Learn to Play

Come take a class! They’re cheap and fun!

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We’re teaching a zillion classes weekly and they’re super cheap (on purpose)! For less money than most lunches, you’ll normally get a couple hours of music education you can take home and turn into magic … and seriously, we’ll make you a great player if you’ll practice a teeny bit.  We’ve been doing this a long time and have a system that works. Pick a way that is most comfortable for you to learn and we’ll rawk your socks off together. It will lead you to headlining (probably) at Red Rocks.

Orchestra

Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra: Meets Mondays at 6:30 pm in the northeast basement at GMUMC. All the information you need is on our home page.

  • No Registration Required. Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm.
  • Check our complete-ish calendar below to make sure it’s not an “OFF” week.
  • GMUMC is located at 12755 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, CO 80228
  • Enter the building through the basement door on the northeast corner.
  • There is a $5 weekly fee for the facility and annual dues of $40 (payable quarterly).

Group Ukulele Classes

Ukulele in Lakewood: Lakewood Cultural Center Registration (303) 987-7845. There is a one-time fee of $5 for the “textbook” payable to the instructor.

  • Introduction to Ukulele: Wednesdays, Jan 11-Feb 15 at 6:30 pm LCC
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Wednesdays, Feb 22-Mar 29 at 6:30 pm LCC
  • Cowboy Ukulele: Wednesdays, Apr 5-Apr 26 at 6:30 pm LCC
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Mondays, July 24-Aug 28 at 6:30 pm LCC
  • Teen Ukulele Summer Jam: Mon-Friday, July 24-28 at 10 am LCC
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Thursdays, Sept 7-Oct 12 at 4:00 pm LCC
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Thursdays, Sept 7-Oct 12 at 6:30 pm LCC
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Thursdays, Oct 19-Nov 30 at 6:30 pm LCC (No class Nov. 23)
  • Christmas on the Ukulele: Thursdays, Dec 7-Dec 21 at 6:30 pm LCC

Ukulele in Denver: Historic Grant Street . There is a one-time fee of $5 for the “textbook” payable to the instructor.

  • UKULELE SUMMER INSTITUTE: Jun 5-Aug 28 Registration (303) 984-0777 or info@ukuleleorchestra.org
    • Go HERE for all the details … this is a BIG Deal!

Free Library Classes:

  • Saturday, March 4: Bear Valley Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver 2-4 pm
  • Saturday, March 11: Bear Valley Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver 2-4 pm
  • Saturday, March 18: Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver 2-4 pm
  • Saturday, March 25: Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver 2-4 pm
  • Wednesday, April 5: Parker Library – Speed Dating with Ukulele 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 8: Evergreen Library, 5000 Co Rd 73, Evergreen 2-4 pm
  • Thursday, April 27: Golden Library, 1019 10th Street, Golden 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Saturdays, July 22 & 29: Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 5: Belmar Library, 555 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood 2-4 pm
  • Saturdays, September 23 & 30: Bear Valley Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver 2-4 pm

Workshops at YOUR Location:

  • We offer ukulele Saturday classes on a regular basis for free or a small fee. Times and locations vary.
  • If you’d like a workshop at your location, email: info@ukuleleorchestra.org

Guitar Orchestra

Finally! Play the extra-large 6-string ukulele using chord-melody fingerstyle technique along with classical and folk techniques. We have a fun, inexpensive, and completely different way for you to become a pretty groovin’ guitar guru. We have a graded system that all students follow as they prepare for large ensemble play. It’s the only (we think) place in town where guitarists can get together to play on a weekly basis and not worry about their skill level … and we promise no self-important guitar nerd will take over and make your evening a bore. No matter where you are in your guitar career, you’ll start at Level 1 and progress through a laddered system until you join the full orchestra and perform in small ensembles. It’s fun and comfy. We use standard notation and tablature along with chord grids to make it easier and fun for everyone. We’re NOT recommended for advanced players or those looking for an open-mic environment for you to dazzle others with a song you learned ten years ago. Bring an acoustic guitar.

