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Ukulele for Seniors

$79

with Duncan Perry, MSAD#1 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Aug 4, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks
1 additional session on Dec 7, 2022

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).     

Ukulele For Seniors

$79

with Duncan Perry, Gorham Adult Education

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

It is 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! Of course, you will need a playable ukulele (we are happy to provide information on where to buy one if you don't have one available (uketime24@gmail.com). So grab a uke, sign up, tune up, show up and bloom on Zoom! (We can help you get acclimated to Zoom too, but you will need a computer or tablet capable of receiving Zoom).Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for over 14 years. He is a popular and experienced teacher and performer who offers classes up and down the Southern coast of Maine.

Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for over 14 years. He is a popular and experienced teacher and performer who offers classes up and down the Southern coast of Maine.

4 classes, Thursdays, 8/4-8/25, 10:00am-11:30am, virtual, $79

UKULELE FOR SENIORS - WE'LL TAKE IT SLOW AND EASY

$79

with Duncan Perry, Winthrop/Monmouth Adult Education

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).

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

$79

with Duncan Perry, Merrymeeting Adult Education

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).

Ukulele for Seniors - We’ll take it slow and easy

$79

with Duncan Perry, York Adult Education

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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Ukulele for Beginners

$79

with Duncan Perry, MSAD#1 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Oct 4, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

THE COURSE:

The ukulele has captured hearts and minds in Maine and around the world! Come join our beginners’ class and share in the joy. The ukulele is versatile and easy to play (if you regularly practice!). You will learn essentials including basic chord positions, strumming techniques and picking styles. This class will give you the tools to play with groups or solo and you don't have to know how to read music! You must have a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or free ukulele tuning app. If you don't have a uke, let us know when you register and Duncan will be glad to  provide information about how and where to buy one to fit your budget. Learn to play the ukulele! Stimulate your mind and light up your world!

 

THE INSTRUCTOR:

Duncan Perry, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 14 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 600 adults up and down the coast of Maine and inland too. He has regularly performed at benefits, elder care venues, in senior programs, and in schools and libraries. In addition to offering instruction through various adult education programs, he has worked with children in several communities. His mission is to spread the joy of the ukulele across Maine!

CLASS:

Classes will be taught live virtually through zoom for 4 consecutive THursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm. Duncan will log on each class early (around 5:15) to answer any questions, help you tune your ukulele or just to chat. We recommend either a laptop or tablet/iPad to stream the class on zoom. It is possible with a smart phone, but it has proven to be much more challenging for students. You have the option of coming to the SAD1 Adult & Community Education office located at 79 Blake Street, Suite 2 in Presque Isle if technology or internet connection is an issue. Please let us know if we can help!

Ukulele:

You must have access to a ukulele in order to paticipate in the class. Chris Morton at KMH Music Shop in Presque Isle has ukes in stock and ready to purchase! Here are Duncan's recommendation for purchasing a quality uke:

1. Buy from an established local dealer who services what the store sells if you can.     

2. Select a ukulele that you think sounds and feels good. *Most adults prefer a concert or tenor over the soprano uke.     

3. Make sure the dealer performs an inspection to insure that the uke is in top playing condition, with the strings set up properly for YOU (are you left or right handed?), and that the physical condition of the instrument is prefect (good finish -no cracks, dents, dings - straight neck, no jagged fret wires).      

4. Make sure the dealer stands behind the instruments sold in the store.     

5. Don’t forget to get a case or gig bag to protect the instrument.     

6. Buy an electronic tuner or add an app to your i-phone.     

7. Buy a humidifier and use it with distilled water.    

8. It is good, but not essential, to buy a music stand – inexpensive ones can be purchased online.

Please feel free to reach out to Duncan if you have questions. His email is uketime24@gmail.com or cell phone is 207-219-8055.

 

Ukulele: Beyond Beginners, The Journey Continues

$79

with Duncan Perry, MSAD#1 Adult & Community Education

Calendar Oct 5, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Are you longing to take your ukulele playing to a new level? Join Duncan Perry to dig deeper into strumming and finger-picking. Explore ways of decorating your playing with triplets, hammer-ons, pull offs, slides and more. Discover how melody notes can enhance your playing. To join, you'll need a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, 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 and G. Sign up, tune up, and show up to continue your ukulele quest!

Instant Piano (for hopelessly busy people)

$59

with Craig Coffman, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Oct 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

In just a few hours, you can learn enough to give you years of musical enjoyment.  Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords.  Via ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all.  Course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons, so you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own.  An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included.    A recording of the class is included as well.   The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction.  Learn:  how chords work in a song, how to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it, how to form the three main types of chords, how to handle different keys and time signatures, how to avoid “counting” and how to simplify over 12,000 complex chords!

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