Absolutely not! This is why the ukulele is so popular and truly the instrument of the people. It is the easiest instrument to learn and you need no musical talent whatsoever to play. Uko Ono offers Beginner Start Up lesson packages which will have you all set for a lifetime of joy with the ukulele. Tinkle on your own or join a local group.
No. We find that there is always one or two members in the group who have had some musical experience who are able to assist other team members but there is absolutely no requirement for staff to have any musical background to experience the benefits of the team-building workshops. They are great fun and the ukulele is such an easy instrument to learn they will be belting out a song before the workshop is finished. Plus if they do want to continue to play, each participant gets their own take-home ukulele beginners book.
We generally limit workshops to 15 people for maximum benefit. All the ukuleles and song books are provided – you just need to provide the venue!
Get your Groove On is the most booked workshop we offer and it can run anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. For ice-breakers or energisers at conferences or training days, the Pump It Up workshop can’t be beaten. Not only is it great fun, participants will have both sides of their brains switched on and be ready for learning and taking in information. If you have more time, the Rock Star workshop is ideal for bonding and getting teams working together plus provides plenty of follow-up material (photos, videos, etc).
Yes. We provide tailored packages for groups of all kinds – including work colleagues, special-interest groups and even friends who would like to learn in a group situation. This is a cost-effective way to learn the ukulele and provides a fun and creative way to connect.
We now have a Beginners group that meets on a Wednesday 4.30-5.30pm at the Sawtell CWA Hall for brand new players. We start each school term which is the ideal time to join but if you wanted to start mid-term, you might like to try the Beginners Start Up Lessons package first. The Monday group is for ‘intermediate’ players and often Beginners switch to this group after a term or two.
The Sawtell Intermediate Ukulele Group now meet Mondays, 4.30-6.30pm at the Marian Grove Retirement Village Recreation Hall, Marian Place, Toormina and the Sawtell Beginners Group meet Wednesdays, 4.30-5.30pm at the CWA Hall, 21 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell – both during school terms.
The Mahalo coloured ukulele is a great starter ukulele for beginners and a bargain price at $35 complete with bag. You will also need a tuner and these cost between $15 and $25 for a clip-on or you can also download tuner apps for around $5. I also recommend getting a strap for your uke as it’s one less thing to grapple with when you are learning to strum, play chords and sing! Your local ukulele/guitar shop should be able to put a strap ‘button’ in for you. And I love it when my students buy themselves a music stand – it really makes playing so much easier and costs between $20-$40. So for $100, you could be all set up and ready to rock!