So you think you’d like to learn to play the ukulele, but you have no idea where to start? Maybe you haven’t played an instrument in years… or decades… or ever? Maybe you don’t know a chord from a crescendo? Have no fear, Salt City Ukulele is here to help with our easy group ukulele lessons!
Scheduled classes are as follows — see below to register interest in future classes.
Uke 101: Ukulele playing for complete beginners
An introduction for new players. How to buy, tune, hold, strum, and fret. Chords and strumming for lots of easy songs. 6 week session. By the end you’ll be ready to join us to play on our Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy tour! Participants should have a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele in GCEA tuning, though loaners will be available the first week. And if you don’t know what that means, or how to buy one, information on buying a ukulele is available in advance on request!
Uke 101 (Spring 2020 session): March 5 through April 16 (except April 9)
All classes on Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 pm at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church
Uke 101: $45 for the 6 week series
Open House: Free
Additional family members no charge! Children are welcome, but be aware most of the students will be adults. Children need to be accompanied by an adult who can give them more support than the teacher can — preferably one who either already plays ukulele or is taking the class and learning too.
Classes limited to 20 students.
Payment at first lesson.
Sign up here! (For non lesson related matters, please use our general contact form.)
Rich Holmes has been playing music since 1962 and ukulele since 2009. (Other instruments include clarinet, bass clarinet, recorder, pennywhistle, melodeon, and synthesizer.) He was active with Salt City Ukulele’s predecessor, the Greater Syracuse School of Music ukulele group, from 2012 through 2016 and was a founding member of Salt City Ukulele in 2017. He has been teaching our classes since Fall 2017.
Beyond the above timeframe here are some topics we hope to cover in classes if time and demand permit:
Ukulele playing for complete beginners
An introduction for new players. How to buy, tune, hold, strum, and fret. Chords and strumming for lots of easy songs.
Beyond beginning uke strumming
Moving past the bare basics with strumming techniques and patterns, chord solos, fingerpicking, barre chords and movable chords.
Fingerpicking and chord solos
Picking scales, melodies, and accompaniments, and playing chord-and-melody arrangements.
How music works
Beginning basics of music theory and notation: Rhythm, notes, scales, chords. Aimed at ukulele players but applicable to all sorts of music.
If you’re interested in these or other topics, let us know here! We’ll be in touch when future lessons are scheduled. (To contact us about other things please go to our contact page.)