Ukulele Classes

Beginning Ukulele 1

John Leder
Four Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

Have you recently purchased a ukulele from Dusty Strings and want to learn how to play it? John Leder will walk you through the basics helping you to build the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment. You'll start by learning how to hold, tune, and care for your ukulele, and quickly move onto strumming patterns and essential chords used in hundreds of songs. Along the way, you'll start reading chord charts and transposing songs, develop a good practice routine, and play as a group. By the last class, you'll have at least eight songs in your repertoire to sing with friends, family, or just for fun!

Beginning Ukulele 1 (Noon)

John Leder
Four Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

Have you recently purchased a ukulele from Dusty Strings and want to learn how to play it? John Leder will walk you through the basics helping you to build the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment. You'll start by learning how to hold, tune, and care for your ukulele, and quickly move onto strumming patterns and essential chords used in hundreds of songs. Along the way, you'll start reading chord charts and transposing songs, develop a good practice routine, and play as a group. By the last class, you'll have at least eight songs in your repertoire to sing with friends, family, or just for fun!

Strum Fun for Ukulele

Sunga Rose
Saturday, March 11
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$40

Is strumming a mystery to you? Do you want to move beyond your basic strums and be able to change things up to suit different songs and styles of music? It's time to get out of your strumming rut and take your playing to the next level. Learn simple strumming and picking patterns that you can apply to a variety of tunes. For beginners comfortable with open chords and able to change chords smoothly. Open to all ukulele tunings.

Ukulele Ensemble

Sunga Rose
Eight Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
8 weeks, $160

It’s about quality, not quantity! Explore singing, strumming, picking, and chord melody while focusing on a few select songs, with separate parts given to advanced beginners. Next, put it all together and play as an ensemble! You'll want to be comfortable singing and strumming, as well as fluidly changing chords. Bring your GCEA-tuned ukulele (low G tuning recommended but not required), and by the end you'll be ready to showcase what you've learned as a class! Baritone ukuleles are also welcome; please give teacher advance notice.

Ukulele Fun!-damentals 1

Sunga Rose
Eight Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
8 weeks, $160

Learn to play the ukulele in a supportive and fun group environment. Explore melody, rhythm and music theory while developing skills in the areas of singing, picking, strumming, ear training, and sight-reading. This class focuses on learning to read music and playing melodies and harmonies on your ukulele, and uses the book, Ukulele in the Classroom by James Hill. Please bring a ukulele in C6 tuning (GCEA). Low G tuning is recommended, though not required. There is a $16 materials fee payable to instructor at first class session.

Beginning Ukulele 2

John Leder
Four Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

In this next installment following Beginning Ukulele 1, you'll start by playing familiar songs with the the basic chords and strum patterns you already know. You'll tackle more challenging chords, keeping a beat while strumming, and making fluid chord changes while continuing to build confidence and sound practice habits. This class also touches on song structure, chord families and moveable chords, new strums, and transposing, all while expanding your repertoire by adding a new tune each week!

Beginning Ukulele 3: Beyond the Basics

John Leder
Four Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

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. You'll 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

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

You'll be playing along with others and accompanying yourself by the end of the first session in this popular weekly class led by Susan Howell. Starting with fundamentals such as rhythm, strumming patterns, and fingerpicking, you'll quickly learn to find the right key for your voice and where the notes are on the fretboard. Along the way, you'll develop the skills for playing almost any song, and before you know it, you'll be ready to sign up for Beginning Ukulele 2! Please bring a ukulele tuned G-C-E-A. There is a $2 materials fee.

Beginning Ukulele 3: Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (Noon)

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
4 weeks, $80

Join us at noon for some jazzy ukulele and play ballads and songs made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. For the advanced beginner to intermediate player (you should be able to switch chords fluidly in several keys).

Swing Ukulele

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $120

Learn some of the classics from the 30's and 40's and the playing style that goes with them. We'll cover movable chords and common swing progressions. This is not a class for beginning uke players; you should already be able to play in the keys of F, G, D and A.

Beginning Ukulele 2

Susan Howell
Four Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Seattle's own Susan Howell takes you to the next level from Beginning Ukulele 1 in this fun and lighthearted weekly class! To be ready for this class you should know six to eight chords and simple strumming patterns. You’ll build upon this by diving into the blues, swing, calypso, and rhumba, using jazzier chords, and a variety of popular songs. Along the way, you'll develop confidence in your playing as you expand your repertoire.

Summer Songs for the Ukulele

Sunga Rose
Four Tuesdays, May 16, 23, 30, June 6
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Celebrate summer by learning some of your favorite summer-themed songs. Explore singing and strumming techniques using a diverse repertoire that includes "Here Comes the Sun" and "The Summertime Blues," and even learn a few licks! To be ready for this class you should know a handful of chords and a couple of simple strumming patterns. Bring your GCEA-tuned or baritone ukulele. Baritone folks, please give teacher advanced notice.

Beginning Ukulele 1

Susan Howell
Four Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, 29
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

You'll be playing along with others and accompanying yourself by the end of the first session in this popular weekly class led by Susan Howell. Starting with fundamentals such as rhythm, strumming patterns, and fingerpicking, you'll quickly learn to find the right key for your voice and where the notes are on the fretboard. Along the way, you'll develop the skills for playing almost any song, and before you know it, you'll be ready to sign up for Beginning Ukulele 2! Please bring a ukulele tuned G-C-E-A. There is a $2 materials fee.