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Play the Ukulele: Chord Changing Skills: Part 1
Does your learner get stuck by switching between chords when playing the ukulele? Together, we learn better strategies for moving between chords.
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$10 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
25 minutes per class
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(Parents: Please note that this is an intermediate level class and not suitable for beginners.) Everyone loves the ukulele because you can pick it up and strum a tune pretty quickly... But soon, you want to play MORE. And then you discover that learning the chords isn't the big challenge. The BIG challenge is learning how to move from one chord to another without slowing down (or stopping!) the music. That's what this class is all about. In this class, we will work on these skills and...
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn how hand position impacts finger placement and how transitions should influence fingers used to play chord shapes within the context of four songs over the four class meetings.
Sandra Girouard has been a teacher for over 30 years. She first became curious about the ukulele in 1997, after attending an Orff-Schulwerk conference and meeting music teachers from Hawaii. She came home, bought a soprano, concert, and baritone ukulele and never looked back. Ms. Sandra is a Level 3 JHUI certified teacher through the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (https://www.uketropolis.com/jhui). In addition, Ms. Sandra holds both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Arts in Education.
Students should practice for 10 minutes daily in order to get the best results from their class experience and prepare for each next class meeting.
- Students should have a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele. A baritone ukulele is not suitable for this class. - Students should arrive with ukuleles IN TUNE. If your learner cannot tune his/her own ukulele, enrolled students will be eligible for a free tuning class. Message the instructor for more information. This offer is ONLY available to students who are enrolled and have attended a class meeting. - For an optimal experience, students should take class using a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet/iPad. While learners will be able to enter class using an iPhone, class materials will be screen shared and can be very difficult to see on small screens.
25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
- Students should arrive with ukuleles IN TUNE. If your learner cannot tune his/her own ukulele, enrolled students will be eligible for a free tuning class. Message the instructor for more information. This offer is ONLY available to students who are enrolled and have attended a class meeting. - Students in this class should already know the names of the parts of the ukulele, including head, neck, body, frets, nut, and (of course 🙂) strings. - Students should have a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele. A baritone ukulele is not suitable for this class. - Students should expect to have their cameras ON during class. For the instructor to provide helpful feedback, she will need to both SEE and HEAR the students. - Students are encouraged to self-mute when they want to try playing an idea but the instructor or another student is having a turn to speak or play. Students are reminded that the instructor cannot turn their microphones back on, and should be prepared to do so if the instructor asks them a question. (There is never ANY pressure in my classes; I just can’t turn their microphones ON, and I think students forget that sometimes. - This class is not suited to adapt to student requests for specific songs. Students who wish to learn a specific song should have their parents inquire about One-on-One classes with the instructor.
Materials for the class come from the repertoire of world and folk music and are prepared by the instructor.
Sandra GirouardLet's make some music!
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Hello. My name is Sandra Girouard. I began teaching in 1989. I enjoy learning, and I absolutely love helping children learn. I have a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Arts from the College of Education at the...