Ukulele Advanced

Tutor: Joe Wisniewski

This class is for those who have been playing for a while advancing to the next level.

This is a good time to start learning to play one of the world's most popular instruments because, most people who have one, can get a tune out of it. You may have one lying around the house, or know someone who might lend you theirs. For those who do not have a uke come to the first class to find out what to look for.

Come along with or without a uke and find out your hidden talent.

The class will start with a step-by-step introduction to the ukulele, how to tune the ukulele and then you will learn chords. Some chords only use one or two fingers. Then we pick a song and play together, learning more as we go. If you can sing, bonus!

History of the Ukulele in Hawaii  [source:Wikipedia]

The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as "jump perhaps because of the movement of the player's fingers". Legend attributes it to the nickname of the Englishman Edward William Purvis, one of Kin Kalakaua's officers, because of his small size, fidgety manner, and playing expertise. According to Queen Lili'uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means "the gift that came here", from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin, the machete, the timple and the rajao, introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde. Three immigrants in particular, Madeiran cabinet makers Manuel Nunes, Jose do Espirito Santo, and Augusto Dias, are generally credited as the first ukulele makers. Two weeks after they  diembarked from the SS Ravenscrag in late August 1879, the Hawaiian Gazette reported that "Madeira Islanders recently arrived here, have been delighting the people with nightly street concerts."

One of the most important factors in establishing the ukulele in Hawaiian music and culture was the ardent support and promotion of the instrument by King Kalakaua. A patron of the arts, he incorporated it into performances at royal gatherings.

Suitable for: All welcome

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    72 St George's Tce, Perth WA 6000
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    Phone: 08 9483 1333