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Alex Purcell
Tim Collins
Chris Platt
Vennie Tu

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to own my own ukulele before taking ukulele lessons in Toronto?

The answer is no. Renting a ukulele is an affordable option and some music stores will allow you to put the cost of the rental fee towards the purchase of the rented ukulele.

Q: What do you need to know about playing the ukulele?

One of the most important things you need to know about playing the ukulele is how to hold it. You can play either standing up or sitting down. When standing, make sure to hold the body of the ukulele against your chest with your strumming arm. Make sure you do not hold the ukulele too tightly! You don't want to break it! The sound needs to resonate through the body. The neck of the ukulele should be on a slight upward horizontal angle. When sitting you can either rest the body of the ukulele on your leg or hold it as if you were standing. Getting a strap for your ukulele is also an option.

The first thing students should learn on the ukulele is how to strum. This requires little physical strength and is fun to do. Rhythm is key here. Learning to associate rhythms with strum patterns really helps to visualize playing. Start with some basic rhythms and then move on to some fun syncopated strumming! In terms of the fret-board, the first thing students should learn to play on the ukulele are individual open chords. Open chords often require less skill than playing scales since your fret-board hand does not have to move as much. Once individual chords are learned it is a good idea to move on to some basic chord progressions. You can play so many songs on the ukulele by learning just a couple of common chord progressions. The next step in learning to play the ukulele are movable chords. This will allow you to play chords up and down the ukulele fret-board without having to change the chord shape. Learning to play scales on the ukulele should be your next step. All songs are written based on some type of scale. Scales are used to not only play melodies but also to improvise melodies.

Q: What qualifications to your ukulele teachers in Toronto have?

A: Our ukulele teachers are among the best Toronto has to offer. Lauren Mayer has a Master of Arts degree. Alex Purcell is pursing his Master of Arts degree. Tim Collins has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Chris Platt has a Bachelor of Music degree. Vennie Tu has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Q: Is it possible to learn guitar at home?

A: Yes, of course! With our flexible arrangements, we can provide guitar lessons Etobicoke and beyond! Here at Neighbour Note, we are proud to offer both in-studio and in-home classes, and with our Toronto guitar lessons, you will be well on your way to confident playing!

Q: How long does it take to learn the ukulele?

A: Learning to play the ukulele can take a lifetime. It all depends on how far you want to go with your learning. Some students only want to learn the basics so in this case I would say three to six months. One year for students who want to get up to the intermediate level.

Q: How to choose the best ukulele teacher?

A: Choosing the best ukulele teacher can be tricky. Always look at a qualified ukulele teachers education. A higher education shows a real commitment to teaching and learning. It is also proof of training. Anyone can say that they have been teaching for twenty years but can they prove it! Teaching and performing experience is also important.

Q: At what age can you start learning to play ukulele?

A: You can start learning the ukulele as young as three years old. That being said, it's never too late to start learning to play!

Neighbour Note offers Toronto ukulele lessons for kids, teens, adults, beginner and adavanced ukulele lessons in Toronto, pop and folk ukulele music lessons.

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Jennifer Carson
John is incredibly knowledgeable, kind and patient with my daughter (who is a chatter box). She really enjoys her lessons and he has instilled the love of guitar in her! Highly recommend John as a teacher and the Neighbour note!
SMC King
I have been taking guitar lessons with John for two months. Even though I started out with no prior experience, I appreciated that from the very beginning John's lessons are structured to teach you new chords that you can use to play songs you know. Lessons are fun and John sprinkles bits of music theory throughout, always thoughtfully and patiently answering my questions. Thank you, John!
Eric Somerville
At 5 years old I wasn't sure how well my son would adapt to music lessons. John creates a very flexible and accommodating space where learning is fun.
colleen reich
John is very friendly, flexible and an extremely talented and gifted musician/teacher. He has made it fun and easy for me to learn the guitar as an adult. I would highly recommend him!
Amanda Benn
I’ve been playing guitar for 10+ years but have been in a progress plateau for a while. I decided I wanted to improve (and wanted an after work hobby!) and found Neighbour Note. Working with John has been such a pleasure! He’s patient, laidback, and explains the theory behind what we’re learning in an easy to understand way. I’ve most definitely noticed an improvement in my finger picking skills and an increase in confidence which is exactly what I wanted! Definitely recommend Neighbour Note to anyone at any skill level.
Miranda Amoroso
I started taking guitar lessons with John at neighborhood note as an adult with some prior experience. He has been very patient and has structured lessons in accordance with my interests, while making lessons engaging and fun. I really look forward to lessons, and enjoy the readings and practice given as homework. I especially appreciate that he sends videos explaining thing we went over in lessons, which really help to solidify concepts.
paulina tchernikov
Honestly the best music lessons I’ve had compared to other places. I worked with John and he was always patient and kind during the learning process. He’s an easy person to ask questions, always corrected my technique, gave out easy short videos to follow for homework, was always flexible for rescheduling (make up lessons), and had a fast contact response. He helped me orient my personal style of playing and didn’t push any specific style onto me. I walked in knowing nothing about guitar and after I left I understood my way around the instrument (to where I could learn songs on my own). He made the lessons fun and he was always a great teacher. Thanks John!
Andrew Guy
My 10 year old daughter has had an excellent experience starting guitar with Neighbour Note. They are friendly and accommodating and she enjoys going every week.
Shannon Johnson
My 9 year old daughter has been taking guitar lessons with John for 4 months and absolutely loves them. The lessons are easy to follow and engaging and John provides feedback and follow up when new chords are learnt so she can more easily practice new material at home. Wonderful experience!
Tuyen Do
This is my 5 years old son first drum lessons, he loves it and loved his teacher. John has a great personality and is always willing to help, he even teach my son piano lessons when he wonder. I highly recommend Neighbour Note.
Carly Biggart
My daughter really enjoyed Neighbour Note. John, the instructor, was amazing at personalizing the piano lessons by her; teaching her snippets of her favourite songs. Daily practice was meant to be digestible . I cannot say enough good things about this company. Very flexible and great teachers.
My son started taking piano lessons when he was five and a half years old. After 6 months he wanted to quit. At this time we switched teachers to John Force. I couldn't believe the change! My son started to love the piano and would look forward to lessons. It has been over 2 years now and he is still going strong. John is patient, makes learning fun - he just know how to motivate kids. I couldn't recommend him enough.
Leigh Ann Wayland
My son loved his guitar lessons and my daughter was thrilled with her piano lessons. I was so happy to be in the comfort of my home as I witnessed my children's weekly improvements. Well done Neighbour Note and thank you!
Bob Harbarton
We could not be happier with Neighbour Note! They have an amazing teaching faculty consisting of University and College Professors, High School and Elementary School Teachers, and Rock Stars! Our piano lessons with Neighbour Note have been fantastic. I truly believe they are the best music school in all of Toronto! You rock Neighbour Note!