THE LIGHTLY STRUNG ORCHESTRA

The Lightly Strung Orchestra (LSO) was founded in 2013 as a performance ensemble for ukulele players who wanted to stretch their musical boundaries, learn new techniques and upskill their playing abilities. Since then, the LSO has had a core group of about 50 regular players and a whole lot more new uke friends along the way!

Our motley crew of joyful ukesters meets weekly to play, sing and participate in structured sessions that often include multi-part musical arrangements.

 

A typical session offers participants:

  • Expert tuition in ukulele techniques, music theory and performance skills. 

  • Diverse sessions that aim to meet the needs of different skill levels in the group

  • A relaxed and supportive environment for you to learn and have fun!

  • Plenty of performance opportunities, including solo and lead vocal/instrumental parts for those who wish to push themselves a little bit further.

The LSO also performs regularly at a variety of local events and gigs further afield including Ukulele Festivals and concerts in collaboration with visiting artists and ukulele teachers from all over the world, well certainly when we were not dealing with a global pandemic!

Making Music 4 Life ukulele ensemble

DIFFERENT LEVELS IN THE LSO

Everyone in the LSO learns the same music, ukulele techniques and chord vocabulary, however, intermediate and advanced participants are offered more challenging strumming patterns, chord options and finger picking parts. 

No matter what level you are at, you will be supported to develop at your own pace.

FOUNDATION

You are an advanced beginner who has completed a Foundation Level Ukulele Course and has at least 6-12 months playing experience.

You may be an existing member of an ukulele group or someone from the LSO seeking a little less challenge.

You will be able to:

  • identify and play any chord shape in open position

  • play all chords in the key of C proficiently

  • understand and play basic tab notation (music notation is not compulsory)

  • play foundation level strumming patterns such as the shuffle strum, rock strum and popular strum (even if not mastered just yet)

  • play basic finger picking patterns (even if not mastered just yet) 

INTERMEDIATE

You are an advanced beginner or intermediate level player who has completed an Intermediate Ukulele Course and has at least 12 months playing experience. 

You may be an existing member of an ukulele ensemble or the LSO.

You will be able to:

  • play most chord shapes in open position and some barre chords

  • transpose music into another key using the musical alphabet wheel

  • transpose music into another key using a capo

  • read and play basic tab notation (music notation is not compulsory)

  • play a variety of different strumming and finger picking patterns including the off beat reggae strum and 3 or 4 beat brush strum

  • demonstrate a solid understanding of how to execute techniques such as chunking and slap/up (even if not mastered just yet)

ADVANCED

You have completed an Intermediate Level Ukulele Course and have at least 2 years playing experience.

 

You will be able to:

  • play any open or barre chord shape with ease

  • easily transpose music into different keys with or without a capo

  • read and play tablature proficiently (music notation is not compulsory)

  • work out standard chord progressions in any key (e.g. I-vi-IV-V7) from your thorough knowledge of the musical alphabet wheel 

  • play from memory the 12 bar blues in the key of C, D, F, G A and "rock the chords" as appropriate

  • play more advanced and syncopated strumming patterns and finger picking techniques in simple and compound time

  • demonstrate advanced strumming techniques such as chunking, fan & triplet strumming, hammer ons, pull offs, bends and vibrato

  • play a solo part - whether transcribed into tab or as an improvisation

VENUE & TIMETABLE

2020 was a challenging year for all music ensembles and the LSO spent most of our time online via Zoom lessons and sectional rehearsals in "virtual" breakout rooms. It was a brilliant way to keep making music together despite the challenges!

Unfortunately, the Greater Sydney lockdown in June/July 2021 means we cannot resume face-to-face sessions until restrictions ease... stay tuned!

Online Virtual Sessions

Term 3 will recommence on Monday 19th July and run for 9 weeks. Online sessions will be held via Zoom on:

  • Mondays from 11:00am-12:15pm 

  • Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:15pm

Face-To-Face Sessions

When restrictions are lifted, sessions will return to our venue at the Seaforth Anglican Church (3 Frenchs Forest Rd, Seaforth). Sessions will run as usual on:

  • Mondays from 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm 

Please ensure you read our Covid Safe measures before attending face-to-face sessions.

LSO FEES

LSO fees are charged on a term by term basis and we offer a range of passes to suit your schedule.

Term 3 will run for 9 weeks from 19 July to 15 September 2021.

  • Term Class Pass: $200 (attend up to 9 day OR evening sessions during the term)

  • Unlimited Pass: $250 (attend as many daytime and evening sessions as you like during the term)

  • Casual rate: $25 (pro-rated x # weeks)

There are no refunds or makeup classes for missed sessions. If there are exceptional circumstances whereby a participant is unable to attend rehearsals for an extended period of time, this situation can be discussed with the musical director and arrangements agreed upon.

If you postpone your enrolment to a future term within 5 days of the term start date, or after you have commenced a term, you will incur a $20 administration fee.

TESTIMONIALS

"I really enjoy being a part of the LSO. It has such an uplifting vibe."

Sue, LSO member since 2020

"What a wonderful gig that was, I had so much fun as did everyone there!! I love being a part of this uke group."

Carolyn, LSO member since 2019

"I just want to thank you SO much for today and for being such a wonderful teacher and inspiration. I just loved it!!! It gave me such a buzz. I am enjoying playing so much and my fellow LSO players are very nice and friendly."

Jenny, LSO member since 2015

"Janine, you have a wonderful gift as a teacher. You encourage and motivate us to reach our goals. I feel as a group we enjoy the experience of the ukulele as we each become more skillful with your guidance. Thank you."

Denise, LSO member since 2014

"Janine, Jenny and Anne! Thank you for the opportunity to have a great time! What a lovely sight it was for me to see the smiles on the faces of the audience as they sang and clapped their hands to our music! I am very proud to have been part of spreading that love of music and the joy of singing along with other people."

Shirley, LSO member since 2014

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