Learning The Ukulele with The Indytute
I’ve never had much patience with learning instruments, apart from dabbling with the recorder as a child, I’ve not really spent much time at all learning to play anything. The lovely team at The Indytute contacted me to see if I’d like to come along to one of their events and see what it was all about. I jumped at the chance as it sounded right up my street.
If you’ve never heard of The Indytute before, it’s a company started by a very talented entrepreneur Calypso Rose. She decided that her, and everyone else, has enough stuff and it was time to bring fun and interesting learning experiences into people’s lives. But not in a formal, you must go to college three-times a week way, more in a social environment where you can dip into learning skills that take your fancy. Sounds great eh?
So I decided it was time to embrace my inner musician, take Indytute up on their offer and learn a new skill. So my husband and I booked on to learn the ukulele.
Our learning the ukulele course took place in The Strongroom Bar in Shoreditch. Perfect setting! And was hosted by the lovely Tricity Vogue (which I was a little disappointed to find out wasn’t her real name, but her stage name). Tricity is not only a patient and encouraging teacher, but she is also awesome on the ukulele and has a lovely singing voice.
After a quick introduction, our session was underway. We were invited to pick a ukulele. I was very pleased to be able to choose one with glittery flowers on it. We were quickly thrown in the deep end, being taught how to strum and mastering the chord of C. That’s the nice easy cord. With each cord introduced, we did a couple of run-throughs of a song which incorporated that cord. So as the session went on, we learnt more chords and were able to give more complex songs a go. I struggled a little bit on some of the chords, it was quite hard to remember exactly where my fingers needed to go on the strings at some points. But Tricity was really encouraging and helpful and it was good running through each song twice.
I really enjoyed the basics of learning the ukulele and that’s exactly what The Indytute is all about, equipping people with the basics of a new skill so they can decide whether they want to take it further. I love the concept and there are so many events they offer that I would love to try, so I’m sure we’ll be back.
I’d urge you to have a look at their event's calendar. There’s a real variety of sessions to try, including Disco Yoga, Wildlife Drawing, Paddleboarding, Rollerskating, Cycle Tours and Beer Hops. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
A ukulele session costs just £20 per person and lasts 90 minutes. Other sessions will vary depending on what you choose.
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Disclosure: We were offered a pair of complimentary tickets to an Indytute event, but as always my opinions are my own.