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Ukulele for Beginners, Mon. Nights

$79

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Oct 3, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

(This class was originally on Tuesday but it filled up. So another section has been opened on Monday nights which are reflected in this information.)

This is a live, online class.

Join the ukulele revolution! here's your chance to find out how to play this wonderfully vresatile, go anywhere instrument in our no-stress program for beinners. There are 4 classes in all, one each week on Zoom. Bring your ukulele, your sense of humor, some passion for mucis, and curiousity about playing. You don't need to read music - sign up, tune , and show up. If you don't own a ukulele, please contact Duncan Perry for helpful information about buying one.

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Beyond Beginner's Ukulele, The Journey Continues
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Beyond Beginner's Ukulele, The Journey Continues

$79

with Duncan Perry

This is a live, online class.

Are you longing to take your ukulele playing to a new level? Join Duncan Perry to dig deeper into strumming and finger-picking. Explore ways of decorating your playing with triplets, hammer-one, pull-offs, slides, and more. Discover how meoldy notes can enhance your playing. To join, you'll need a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, a sense of humor, a computer or iPad on which to participate in this Zoom course, plus a solid knowlege of the primary six chords in each of the keys of C and G. Sign-up, tune-up, and show-up to continue your ukulele quest.

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

$59

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Oct 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This is an online class.

In just a few hours you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do – using chords.

 

You can enjoy this ZOOM class while sitting at your piano or keyboard at home. No pressure at all. This course also includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, so you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online Q&A session is also included, along with a recording of the class.

 

The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands-on instruction. Topics include:

-        How chords work in a song

-        How to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it

-        How to form the three main types of chords

-        How to handle different keys and time signatures

-        How to avoid ‘counting’

-        How to simplify over 12,000 chords

This is a live, online class.

Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People

$59

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Oct 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This is an online class.

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away.

 

You can enjoy this ZOOM class while sitting at home with your guitar. No pressure at all. This course also includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, so you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online Q&A session is also included, along with a recording of the class.

 

Open to anyone 13+ years old. Class size is limited to 15.

Topics include:

-        How chords work in a song

-        How to form the three main types of chords

-        How to turn your guitar

-        Basic strumming patterns

-        How to play along with simple tunes

This is a live, online class.

Folk and Country Ukulele

$39

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Nov 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This is a live, online class.

Are you a fan of folk and country music? It's great fun to play! Why not get in tune with the likes of folk greats like Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and the Kingston Trio. Learn playing techniques of these and other classic musicians adapted to the ukulele. Please be able to easily play and transition between these chords: Am, C, C7, D7, Dm, Em, F, G, and G7.

Ukulele Refresher

$39

with Duncan Perry

Calendar Nov 2, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

This is a live, online class.

Want to brush up on your uke skills? Playing is a great way to relax, exercise your brain, and socialize. This is a 2-week, online refresher class in which you will rediscover the joy of ukulele, review what you have learned, and pick up a new skill and learn a couple of new chords. Reignite your playing!

How to Play Piano or Guitar by Ear

$59

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Nov 10, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Class is held online using zoom.

Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries: how to play songs without relying on music. A very practical presentation of music theory that includes predicting chord progressions, learning from recordings, and transposing-all expressed in everyday language. This is an ideal follow-up to the “Instant Piano” or the “Instant Guitar” class and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument. Expand your musical horizons, and free yourself from sheet-music dependence, and be the life of the party! Prior experience with chords recommended. Fee includes the online book, online follow-up lessons, a recording of the class and an optional monthly question and answer session.  

Topics include:                                               

How to find the starting note                           

How to determine when chords change

How to predict the chord progression            

How chords help you find the correct melody

How the melody helps you find the correct chords       

How to learn songs from recordings

How to transpose                                       

The Universal Key Signature

How to use the Circle of Fifths                         

How to recognize the most common chord patterns





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