WHERE:  Glasgow Kelvin College, John Wheatley Building, 2 Haghill Road, Glasgow, G31 3SR. Click here for map

WHEN: Monday 7.30pm - 9.30pm     CLASSROOM: Monday Rooms

LEVELS: Absolute Beginners , 2/3/4/5 Click below for Which Ukulele Class ?

TUTORS: Gordon Melrose/Brodie Smith/Amy Allison /Steve Fivey / Finlay Allison 

INSTRUMENT HIRE: Soprano Ukuleles available : Instrument Hire


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      Curriculum Updated August 2019

Class 1

This class is for people who have never played the ukulele.

Absolute Beginners – Class 1 Gordon

If you have never played the Ukulele, Join this Class in either August or February  (Note: 2020 only- new starts in October also!)

  • holding instrument
  • strumming
  • learning first few chords in key C
  • learning some simple songs
  • practising changing chords
  • posture, grip, strumming finger(s).
  • listening for cues to change chord

Class 2

This class is for those who played a little and are familiar with chords in C. You should know how to hold the uke, change chords and play a few tunes from memory.

Class 2 Brodie

  • learning simple chords
  • changing chords fluently without looking
  • learning keys of D and G 
  • improving control of instrument and posture
  • A7, Dm, D7, Em

Class 3

This class is for people who are able to play tunes with reasonable confidence in more than one key

Class 3 Amy

  • learning different types of songs
  • working on easy arrangements 
  • learning some introductions and bridges 
  • leaning simple keys within a song
  • using 1,4,5 Nashville system Em-B7, G-Em
  • Keys G, D

Class 4

This class is for people who able to play a few songs with reasonable confidence 

Class 4 Steve

  • learning Key  A
  • using moveable chords. maj,min, 7th, M7th,m7, dim
  • using fills and more elaborate strums
  • damping with right hand.
  • remembering chord shapes and sequences without chord windows
  • understanding relationships between chords using Nashville I,ii,IV,V(7)vi
  • working on a key change within a song using I,IV,V Nashville
  • working on trad tune repertoire with a view to playing along with other classes at shared events

Class 5

For those who are able to play a few songs confidently; able to lead on occasion. 

Class 5 Finlay

  •  You will focus on:
    • swing and syncopated strumming
    • moveable chords; maj, min, 7th, M7, m7, dim 
    • understanding role of diminished and augmented passing chords, some Altered chords
    • flat keys
    • fills and more elaborate strums
    • right hand damping
    • damping (left hand) in closed chords
    • fingerpicking
    • basics of TABLATURE
    • finding suitable alternate voicings for familiar chords
    • arranging songs; intros, 
    • popular songs from all eras.
    • distinguishing between Marches, Reels, Jigs, Strathspeys

 Optional class 

Sing and Strum 

  • sing-a-long fun class
  • playing songs with less focus on technical aspects, more on enjoyment
  • time to be arranged 


General Class Guidelines

Song sheets with words and chord windows for revision and practice (and occasionally videos by the tutors explaining or demonstrating a teaching point) will be made available for support. 


It is not expected that students will automatically move up a class level each year/term. Students should remain in the same class until they feel ready to move up to the next level. Speak to either your own tutor or a Senior Tutor for advice on which level would suit you best

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