Ukulele classes and workshops
Randolin Ukulele Week - Mon., Nov 18 through Sat., Nov. 23!
There will be lots of FREE fun and learning and more fun in this week-long celebration of the ukulele at Randolin Music Store (215 College St., Burlington, VT; (802) 651-0070).
Monday, Nov. 18:
> Intro to Ukulele Workshop with Ukulele Clare, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. In this light-hearted, 1-hour intro lesson, you'll learn how to make chords and strum and play a tune or two. You don't have to have any musical experience to learn to play the ukulele. Come with an adventurous spirit and a song in your heart. Get there early if you need to borrow a uke - a limited number will be available to borrow for the duration of the class if you don't have one.
> It's string-changing time with Nowa Crosby, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Learn how to change your strings with Randolin Music's founder. If your uke isn't holding a tune or is sounding flat and lifeless, it's probably time to change those strings.
Tuesday, Nov. 19:
> Intro to Fingerpicking with Ukulele Clare, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. We'll have fun learning how to free your fingers and add texture to some old favorites. It will help if you are familiar with the following chords: A, C, E7, F, G, G7, and A.
> Ukulele care tips with Nowa Crosby, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Learn how to care for your uke so it stays fit as a ... ukulele! It's a rare treat to get a better understanding of how to maintain your instrument from a luthier's point of view. Learn how to keep it sounding great.
Wednesday, Nov. 20:
> It's kids time, with Ukulele Joe Beaird! There'll be plenty of wiggle room when the fun for tots starts at 10:30. At 11:30, Nowa Crosby will be available to help parents choose ukes for their kids ... and themselves!
> What's that rattle?? Beginning at 5 p.m., Luthier Nowa Crosby will take a squint at your uke and diagnose what needs fixing. It may be fixable on the spot!
> How to play well with others - plus a Jam with Ukulele Clare, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. We'll spend just a little time talking about jam etiquette and learning some easy tricks for relaxing and having fun at a jam -- and then we'll jam! All levels welcome. If you're a beginner and have been too shy to try a jam, this is the one to give it a try. We'll draw from the Ukulele Shenanigan song packet found on this page (I'll have a few to share), or bring a song to share (Jam Etiquette tip #1: Choose a song with easy chords to make it easy for others to join in). You might want to bring a music stand.
Thursday, Nov. 21:
> Learn to busk with your uke with Maya Robedee-Molina, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn from experienced busker Maya how to gain confidence in taking it to the streets and playing for others as a busker, interacting with an audience, and other useful tricks of the trade.
> How to use the ukulele as a songwriting tool, with Jason Baker, starts at 5:30. Singer-songwriter Jason will perform some of his original songs and talk about techniques he uses to write songs and perform with the ukulele.
Friday, Nov. 22:
> Ukulele strumming workshop with Ukulele Clare, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Having trouble getting a steady strum? We'll learn four strumming patterns and chunk, damp, and fan techniques to add texture to your playing.
> What's that rattle?? Beginning at 1 p.m., Luthier Nowa Crosby will take a squint at your uke and diagnose what needs fixing. It may be fixable on the spot!
> FLASH MOB! Starts at 2 p.m., with a second round at 5:30 p.m. Ink it in and meet at Randolin at 2 p.m. We'll take to the streets of Burlington for some songs and cheer, leaving laughter and joy in our wake.
Saturday, Nov. 23:
> How to learn songs by heart, with Maya Robedee-Molina, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Free yourself from the song sheet and learn how to learn songs by heart. It's great fun when you can play something without having to dig out a song sheet. It can help make your playing more spontaneous as well.
> How to play the 6- and 8-string ukulele, with Nowa Crosby, starts at 2 p.m. These fascinating instruments can add depth and beauty to your playing. Nowa will guide you through techniques that can open up a new world of ukulele.
The final Ukulele Clare group classes of 2019 are winding down but they'll start up again in January - just in time to help you fulfill your New Year's resolutions! Keep an eye on this page for updates.
Private lessons or spontaneous group lessons with you and your pals are still available - drop me a line and we can set something up!
Adult Level 1 Ukulele Classes
Four-week Level 1 classes are for folks who have never played the ukulele or who want a refresher of the basics. It's light-hearted and fun, and we cover how to hold the uke, strum it, form chords, and play songs. You don't have to have any musical experience for this class - just a song in your heart and eagerness to learn. Ukuleles are available for rent ($20 for the duration of the course) or purchase ($45-$59) in class.
Adult Level 2 Ukulele Class
Four-week Level 2 classes delve into various techniques to improve strumming, moving smoothly among chords, and playing well with others. You'll pick up some tricks and tips that will help make you a stronger, more confident player.
Adult Ukulele Skill-Builder Classes & Workshops
These classes offer a chance to more deeply explore specific techniques. In the first class, we decide what we'll cover over the next four weeks, with plenty of offshoots and rabbit holes, so these classes are different every time.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25 & 26 The Vermont Ukulele Harvest -- Putney, VT -- Workshops, concerts, jams. Don't miss this one! Grab some friends and carpool! More info here.
Classes for kids
I currently don't have any group classes on the docket. I do offer private lessons for kids, year 'round.