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There will be free ukulele lessons offered by Lou Strano the second Monday of the month January-June 2013 (the 1st class only will be held on a Thursday in the large Program Room. Subsequent classes will be on Mondays in Program Room 2). Lou is a long-time musician who recently moved to Simsbury. He looked to the ukulele for its unique sound and easy playability as he got older. He attended one of the free piano lessons offered by Mia Kang (Mondays 11-noon) and decided he would like to do something similar with his ukulele. Why the ukulele? According to Lou it is 'because it is easy to learn though difficult to master. You can learn several chords and start playing songs more easily than on a guitar, so it is motivating for beginners.' The ukulele is especially good for young people because it has 4 nylon strings as opposed to 6 steel strings on the guitar. The strings are flexible and the small size is easy for kids to handle. This class will be an introduction to ukulele basics, including: History, exploring, handling and tuning the ukulele, and playing your first chords and songs. Lou owns three ukuleles so the class will be limited to 6 people, unless you bring your own! Please contact Lou at 860-392-9139 to check for class openings. STUDENTS SHOULD BRING A NOTEBOOK & PENCIL TO CLASS.


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