Barry (some call me Baz) Bemrose
7675 or 027 376 4162
Information for prospective students
First of all - some information about myself. My name is Barry Bemrose.
I am a
retired primary school teacher with experience in Canada and New Zealand (You may be able to figure out why I use the name KiwisCan Ukulele!)
I have had a lifelong interest in music playing
the guitar and ukulele.
Successful students have been able to continue their ukulele playing by continuing on into our local ukulele group called UKES IN THYME. Fun with music is
I also spend a lot of time teaching kids in the local schools!
Why KiwisCan Ukulele! ?
I lived in Canada for more years than I care to remember, thus the play on words. Look at the video clips on this website, and you will find me playing our theme song, an original.
How long is the Course ?
8 one-hour(+) group lessons – Once a week
Where will it be held? Music Studio 37 Glencarron Street Alexandra
if I don’t have a Ukulele?
I have loaner ukuleles available so you can “Try before you buy`` Please let me know ASAP if you need one (quantities limited) I can
also advise you on suitable purchases if required.
What are the costs involved?
$120 for 8 one-hour (+)
group lessons Payment is expected at the first lesson.
Bank Account ANZ 01 0695 0076668 00. Use your name as a reference. Cash or cheque also OK of course.
What you will learn
1) The history of the uke
Learn the different parts of the uke and be able to name them
3) The various tunings of the uke : C6 and D6
The four different sizes of uke : Soprano Concert Tenor and Baritone
5) How to hold a uke in order to generate the best sound. Strumming skills
6) How to answer the question “Why are you playing a uke?”
7) How to tune a ukulele
– various methods
8) The names of the strings
9) How to read chord charts and simple
theory around forming chords
10) Chords in the Keys of C, D and G
11) Strumming techniques
and simple fingerpicking methods
12) Basic scales - layout of notes on the frets
Efficient ways to practise.
14) The basics of barre chords
15) A repertoire of basic
songs that you can play and impress your friends!
16) Basics on using the internet to develop your skills
Simple transposition of songs from key to key (UkuleleHelpmate!)
18) That the ukulele is not only for singing Hawaiian songs!
19) Advice on buying a better ukulele when you become hooked ( which you will!)
20) How to have fun with your family and friends
We will build up a book of resources throughout the course that will be yours to keep.
I will also recommend other resources that you may find useful.
What Do I Need to Bring?
Willingness to practise an unfamiliar skill: Desire to have fun!!
1 20 Leaflet clear book – available at Paperplus (don’t buy until you see what I mean)
Any questions? Call or email anytime!