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To welcome the new year, and new Brisbane ukulele players, there are BUMS Inc members are offering beginner workshops and lessons in February 2020.
Please note that these are not official BUMS Inc events, so please contact the event organisers directly.

FREE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS

Julie Sharpe, John & Keryn Henderson

Mini Absolute Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp – Absolutely FREE!
Players who already know C, F & G7, please don’t apply. We start with the very basics. Read more here.
DATE: Wednesday 19 February
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Arrive at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm sharp start.
VENUE: Bulimba Brisbane City Council Library, Meeting Room 1, Cnr Riding Road & Oxford Street, Bulimba Q 4171.
COST: FREE, but you must register via Trybooking. If you miss out on a place, please add your name to the waiting list. We sometimes get last minute cancellations, or extend the class to accommodate a few extra registrations.
Email Keryn at bneukebootcamp@gmail.com. Follow Brisbane Ukulele Bootcamp on Facebook to find out about future Bootcamps.

Linda Gough & Paul Morris

FREE Beginners Night – Just bring a uke.
This night is sponsored by Morris Brothers Music Store at Stafford and will be taught by Linda Gough who is one of the leaders of our Ferny Grove Jam.
DATE: Wednesday 5 February
TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove. (07) 3851 1889
COST: FREE
Contact Linda on 0431 391 888 or Paul at Morris Brothers on 3356 3299.

Donna Farrell Beginners Class before the BUMS Ferny Grove Jam
Our first event of the year was he ‘Gotta uke for Christmas! Now what?’ workshop. It was run by Donna Farrell for two hours at Zillmere Community Hall on Saturday 8 January. Twenty-five players of all ages attended and by the end were playing three chord songs. Donna, ably assisted by Dianne Davis, hold a beginners lesson before the BUMS Ferny Grove jam starting at 6:00 pm. The next one is on Wednesday 19 February (and then every third Wednesday of the month). Learn how to hold your uke, how to strum, how to read chord charts and how to play some basic chords. This introduction will give absolutely new players a grasp of the basics that helps them to participate in and enjoy the jam. Included in the price of 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 Beginners Class.
TIMES: Beginners class at 6:00 pm followed by Jam at 7:00 pm

MORE OPTIONS TO LEARN

Linda Gough

Linda also offers a range of options for new and continuing ukulele players.
2020 Beginners Course – Please ring Linda to book.
DATE: Starts Tuesday 11th February
TIME: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Phone Linda on 0431 391 888.
Find out more about what Linda has to offer for continuing players: https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/portfolio-item/linda-gough/
Follow Ivory Frets Music on Facebook to find out about Linda’s  classes.
Uke ’n’ Sing
DATE: Tuesday 4 February
TIME: Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Easy Sing and Play class with a little tuition along the way)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Nightriders
DATE: Tuesday 4 February
TIME:Night 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Performance Group for all levels)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.
Daytrippers
DATE: Wednesday 5 February
TIME:Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Performance Group for all levels)
VENUE: Ferny Grove Bowls Sport & Community Club, 20 Tramway Street,  Ferny Grove.

Erin Harrington

Ukulele Rockers Group Class (RSVP essential)
Learn to play uke in group as an ensemble with fun rocking music!
Including movie themes, classics, rock from the ages and more!
DATE: Monday 3 February
TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
VENUE: Grange
Book via https://www.elmukulele.com/hire-us
Contact Erin via 0423 378 392 or misselmmusic@gmail.com
Find out more about learning opportunities that Erin has to offer: https://www.brisbaneukulele.com/portfolio-item/erin-harrington/

Dukes of Uke

The Dukes of Uke Club rehearse on the second and fourth Saturday of each month (the first 2020 meeting is on 25th Jan). They also have group classes for both beginners and players who are looking to advance their skills.
VENUE: Binary Music Studio, Shop 11 Cleveland Plaza, 48 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland
COST: $12 per session (1 Hour)
TIME : 9:00 am Beginners. 10:00 am Advancing
All song charts displayed on projector and available by subscription to www.dukesofuke.com. Contact Len Henderson via len@binarymusic.com.au or (07) 3488 2230

Please check out the Ukulele Teachers page under the Learning Uke tab, if you are looking for a teacher to help you achieve your playing goals. There is a list of BUMS members who are ukulele teachers.

Please also look at the News & Events page where the latest details of all workshops and BUMS jams are updated monthly. There is a list of other groups and jams in the Brisbane area on the Jams About Town page. Please check with individual jams and groups contacts before going along to check the details of the session.

Happy Ukeing!

Our first Beginners Ukulele Bootcamp for the year was held on 13 & 20 March 2019.

The March Beginners Ukulele Bootcampers hard at work.

Here’s what one of our enthusiastic Bootcampers, Eva-Maree Matson, had to say about the course.

So glad I attended Beginners Bootcamp! After struggling through countless YouTube sessions at the beginning of my uke journey, it was pure pleasure to be part of a group learning session led by patient and knowledgeable teachers, Keryn, Julie and John.

The course is really well set out, and the setting is relaxed (you do not feel pressured at all). You’ll surprise yourself, as I did, just how much you can take in if you apply yourself. And it’s such fun too with everyone playing along together!

You’re sent the course notes after attending, and I found that really helpful to reinforce what I had learnt during the session. So handy to have to refer back to as well.

I am not familiar with reading sheet music, timing, and beats etc, but Keryn and Julie explained the basics to us simply and clearly, and gave excellent tips for smoother chord progressions. By the end of the second session you’ll be equipped with a bunch of chords to take you through quite a few songs.

After such an enjoyable learning experience, I would recommend Beginners Bootcamp for anyone looking to make a strong start on the ukulele.

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

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What a great time was had by all at the introduction to ukulele night put on by Morris Brothers Music, BUMS and Linda’s Uke‘N’Sing. There were about 140 beginners attending. It was a great place to start for people with no or limited knowledge as the information was simple and clear — so easy to follow. At the start we were taught what all the bits on the ukulele were called, how to hold it and all the essential things like that. We quickly moved on though, and were playing our first song within 10 minutes from the start!

The songs to follow were a good selection of quick to master songs. The music and lyrics were projected onto a large screen at the front of the room, making it easy to see and follow along.

Linda & Paul with lyrics on the big screen.

The enthusiasm and joy buzzing around the room was infectious,” said Pam one of the participants. Linda who was leading the class had an easy manner, and an all inclusive way to make sure everyone got something out of the session. Linda and Paul (who was also running the class) worked very well together and clearly loved what they were doing.

Linda demonstrates chord shape.

We had several breaks for people to rest their fingers, have a drink, ask questions and chat with other beginners. The age range of the participants was from school-aged children to retirees, and everything in-between. Everyone was keen to learn and have fun.

There were many volunteers from BUMS on hand to give support to the beginners with things like tuning, finger placement, strumming and other tips. Morris Brothers Music had a pop-up shop with all things ukulele, so any necessary purchases could be made, and advice given.

At the end of the evening, although many had sore fingers, the enthusiasm was still buzzing and the nerves had been replaced with a feeling of achievement.

Over 140 Ferny Grove beginners & BUMS volunteers, Feb 2019

What a wonderful night, such enthusiastic teachers and learners. We had such fun and were playing songs from the beginning!” said J.H.

It was a great night and I have learnt so much,” said H.E. ‘We had a lovely night. I would recommend it to everyone. It won’t disappoint!” said V.N.

Margaret Zordan