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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Music & Dance

Ukulele for Beginners


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jun 1, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Ukulele time is now! Learn to play the ukulele! It's never been more popular. Join  our no-stress four week beginner's program. No need to read music, Duncan  Perry, our popular instructor, will ease you into the fundamentals of playing the  uke using a graduated system teaching chords, rhythm and strumming, and some  fingerpicking. And by the time the program is over, you will have a “toolbox”  brimming with foundational skills and knowledge. Beginner classes will repeat  every month so you can choose the class that suits your schedule best. Following  registration you will receive the link to the Zoom session you have chosen to attend. If you don’t own a ukulele, please contact us for guidance about buying one. Let your musical journey begin!

Beyond Beginners Ukulele, The Journey Continues


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jun 2, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Are you eager to take your ukulele playing to a new level? Would you like to enhance your strumming and finger-picking skills? Perhaps you'd like to discover how to introduce melody notes into your playing. Maybe you've wondered how to decorate your playing with techniques like hammer-ons, pull offs, slides and more. Here's your chance! Join Duncan Perry for a skills packed program that offers advanced and creative ideas for playing the ukulele. You'll need a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, of course, a sense of humor, a computer or an iPad on which to participate in this Zoom course, plus a solid knowledge of the primary six chords in each of the keys of C (C, Dm, Em, F, G7, Am) and G (G, Am, Bm, C, D7, Em, F). Sign up, tune up, and get ready to notch up your ukulele playing skills!

Let It Go! w/ Tony


with Tony Garreton

Calendar Jun 21, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 9 weeks

"Let it Go with Tony" is under TDF (Tony Dance Fiesta LLC) and is not only a dance program that helps you physically by burning calories and keeping you fit, but it also helps you fight depression, it will encourage you to feel empowered and confident. It will be a time dedicated especially to you, where you will laugh, dance, without being judged. This class is for everybody, gender, age and shape… you will go at your own pace, just like you would in a nightclub or in a family party! Course fee is for 6 sessions with Tony.

Folk Style and Clawhammer Ukulele


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jul 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Do you love folk and country music? Then you need to learn a thing or two about how to play it! Discover up-picking, a technique used by Pete Seeger and other folk greats as well as the popular down-picking style, known variously as clawhammer or frailing. Along the way you'll get the basics of reading tablature, a system of notating finger positioning and techniques to enhance your playing. You don't need a banjo ukulele to learn these styles (but it's fun to have one). What you do need is a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, an iPad or computer capable of using Zoom, basic knowledge of how to play the ukulele including the ability to make smooth and seamless transitions between, at least, the C, F, Am, and G7 chords.

Ukulele for Seniors - We’ll Take It Slow and Easy


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Aug 4, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

It's never too late to learn to play a musical instrument -- and besides, it's good for you! And what fun it is to pick up a ukulele and knock out a tune for your grandchildren, or better yet, play along with them. Or how about the thrill of playing for friends and with others? Here's where that journey begins! Join us for our easy paced, no pressure, fun filled ukulele class! Our seasoned and popular ukulele instructor, Duncan Perry, himself a senior, loves sharing his knowledge of the mighty ukulele and will start you out slowly. He will teach you a handful of chords and some basic strumming patterns and you will leave the class knowing how to play songs you grew up with! No experience playing an instrument is necessary and you don’t have to know how to read music. But you do have to promise to practice regularly! With 10 chords, a pocket full of strums and a big smile, you'll be a hit! Of course, you'll need a playable ukulele (we are happy to provide information on where to buy one if you don't have one available). So grab a uke, sign up, tune up, show up and bloom on Zoom! (We can help you get acclimated to that too, but you will need a computer or tablet capable of using Zoom).

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