This class is on Zoom—players near and far can join us!
Email Cali for login information and to sign up.

The next 4-week session begins Saturday, September 25, 2021

We make four consecutive Saturdays. 10:30 to noon (PST). I make several instructional YouTube videos for our players during each class.
The suggested donation for each class is on a sliding scale $14 to $20.

What we’ll learn

a woman talking with a microphone

Cali Rose teaching an OnGoing Ukulele class.
Photo by Ellen.

In this intermediate level ensemble class we create song arrangements together.  We add harmonic and rhythmic embellishments, fingerpicking, introductions and endings. We learn to improvise, pick out melodies, build chord melody solos, add licks, change keys and change-up the groove. This is a go-with-the-flow forum where we share our musical ideas, challenges and triumphs. We also play a song by ear, experiencing music as an intuitive process rather than thinking and using our visual field.

Our players bring songs from pop music and jazz to standards and country.  We master the “C” scale and work with finger exercises to fine-tune our technique.  Because I made a living as a piano player, I translate my keyboard-centric aesthetic to the ukulele, creating solos and writing down notes in an intuitive, non-tablature way.  We explore different options so every player has something to work with and work towards.  I record several instructional videos each class for players to review during the week.

Playing with other people in a warm and supportive atmosphere is a cool way to get new stuff under your fingers. Confident players are welcome, 16 years old and above.


What you’ll need

  • A ukulele with standard G-C-E-A tuning
  • Songs and arrangements are provided for you
  • A digital tuner, preferably one calibrated for ukulele tuning, such as the Kala KC02
  • A great big smile!

Cost

Suggested Donation (on a sliding scale) — $14 to $20 per class

I understand that these times are difficult for many people who are just trying to pay the bills, the rent, the…everything. Meeting, playing together, learning new stuff, is vital for our well-being. I thank you for showing up and helping to make our ohana so special. We need you. If you are financially able, thank you for your donation.


How to enroll

Email Cali for instructions on how to join and to receive class materials via email.


Time and Location

Our classes are on Zoom so players from all over the map can join us.  We take a two week break between sessions and start again.
The next four-week session starts September 25, 2021