With a baby due in early September 2018, I’ll be taking a break from classes this fall. The plan is to return with some workshops in November and December, then resume regular classes in January 2019. That said, keep checking back, or sign up for our monthly newsletter, to get the latest news and updates, as that plan could change!
In the meantime, what’s a ukulele player in Portland to do? Not to fear, we live in a ukulele-rich city with a LOT of opportunities to keep up your playing:
- For beginners and those looking for a slower pace, try Ukulele Wednesdays with Jenn
- For those looking for a faster pace and/or more challenging songs, try a jam with Portland Ukulele Association (2nd Sundays)
- Other options: The Tigard Ukulele Group meets every Sunday and accommodates all levels. The Milwaukie Center on Thursdays and Hollywood Ukulele Group
- For beginners / intermediate, check out Chuck Cheesman’s classes at the Multnomah Arts Center (p71 in this brochure)
- For those looking for a challenge, check out Tracy Kim’s Jazz & Blues for Ukulele class at Artichoke Music.
- For kids, I’ve had a heck of a time finding class offerings, but it looks like there are some private lesson options at Ethos in N PDX and Vibe Studio in SE PDX. I’m not personally familiar with either of them, but have heard good things from those who have gone.
What you can do …
- Remember to make practice a regular part of daily / weekly routine.
- If you’re like me and like the accountability of a group jam or class, but have some specific material you want to work on, start a practice group with your friends from class. If you’re open to it, let me know about it and if any students I know and trust are looking for a group, I can point them in your direction.
- Keep an eye out for upcoming performances by local and touring ukulele artists, where you can get inspired
- Join an online learning community – I personally recommend following Cynthia Lin, whose style is similar to mine; and James Hill’s The Ukulele Way for instrumental ukulele instruction.
No matter what you do, follow whatever brings you joy in making music – good luck, and let me know what you find!