YOU CAN LELE: Dr Geoff Walden and his wife Lorraine want to boost the confidence of mature-aged locals by inviting them to learn the ukulele.
YOU CAN LELE: Dr Geoff Walden and his wife Lorraine want to boost the confidence of mature-aged locals by inviting them to learn the ukulele. Felicity Ripper

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LORRAINE Walden learnt to play the ukulele only five years ago.

And the Gayndah retiree hasn't looked back since.

She and her husband Dr Geoff Walden want to show others it's never too late to take up music, so they're starting a ukulele group.

"We want to get people in the region, particularly around the ages of 50 to 70, involved in music - a lot of who may never have been involved with music before," Dr Walden said.

"A lot of towns have a ukulele group because it's an easy instrument to learn and it creates a regular social gathering.

"I initiated a ukulele group in Gympie as part of the Australian Institute of Country Music and others took over and it grew into something quite big."

Mrs Walden said she joined the Gympie group and picked up a new hobby with no troubles.

"And I'm not very musically inclined," she said.

Mr Walden said after learning just three cords on the ukulele a person could play hundreds of songs.

Currently the couple is planning on hosting the ukulele in their music room at Gayndah, which can cater for around a dozen.

Their motive is simply that they enjoy music and they want to add something new to the community.

"Most mature-age people are just as nervous about trying something new, or performing, as children are

"So it's good for people to build their confidence and it could make a difference to the town if we can create a group which eventually performs at local events."

Dr Walden said he was also considering launching a guitar group if he gauged enough interest from locals.

Contact Dr Walden on 0418 792 159.


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