  • Dates and times vary by location.
  • To register for LCC classes, call (303) 987-7845
  • To register for all other locations, call (303) 984-0777
  • Email garyjugert@yahoo.com with questions.
  • There is a fee for the music books.
  • Guitar Orchestra Level 1
    • Wednesdays, Sept 13-Oct 4 at 6:30 pm LCC
    • Wednesdays, Oct 11-Nov 1 at 6:30 pm LCC
  • Guitar Orchestra Level 2
    • Wednesdays, Oct 11-Nov 1 at 7:30 pm LCC
  • Christmas on the Guitar
    • Wednesdays, Nov 29-Dec 20 at 6:30 pm LCC

Private Lessons

The first lesson is always free and will either be in Lakewood or downtown. On subsequent lessons, it’s $20 per half hour. If we do some system you’re thinking up, or found on the internet, or involves strumming modern songs from bands we’ve never heard of, or need to travel to your location, it’ll be more. If you want to book a small group, it’s $10 per person and you bring the instructor an iced latte (with an extra shot). Seem fair?! We have several certified teachers and we also know a number of teachers who teach other instruments and have a different fee structure. You can contact us directly to chat about your goals arrange a time at garyjugert@yahoo.com or by calling 303-984-0777. If you want a head start, go look at some of the quality tools on our FUN! page.

Everyday

So let’s talk: Yeah, we know you think learning for free from YouTube is gonna work. We’d like for it to work too. There are some wonderful teachers and amazing lessons there. But let’s get real for just a moment. Those teachers can’t see the crazy weird habits you’re developing accidentally and they can’t fix you. So be brave and come around and let us check to make sure you’re on the right path. Every month we meet people who need a little bit of adjustment and encouragement after their romp through YouTube. The sooner you get face to face with other musicians of all levels, the sooner you’ll be making real musical progress. We’re pretty nice people … except for the weirdos.

The other (perhaps more dangerous) thing you’ll encounter in our fair city are surprisingly expensive “ukulele teachers” popping up these days. Ask a lot of questions before spending weeks or months (and hundreds of bones) with a guitar teacher who’s only doing this until the band’s album hits the charts. If his main line is teaching guitar, maybe you should take guitar lessons from him … not ukulele.

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Complete-ish Calendar

Let me know what I’ve forgotten or need to fix

July 2017

•    Monday, July 3: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Wednesday, July 5: 50/90 Songwriter’s Kickoff Party (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, July 10: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Tuesday, July 11: Jumping Flea Arpeggiator Workshop (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Wednesday, July 12: Bar Chords on the Ukulele Class (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday-Saturday, July 17-22: Intro to Ukulele BLITZ (Grant) 10 am – Noon
•    Monday, July 17: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Tuesday, July 18: Beginning Music Theory (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Wednesday, July 19: Ukulele Strumming Patterns with Debbie Turner (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Saturday, July 22: Free Library Class! Park Hill Library4705 Montview Blvd, Denver 2:30-4:30 pm
•    Saturday, July 22: Bear Creek Strummers (Bear Creek Lake) 7:30 pm
•    Monday-Friday, July 24-28: Ukulele Teen Summer Jam (LCC) 10 am – Noon
•    Monday, July 24: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Mondays, July 24-Aug 28: Introduction to Ukulele (LCC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Tuesday, July 25: Sheet Music for Stringed Instrument Players (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Wednesday, July 26: Memorize ONE Song (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Saturday, July 29: Free Library Class! Park Hill Library4705 Montview Blvd, Denver 2:30-4:30 pm
•    Mondays, July 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28: Intro to Ukulele Early Morning Edition (Grant) 10 am – Noon
•    Monday, July 31: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm

August 2017

•    Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1-2: Ukulele Classic Songs (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Saturday, August 5: Free Library Class! Belmar Library, 555 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood 2-4 pm
•    Monday, August 7: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Tuesday, August 8: Performing Live with Marnie Ward (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Wednesday, August 9: String Changing Workshop (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, August 14: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15-16: Arranging for Duets (Grant) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, August 21: RMUO Fun Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, August 28: RMUO OFF-End of Summer

September 2017

•    Monday, Sept 4: RMUO OFF-Labor Day
•    Thursdays, Sept 7-Oct 12: Introduction to Ukulele (LCC) 4-6 pm
•    Thursdays, Sept 7-Oct 12: Introduction to Ukulele (LCC) 6:30-8:30 pm

•    Monday, Sept 11: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Sept 18: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm

•    Saturday, Sept 23: Free Library Class! Bear Valley Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver 2-4 pm
•    Monday, Sept 25: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm

•    Saturday, Sept 30: Free Library Class! Bear Valley Library, 5171 W Dartmouth Ave, Denver 2-4 pm

October 2017

•    Monday, Oct 2: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Oct 9: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Oct 16: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Thursdays, Oct 19-Nov 30: Introduction to Ukulele (LCC) 6:30-8:30 pm (No class Nov. 23)
•    Monday, Oct 23: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Oct 30: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm


November 2017

•    Monday, Nov 6: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Nov 13: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Nov 20: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Nov 27: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm


December 2017

•    Friday, Dec 1: Golden Library Holiday Open House1019 10th St, Golden, CO Time TBD
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Monday, Dec 4: RMUO TECHNICAL Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Tuesday, Dec 5: Concert! “Sound of (Ukulele) Music” (LCC) 7:30-9:30 pm
•    Thursdays, Dec 7-Dec 21: Christmas on the Ukulele (LCC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Saturday, Dec 9: RMUO & Historic Grant Christmas Concert (Grant) 2-4 pm
•    Monday, Dec 4: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm
•    Monday, Dec 11: RMUO OFF-Winter Holiday
•    Monday, Dec 18: RMUO OFF-Winter Holiday
•    Monday, Dec 25: RMUO OFF-Winter Holiday

January 2018

•    Monday, Jan 1: RMUO OFF-Winter Holiday
•    Monday, Jan 8: RMUO Regular Rehearsal (GMUMC) 6:30-8:30 pm

May 2018

•    Tuesday, May 15: Concert! “(Sorta) Headbanger Ukulele” (LCC) 7:30-9:30 pm

December 2018

•    Tuesday, Dec 11: FULL ORCHESTRA CONCERT (LCC) 7:30-9:30 pm

Locations:

  • GMUMC: Green Mountain United Methodist: 12755 W Cedar Dr, Lakewood, CO 80228
    Enter through basement door on the north east corner.
    Call (303) 984-0777 to register for information about GMUMC events.
  • Grant: Historic Grant Avenue: 216 S Grant St, Denver, CO 80209
    Enter through south door under the maroon awning.
    Call (303) 984-0777 to register for activities happening at Grant Street.
  • LCC: Lakewood Cultural Center: 470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226
    Lots of parking in the parking garage. Enter any way you can.

    Call (303) 987-7845 to register for activities happening at LCC.
  • Libraries: For free library classes, contact the library to register. Loaner ukes are available.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: These are offered only by request, and usually held someplace crazy! You should come to a one-day workshop if you’re new to your instrument. We will focus on buying and tuning choices, strumming techniques, basic chord shapes, reading tablature and playing melody lines. We’ll even learn how to combine chords and melody so you’ll sound like a professional.

INTRODUCTION TO UKULELE: No previous experience required. These six-week workshops are an in-depth exploration of the ukulele and focused around your needs whether you are new to music or have been playing another instrument for a long time. We’ll get straight to sheet music, music theory, combining melody and harmony, building your repertoire, composing in major keys, and developing your performance skills. Our conductor Gary Jugert is certified in James Hill’s method and we use lots of his ideas to make the education both fun and effective.

GUITAR: This on-going series is a way to jump start your old desire to play one of the world’s great instruments. We study sheet music, music theory, combining melody and harmony, building your repertoire, and developing your performance skills. Beginners and people with rusty fingers follow exactly the same path as the guitar dudes who think they know everything. We’ll focus on basic correct playing techniques and we open it up to solo and ensemble playing when you’re ready. We offer students a weekly chance to play with others in a supportive environment for both beginners and advancing students. Bring an acoustic guitar please.

WANT MORE UKE? We’ve added a specialty classes like Tin Pan Alley, Broadway show tunes, Cowboy and Western songs, Hawaiian and Island music, Jazz, and Holiday (er, Christmas) favorites. It’s for players who want to focus on improving their solo playing skills. The topic changes each session, so e-mail us to find out what’s happening next.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE ORCHESTRA: We meet Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at GMUMC. This group is for ukulele players of all backgrounds from anywhere in the metro area who are ready to work on advanced material and take their playing to the highest levels. Seriously, this is where the big-time real-deal is happening. We’re doing stuff nobody else on the planet is tackling. It’s $5 each week and there is a $40 annual membership fee. Please contact us before showing up so we can chat a little about what we have going on these days and prepare you to join the most important band in ukulele-dom.

SUMMER INSTITUTE: I promise this is the best thing going ukulele-wise during the summer. Get info here!

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All of the classes will encourage you to seek out next steps toward becoming more musically proficient, will make you more aware of musical resources in our community, and bring peace, joy and harmony to others who see you wielding your mighty instrument. We’re focused on delivering way more than you’d expect for such a tiny fee. Please be in contact with us, come join us for a class, and bring a friend too.

Send an e-mail to info@ukuleleorchestra.org if you have questions.

