UNIQUE group Uke-can-do-it have made a home for their small group of amateur players at the Satellite Centre, Greenfield on Mondays from 10am–12noon.
Their membership is not limited to those with special musical skill but all are welcome, even beginners who have never played the instrument before.
“You don’t even need to be able to read music,” said group organiser Ann Hibbert.
“If you can recognise your ABC then you’re halfway there!”
The group’s patient guide and mentor, Reg Guerin, introduces everyone to a wide range of tunes from ‘folk’ to ‘rock’ and ‘pop’.
New songs to add to the repertoire are suggested by members which Reg then does his best to annotate and revise for the ukulele.
Members also research music via ‘YouTube’, from where you can get practical tips on strumming and fingering, and people will be delighted by how quickly they can progress.
Of course, commitment and regular practice do help, but with just a few practice sessions a week you could soon be strumming like a ‘pro’.
“We can lend you a ‘training’ instrument,” added Ann, “but once you’re hooked you’ll want to have your own uke.
“Remember, George Harrison, Brian May, Eric Clapton and Marilyn Monroe all started with a ukulele!”
While Uke-can-do-it has only been an active group for eighteen months, they’ve already played a number of gigs and even been invited back to two venues.
“Practising for performances works two ways,” said Ann, “it sharpens our minds and helps us to focus!”
Currently, the group is practicing for three Christmas gigs, with their repertoire including: Amazing Grace, Lord of the Dance, Sweet Georgia Brown, Tom Dooley and a Christmas medley.
Uke-can-do-it meets at The Satellite Centre, Greenfield every Monday from 10am-12noon. The cost is £3 per session which includes coffee. For further information call Ann Hibbert: 01457 874423.