Here’s what you can expect in this alcohol-free Ukulele course 🤙🏝
Registration opens Friday, January 6th
– Join us on Saturdays at Noon EST for 6 consecutive Saturdays. Courses are 75 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A. All courses take place on zoom. Sessions are recorded and emailed with coursework if you miss a session. Weekly office hours if you need additional help 👍
– No prior ukulele or music experience is needed. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and ukulele. See below in the FAQ and video for information on what type of ukulele you need
– This is a three-part course. #1. Learn the Ukulele #2. Learn the power of sound healing and vibrations #3. Help you quit drinking by creating accountability with an in-person alcohol-free community
– If you’ve recently quit drinking and want to pick up a new hobby? This class is for you. Why the ukulele? The ukulele is compact, has only 4 strings, and can be played with little training
– Find out how music and the ukulele can help you quit drinking for good. As human beings, we are wired to be exquisitely sensitive to sound and vibration. Learn how this instrument and certain chords can help add balance to your internal systems and life
– This course is all about having FUN. Please don’t take yourself too seriously at anytime during this course 👍
– Learn the basics of the ukulele: how to hold the instrument, how to tune it, major chords, minor chords, basic strumming patterns, chord progressions, a basic scale, and a classic song 🏕
– A major part of this course is geared towards helping you quit drinking. You’ll build that important alcohol-free community, learn about cravings and how to deal with them, understand the basics of meditation/mindfulness, does moderate drinking work, and learn about different recovery modalities
– Participate in intimate breakout room discussions where you can connect with others about the challenges of quitting drinking.
Session 1: Saturday, February 11th 12:00 PM EST
- 👉Tuning – At 11:45 AM EST👈 – If you need help tuning, log in 15 min early
- Course orientation – Meet your cohort and instructors
- Cravings: what they are and how to beat them
- Music Therapy: Learn how the ukulele can help you quit drinking
- Let’s start making music: Uke basics
- How to Hold the instrument
- Learn the 4 strings. G,C,E,A
- How to strum the instrument
- Learn the C Major Chord
Session 2: Saturday, February 18th 12:00 PM EST
- Meditating with the Ukulele
- Learn a basic strumming pattern
- More chords
- Learn the F and Am chord
- Learn a chord progression
- The basics of music theory: 4/4 and 3/4 Timing
- Learn how to read ukulele tablature
Session 3: Saturday, February 25th 12:00 PM EST
- Understand the difference between a major and minor chord
- All tones contain geometric information
- So you want to sing 🎙 do you? This is how you’ll start
- Start working on your song
- Week 3 recital
Session 4: Saturday, March 4th 12:00 PM EST
- A bit about alcoholism. Is it a disease? Is it genetic? Can my brain and body heal? What does a recovery path look like? Why can this be so hard?
- Share your favorite artists and musical influences with the group
- Learn the E7 chord
- Somewhere over the Rainbow 🌈 Part I
Session 5: Saturday, March 11th 12:00 PM EST
- The ukulele and your solar plexus
- Flow states
- Understand the importance of sharing and owning your story. Begin to literally write a new story.
- Somewhere over the Rainbow 🌈 Part II
- RE Uke Recital Prep
Session 6: Saturday, March 18th 12:00 PM EST
- Learn how music, vibrations, humming, and the ukulele can help remove stored trauma and release stagnant energy
- You want to play lead ukulele? Let’s learn some scales for solos
- The RE Uke Recital 🎶
- Course closeout: What’s next?
Recovery ElevatorAF Beginner Ukulele Course
– Six 75-minute course sessions
– Small group breakout discussions with others who want to ditch the booze
– Course work emailed directly after sessions
– Attend weekly office hours
– Zoom link for course recording if you missed the session
– PDF and Audio versions of Alcohol is SH!T included
– Practical tools and tips to help you quit drinking
– Learn how to play the ukulele with other beginners
– As many laughs and smiles as you can handle
Registration opens Friday January, 6th
Meet your course instructor
Paul Churchill is one of the Recovery Elevator podcast hosts and author of the best-selling book on Amazon Alcohol is SH!T. He’s learned that connection, accountability and a fun hobby such as playing the ukulele are to key to a successful alcohol-free life. An addiction to alcohol removed music from his life but music has been slowly returning in the seven years since Paul’s last drink. Paul played lead guitar in rock bands during his early twenties and played at iconic venues such as The Roxy, and The Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood. Paul was a few credits short of minoring in classical guitar in college and took flamenco guitar lessons while living in Spain during his 20’s. Paul also creates the music for the podcast, Recovery Elevator meditations and retreats. In Paul’s free time he likes to get outside with his standard poodle Ben, and has recently picked up mountain biking and surfing! He recognizes it was his “drinking problem” that gifted him the opportunity to teach sober ukulele courses to those who wish to quit drinking. How cool is that!
