Ukulele

Originating in the 19th century, the Ukulele was known as the Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete. The nylon stringed instrument was introduced to Hawaiian locals by Portuguese immigrants and has gained international attention since, particularly in the United States. The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction, though usually resembles one of four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.

Embrace your inner muso in a Ukulele Beginner workshop with Ian Porter, a conservatorium trained musician and teacher. Learn about ukulele history, sizes, get familiar with the party favourite and understand how to best hold, sit or stand, gain knowledge of the history of the Ukulele, sizes, strings. Work your way up to proper strumming technique and basic finger picking.

Aspiring musicians are in great hands with the founding member and secretary of the Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association Inc. Ian will demonstrate enough chord shapes to play thousands of songs, from lullabies, pop songs and even songs of your choosing. Walk away with practice tips and maintenance tricks. Enjoy your newfound confidence and join a local ukulele club or sign up for more advanced workshops.





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