Ukulele virtuoso Jacqui Wickes to lead six week course

Ukulele virtuoso Jacqui Wickes returns to Ropery Hall next month to lead a six-week course, Ukulele for beginners.

“If you or a family member has a ukulele and don’t know how to play it or you are you thinking about buying one then this is the course for you,” said West Yorkshire based Jacqui.

This will be the second ukulele course that Jacqui has led at The Ropewalk, the first being last autumn that was so successful that the group formed its own Barton Ukulele Group and now meets on a fortnightly basis to continue their musical journey with Jacqui joining them on a regular basis.

“This is a course for absolute beginners, something that Jacqui was herself about seven years ago,” explained The Ropewalk’s Managing Director, Liz Bennet.  “Since then she has gone on to  found  The Uku:Ladies, Ossett Ukulele Club and Some Like It Ossett.”

“With her infectious personality she has delighted crowds from Grassington to Glastonbury,”  Liz went on.

Jacqui added:  “In recent years this tiny instrument has been the centre of a musical revolution, with Ukulele Clubs springing up in towns and cities across the globe.  Portable and user friendly, the ukulele is the ‘people’s instrument’ it will bring a smile to your face and get your toes tapping”.

During the six week courser that begins on Monday September 11 and continues until Monday October 16 those taking part will learn how to  hold and tune the ukulele,  play simple chords and start to make music,  play in different times and strumming patterns, play both in a group and on their own and also what to look out for when buying an instrument of their own.

The cost of the six week course, limited to those aged 16 years and over,  is £50 per person.  Ukuleles will be provided although particpants are more than welcome to bring their own.

if you would like to book a place please contact The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery to give your details and  payment for the class which is required in advance.  Following the class you are welcome to join the regular ukulele group which meets on a fortnightly basis on a Monday night in Ropery Hall.

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