekulele.com.

Beginning Ukulele 2 (4 weeks) (Noon)

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 28, December 5 (skip 11/21)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $100

If you know six to eight chords and a few simple strumming patterns, this class is for you! Learn more strums like calypso, rhumba, and swing, jazzier chords, and how to play the blues. Start picking out simple tunes through a variety of fun songs. For ukes tuned GCEA. For questions and more information, email Susan directly at susan@suekulele.com.

Beginning Ukulele 1

Sunga Rose
Six Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $150

The ukulele is more popular than ever and is a great instrument for beginning musicians of all ages. Learn to play in a supportive and fun group environment as you grow from an absolute beginner to someone who is ready to share music with friends and family. Explore chords, scales, strumming, singing, repertoire, and all around musicianship. Please bring a ukulele tuned to GCEA.

Ensemble Ukulele

Sunga Rose
Six Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
6 weeks, $150

It's about quality, not quantity! Learn different parts of songs and play them together as an ensemble. Explore singing, strumming, picking, and chord melody as you work through selected songs, with individual parts available for advanced beginners on up. At the end, showcase what you've learned at a class party! Students should be comfortable singing and strumming while smoothly changing chords. Please bring your ukulele tuned to GCEA (low G string recommended, though not required). Baritone ukuleles welcome (please contact teacher in advance).

Ukulele Scales, Chords, and More

John Leder
Four Mondays, September 24, October 1, 8, 15
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $100

Would you like to get more out of your ukulele? Based on questions often asked by students in John's beginning ukulele classes, explore and define topics such as: What is a key? What is a chord? What does "one, four, five" mean? What is the Circle of Fifths? Use simple, familiar tunes to form the basis of your exploration, including how to play scales, construct melodies, transpose keys, and how the same chord shapes can be used to play different chords. You'll get the most out of this class if you know how to play basic chords like C, F, D7, and G7. TAB handouts provided. Please bring a ukulele tuned GCEA and a music stand. Drop-ins welcome!

Beginning Ukulele 3: Beyond the Basics

John Leder
Four Mondays, September 24, October 1, 8, 15
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

Need a boost over that plateau to improve your ukulele playing skills? This class is for advanced beginners and above who are confident with basic chord progressions and strumming patterns. Review the basics and use them to advance your knowledge of music theory, chord structure, transposing, and chord repertoire. John also introduces you to the basics of improvisation, reading and playing from tablature (TAB), fingerpicking techniques, chord melody, and constructing simple intros and outros for your favorite tunes--all while adding some flair to your playing style!

Beginning Ukulele 1

John Leder
Four Mondays, October 22, 29, November 5, 12
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

For the total beginner. Learn the basics of ukulele including how to hold, tune, strum, and play basic chords used in hundreds of songs. Start reading chord charts and transposing songs and even play as a group. Walk away with at least eight songs to sing for friends, family, or just for fun! Please bring a ukulele (GCEA tuning), tuner, and music stand.

Beginning Ukulele 2

John Leder
Four Mondays, November 19, 26, December 3, 10
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $100

For advanced beginners or those who have taken Beginning Ukulele 1. Start by playing familiar songs with the the basic chords and strum patterns you already know. Tackle more challenging chords, keeping a beat while strumming, and making fluid chord changes. Continue building confidence as you learn about song structure, chord families and moveable chords, new strums, and transposing, all while expanding your repertoire by adding a new tune each week!