Here’s what you can expect in this alcohol-free Ukulele course 🤙🏝
Registration opens Friday, January 7th
– Join us on Saturdays at Noon EST for 8 consecutive Saturdays. Courses are 75 minutes with a 15 minute Q&A and all courses take place on zoom. Sessions are recorded and emailed with coursework if you miss a session
– No prior ukulele or music experience is needed. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and ukulele. See below in the FAQ 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. You’ll be paired in accountability groups where you’ll form a ukulele musical group and perform at a recital and the “RE Ukulele Battle of the Bands.”
– Learn the basics of the ukulele: how to hold the instrument, how to tune it, major chords, minor chords, basic strumming patterns, chord progressions, basic scales, and some of your favorite campfire songs 🏕
– 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 5th 12:00 PM EST
– Meet your cohort and instructors – Course orientation
– Cravings: what they are and how to beat them
– Learn how music and the ukulele can help you quit drinking
– Let’s start making music: Ukulele basics
– How to Hold the instrument
– How to Tune the Instrument
– Learn the 4 strings. G,C,E,A
– How to strum the instrument
– Learn C, F and G chords
Session 2: Saturday, February 12th 12:00 PM EST
– The basics of music theory
– Accountability and your alcohol-free life
– Learn the A,B,D, E Chords
– Learn basic strumming patterns
– Learn how to read ukulele tablature
Session 3: Saturday, February 19th 12:00 PM EST
– Meditation, music and quitting drinking. Learn how to meditate with the ukulele
– Understand the difference between a major and minor chord
– Learn the minor chords
– So you want to sing 🎙 do you? This is how you’ll start
Session 4: Saturday, February 26th 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
– Let’s put it all together. Learn a basic song with major and minor chords
Session 5: Saturday, March 5th 12:00 PM EST
– The ukulele and your solar plexus
– Learn how to navigate this AF life one day at a time.
– Understand the importance of sharing and owning your story. Begin to move energy by telling your story
– The RE Ukulele Recital 🎶
Session 6: Saturday, March 12th 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
– Learn major, minor and pentatonic scales
Session 7: Saturday, March 19th 12:00 PM EST
– Let’s talk flow states. Where you place is your energy is what you get back
– Which recovery pathway is right for you? Learn about different recovery modalities, programs and more
– Break out with your Uke band and practice for next week
Session 8: Saturday, March 26th 12:00 PM EST
– RE Ukulele Battle of the Bands 🎼
– Group jam session
– Course closeout and final thoughts
Recovery ElevatorAF Ukulele Course
– Eight 75-minute course sessions
– Small group breakout discussions with others who want to ditch the booze
– Course work emailed directly after sessions
– 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, 7th
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!
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 instruments we recommend in different price ranges.
If you’d like to support a local music store in Bozeman, Montana here’s a link to a great ukulele that Paul played personally and recommends.
What else do I need?
** 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 the webinar? 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 6 of the 8 sessions live. It’s important you are there at the sessions to practice with your group.
I see there’s a recital and a battle of the bands… tell me more.
That is correct! Week 5 there will be a recital where you’ll showcase what you’ve learned and play a short song with your group. For the battle of the bands, you’ll be placed in accountability/ musical groups where you’ll perform an original song or cover for the cohort. For the battle of the bands, you and your group will most likely need to organize a couple times to meet outside of the course to practice. The point of this course is to have FUN, regardless of how proficient of a ukulele player you become.
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.