Werribee musician Steph Payne jokes that she has a condition called Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome.
The ukulele player and singer owns “at least” 10 ukuleles, because different-sized instruments produce diverse sounds.
Ms Payne said she decided to learn ukulele a few years ago because she wanted to be able to accompany herself. She was also drawn to the instrument’s accessibility and affordability.
“Anyone can play it,” she said.
“You can decide which level you want to go to – just strum along or learn about music in-depth.”
Ms Payne became so proficient on the ukulele she now teaches weekly lessons at the Old Shire Offices in Werribee.
She also leads the Wyndukes ukulele group, which is based at the Wyndham Arts Incubator, is a member of the Paisley & Plaid folk trio and leads the Willin Wimmin women’s choir in Williamstown.
Ms Payne’s weekly ukulele group lessons run on Mondays from 5-5.45pm (children eight years and older), 6-6.45pm (adult beginners) and 7-7.45pm (adults continuing). The cost is $20 a lesson.
The Wyndukes ukulele group runs from 10.30am-noon on Fridays. The cost is $10. BYO ukulele or borrow one for $5.
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