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Uke jam sessions returning

The Tuesday night Uke Jam sessions are resuming.

The first session will be held Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Joe’s Garage on Fifth Street in Courtenay, just west of the bridge). All are welcome, beginners as well as more experienced players.

In the first hour, we will teach the basics — first chords, strum patterns and familiar songs. This session is appropriate to folks who have never before played a uke or who want a refresher program.

In the second hour, we will develop more advanced skills on the uke, continue with a music reading program, and learn some new chords and new songs.

Anyone is welcome to drop in to either session or both for a fee of $5.

The sessions will continue into April, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (except for January allowing for recovery from the holidays).

The proposed schedule is: Jan. 15 and 29; Feb. 12 and 26; March 12 and 26; April 9. In the week of April 21, a ukulele festival will be held.

The sponsors of the program are all retired music teachers, and are all members of a performing ensemble known as Time for Uke.   Since retirement, we now have time for playing, practising and improving our ukulele skills, and sharing our knowledge and love of music with people who would like to learn. We perform at local seniors retirement homes and for other non-profit organizations throughout the valley.

For more information, call Donna Griffiths at 250-339-7782 or e-mail dgriffiths@shaw.ca.

— Time for Uke

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