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Ben Hassenger works as a music facilitator with Special Education children and teaches ukulele and guitar to students and teachers in Michigan school systems. He plays guitar and ukulele in the bands Blue Jello and The Ukulele Kings and is the co-founder of the Lansing (MI) Area Ukulele Group and the organizer of the Mighty Uke Day Festival  and Interlochen’s Uketoberfest in Upper Michigan. He is also a prolific songwriter, with two of his songs about the Detroit Tigers enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He's a fun and involving performer with a variety of original songs about dogs, food, love, Michigan, and the other important things in life.

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The Fantastic Four Chords
What do songs like "Last Kiss", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", "With or Without You", and "Say Something" have in common? They all use the same four chords. Learn to play every song ever written (well, 80% of them, anyway) with these "Fantastic Four" chords and find out how to switch keys easily by using the Nashville Numbering System. (Confident Beginner level)

Become One With the Strum
Learning to play a variety of strums makes your playing more interesting to you and your audience. We'll explore folk, calypso, rock, polka, ska, and reggae strums along with the incredibly versatile "Benstrum" using some of your favorite songs. (Confident beginner level)

Uke the Beatles
Beatles songs sound great on the ukulele and we'll play an array of Fab Four tunes from simple to sophisticated, using an assortment of strums and chords. (Confident beginner to intermediate level)

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