Want to learn to play the ukulele or brush up your technique? This collection includes videos originally live-streamed on Facebook featuring Jason and Sheri Wells-Jensen and special tutorials with Geoff Howes, all members of the Grande Royale Ukulelists of the Black Swamp (GRUBS).
Ukulele Club 2021 Sessions
Summer 2021 - Session 1
Spring 2021 - Session 1
Winter 2021 - Session 1
Winter 2021 - Session 2
Fall 2020 - Session 1
Fall 2020 - Session 2
Fall 2020 - Session 3
Uke Club Shorts
Brief videos (most recent first) with more tips and information from Jason Wells-Jensen. Don't forget to scroll down to find downloadable attachments for supporting materials to go along with Jason and Sheri's sessions.
Uke Club Shorts #9:
Uke Club Shorts #8:
It might seem surprisingly late in the game to introduce the "basic", first-position C, F, and G7 chords, but to be honest they're not all that easy to play! Here, Sheri and Jason demonstrate how to get these key-of-C chord shapes comfortably under your fingers and make smooth transitions between them.
Friends, this is the moment you've all been waiting for... whether you knew it or not!
Sheri demonstrates one of the easiest ways (but not the "usual" way) to play songs using C, F, and G chords. Even better, with this method, you'll be playing further up the neck of the ukulele (on the third, fifth, and seventh frets), which will put a new range of sounds under your fingers and make you look more like a rock star!
Uke Club Shorts #7:
Jason says, "Smooth transitions between chords are important for players at every level, but focused practice on specific skills can sometimes be tedious." In this video, he offers some tips for making practice sessions more productive, more interesting, and more musical.
Uke Club Shorts # 6:
Uke Club Shorts Bonus content: The second-easiest key to start playing songs in is G. And the easy-but-fancy two-finger "tonic" chord is G6 … which happens to be James Hill’s favorite chord!
Now that you can play easy songs in two different keys, you can start exploring patterns in the relationships between chords. And now you know all three chords in the Ukulele Club theme song!
Uke Club Shorts #5:
Uke Club Shorts #5 Bonus Content: Will Grove-White (of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) offers a friendly set of beginner lessons on his web site. And, Ben Hassenger (founder of Lansing’s Mighty Uke Day festival) has an events page with info about upcoming classes, workshops, festivals, etc. -- mostly based in Michigan, but currently all online.
Uke Club Shorts #4:
Uke Club Shorts Bonus Content: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Lockdown page is an ever-expanding free archive of tutorials, playalongs, music videos, and tours of the orchestra members' ukulele collections. Browse through and enjoy those videos here.
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And, here's the Uke Club's theme song:
Below, find videos previously which streamed live on the library's FaceBook page in June and July of 2020.
Two Special Sessions with Geoff Howes of the Grande Ukulelists of the Black Swamp
Lesson 1: "Lodi"
Lesson 2: "Lodi"