What level am I?

Beginner I:  ‘Absolute’ Beginner

This level is perfect for you if you have never played the Ukulele before, or just been playing a chord here and there and would like to get a great Uke foundation to have fun and grow from. No previous music experience necessary at all!

You will learn: to play chords, strum and sing simple songs on the Ukulele. Read simple melodies (trust me 100s of students have!) and learn the basic chords associated with the C Scale.  This is a fun class where you will learn the solid basics of playing this fun little Instrument. Plus 2-part ensemble playing, and a variety of tunes and genres from a repertoire of Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, folk & contemporary tunes! We taught thousands of people to experience the joy of music made simply. It is easy, you’ll love it!

This course gives the basics in playing the Ukulele, in a fun, supportive environment.
At Ruby’s Ukes our mission is to open the amazing world of music to everyone and you will find a welcoming, inclusive, inter-generational, very encouraging learning environment.

sample pdf file : beg 1 – Dirty Old Town.pdf

sample pdf file : beg 1 – Dirty Old Town – Intro.pdf

Listen here : Dirty old town (play along) by Black Gardenia


Beginner II: ‘Tweener’ Beginner

This level is perfect for you, if you have completed the Beginner I: ‘Absolute’ Beginner course, or been playing for a while on your own, and can strum a simple tune fluidly with basic chords (C, F, G7, Am, E7, haven’t done Bb well yet). You can move from one chord to another with ease, and play a melody reading simple tablature (the easy number system to read a melody line). This B2 or ‘Tweener’ Beginner, as it’s between Absolute beginner and Advanced beginner, is designed to be taken after Absolute Beginner for the first time, or if you have been playing tunes and strumming along at home, but would like to review reading single note melody instrumental playing and consolidate your Ukulele foundation. This level is designed to be taken to deepen muscle memory, ability to play and integrate, before moving onto Beginner III: Advanced Beginner.

You will learn
: to play more chords associated with the C Major Scale,(and perhaps G or F), simple picking patterns, and variety of strum feels, and review single note instrumental melody playing.  How to build a major scale, fret board recognition, simple chord progressions, simple chord melody, 2 or 3 part ensemble playing, and a variety of tunes from a repertoire of Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, Folk & contemporary tunes. There is something for everyone!

This course consolidates the basics of Ukulele playing, and enhances fluidity of playing.  And is designed to facilitate ease of transition into Beginner III: the Advanced Beginner level, from absolute beginner, where students continue to play, learn, and consolidate techniques. Each term has new songs and emphasis on the Ukulele specials board!
The honeymoon of Ukulele playing!
At Ruby’s Ukes our mission is to open the amazing world of music to everyone and you will find a welcoming, inclusive, inter-generational,  very encouraging learning environment.

sample pdf file : beg 2 – Daydream.pdf 

sample pdf file : beg 2 – Love me tender ( Aura Lee ).PDF

Listen here : Love me tender ( Aura Lee )


Beginner III:  ‘Advanced’ Beginners  – NEW LEVEL!

This level is perfect for you if you’ve completed the  ‘Tweener Beginner’ (B2) level for 1 (or 2 terms) you will continue to improve your Bb, as well as D7, F7 shapes, melody playing, variety of strums, and are ready to explore new scales, music theory, and genres of Ukulele.

You will learn: To play more chords associated with the F Major Scale, (and perhaps D, Bb, A, G or F), and scales and transposition associated with those keys. More advanced picking patterns, and variety of strum feels, more instrumental melody playing.  Intros and Outros to use in many tunes. How to create your own strums. As well as, how to build a blues scale, more fret board recognition and its benefits, a further variety of interesting chord progressions, more chord melodies, ensemble playing, and a variety of tunes from a repertoire of Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, Folk & contemporary tunes!
There is so much to learn, consolidate, enjoy, and excel at, at this level. There is something for everyone!

This course consolidates the fundamentals of learning a musical instrument, and makes the reinforcement of concepts and techniques fun, fresh, and enjoyable all the while walking the beautiful line between interest and the repetition needs to become a fantastic Ukulele player!
At Ruby’s Ukes our mission is to open the amazing world of music to everyone and you will find a welcoming, inclusive, inter-generational, very encouraging learning environment.

sample pdf file : beg 3 – Landslide.pdf

sample pdf file : beg 3 – Moon River (TAB).pdf

Listen here : Moon River


Intermediate Players

This level is perfect for you, if you have continued at Advanced Beginner (B3) for a while and know a variety of chords in first position (around the 1st 4 frets) very well (for example: A, Am, A7, C, C7, Em, B7, D7, E7, Gm, Dm, G7, Am7), and can easily make a Bb shape, D7, F7 shape, can read tablature and play melodies, can understand chord progressions (such as I , IV, V), you can learn chords and tunes quickly, and your playing has a very steady rhythm and fluidity.

You will learn: Moveable chords shapes based on Bb, F7, Dm7, D7 shapes and barre chords that can be moved around the fret board. As well as Major & Minor scales of C, D, G & F and more scales of interest such as a Jazz Blues Scale.  Right hand technique will include finger style picking patterns, melody playing, riffs and licks, and a variety of strum feels such as Reggae, Swing, and Blues Shuffle. You will play tunes from a repertoire of Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, Folk & contemporary tunes!  There is something for everyone!

This course deepens your theoretical understanding, adds variety to your chords, picking and strumming, taking your Ukulele playing to the next level. Plus it is great, concentrated, I have to say, fun. And a challenge!
At Ruby’s Ukes our mission is to open the amazing world of music to everyone and you will find a welcoming, inclusive, inter-generational, very encouraging learning environment.

sample pdf file : Int – You’ve got a friend.pdf

sample pdf file : Int – On the sunny side of the street.pdf

Listen here : On the sunny side of the street


 Advanced ‘Ukestar’ Players  (+ Beyond)

This level is perfect for you, You have continued at the Intermediate level for quite a while, this class caters to the most advanced players of the school, and those who are playing very fluidly personally, maybe in bands or aspire to be,  or in the advanced section of RUO Orchestra. Please only join this class if you are ready for it, and not based on your schedule as this is the super highway of classes! You will cover advanced melody playing, strumming and other very cool stuff!

You will learn: to play more moveable chord shapes, more scales, advanced chord melodies, 3-part ensemble playing, more complex melodies, solo-ing techniques and theory, fingerstyle patterns, and strum feels. Each term there will be an emphasis on a theme, that changes three times a year. We have consolidated the ukulele module idea within this class. So you can continue in this class as long as you like!! You will play tunes from  a repertoire of Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, Folk & contemporary tunes!

This course will challenge you, so be prepared to practice a lot, learn a lot, and enjoy your Ukulele in a whole new way! It is fun, the pace is faster AND it will definitely push you so only take it on if you are ready!
At Ruby’s Ukes our mission is to open the amazing world of music to everyone and you will find a welcoming, inclusive, inter-generational, very encouraging learning environment.

sample pdf file : Adv – Time in a bottle.pdf

sample pdf file : Adv – Serenade.pdf

Listen here : Serenade


( please note: These are general learning goals, for all the levels and adjustments may be made throughout the term for the best class learning outcomes)