Ukulele Classes

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!

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

Music Theory for Ukulele

John Leder
Four Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Would you like to get more out of your ukulele? Based on questions often asked by students in John's beginning ukulele classes, this class explores and defines concepts such as: What is a key? What is a chord? What does I IV V mean? What is the Circle of Fifths (and why should I care)? Other areas explored include how to play scales and construct melodies; how to transpose from one key to another; and how the same chord shapes can be used to play different chords. Simple, familiar tunes and songs form the basis of exploration. You should know how to form basic chords like C, F, D7, and G7. Please bring a ukulele tuned GCEA.

Beginning Ukulele 1

John Leder
Four Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, 22
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, May 1, 8, 15, 22
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!

Beginning Ukulele 3: Beyond Beginners

Susan Howell
Four Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Get to the next level! Learn jazz, blues, and modern pop chord progressions. Augment your chord vocabulary with 6ths and 9ths. Learn Latin and island rhythms such as rhumba, bolero, and reggae. Susan will also introduce you to chord melody, the practice of adding melody notes to chords for more interesting arrangements. This class is for advanced beginners who have taken Beginning Ukulele 2 or are past the novice level.

Introduction to the Baritone Ukulele

Birch Pereira
Four Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
4 weeks, $80

Take what you know from concert ukulele or start out new on this deeper-bodied member of the uke family. Start with a refresher on basic tuning and chords as you explore how the instrument stands out from soprano, concert, and tenor ukuleles. Then apply your knowledge to chord voicings, strumming patterns, and melodic arranging ideal for folk, jazz, and blues tunes. For advanced beginners, or those who already play soprano/concert ukulele and want to explore the baritone. Please bring your baritone ukulele and a recording device.

Beginning Ukulele 2

Birch Pereira
Four Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, 26
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
4 weeks, $80

Pick up where your Beginning Ukulele 1 class left off and continue to explore new rhythms, strumming patterns, and fingerpicking while adding new songs to your repertoire. Bring a ukulele tuned GCEA. A recording device and tuner are also recommended.