Due to the pandemic surge, Salt City Ukulele is not currently offering lessons. Look here for lessons information when pandemic conditions improve.
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!
Here are some topics we will cover in future lessons 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. (Lessons usually held in spring and again in fall.)
Beyond beginning uke strumming
Moving past the bare basics with strumming techniques and patterns, chord solos, fingerpicking, barre chords and movable chords. (Lessons usually held in winter.)
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.
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.