The Ukulele Stage 1 - Northern Beaches Community College

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The Ukulele Stage 1

Course Outline:

This ukulele course is designed to take students who previously have had little or no exposure to playing the instrument, and give them the ability and confidence to play simple tunes and the knowledge and skills to continue their learning path by themselves. The ukulele is one of the most versatile, least expensive and easiest to learn of the stringed instruments. Learn how to play simple tunes as you explore the history of the ukulele, musical genres common to the ukulele and various styles of playing. You do not need to be able to read music, but will in fact become familiar with printed chord charts as well as learning a variety of strums and styles of playing.

Subjects include:

  • The history and background to the ukulele
  • The various types and sounds of ukuleles
  • Tuning
  • The parts of the ukulele
  • Holding and playing position
  • Basic chords
  • Basic strums
  • The written presentation of music
  • Types of musical genre common to the ukulele

Please Bring:

  • Notepad and pen
  • Ukulele (A soprano ukulele is preferred but a baritone is also fine)

About the Tutors:

Brenton White

Brenton is a guitarist of many years' experience. Involved in workshops and seminars at the Conservatorium of Music in the late 1970s, he played music professionally in clubs, backing artists and at band gigs.
In the early to mid-1980s Brenton toured with many artists and bands, including; Roberta Flack, Renee Geyer, Leon Berger Band, Doug Parkinson, Marcia Hines, Julie Anthony, The Seekers, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with James Galway and many others, while at the same time working as a session musician for jingle and record producers in Sydney. He has been involved in composing/producing music for Advertising and TV for the last 30 years. Brenton has experience teaching beginners through to professional level electric guitar and acoustic guitar

Mark Broughton

As a lead vocalist and guitarist of many years Mark is a true professional and a proven performer in live venues large and small throughout Australia. In addition for the past decade he has successfully taught a number of different groups from complete beginners and beyond with Northern Beaches Community college. His classes always remain very popular with an emphasis on the fun and enjoyment people receive from creating music.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Lots of content and music to practice. Really good starting point for progression.
  • This was a great introduction to playing the ukulele. Our trainer, Mark, made us feel confident we could conquer the basics and he prepared great material to help us learn, including working out the chords to a song that I was interested in playing. The class had neither too many nor too few students, and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks for putting on this class.
  • I enjoyed challenging the brain to learn new techniques and terminology.
  • I really enjoyed the course. Very satisfying to be able to play songs and have the skills to learn new songs. Looking forward to the Ukulele 2 class!
  • Learning to play the ukelele was a joyful and uplifting experience. Brenton is an inspiring teacher with a fabulous repertoire of familiar songs that encourages you to continue to play at home.
  • Brenton White was the ukulele instructor. He came fully prepared every lesson and with plenty of suitable handouts. He was most encouraging and patient as we struggled along. I learnt a lot from him and feel inspired to persevere with learning this instrument more fully in the future.
  • I enjoyed our Trainer's enthusiasm
  • I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.
  • Learned more about the basics of music ( and ukelele) in 5 instructional hours than in a previous lifetime.
  • I enjoyed having the opportunity to share music with a teacher that obviously loves teaching.