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If you live on the northside and you’re looking for a Bootcamp closer to home, come to the FREE April Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Nundah. Beginners Bootcamp is specifically for ukulele players who can move smoothly amongst the basic chords like C, F & G7, and perhaps Am & G.

John and Keryn will run the April Bootcamp at the Nundah Brisbane City Council Library on two consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Session 1: Wednesday 17 April 2019
Session 2: Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp offers practice tips, finger dexterity drills, ear training exercises, basic music theory, and how to find clues for playing songs in sheet music. The chords used in this course include A,  A7, Am, Am7, C, C6, C7, Cmaj7, D, D7, Dm, E7, F, G, and G7.

Registrations open on 1 March 2019. Bookings are for two sessions. Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start. Sessions run from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your uke and tuner.

Please only register if you are available for both sessions. Each person must register separately. The group size is limited to 24 participants. If you miss out, please add your name to the waiting list. Registrations close 7:00 pm on Wednesday 10 April 2019. Booking into Session 1 automatically books you into Session 2.

Absolute Beginners Bootcamp was run at Bulimba BCC Library on 13 & 20 February. The course was over-subscribed, so we opened it up to the waiting list. One of our enthusiastic bootcampers, Donna Singleton, has this to say …

Why Bootcamp?

Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamps are FREE. There is your first draw card.

And, what have you got to lose? A few hours on a Wednesday night?

Session 2, Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp at Bulimba, February 2019

Three marvellous people, Keryn, Julie and John have designed classes to make it easier for people to start playing the ukulele, and not fluff around trying to mimic others. There are many videos on YouTube, but if you are not musically minded, this can be very daunting. Now you can say goodbye to the ‘daunt’.

At Bootcamp you learn basic strumming and picking techniques and how to read music notation, all in a very relaxed manner. The pace is set by the group on the night so that nobody is left behind. The song choices are varied, which is nice, and unexpected, as they all have limited chords. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the lessons designed to give a basic understanding of how music is written and played, and how to recognise the sounds of notes and chords, and to feel rhythm. We also learned how to take care of and strengthen our fingers and hands.

We played … I use that term loosely … a few simple tunes on the first night. A pretty good achievement, I thought. We were supplied with notes and songsheets from the session for our homework. When we returned for the second class, we had all practised for different amounts of time. I tell you what though, by the end of that final class, we were playing more chords and more difficult tunes without too much pausing.

For a bunch that couldn’t play a chord at the beginning of the previous week, this was really pretty cool. For non-music teachers, these three are pretty awesome uke teachers.
I am now looking forward to the Beginners  Ukulele Bootcamp in March.

Donna Singleton


Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp

Registrations are currently open for:

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music.
Easy Playing Classics. Played at a pace suitable for Beginner/Intermediate players.

Have you been to a Jam and felt overwhelmed and frustrated that you couldn’t keep up? The Ferny Grove Jam is for you.
Paul and Linda choose popular songs, played at a nice easy (slower) pace. The songs are curated to be fun to sing, with most songs using the most common chords – Am, A7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, F, G7, G. A friendly crowd if you need a hand just ask!

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club,
20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.
COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Beginners Class.
TIMES: Beginners class at 6:30pm followed by Jam at 7:00pm

NEW for all very new players Dianne Davis and Donna Farrell will hold a Beginners Lesson before the jam at 6:30pm. Learn how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate and enjoy the jam.

***Fingerstyle Group is finished for 2018. Stay tuned Derek may have some more workshops coming up***

Derek has an excellent resource website http://www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/ to support your fingerstyle practise.


Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s songsheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page.

For more ukulele fun, visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BrisbaneUkulele, or check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele!

Ferny Grove Jam celebrates 4 years tonight. Paul Morris and Linda Gough our dedicated leaders have promised they will play all the favourite jam songs since they started in 2014. So many to choose from- I’m glad I’m not picking them! Our generous sponsor, Morris Brothers Music store, will have their pop up shop with some amazing deals to celebrate. There’s more cake and surprises on the night. You’ll have to come to find out what they are!

As a part of the celebrations Derek Farell will present a workshop- Uke Tricks to make you sound like a Pro . Using some simple tricks, you can learn how to unleash the power of your hands and take your playing to a whole new level. Taking a couple of simple tunes, we’ll show you how to use your chord hand and your strumming hand to really lift your songs. This is suitable for anyone who can find their way around the common chords.

