For absolute beginners and particularly for those with no previous experience on any instrument, learning the ukulele in a friendly group atmosphere is definitely the best way to quickly get off the starting blocks. You are about to learn a new skill with a whole new language (chords, frets, keys etc) so having the support of a good teacher and in a group of like minded people at the same level will really help make the learning experience positive and fun for you. You’ll also get instant and useful feedback in the class (not really available with straight ‘to camera’ online lessons) to help you grasp the basics.
In just one or two lessons you will have the beginners tool kit of how to hold and strum, how to make a chord and how to interpret and song sheet mastered. You’ll then be able to start strumming and singing along to a large number of your favourite songs.
In my own group (and one to one lessons) I guarantee that by the end of just the first hour you will be able to play at least four songs and to date my students have a 100% record on that.
The group classes I run at Ritz Music are 90 mins (19.15 – 20.45) and £15 per lesson. They usually have about 8-10 people in them so a really good size to encompass both the fun aspect of playing in a group (and meeting new people!) alongside having the time for me to help people needing some one to one support.
My approach is that even if you just want to do one lesson, by the end of just the first one you will know enough and have the skills to just use online lessons with confidence in understanding the terminology they are using.
By the end of lesson three, my aim is to have you at a level where you could confidently join a local uke session and feel you can strum along to most of the songs. After that many people I have taught feel they have the confidence to be playing and performing a local events including being part of our own community uke band called ‘UKewLele’. Some have then performed on the stage of The Half Moon in Putney which is one of London’s top live music venues. A real case of ‘From Zero to Uke Hero’!