The main aim is simply to have fun – the number one goal.
The second aim is to teach people how to enjoy music by learning to play a reasonably simple instrument and understanding the basics of music and its presentation.
We would like everyone to feel comfortable singing and playing along with all the songs. The aim is to have attendees learning and then performing songs on the stage. History here is that nearly everyone who now performs and sings songs at our sessions started knowing almost nothing about singing or music but have gained the confidence required to sing in public – all while having fun.
GUSTO aims to be a great social gathering for mostly mature aged people who can get together and enjoy each other’s company.
A little history
The group is run and managed by Robyn Hamilton and Chris Minter who formed the it in 2011. GUSTO has continued to grow in numbers over the years. Attendances often depends on who has gone off travelling, or visiting grandchildren, or etc etc etc. Everyone attends when they can as there is no obligation. You simply turn up when you are available and want to.
When we get together
Wednesday Nights from 6.00pm until 8.30pm
Thursday mornings from 10.00am until 12.00 noon.
Where do we meet
At the Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) building in Channon St Gympie next to the old Police Station.
There is no membership fees and the cost per session is $5.00 per person.
How the group sessions work
When we have new players, many of whom have never had anything to do with music, we take them aside and provide a one on one session to explain the basics involved.
We have a pack of printed information that beginners can take away to read and review at their own pace.
Depending on the skill levels of people on their night, we often cover simple songs in the first hour before going on to more difficult songs later on.
People in attendance nominate songs that they may like to sing or play and we use these for everyone to play along with throughout the session.
During the session we use wireless technology to project the songs in a format large enough for everyone to see and read. In this way, people learn how to play the songs. Chord shapes, rhythms, tempos and strumming patterns are taught. In other words, we all learn by doing. Questions are answered as they come up.
There is a professional stage and PA system with microphones.
Often, and depending on their availability, other experienced musicians come along to play bass guitar and drums, so creating a full band sound.
Thinking of buying a ukulele
Don’t just go and buy an instrument as you may end up wasting your money if you purchase one that is not suitable in the long run. GUSTO has various types of ukuleles available for you to try before you buy.
It is best to know what you are getting prior to purchasing a ukulele. There are several different types/sizes available that feel and sound different.
So let the people at GUSTO help you make an informed decision before outlaying your money.