MUS 105 — Play the Ukulele: Rock, Pop, and Folk
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Mar 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 19
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Greg Vaughan
Class Recording Available: No
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jan 17—Mar 20
No letter grade
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 bring a ukulele (soprano, concert, or tenor in C tuning) and a portable music stand to each class session.
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.
Instructor, Gryphon Stringed Instruments
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.