Events @ Funky Frets

Funky Frets Music Store puts on several workshops, classes, clinics and events throughout the year. Check the Calendar of Events for all the latest events.

Debi Velasco

July 13, 2024

Please pre-register at Funky Frets On-line Store

Ray Cygrymus

August 3, 2024

Please pre-register at Funky Frets On-line Store

Ray Cygrymus Ray has taught elementary school music for over thirty years, most recently specializing in ukulele instruction in the classroom. He has lived in the Pittsburgh area his entire life, and attended Duquesne University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with an emphasis on voice. Ray has performed in many musicals and plays with theaters throughout the Pittsburgh area and has fronted many rock bands where he was the lead singer and played various instruments.

Ray’s goal is to share his knowledge and experience to influence other ukulele players to look at their instrument in a different way by gaining knowledge of different techniques, expanding new skill sets, and effectively using sound effects. Ray hopes to continue to grow, entertain, inspire, and educate the world on the beauty and diversity of this spectacular little instrument that brings people together in such a big way! YouTube@SURFN-RZ/Facebook@surfn-rz.

Effect Pedals to Enhance your Uke w/Ray Cygrymus — 3:00am-11:00am • Beginner

The tasteful use of effect pedals to enhance your ukulele sound

In this workshop, we will learn about common effect pedals, the best ones for ukulele, how they work, and how to properly use them. The end of the class will include an open mic where the students can play a song of their choice while experimenting with various effect pedals to tastefully enhance the song.

Pedals available for pre-order at Funky Frets with some available the day of.

Following the workshop, stick around for a concert with Ray.

Every Month

Third Saturday of Every Month Starting at @1PM

  • Getting Started with Ukulele - FREE ukulele workshop with Curt Sheller / Kelly Thompson.
  • Followed by the Funky Frets MeetUp Jam @ 2:30 - Show up at 2PM and Curt will go over a song or two ahead of time and go over how to embellish it with chord substitutions, strumming variations. intros and endings, etc... We'll be using the Daily Uke Book — The Blue Book

Past Artist Workshops, Concerts, & Events

Debi Velesco, Christopher Davis Shannon, Peter Moss, Jack Kohler, Andrew Molina, Bill Wynne, Amy Kucharik, Lil' Rev, Jim D'Ville, Curt Sheller, Kelly Thompson

Past Workshops Over the Years

4-Part "Jazz" Chords

Exploring contemporary 4-part, a.k.a. "Jazz" chord on ukulele all start with the Big Six, Core Chords. You most likely know the open position chords they're based on. From the Six core chords that are the Big Six and the principles of chord construction along with learning the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, you WILL be able to create ANY chord you come across just from the name.

Alternating Thumb Style Fingerpicking

The Seven Modes

Ukulele Strums

Improv Using Blues and Pentatonic Scales


Technique Left Hand Technique

Music Basics

Contemporary Triads

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

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Funky Frets Music Store

124 N. Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA 19512 USA
October 3-6, 2024

Store Hours -> Monday thru Friday: Noon to 8PM •Saturday: 10AM to 5PM • Sunday: by Appointment