Ukulele Courses

Uke for your Life! 

“I’ve just completed Jill’s 4 week beginners Ukulele course and I would strongly recommend it. Having only very limited musical experience I found Jill’s instructions and explanations very clear and the classes were great fun. Although I can now play quite a few songs, I can’t wait for the next course.” Claire Vickers, “graduate of March 2017 Beginners’ Course”

“At the age of 68 I started off never having learnt to play any instrument and after four weeks found something that I thoroughly enjoy and much easier than I expected, all thanks to Jill and her professional teaching.  I must keep up the practising though!” Linda Winter, “graduate of March 2016 Beginners’ Course.

“I found the Beginners’ course fun, moved at a good learning pace and great interaction between students and Jill, with excellent follow-up written and musical material. I am now eager to continue improving.”  – Roger Marshall, “graduate” of September 2013 Beginners’ Course, and Refreshers’ and Improvers’ courses in 2014.

“Jill is a perfect teacher. She is well prepared, gives clear explanations, lots of resources and makes it all fun!” – Zoe Gerrard, “graduate” of January 2014 Beginners’ Course.

Uke for your Life! Summer Strum Special at St. Etheldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield

Our ukulele club Uke for your Life”  is usually on the first Friday in every month from 7.45pm-9.30pm.  A chance to strum and sing along to some of your favourite songs and a few new ones too. Following on from our great November session at Old Fold Manor Golf Club, our next session will return there for a “Christmas Special” on Friday 1st December from 7.45pm- 9.30pm – at Old Fold Manor Golf Club, Old Fold Lane, Hadley Green, Barnet EN5 4QN. So, do come and join us even if you’ve not been along for a while. The songs will be relatively straightforward and include many from the Beginners+ / Refreshers’ Courses plus a few seasonal special arrangements.
At students’ suggestion, we are also going to select a few arrangements which we will work on at each session so that we have something to “perform” if we are invited to do a “gig”.
Cost: £4.00 for the session. Please contact Jill for further details and if you wish to be added to the mailing list for 2017.

We will take a break in January due to lots of other commitments over Christmas and the New Year, but hope to be back in February 2018.

Keep on strumming!

ALL NEW COURSES FOR 2017-18: Ukulele Basic Beginners’, Beginners+, Improvers’ and Improvers’+ Courses for adults  – please scroll down for details  of all our courses.

4 week Basic Beginners’ Course 
When: early 2018
Where: Venue – Welwyn Garden City
Cost: £50.00 
To book: Contact Jill for further details and if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

My own electro acoustic ukulele!   

The ukulele is relatively easy to learn to play. It’s a great little instrument as it’s so easy to pick up and carry around with you – you can strum and sing along in your bedroom, the garden shed or on even in the car (as long as you’re not driving at the same time!).
During this course you will learn to play 5-6 songs on your ukulele in each session. No prior musical knowledge is necessary but you must be prepared to do regular practice between sessions throughout the course in order to make progress and enjoy it. We will cover basic chord shapes, strumming patterns and simple plucking patterns across a variety of songs ranging from traditional to rock and pop. The course is for absolute beginners – you will be taught how to hold, tune and play your ukulele confidently.
You will need to have your own ukulele* – either a soprano or a concert variety is a good type to start with, depending on what sort of tone you prefer. The best thing to do is to try out a few and find one that you like without spending too much initially. Makala is a good quality entry-level make and not too expensive, but the Stagg ukuleles are also quite reasonable too. If possible, try to buy an instrument with Nylgut strings rather than plastic for better sound quality, (Aquila are a recognised good quality make) though you may need to buy these as extras and have them fitted.

Locally, you can find a good selection of ukuleles and accessories at
Stableyard Music in the Stableyard at Hatfield House
The Sound Garden, 36-38, High Street, Barnet
Gig Gear, Harlow

You will also need an electronic clip-on tuner so that you can tune your own instrument. (These can also be purchased on Amazon). Please contact me through my contacts page if you would like further advice on choosing an appropriate instrument or take a look at Ukulele Hunt which offers lots of useful advice.

4 week Ukulele Beginners+ (Refreshers’)Course 
This course reinforces the basic chords,strumming techniques and chord picking learnt in the Basic Beginners’ Course, with 4-5 new songs each session. We will also look at some new more “jazzy” chords and songs needing more frequent chord changes. There will be some basic melody line picking too. Some practice will be required!
When: Tuesdays, from 7.45pm-9.30pm, 20th, 27th June, 4th, 11th July 2017
Where: Venue – Welwyn Garden City
Cost: £50.00 
To book: Contact Jill for further details and if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

“Back to Basics Picking” course
This 4-week course will look purely and simply at how to pick melodies and read ukulele tab from the very basics, picking chord accompaniments to songs and picking chords to create melodies. It is suitable for anyone who knows how to strum the basic chords on a uke and wants to have a go at the melodic lines.
When: please let me know if you are interested and if there are enough people, I may be able to arrange this course.
Where: Venue – Hatfield/Welwyn Garden 
Cost: £50.00 
To book: Contact Jill for further details and if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

Electronic tuner

Ukulele Improvers’ Course 
When: Mondays, September 11th, October 16th, November 13th, 2017 and January 2018
Where: Venue – Welwyn Garden City
Cost: £50
To book: Contact Jill for further details and if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

This 4 -session course is designed for people who have attended the Beginners’ Ukulele Course and the Beginners’+ too, and are confident with playing the main major chords, and a few simple minor and 7th chords in first position. You need to be reasonably comfortable with changing between these chords without always relying on looking at the chord charts. If you are not sure about these, please try a Refresher Course or re-do a Beginners’. It’s worth it just to develop that extra feeling of confidence with the basics, before moving on. At the suggestion of some students, the course has been spread over a 4-month period to allow for extra time to practise between sessions.

This Improvers’ course will include more complex chords and chord sequences, different strumming patterns and picking out melodies, chords and lead lines using tab notation. We will learn around 4-5 songs in each session. Please bring your own ukulele and an electronic tuner. All other learning materials are provided. You will need to practise regularly in order to gain full benefit from the course, so please make sure that you have time for this before booking a place.

Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in joining any of these courses as numbers are limited to allow for some individual guidance. 

Three Ukulele Ladies