Beginner Ukulele Classes

Ukulele for rookies

Performing Arts
Ian Porter

Ian Porter




1 - 15


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8-week course. The January course will have 5 lessons then a 2-week break, then the final 3 lessons. This is unavoidable due to teacher availability.

Starting at the very beginning, learn a bit of history, ukuleles sizes, how to hold, how to sit/stand, names of strings, proper strumming technique using both thumb and fingers. Basic finger picking, and basic strumming patterns (more than 30). Enough chord shapes to be able to play literally 1000s of songs. Over a dozen songs in detail in the repertoire, including lullabies, pop songs, standards and a couple of songs of your choosing (if technically possible). Practice tips, care and maintenance.

If you have attended a beginner workshop or know a couple of things about this instrument already this course starts out as great revision and will sort out some bad habits. It is structured and aims to provide you with the ideal platform to go on to join a local ukulele club with confidence or take a more advanced course later on. We do expect you to put in a little practice between lessons on this one.

Singing is not essential, but highly encouraged – even shower-singing.

We cover a lot! Be prepared.
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Regular classes can have up to 14 students; however this teacher can take up to 15 students for special events.

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Reading music is not essential, but is an advantage; we will cover all you need on the theory front, (and there is some, but we make it meaningful and ukulele focused).

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Preference for beginners is a Low-G or linear-tuned ukulele, but it is not essential. All material works for all soprano, concert and tenor ukulele. This course does not suit a learner of baritone ukulele.
Preferably you have your own ukulele, but when you book, please let me know if you want to borrow one on the first night.

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This class series runs for 8 consecutive weeks, at the same time each week


Beginner Ukulele Classes class location

Dougherty Centre, Victor Street Chatswood NSW


Ian Porter
Ian Porter

James Hill Certified Ukulele Teacher


Conservatorium trained musician, teacher in residence at the Dougherty Centre in Chatswood. Teaches all styles except claw-hammer. Beginner and intermediate class as well as intermediate and advanced workshops.
Founding member and secretary of the Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association Inc
Completed the James Hill Institute Ukulele teacher program (3 years)
Ukulele tragic often found at festivals and strumming groups, I can relate to you if you have only just discovered this beautiful little instrument and the joy it can bring.

Verified reviews for this class


By (attended on 23 Oct 2018)

This was my very first uke lesson & highly enjoyable! Ian is a great teacher & has all gear you need if you don’t have your own. I’ve practised each day & keen for next lesson!


By (attended on 23 Oct 2018)

I've only been to the first lesson so far but I can tell it is going to be a great course. Ian is very good at his craft and a great teacher. He has loads of experience and is understanding of everyone's different abilities and nuances. The facilities were great. The room was comfortable and more than adequate. Course material is very useful and I know I will use it all even long after the course has finished. Even though it was only the first of eight lessons we have already learnt to play some songs.

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