Ukulele Beginners

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The Ukulele brings a smile to every face.

Quick and easy to learn in a fun setting, students in this class will be taught to play tunes straight away and leave the classes with the knowledge and fundamentals to continue their learning experience. John is a highly experienced teacher and musician, and has travelled far and wide to pursue an advanced knowledge of every musical possibility available with this tiny, understated, but addictive instrument. 

Did you know: The Ukulele comes in 3 different sizes? Soprano, Concert & Tenor? 

Or that the name roughly translates in Hawaiian to “Jumping Flea”?

The Ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments, developed in the 1880s, and was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in around 1879. 

It’s most often associated with Hawaiian music, where it was awarded with Royal favour, but this little, guitar-like instrument has packed a punch around the globe! Japan, for instance, is considered it's second home. The inexpensive, versatile little instrument transformed music education in Canada, took off in Great Britain, and became a jazz icon in the United States, before working its way across the country music scene, through film and tv, and most recently becoming a contemporary music YouTube celebrity!

After the class, there’s ample opportunity to follow up with other enthusiasts and access the Ukulele brains trust, via Ukulele group meetings that are continuously available in your area.

A selection of quality and pre-prepared Ukuleles are available for sale at the first meeting from as low as $40. Good advice and demonstration is supplied.

As you can see below: the Ukulele has travelled all over, so you can enjoy any music style of your choice. 

Give it a go. You’ll be hooked! 

Jake Shimabukuro performing George Harrison’s 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

Willie K performing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah' at the 2017 Ukulele Festival, Hawaii

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole performing ‘Over the Rainbow' & 'What a Wonderful World Medly', 1993

Jake Shimabukuro performing ‘Kilauea’, The Nashville Sessions

*During COVID: Students studying on-site at NSCC will be expected to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.

Tutor: John Chandler

John Chandler studied a variety of stringed musical instruments in the 1970’s including the Ukulele. It has been in recent years that John has further developed his Ukulele skills with intensive training from Hawaiian exponents such as Duke Tatom, Daniel Ho, Troy Fernandez and Canadian artist James Hill. John has studied at the famous Roy Sakuma School of Ukulele in Hawaii as well as with Byron Yasui, head of music at The University of Hawaii. John further attended advanced workshops in Hawaii as well as the 5th International Ukulele Convention in November 2006, the 45 Hawaiian Ukulele Festival in 2010 and is a member of the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii. John has travelled with friend and colleague Jumpin’ Jim Beloff, a major influence in the resurgence of the Ukulele in the 1990’s, as well as with Canada’s ‘King Of The Ukulele’ - Ralph Shaw. John has studied songwriting, has attended and performed in Ukulele festivals, The Marble Bar at The Sydney Hilton, and other venues. He is a committee member and organiser of SSCUM ukulele club and is a keen collector of a wide variety of specialised ukuleles. John has been consistently teaching Ukulele since 2006 and seen over 4000 students discover and experience the joy of playing the Ukulele after attending his workshops. John is also the exclusive Australian importer and distributor of major U.S. Ukulele brands.