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History of our classes:

2017

  • Drop in Evening Guitar: Jan 9-May 22
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Jan 11-Feb 15 (two sections!)
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Feb 22-Mar 29
  • Bear Valley Library: Mar 4 & 11
  • Park Hill Library: Mar 18 & 25
  • Cowboy Ukulele: Apr 5-Apr 26
  • Parker Library Hobby Speed Dating: April 5
  • Evergreen Library: April 8
  • Golden Library: April 27
  • Danielle Anderson Songwriting Workshop: June 20
  • 50/90 Songwriter’s Kickoff Party: July 5
  • Jumping Flea Arpeggiator Workshop: July 11
  • Bar Chords on the Ukulele Class: July 12
  • Intro to Ukulele BLITZ: July 17-22
  • Beginning Music Theory: July 18
  • Ukulele Strumming Patterns with Debbie Turner: July 19
  • Park Hill Library: July 22 & 29
  • Ukulele Teen Summer Jam: July 24-28
  • Belmar Library: Aug 5
  • Introduction to Ukulele: July 24-Aug 28
  • Sheet Music for Stringed Instrument Players: July 25
  • Memorize ONE Song: July 26
  • Intro to Ukulele Early Morning Edition: July 31-Aug 28
  • Ukulele Classic Songs: Aug 1-2
  • Performing Live with Marnie Ward: Aug 8
  • String Changing Workshop: Aug 9
  • Arranging for Duets: Aug 15-16
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Sept 7-Oct 12 (two sections)
  • Guitar Orchestra Level 1: Sept 13-Oct 4
  • Bear Valley Library: Sept 23 & 30
  • Guitar Orchestra Level 1: Oct 11-Nov 1
  • Guitar Orchestra Level 2: Oct 11-Nov 1
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Oct 19-Nov 30
  • Christmas on the Guitar: Nov 29-Dec 20
  • Christmas on the Ukulele: Dec 7-Dec 21

2016

  • Drop in Evening Guitar: Jan 5-May 17
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Jan 25-Mar 7
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Mar 14-Apr 18
  • Tin Pan Alley for Ukulele: Apr 25-May 16
  • Drop in Evening Guitar: Jun 6-Aug 22
  • Summer Institute: Jul 5-Aug 30
  • Library Series at Park Hill: Sept 3-24
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Sept 7-Oct 12
  • Drop in Evening Guitar: Sept 12-Dec 19
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Oct 19-Nov 30 (No class Nov. 23)
  • Christmas on the Ukulele: Dec 7-Dec 21

2015

  • Drop in Evening Guitar: Jan 12-May 18
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Jan 28-Mar 4
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Mar 11-Apr 15
  • Ukulele Jazz: Apr 22-May 13
  • Drop in Evening Guitar: Sep 8-Dec 15
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Sep 14-Oct 19
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Oct 26-Nov 30
  • Ukulele Christmas: Dec 7-Dec 21

2014

  • Ukulele One-Day Workshop: Jan 22
  • Guitar Jan 25-Feb 15
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Jan 29-Mar 5
  • Saturday Ukulele 1-day Workshop: Mar 8
  • Introduction to Ukulele: Mar 12-Apr 16
  • Guitar: Mar 15-Apr 5
  • Cowboy Ukulele: Apr 23-May 14
  • Ukulele Intro: Jun 11-July 16
  • Ukulele Hawaiian: July 23-Aug 13
  • Ukulele One-Night Workshop: Oct 1
  • Ukulele Intro: Oct 8-Nov 12
  • Guitar One-Night Workshop: Oct 13
  • Guitar Four-Week Intro: Oct 20-Nov 10
  • Ukulele Christmas: Nov 19-Dec 17

2013

  • One Day Workshop: Jan 26
  • Intro to Ukulele: Jan 30-Mar 6
  • One Day Workshop: Mar 9
  • Intro to Ukulele: Mar 13-Apr 17
  • Broadway Show Tunes: Apr 24-May 15
  • One Day Workshop: June 5
  • Intro to Ukulele: Jun 12-Jul 17
  • One Day Workshop: July 20
  • One Day Workshop: Sep 14
  • Intro to Ukulele: Sep 18-Oct 23
  • Guitar Workshop: Oct 19
  • Intro to Guitar: Nov 2-23
  • Ukulele Christmas: Nov 13-Dec 11

2012

  • Jan 28: One Day Workshop
  • Feb 2: One Day Workshop
  • Feb 4-Mar 8: Six Week Intro
  • Mar 10: One Day Workshop
  • Mar 15-Apr 19: Six Week Intro
  • March 18: Ukulele Orchestra
  • Apr 25-May 16: Want More Uke
  • Jun 6: One Day Workshop
  • Jun13-Jul 25: Six Week Intro
  • Jul 21: One Day Workshop
  • Sep 8: One Day Workshop
  • Sep 19-Oct 24: Six Week Intro
  • Oct 6: One Day Workshop
  • Nov 7-Nov 28: Holiday Favorites
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Back in the day I wanted to use this image in a poster for one of our concerts and the crew said NO! So I’ve posted it here … just ‘cuz.