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MUS 105 — Play the Ukulele: Rock, Pop, and Folk

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Oct 3—Dec 5
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 5
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Greg Vaughan
Limit: 20
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 21
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Fall
On-campus
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 3—Dec 5
9 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 5
1 Unit
Fees
$510
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Greg Vaughan
Limit
20
Recording
No
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 21
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 the course, you will be “crackers”—or at least able to play along with rock, folk, and pop songs.

This course is designed for those with little or no experience in playing the ukulele. Students should have a ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor in C tuning-gCEA).

GREG VAUGHAN
Instructor, Gryphon Stringed Instruments

Greg Vaughan has taught guitar and ukulele at Gryphon 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 also has taught group guitar and ukulele classes at Google and other Silicon Valley companies and at the Nueva School.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.