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MUS 105 — An Introduction to the Ukulele: Rock, Pop, and Folk

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—Jun 10
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 14
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Greg Vaughan
Limit: 20
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on May 27
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 1—Jun 10
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 14
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Greg Vaughan
Please Note: No class on May 27
George Harrison wrote, “Everyone should have and play a ‘UKE.’ It’s so simple to carry with you and it is one instrument you can’t play and not laugh!” He carried his uke with him and gave away ukes to friends whenever he could. “Everyone I know who is into the ukulele is ‘crackers,’ so get yourself a few and enjoy yourselves,” he said. Good advice from a Beatle. This course offers an introduction to playing the ukulele. Geared toward both complete neophytes and experienced beginners, the course will teach students the basics of uke chords and strumming. A dozen or so chords will be covered as well as a few strum patterns and basic fingerpicking. Basic chart reading and rhythm studies will also be discussed. Each week, the class will learn a new song that utilizes new chords and techniques, and ultimately, students will play each song together as a group. By the end of course you, too, will be “crackers”—or at least able to play along with rock, folk, and pop songs.

The only requirement for this course is a ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor in C tuning-GCEA).

Greg Vaughan, Instructor, Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Greg Vaughan has taught guitar at Gryphon Stringed Instruments for over two decades. He specializes in contemporary music including alternative, punk, rock (modern and classic), acoustic (especially classic and new rock), and electric blues guitar. He has performed with Brad Russell, Chip McNeil, Lori White, and Favored Nations artist Andy Timmons.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Lil' Rev, Hal Leonard Ukelele Method Book 1 (ISBN 9780634079863)