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Ukulele lessons online at Moncrieff

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Free ukulele workshops, hosted by the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, will be presented by music teacher Cameron Macdonnell online over the next few weeks.

Music lovers can learn a new instrument during COVID-19 restrictions with free ukulele lessons online, streaming every week on Facebook.

Hosted by the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, the workshops feature local musician and teacher Cameron Macdonnell of Bandwagon Music Lessons.

Cameron said the ukulele lessons online workshops would be released each Monday for four more weeks and were perfect for beginners of any age.

“Each session is about 10 minutes long,” he said.

“The sessions can be viewed on the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Facebook page.”

Having played music for more than 45 years, Cameron said he had a range of favourite instruments but the sound and simplicity of the ukulele put the tiny guitar high on his list.

“The thing I love most about playing ukulele is it’s just so much fun- you can play on your own or in a group,” he said.

“As well as having fun, ukulele music can be such a good friend.

“It cheers you up when you’re sad and it even makes you happier when you’re happy.”

Cameron said each lesson via the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Facebook page would teach participants the four main chords that could be applied to mostly any song.

“There are four chords covered – C, Am, F and G7,” he said.

“The sessions also include hints on how to change between the chords as well as a very common strumming pattern.

“Participants can buy songs books from the music shop in town or easily find lots of songs on the internet.”

Learn the Ukulele with Cameron Macdonnell – Workshop 1

MUSIC I Please meet Cameron Macdonnell of Bandwagon Music Lessons, a local lad that teaches a myriad of instruments to many folks in the Bundaberg region. Bundaberg Regional Council and Moncrieff Entertainment Centre are proud to present this series of free workshops to Learn the Ukulele. Easy and fun for anyone, any age! There is no better time than now to get started!Keep your eye out, there will be one workshop every Monday. But be warned, Cameron looks nice, but he is a pretty strict teacher, so make sure you practice! No, seriously, relax, enjoy and don't ever take yourself too seriously!#artsbundyathome #ukulele #tutorial #bundaberg #stayathome

Posted by Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Thursday, April 16, 2020
Cameron's first ukulele workshop was featured last week.

Having played music for almost five decades, Cameron said there was nothing he loved more than passing on his musical knowledge to others.

“My main instrument is guitar – both acoustic and electric- I also play bass guitar and drums,” he said.

“I began teaching music in the region five years ago and before that I taught in Brisbane for close to 30 years.

“The thing I love most about teaching is seeing the pleasure students get out of making music on their instrument.

“It’s also a buzz to see a student finally crack a skill or song that has been challenging them over some time.”

For those wishing to participate in the free ukulele sessions with Cameron, join in each Monday on the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Facebook page here.

For more information about ukulele lessons online, contact Cameron on 0419 729 998 or visit his Bandwagon Music Lessons Facebook page.