Ukulele helps ordinary people make music

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The joy of playing the ukulele is spreading in South Canterbury.
Geraldine couple Fi and Hugh McCafferty will teach a six-week course on how to play the instrument starting on September 3.
The course, designed for beginners, will teach the basics of the popular instrument, and no musical experience is necessary, Mr McCafferty says.
The pair have been teaching ukulele to adults and in schools in Geraldine since 2008. They also run regular ukulele strumalongs at the Timaru library and in Geraldine.
‘‘We are due to start at Winchester Rural School this week too,’’ Mr McCafferty said.
The ukulele was a good instrument to learn as picking it up was ‘‘very quick’’.
‘‘One of the things since recorded music got so good is that ordinary folk feel too bashful about playing instruments.
‘‘The ukulele has helped ordinary folk to make music.’’
Mr McCafferty said the ukulele was a gentle instrument and good for bringing communities together.
‘‘It’s an instrument that has a great way of allowing people to get together and make music.’’ – The course, being held on level 2, No 5 George St, Timaru, starts at 2pm on Saturday, September 3. For more information, contact Mr McCafferty on 0279 208-751.