One night only – this is a FREE workshop with the Jam admission. This workshop starts at 6:00 pm before the

Donna & Dianne will take the Beginners Class at 6:30PM. They will show you how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate and enjoy the jam.
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club,
20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.

COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Workshop “Uke Tricks to make you sound like a Pro”and the Beginners Class.

TIMES:  Workshop 6:00 pm / Beginners 6:30 pm / then Jam 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

ABOUT FERNY GROVE JAM
This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music.
Easy Playing Classics. Played at a pace suitable for Beginner/Intermediate players.

Have you been to a Jam and felt overwhelmed and frustrated that you couldn’t keep up? The Ferny Grove Jam is for you.
Paul and Linda choose popular songs, played at a nice easy (slower) pace. The songs are curated to be fun to sing, with most songs using the most common chords – Am, A7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, F, G7, G. A friendly crowd if you need a hand just ask!

Food & drinks are available at the club. Come early, for a bite to eat.

Fingerstyle Group will resume in June. Dereks’ has an excellent resource website http://www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/ to support your fingerstyle lessons.


Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s song sheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page. https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/news-events/

Check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music.
Easy Playing Classics. Played at a pace suitable for Beginner/Intermediate players.

Have you been to a Jam and felt overwhelmed and frustrated that you couldn’t keep up? The Ferny Grove Jam is for you.
Paul and Linda choose popular songs, played at a nice easy (slower) pace. The songs are curated to be fun to sing, with most songs using the most common chords – Am, A7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, F, G7, G. A friendly crowd if you need a hand just ask!

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club,
20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.

COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Fingerstyle Group and the Beginners Class.

TIMES:  7:00 pm Beginners Jam

NEW for all very new players Dianne Davis will hold a Beginners Lesson before the jam at 6:30pm. Dianne will show you how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate and enjoy the jam.

***Fingerstyle Group is CANCELLED for APRIL. Derek is up at Kenilworth for the Ukulele Fiesta. Sorry for any inconvenience!***

Dereks’ has an excellent resource website http://www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/ to support your fingerstyle lessons.

REMEMBER – We are accepting donations of Ukuleles, money or other instruments for the Gift of Music program from Rural Aid tonight. Read more about it.

Bring some change for the Raffle!

Food & drinks are available at the club. Come early, for a bite to eat. Visit the Morris Brothers pop-up shop for the latest range of ukuleles and uke accessories.

Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s song sheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page. https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/news-events/

Check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele

This jam is led by experienced musicians Paul Morris of Morris Brothers Music and Linda Gough of Ivory Frets Music.
Easy Playing Classics. Played at a pace suitable for Beginner/Intermediate players.

Have you been to a Jam and felt overwhelmed and frustrated that you couldn’t keep up? The Ferny Grove Jam is for you.
Paul and Linda choose popular songs, played at a nice easy (slower) pace. The songs are curated to be fun to sing, with 2 to 4 chords persong, and using the most common chords – Am, A7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, F, G7, G. A friendly crowd if you need a hand just ask!

VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club,
20 Tramway Street, Ferny Grove QLD 4055.

COST: BUMS members FREE and visitors $5. This includes the Fingerstyle Group and the Beginners Class.

TIMES:  7:00 pm Beginners Jam

NEW for all very new players Donna Farrell and Dianne Davis will hold a Beginners Lesson before the jam at 6:30pm. They will show you how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and go through some basic chords. This will allow absolutely new players a grasp of basics so they can participate and enjoy the jam.

Fingerstyle Group also starts back in February before the jam at 6:00- 7:00pm.
For beginners to fingerstyle the group starts at Lesson One. For those who are a bit rusty time to get back into it! The course is designed for Soprano/Tenor/Concert ukes with standard tuning. (The tabs are not suitable for a baritone uke). More details. The Jam is included in the cost so join the jam afterwards for some practice!
Dereks’ has an excellent resource website http://www.totallyinsane.com.au/uke/ to support your fingerstyle lessons.

Food & drinks are available at the club. Come early, for a bite to eat. Visit the Morris Brothers pop-up shop for the latest range of ukuleles and uke accessories.

Most of our songs come from the Internet. Visit our Ukulele Music (in the Ukulele Info menu) for links to Richard G’s song sheets, Bytown songbooks, and many more. The Bytown slow jam songbooks are great for beginners.

Other BUMS Inc jams and events are listed on our News & Events page. https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/news-events/

Check out our performances on YouTube/BrisbaneUkulele