**New courses at John Kyrle Adult Learning Centre starting Autumn 2017. Click here for details. **


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This is going to be an amazing day! Not one, but two expert tutors on a single day course (and lunch included!) Steven Sproat has taught for many years and students include Frank Skinner and Harry Hill. His special strumming techniques, covering a range of styles, have wowed people for years. Now you can learn his secrets. Matt Stead, the Ukulele Man of Ross is a specialist in fingerstyle ukulele and will show you how to mold melody, harmony and rhythm together to play beautiful chord melody pieces. This course is suitable for all and those who came to Matt’s last advanced course will love this.

Places are limited so book soon. To book you can buy a place here:

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or call me on 07429 208217 or email theukulelemanofross@outlook.com


SKYPE LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE!! Learn from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a decent speed internet connection, a webcam and an ukulele. Get in touch for more info.

Welcome to the Ukulele Man of Ross website. My name is Matthew Stead and I am a professional full time ukulele player and teacher based in Ross-On-Wye, England. I offer a range of lessons tailored to your needs, focused at skill levels beginner and intermediate. Whether you have never picked up a ukulele before, or you would like to brush up on your skills I can help.

Unlike many guitar teachers turned ukulele teachers I am an expert in the instrument and can teach to a professional level. I am RGT registered and can tutor you through exams, or just for fun! Fully CRB/DBS checked, I teach children and adults.

I am also a skilled player and can perform at functions, concerts and weddings.

Below you’ll find some of the services I offer.


Individual ukulele lessons in your home or mine. Beginners and intermediate. Lessons can be tailored to your skills level and organised to be convenient for you. I also include music theory and make it easy to understand. This always furthers people’s enjoyment of playing as they know how the music works and what they can do with it.

SKYPE LESSONS NOW AVAILABLE!! Learn from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a decent speed internet connection, a webcam and an ukulele. Get in touch for more info.

  • Ukulele exams: I am a fully registered professional RGT Tutor (Registry of Guitar Tutors). I can tutor you and enter you for Ukulele Grades 1 – 5.

Group lessons. Should you and your friends like to spend some fun evenings in a relaxed background learning together I can provide fun sessions and workshops for groups.

School lessons. My lessons are fun, educational and above all, build children’s confidence in themselves and their music. These can be group sessions or individual lessons at your school. I am also available to lead the players in what they have been taught at assemblies and school concerts.

Inset days. I can teach some basics to school staff at inset days to help you spice up your music lessons, or as a great fun team building exercise.

Team building workshops. How about a fun morning out of the office for your team or organisation. A great way to build moral and have fun at the same time.


My performing website is:


Here you can find out all about the concerts and festival appearances I have planned and listen to music from our new record.

Concerts and gigs. I also specialise in Hawaiian style ukulele and perform sets of Hawaiian language songs, slack key and traditional instrumentals. I can also play both modern and old time songs, as well as classical pieces. I can tailor a performance around what you want, be it a fun night of 50s and 60s golden oldies, some Hawaiian standards, modern pop, classical or a mixture of all of these.


Weddings. I can tailor my playing to your needs to help make your day truly special; whether you would like to walk down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, or perhaps have some relaxed background music at your reception, or even a fun performance of old time ukulele songs in the evening.


John Kyrle Adult & Community Learning Centre Ross-on-Wye:

Advanced Ukulele Course

This is a fun engaging course for those that have completed the Improvers Course. We’ll take what we have learned and apply it in songs and more sophisticated pieces of music to expand your musical repertoire and continue to make your playing even better. New players are welcome but you’ll need to be confident at playing to a higher than average level.

Starts: Wednesday 20th September 2017 (6:30 – 8:30pm) for 10 weeks – Cost £50

Adult & Community Learning Centre – John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye


Improvers Ukulele Course

Take your playing to the next level on this exciting and fun improvers ukulele course. You’ll learn all about adding dynamics and interest to your playing, take your first steps into chord melodies and soloing and much more. For beginners to intermediate players.

Starts: Thursday 21st September 2017 (6:30 – 8:30pm) for 10 weeks – Cost £50

Adult & Community Learning Centre – John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye


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  1. Hi Mathew – thanks for a great lesson last night
    Is it possible that you could email me the work sheets we used, as I forgot to pick mine up.
    I hope I can manage to keep up with the rest of the group. I think I will struggle with the theory 🙂

    • Hi Steve,

      Thanks. I really enjoyed the lesson. We got much further than I thought we would. I’ll send the sheets over later tonight when I get on my laptop. Don’t worry, you were great last night. People make music theory sound scary sometimes but it’s really simple. Also, even if you don’t understand the theory you’ll still be able to play all the parts as well as anyone else and still enjoy how it all sounds.

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