En­thu­si­asts gather monthly in Man­teca

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By VINCE REMBULAT

Free classes of­fered at St. Paul’s & li­brary

On the first Sun­day of each month, Carla Mar­quardt of­fers free ukulele lessons in the McFall Room at the Man­teca Branch Li­brary.

The Man­teca res­i­dent re­ported that 38 ukulele play­ers strummed at this month’s ses­sion, with each at var­i­ous ages and play­ing lev­els.

They came from through­out the area – Stock­ton, Lodi, Tracy, Modesto, Tur­lock, and, of course, Man­teca – to have a good time, jam­ming and singing to­gether.

The reg­u­lars came pre­pared by down­load­ing the song sheets (www.Man­te­ be­fore­hand.

The next free ses­sion at the li­brary is Sun­day, Oct. 7.

“The ukulele is much eas­ier to learn than the guitar be­cause there are only four strings and (the ukulele is) softer to strum,” said Mar­quardt, who has a de­gree in In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tion for the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin-Mil­wau­kee. “Also, play­ers read chord sym­bols and do not need to read tra­di­tional notes.”

She also a de­gree in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing from the same school but in­di­cated that her big love is play­ing the ukulele.

Mar­quardt also of­fers four free be­gin­ners ukulele lessons at St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 910 E. North St., on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m.

Those in­ter­ested can call the church of­fice at 209.823.7154 to re­serve a spot. They should also in­di­cate if they need a loaner in­stru­ment.

Photo by Jerry Cox

Ukulele play­ers of all ages took part in the free class at the Man­teca Branch Li­brary pro­vided by Carla Mar­quardt.

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