Ukuleleat ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center (OSEC)
Tuesday 1:00 – 2:30
Instructor: Eli, aka Bob
The class is composed of players of all different levels — some have been playing for 5 years, some 3 months, some for only 2 weeks! So absolute beginners are welcome — don’t be shy, just come and start. The group is very accepting and you can get caught up quickly.
Eli, who started the Ukulele class 2 years ago, recommends the book Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele so you can learn the basics outside of class.
Then in class in you quickly be strumming along to many varied tunes.
In a recent class the following songs could be heard emanating from the classroom:
- Sloop John B
- Deep in the Heart of Texas
- Accentuate the Positive
- That Old Time Religion
- Ain’t She Sweet
- Yes Sir That’s My Baby
- Take Me Back to Tulsa
- Goodnight Ladies
- Cockles & Mussels
- Down in the Valley
- Red River Valley
That may seem like a lot of songs for one class, but Eli was teaching Medleys that day — how to make one song blend into another. “It’s nice to have the same key for medleys,” he says.
During class Eli reminds everyone how to properly hold their instrument, and advises the students to do exercises to strengthen their fingers. Students are very enthusiastic and help each other out with fingering tips.
The class plays together and then towards the end there is an “open mic” session where anyone who has a “pocket song” (a song they know well enough to play) can perform for the group.
The class is great fun. Come on and give it a try, you know you want to!