Learn to Play

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

We’re teaching a zillion classes weekly and they’re super cheap (on purpose) … and seriously, they’ll make you a great player if you’ll practice a teeny bit at home.  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 to you (probably) headlining at Red Rocks.

Group Classes

These are fun and cost effective! For less than ten bucks a time, you’ll get two hours of music education you can take home and turn into magic.

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

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

Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra:

  • No Registration Required. Tuesdays at 6:30-8:30 pm. We will be changing to Mondays this summer. Details coming soon.
  • Check our calendar HERE to make sure it’s not an “off” week.
  • Clements Community Center at 1580 Yarrow Street (near Colfax and Wadsworth). Our meeting location will be changing this summer. Details coming soon.
  • There is a $5 weekly fee for the facility and annual dues of $40 (payable quarterly).

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. Times and locations vary.
  • If you’d like a workshop at your location, email: info@ukuleleorchestra.org

Drop-In Guitar on Monday Evenings

Finally! Play the extra-large 6-string ukulele using chord-melody fingerstyle technique. We have a fun and inexpensive way for you to become a rock legend or at least a pretty groovin’ guitar guru. The first half hour is for complete beginners or people who’ve been away from guitar for awhile and need a little help getting on track. After that, we open it up for ensemble playing, solo demonstrations and mini lessons. 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. No registration required.

  • Mondays Jan 9-May 22 (No class Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 27 or Apr 17)
  • Lakewood Cultural Center 6:30-8:30 pm. (Continuing students come at 7 pm)
  • Cost per session: $8. (Stop at the front desk on your way up to pay the fee.)
  • There is a one-time fee of $5 for the “textbook” payable to me.

Private Lessons

The first lesson is always free and will either be in Lakewood, Englewood, or downtown. On subsequent lessons, if we do my program, 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 I’ve never heard of, it’ll be $25 per half hour. If you want to book a small group, it’s $10 per person and you bring me an iced venti latte (with an extra shot) from Starbucks. Seem fair?! You can contact me directly to arrange a time at garyjugert@yahoo.com. If you want a head start, go look at some of the quality tools on our downloads page.


So let’s talk: Yeah, I know you think learning for free from YouTube is gonna work. I’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 me check to make sure you’re on the right path. Every month I 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.



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: 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. I am certified in James Hill’s method and we use lots of his ideas to make the education both fun and effective.

DROP-IN 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 should come for the first half hour where we’ll focus on basic correct playing techniques and afterward we’ll open it up to solo and ensemble playing along with mini-lessons on important aspects of musicianship. 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 me to find out what’s happening next.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN UKULELE ORCHESTRA: We meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Clements Community Center. 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 me before showing up so we can chat a little about what we have going on these days.

SUMMER INSTITUTE: Details coming soon!


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.


History of our classes:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
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.