Online ukulele lessons and jams for grown ups
Join us for our fun, inclusive online lessons for grown ups with these ukulele classes from Becky at Beanstalk Arts! Born in lockdown, these sessions have been so joyful, that we’ll be continuing these zoom lessons beyond, but with the aim of adding a few real life meet ups in the calendar too alongside our online classes. You can sign up up to join us live in the zoom classes or opt to join us on ‘recordings only’ to do the course in your own time, and every week you’ll receive all song sheets and a recording of the class.
All sessions listed below are are interactive, zoom sessions, using a variety of repertoire from George Michael to Dolly Parton, passing via George Ezra and Mark Ronson, plus a few classic kids songs and Beatles numbers in the mix! Song sheets and chord diagrams all included, you’ll get recordings of the class to catch up on if you miss a session (or you can opt to get ‘recordings only’ and take the course in your own time!).
LESSONS FOR GROWN UPS:
This 5 week course takes you from total ukulele newbie, to confidently playing 4 chords and some fab songs! You’ll have a chance to learn and play along with your teacher Becky, ask questions and get to know different ways of strumming and playing. All song and chord sheets included. The five week course costs £35 – it’s designed to be done live, but if you miss the odd session (or if you want to go over anything again) you’ll get a recording to catch up on. Songs covered in this beginner course Faith by George Michael, Blue Moon, Happy Birthday, Bad Moon Rising and Uptown Funk!
Thursday evenings: 8.30pm from the 17th June onwards
Intermediate Course Part One:
Picking up from where the beginner’s course end, this course is for students who’ve done the first course, or just are coming with some existing ukulele knowledge! We’ll start off by reminding ourselves of G, C, F and Dm, and then go on to cover D major, Emajor and E7, and have lots of fun playing through a diverse range of repertoire including songs by Jessie J, Britney Spears, Stealer’s Wheel and even the odd sea shanty!
Fridays afternoons – 3pm from the 18th June onwards
Intermediate Course Part Two
Picking up from where the first intermediate course ends, or great if you already have some existing ukulele knowledge! We’ll start off by reminding ourselves of G, C, F, Dm, D major, Emajor and E7, we’ll go on to work on Bb, barre chords and a few other chord shapes and ukulele tips and tricks!
Tuesday evenings: 8.30pm from the 15th June onwards
CPD for teachers: ‘Bright Sparks Ukulele’
This course is run by Becky from Beanstalk Arts with teacher, song writer and multi instrumentalist Steve Grocott and is aimed at early years music practitioners and teachers. Over this four week course we’ll cover ukulele basics by using repertoire and songs from Steve’s acclaimed Bright Sparks series of CDs and songbooks, and we’ll discuss practical ways of using the ukulele within your teaching.
No current courses planned, but we’ll be back soon! You can purchase recordings and song sheets from our last course here.
These are informal, fun ukulele playalongs – currently on zoom, but with the aim of getting some real life sessions in too! Some ukulele knowledge will be assumed, but we’ll include a few top tips and memory joggers on how to approach certain chords and strums, but most time will be spent playing through the songs together! Every session we’ll have songs on a different theme, starting with simple songs, moving onto more complicated chords and transitions, and always finishing with a big singalong classic.
You can join in at your own level, and because you’re on zoom and muted during the songs, you can sing and play to your absolute heart’s content, with Becky ready to answer any questions along the way! It’s a perfect way to get your ukulele practice in a fun, informal session with a friendly group 😀 You’ll be sent all the song sheets and chords in advance, and your song suggestions are VERY welcome
Monthly Grown Up Ukulele Jam:
£8 to PAYG or discount for a block
Our next dates for grown up jams are below – you’ll get a song book and Spotify playlist the day or so before, we’re revisiting the decades again, but with some new songs!
Tuesday 18th May: Dancing Songs
Tuesday 25th May: Journeys
Friday 4th June: 1960s
Friday 2nd July: 1970s
Friday 30th July: 1980s
Early Years Practitioner Jam:
For these sessions we’ll be focussing on songs that might be useful in early years classes (and a few extras for fun!). The session is welcome to all, and parents looking for songs to play with their kids are also super welcome to join the group. We don’t have any dates in the diary at the moment for these sessions, but hope to bring them back soon!