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Beginning Ukulele

This introductory class explores the parts of this four-string instrument, tuning, reading basic note and rhythm notation, strumming and finger-picking techniques, and chords. 

By the end of the first class, students will be singing and playing songs using one, two and three-finger chords. Each class will focus on new chord families, applying these chord progressions to songs from folk, blues, rock, pop, country, jazz standards, and classical styles. 

Members of the Shenandoah Valley Ukulele Players (SVUP) will assist in class, providing ensemble support. Students are required to bring a ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor) along with a portable music stand and a tuner. 

* The instructional book we will be working from may be purchased at the first class for $7.99. 

This course allows for re-enrollment and continuation beyond February based on the interests of students.

Paula Fair taught elementary, middle, and high school instrumental music in Indiana and Virginia, and earned a Master’s of Music at JMU. After retiring as Director of Bands in 2005 from Broadway High School, she discovered the versatility and portability of the ukulele. She joined the Shenandoah Valley Ukulele Players (SVUP) in 2018 and became their director in 2019. She teaches an intermediate class and directs rehearsals with the SVUP on Wednesday mornings (currently at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren).


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