Ukulele Literacy

In this course we start to put some fundamental skills in place to expand the possibilities of ukulele playing and gain an understanding of music that applies to all other instruments.

NEW! Ukulele Literacy Class – online

Who is this course for? This course is not designed for total beginners. It is assumed you know most chords in root position and have basic strumming and chord picking skills. If you are comfortable with Em but not necessarily Bb, that’s about the level required. If you have already participated in a course like From Newcomer To Super Strummer, this is the next step! This course is similar to the Ukulele Skills Lab I’ve run in the last couple of years but we’re headed back to around level 3.

We will begin to:

  • Name the notes on the ukulele fingerboard
  • Explore chord playing further up the neck
  • Practice TAB reading and learn some elements of sheet music reading
  • Explore some music theory concepts relevant to ukulele
  • Fingerpick melodies
  • Put some concepts in place that can lead you to solo instrumental fingerpicking
  • Use you ukulele to work out vocal harmonies

We are using resources including Unstrung Music worksheets and song charts as well as James Hill’s Ukulele In The Classroom texts (which are free to download).

Term 1, 2022. Tuesdays 7-8pm AEDT. 8 February – 29 March on Zoom. 8 Weeks. $160.

Zoom recordings, practice tracks & printouts will be made available to enrolled students.


Interstate and international participants also welcome. Melbourne Westies, if you have any ambition to be a part of the Daisy Chains chamber ensemble, I highly recommend this course.

Taught by Steph Payne, fully qualified James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher and now a JHUI course mentor.