Ukulele is Fun!
Music on the go, everywhere! How about playing and singing music yourself for your friends and loved ones? Would you like to express your feelings and soul through songwriting, and looking for an instrument that's affordable, portable and cool? Then the uke is your thing! You just need to know more about chords, strumming patterns and some basic music theory. Let's have fun!
Learn how to play music yourself, with an instrument that fits in your backpack and weights next to nothing. Learn how to play your favourite songs for your friends and family, alone or along the recordings, in the house or the park or everywhere you can imagine. All ages welcome! Never too late to start playing an instrument!
Sing and play!
You like singing too? Sounds like a perfect match! I can teach you how to sing and play, write your own songs and share the fun of music playing with the world around you. Different rhythms and different styles, all can fit within the tiny ukulele.
I'm Pericles Makris, Greek musician, guitar, ukulele, mandolin bouzouki player and teacher in Utrecht. Music is my life! Among other styles ( Jazz is a favourite one) I enjoy playing and teaching traditional Folk, Blues and World Music. Curious? Book a trial lesson!
Learn basic technique and fingerings on the fret board. Learn how to hold the instrument and strum. Start with your first tunes and get the fundamentals of theory, rhythm and ear training to get your first taste of the music-world!
For intermediate/advanced students, we focus on your performance abilities and confidence, sound, finger style techniques, different tunings and chord shapes and even improvisation. Together we can boost your theory and harmony skills and get your songwriting and composing to the next level.
Bouzouki - Mandolin
World music is so great! Let's explore various styles and discover new scales, history and unknown songs! I'll show you the world of different stringed instruments in practice. Folk music instruments like the mandolin as well as world music choices with a distinctive sound and technique, like the Greek bouzouki or baglamas
The lessons are given in my home near the centre of Utrecht, or in the comfort of your own home. The 10-lesson 'Strippenkaart' offers maximum flexibility.
Online lessons for all levels are also given. Filled with fun and challenging exercises and ways to take your skills to the next level, from the comfort of your home. Live feedback and instructions! Book a trial lesson or buy & try the 3 lesson Starter's Package!
Beyond the ukulele lessons I can also offer basic Music Technology and Production lessons. Learn how to record your own music and make it sound better, cleaner and stronger. Learn about the various recording methods, DAW products and effects that can take your home recording to the next level. Take a glimpse of other instruments and maybe expand your abilities to other instruments like the guitar, the bass or something else!
Music has been one of the foremost parts of my life yet. I am a professional guitarist and singer/songwriter, born in Athens, Greece and currently residing in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In academia, I am finishing my studies in the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium in Jazz & Pop Guitar. In professional life I have performed and toured with various musicians in Europe and Asia, I have taught individual students of all levels and ages, hosted group lessons and lectured seminars of modern and folk music across Europe. I feature a variety of musical styles in my repertoire as a performer with wide live and studio experience, as well as an ability to handle plenty of string instruments, including the bass, ukulele, mandolin, greek bouzouki and lute, as well as the fundamentals in drums and percussion. Personal works include a singer/songwriter duo "The Juliper Berries" (self produced/mixed and recorded) and I am currently preparing my first personal work as a guitarist and composer.