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WORKSHOPS

SF UKE JAM HALF-DAY WORKSHOP: REGGAE STRUM + SINGING 101
Sunday April 2nd, 2017 from 1:00-4:00pm at SHARED SF
739 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Want to step up your uke jamming skills?
In the SF Uke Jam Half-Day Workshop, you'll get a chance to work on Reggae Strumming with Ukulenny,
boost your singing confidence with some vocal techniques from Cynthia Lin,
and then we'll wrap up the afternoon with some jamming to incorporate our new skills. All levels welcome.

$45 tickets and more info, space is limited

UKULELE 101: ISLAND STRUM BOOTCAMP + INTRO TO FINGERPICKING & CHUCKING
Tuesday April 4th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm at SHARED SF
739 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
This Bootcamp is designed as a refresher for those
who have taken Cynthia's Beginner Basics class and would like to move on to Beginner II or Advanced Beginner,
or for anyone who has been following Cynthia's tutorials online and would like some in-person instruction.
In this 2-hour workshop, we'll focus on learning the most important and versatile strum in ukulele, the Island Strum.
We'll also get an intro to the main topics of Beginner II - fingerpicking and chucking.
please note: $10+ Patrons will get virtual access to the Bootcamp, find out more at Patreon

$60 tickets and more info, space is limited

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UKULELE CLASSES IN SAN FRANCISCO / BAY AREA

Levels:
BEGINNER - meets Tuesday 6pm
ADVANCED BEGINNER - meets Tuesday 7:15pm
INTERMEDIATE - meets Wednesday 6:30pm
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please note: i teach only group classes and workshops.
i do not teach private lessons because i believe ukulele is best learned in a group environment.
i encourage you to join a group class!

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BEGINNER II UKULELE - 6 WEEK SERIES
starting Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 6-7pm at SHARED SF
739 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
meeting Tuesdays April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
prerequisite: Beginner I class, or the Island Strum Workshop (see above), or walk yourself through the 6 Beginner Lessons on YouTube .
In the Beginner II class, we build on the basic chords and strums from Beginner I.
We'll get an intro to fingerpicking, chucking, and reading tab; we'll expand our chord base with a new set of chords,
practice changing chords faster, and learn a new fun song each week.

*all classes are recorded, missed classes can be made up via video
$120, for 6 weeks

BEGINNER I UKULELE will return for the summer session in June 2017.

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ADVANCED BEGINNER UKULELE - 6 WEEK SERIES
starting Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 7:15-8:15pm at SHARED SF
739 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94107
meeting Tuesdays April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
prerequisite
: Beginner II class, or walk yourself through the following lessons from Beginner II: fingerpicking , reading tab, and chucking
In the Advanced Beginner class, we learn a new song each week and practice a variety
of advanced strumming and fingerpicking techniques, build our chord base,
and practice singing and playing at the same time.
This is a mixed level class. There will be optional variations for more advanced players.
Cynthia will adjust the pace and song choices to best suit the level and interests of the class.

*all classes are recorded, missed classes can be made up via video
$120, for 6 weeks

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INTERMEDIATE UKULELE WORKSHOP - 6 WEEK SERIES
starting Wednesday April 12, 2017 6:30-8pm at Binky's Barn inside Project Artaud
499 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
meeting Wednesdays April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
In this workshop, we will begin developing a performance repertoire with multiple part arrangements.
We'll focus on building strong rhythm and learning some music theory.
We will move quickly through songs; you should feel comfortable
with your ability to learn new chords and pick up new strumming / finger-picking patterns.
please check with Cynthia that you are ready for this class

*all classes are recorded, missed classes can be made up via video
$120, for 6 weeks

class faq

Q: how can i find out about future classes?

A: you can read the latest class newsletter here and subscribe here.

Q: what level should i sign up for?

A: i want you to learn solid fundamentals but i don't want you to be bored. sign up for the level you're most comfortable with, and we can move you after the first class to the most suitable level.

Q: do you teach private lessons?

A: no, i believe ukulele is best learned in a group environment, and i'd encourage you to join a group class. playing along with the rhythm of a group makes it easier to learn strum patterns, and it's much more fun to sing and play with a group.

Q: i'm shy - in the group class, do we have to play in front of other people?

A: in a group class, it's pretty hard to hear what each individual is doing, which is kind of by design. you can easily hide in the group if that's what you prefer!

Q: who do you recommend for private lessons?

A: my friend, bandmate, and co-leader of SF Uke Jam Ukulenny teaches private lessons in the Bay Area and via Skype. he also teaches classes in the East Bay. check him out!

Q: are your classes appropriate for children?

A: my classes are geared towards adult learners. young people can take the class if they sign up with an adult/parent - it's more fun to learn together! you can check with Aloha Warehouse in Japantown to see if they know of current keiki classes.

Q: i have to miss a class - can you prorate the class fee?

A: as of July 2016, all classes are recorded, so you may catch up on any missed classes via video. i don't offer prorated class fees.

Q: i don't live in San Francisco - can i take the class virtually?

A: i ask that you join Patreon and participate in a Live Lesson or Live Jam before signing up for a virtual class. virtual classes are not for everyone, and Patreon gives you the opportunity to try out the Live Lesson experience before you sign up for the full class.

Q: i'm a beginner - can you recommend a good beginner ukulele?

A: i have found that a concert (medium) size is suitable for most adults. if you're taller/larger or have played guitar before, you might prefer a tenor. sopranos (the smallest size) can be harder to learn on, and most people find they want to upgrade soon anyway.

the best way to know is to visit an uke shop and try holding and strumming a variety of ukes. i recommend visiting a dedicated ukulele shop vs buying online or from a big box music store.

if you don't have an uke shop near you, here are some ukuleles that i like:
BUDGET STARTER UKES under $100: Makai concert, Luna concert, Makai tenor
NICER STARTER UKES over $100: Islander concert, Islander tenor, Makai tenor

everyone should have a clip-on tuner - they work by vibration so they're more accurate than phone apps. I like this one: Snark SN-2

if you're looking for a book of songs, the Daily Ukulele is a great resource for classic and traditional songs, including Beatles and jazz standards. Daily Ukulele
(these are affiliate links, i receive a referral fee if you buy using these links - thank you!)

Q: where can i get an ukulele in San Francisco?

A: in San Francisco, i recommend visiting Aloha Warehouse in Japantown. the owners are nice folks from the islands who will help you find the right fit for you, and they have a lovely selection of fancy handmade ukuleles as well as beginner level ukes. it's always nicer to hold and strum an uke before you buy one.

more questions? email SFUkuleleClasses @ gmail.com


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