Intro to Ukulele - Seniors Festival Special

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 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 Ukulele 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!

In this short but sweet intro class, you’ll learn the basics of Ukulele, strum a simple tune, see Lindy’s haul of beautiful Uke’s (because this instrument is far more sophisticated than the name ‘jumping flea’ suggests), and hear Lindy demonstrate some of her own favourite tunes, and what this little buddy is capable of!! 

Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Preference will be given to participants who have not taken a ukulele class at NSCC before. 

Taimane Gardner playing Ukulele at the San Diego Ukulele Festival, 2014

Honoka & Azita: Wipeout

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

Materials List

BYO Ukulele, or contact the Centre before booking, to let us know if you will need to borrow one on the day.

Tutor: Lindy Sardelic

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, Lindy is a seasoned performer, an experienced tutor and workshop facilitator. She is a high-profile member of the ukulele community in New South Wales and, as lead singer for rock-folk ukulele band, FOK ROK, she is a regular fixture at festivals all over the state. In 2020, for the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival, the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, FOK ROK were one of the headline acts and the band was featured on ABC Radio 702. Lindy is also co-owner of Circle Music in Botany where she teaches ukulele and runs the monthly Ukulele Circle, a popular group play-along.