Ron Hagadone is a member of the Recovery Elevator community Café RE and an avid long-time listener of the Recovery Elevator Podcast. Ron said adios to the booze on August 21st, 2021, and has played several sober gigs! Born in Detroit MI and moved to Hollywood at age 25 to pursue music. Ron is a multi-instrumentalist/guitarist, has played in bands since 1975, toured the US and Canada, home studio owner, with multiple albums and production credits. He has a degree in Music Therapy and has held the title Board Certified Music Therapist for 19 years. Having an understanding of the healing attributes of music and associated health benefits, he brings a special skill set to the RE Ukulele course. In addition to music, Ron enjoys biking, RV travel, woodworking, and plant-based cooking. Motto: Meet the Strings and Make It Happen!
Justin Case Mosley is a multi-instrumentalist who plays with many bands in Santa Cruz, CA. Most well known for his theatrical comedy performance group “The Frogman Experience” (Musicals with a Healing message). Justin feels creative expression is the key to quitting drinking. Justin shared his story on the Recovery Elevator podcast on episode 254 and continues to remain alcohol-free. Now focusing on using music to heal trauma in people by guiding them to the light with positive vibrations. Performing for Sounds Healings, Spa’s, meditations, Recovery Centers, Chi Gong classes, yoga, Birthdays, Weddings, Nursing Homes, Local Television, etc… His mission is to share Love with the world & inspire change. Paul (Recovery Elevator Podcast Host) and Justin met while attending a meditation retreat cruise with Dr. Joe Dispenza and they’ve been sober pals ever since!
What type of Ukulele do I need? What else do I need?
There are 4 different ukulele sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. All of them will work EXCEPT the baritone.
The sizes are as follows: Soprano 21” | Concert 23”| Tenor 26”
Any size Soprano, Concert, or Tenor ukulele will work, but if you’re purchasing a ukulele for this course, we recommend the Tenor size. The Tenor, which is the largest of the three, has more space on the fretboard for navigating and produces the most sound.
There’s no need to purchase an expensive instrument, however, a souvenir ukulele or instrument under $50 will be much harder to learn on. Here are some links to some Kala Brand Uke’s we recommend.
Kala Teak Tenor $99
** We want to be transparent with affiliate links: if you do purchase a ukulele through one of the above links, Recovery Elevator will earn a small commission at no cost to you.***
What is your refund policy?
Refunds are issued for 14 days after the course start date. No questions asked.
Who is this course for?
This course is for the new comer to both the ukulele and sobriety. It’s geared towards anyone who is seriously questioning their relationship with alcohol or for someone who has previously tried to quit on their own and didn’t have the success they wanted. In addition, if you’ve recently quit drinking and are looking for a fun new hobby or healthy ways to fill your time, this course is for you. This course will also address the basics of sound healing and how an instrument can help add balance and happiness to your life.
What if I missed a session? Can I attend this course if I live on the other side of the world?
All sessions are recorded and a link is sent out within 3 hours of the course. We do recommend attending “live” as much as possible so you can participate in the small group breakout discussions and practice with your group. This course is on a Saturday midday so those in the EU can join. We do not recommend this course unless you can attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions live.
I see there’s a recital and a battle of the bands… tell me more.
That is correct! Week 6 there will be a recital where you’ll showcase what you’ve learned. You can play something you’ve learned during the course, a song that you have written, or the song that you have been playing to during the course. The point of this course is to have FUN, regardless of how proficient of a ukulele player you become. The point is don’t sweat the recital 👍
Oops, I drank during the course... now what?
You wouldn’t be the first or the last. Our advice is to keep showing up. Over and over. You betcha we value continuous alcohol-free time, but we feel there are other more important parameters of success, such as loving yourself and if you’re having fun learning the ukulele.
Can I sign up after the course start date?
Yes, but registration closes after the second Saturday
Is this course 12-Step based?
No, it isn’t. However, in one of the sessions, we’ll cover different healing modalities and A.A will be included. If you decide that A.A is right for you, then great! All course instructors have experience or currently attend A.A and we feel this course, in conjunction with your 12-Step program should add some major sobriety fuel to the tank.
Is this a religious or spiritual based course?
Religious no, but spiritual yes. We feel music is an expression of the divine and when we play music together as a group we are channeling creativity from source.