Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Last Ukulele Class

Last night was our final ukulele class in the series of six at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. I will miss the uke challenges that our teacher, Steve Rose gave us, urging us to stretch our little fingers to great lengths on the uke fretboard. The class started out with eleven people and ended with seven stalwarts. That's not such a bad drop-out rate. We all traded e-mail addresses and have promised to trade uke info and news about upcoming uke events. Hopefully, an intermediate class will be offered in the near future. My friend, Nancy came along for part of the class to take some photos of our final ukulele class.

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Ellen, Tom and Don in back
photo by Nancy Del Favero

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Donnae, Ann and Pamela
photo by Nancy Del Favero
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Steve showing us a particularly difficult chord
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Shelby advises Pamela on uke technique (left)
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I do know that Steve will be teaching another beginning ukulele class this October. Even if you've never played a musical instrument, this is a fun and rewarding class. I urge everyone to sign up and have some fun.
We learned all the basics in class, along with lots of popular songs ranging from folk tunes like This Little Light of Mine, to calypso songs Jamaica Farewell, pop songs King of the Road, You Send Me and classic American jazzy songs like Avalon, Up A Lazy River, 26 Miles. One of my favorites is the Hawaiian song, Goin' to the Hukilau. Now, I have to memorize all of those songs with the lyrics and chord changes along with learning new songs. I want to be more popular at parties, you know.
Larry bought me Jumpin' Jim's Ukulele Country songbook with some swingin' Patsy Cline and Hank Williams songs, among others. I purchased Jumpin' Jim's 60's Uke-In, which has some catchy pop tunes by the Beatles, the Monkees, Burt Bacharach, etc. There is lots of ukulele info online. It's amazing how many people live in Uke-land!

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Wall of Fame, Upstairs at McCabe's



At 2:04 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I've said before, Ellen...you may want to audition to play at Buck Owens' Palace here in Bakersfield!


At 4:55 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

You couldn't possibly be more popular at parties. But hey, your observations put to music? Could be interesting...

At 7:27 PM PDT, Blogger WineGrrl said...

Sooo....does this mean we get serenaded at SnB?...Then I may actually show up, LOL!

At 6:47 PM PDT, Blogger Algernon said...

Stumbled across this blog by happy accident, as I have just started taking private lessons with Steve Rose at McCabe's. He and I were plunka-dunking on our ukuleles quite happily by our short session's end. I enjoyed reading about your class!


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