Ukulele Classes

Beginning Ukulele 3: Beyond the Basics

John Leder
Four Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, 30
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

John Leder
Four Mondays, February 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, February 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!

Music Theory for Ukulele

John Leder
Four Mondays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
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.

Ukulele Chord Melody (Noon)

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
6 weeks, $120

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. You should be able to switch chords comfortably in the keys of C, G, and F. For ukuleles tuned CGEA.

Ukulele Chord Melody

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
6 weeks, $120

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. You should be able to switch chords comfortably in the keys of C, G, and F. For ukuleles tuned CGEA.

Beginning Ukulele 2

Susan Howell
Six Wednesdays, February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
6 weeks, $120

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 2 (Noon)

Susan Howell
Six Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
6 weeks, $120

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.

Ukulele Fun!-damentals 2

Sunga Rose
Eight Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
8 weeks, $160

Are you a just-past-beginning ukulele player looking to improve your skills? Continue learning to play ukulele in this welcoming and supportive class, using James Hill's “Ukulele in the Classroom” as a guide. Building on the skills learned in Ukulele Fun!-damentals 1, you’ll explore melody, chords, and rhythm while developing picking, strumming, and sight-reading skills. You'll also grow your singing voice! To get the most out of this class, you’ll need to have taken Ukulele Fun!-damentals 1 or be able to read music and play simple chords. If you’re unsure, please let us know so that we can help find the right class for you. Bring your ukulele and get ready to have fun!

Ukulele Ensemble

Sunga Rose
Eight Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28
7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
8 weeks, $160

It’s about quality, not quantity! In this class, you'll explore singing, strumming, picking, and chord melody while focusing on a few select songs, with separate parts given to advanced beginners. Next, you'll 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.