Bring some joy to social separation
I've been really busy cooking up more fun to share with the ukulele and harmonica communities ... from afar. Here's what's on the menu:
A Mother's Day Special where you can share a ukulele or harmonica lesson with dear ol' Mom (or anyone special in your life)
More Ukulele Clare YouTube sing-alongs
A fresh batch of classes - including a deep dive into fingerpicking
Can't visit mom for Mother's Day? Share a ukulele or harmonica lesson!
Give your mom or a special someone the gift of your time and joy - take a live ukulele or harmonica lesson together on Zoom! We'll have you both up and playing and singing and laughing in no time. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a song in your heart.
Mother's Day special: $30 for a 1-hour lesson for you and someone special $55 for two 1-hour sessions.
Extra person fee waived for Mother's Day - so you can sign up your sibs, your dad, your godmother, your grandparents, your BFF, your cousin, your special friend, your secret crush, your frenemy, your co-worker, your yoga buddy, your dog-sitter, your gratitude target, your gift to an organization you love, your dad, your cousin, your .... you get the picture! Make it a party!
No ukulele? No harmonica? No problem! Let me know if you would like help picking out a ukulele or harmonica. Here's a blog post on what to keep in mind when you're choosing uke. Find a either instrument through these reliable folks and we'll schedule your class once the uke has arrived: Randolin in Burlington, VT Guitar Sam in Montpelier, VT Mim's Ukes The only online source that gets the official Ukulele Clare Pawprint of Approval - no harmonicas here, though. TIP: It's helpful to also get a clip-on tuner, and maybe a nice padded gig bag and a spare set of strings
Email me for more info or visit https://www.ukuleleclare.com/play-with-someone-you-love
Tired of playing alone? Then play along!
The Ukulele Clare YouTube channel awaits with two whole videos (and another on the way) offering up a sweet variety of favorites. Chords and lyrics are right in the video, making it easy to play along - and there's a sprinkling of playing tips to help you up your game, if you choose.
Episode 1: Jambalaya (Hank Williams), King of the Road (Roger Miller), Five-Foot Two (Ray Henderson, et al), Country Roads (John Denver), Tiny Bubbles (Leon Pober), and Happy Trails (Dale Evans).
Episode 2: Please Don't Bury Me (John Prine), Across the Great Divide (Kate Wolf), The Bear Necessities (The Jungle Book), White Sandy Beach (Duc Huy), and I'll Fly Away.
Want your favorite tune featured in a video? Shoot me an email and I'll see what I can do to add it to the roster!
School is back in session ... ukulele-style, with a little harmonica on the side.
June 1 kicks off a fresh series of 4-week group courses - Level 1, Level 2, Fingerpicking, and Harmonica. Class size is limited so sign up soon!
We've all been isolating as best we can to protect ourselves and each other - take a group class and spend some quality time laughing and playing with others.
Level 1 Ukulele - Learn how to hold, strum, tune, make chords, and play a song without falling out of your chair! Get started, take it as a refresher, or recommend it to a friend.
Starting this Tuesday, May 12 at 1 pm
Starting June 1: Mondays at 11am, 3pm or 5:45 pm
Starting June 2: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
Starting June 3: Wednesdays at 3 pm
Starting June 6: Saturdays at 11 am
Level 2 Ukulele - We'll cover more chords, more strumming patterns, and coordinating it all into more fun ways to play the songs you love.
Starting June 2: Tuesdays at 3 pm
Starting June 3: Wednesdays at 11 am or 5:30 pm
Starting June 6: Saturdays at 4 pm
Ukulele fingerpicking - We'll learn fingerpicking techniques that you can apply to all genres of music, including classical, pop, and country/bluegrass.
Starting June 4: Thursdays at 3 pm
Intro to harmonica - Learn how to toot out a melody, bend notes, and become confident in playing a tune. Harmonicas are proven to help strengthen your respiratory system - something we should all be working on as we fight off Covid-19.
Starting June 2: Tuesdays at 11 am
Starting June 4: Thursdays at 5:30 pm
All four weekly courses give you a deep and light-hearted dive into playing the ukulele or harmonica. Beginner classes get into the basics of playing, the more advanced classes build on what you've learned to help you play more smoothly and confidently. It's fun to learn with others and to take part in the next best thing to playing together ... at least until it's safe for us all to gather together again in person. O, I can't wait for that day!
All courses are $35 for 4 weekly 1-hour classes.
Private Zoom lessons can help you untangle those challenges - find out more about them here.
To register for group courses
Send me an email with your top 2 class time choices and I'll confirm your spot and send you payment instructions. NOTE: The Monday 5:45 class that starts on June 1 is offered through UVM's OLLI program and you must register through them.
If you don't already have a ukulele, see the Mother's Day piece above for some hints on how to get one.
Keep playing your uke and soaking up its natural (and scientifically proven) ability to lift your spirits. Pair that with the harmonica's proven ability to keep your respiratory system up to snuff and you'll be all the healthier all around the more you play 'em both!
Stay healthy so we can all get together as soon as it's safe. I'd love to see you and your uke when we can!