Saturday Workshops

Saturday has a full slate of workshops for all levels of players. From beginners who have never even held a ukulele to more advanced players. There is surely a workshop for you.


Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Soulful Singing and Playing on the Ukulele • ALL LEVELS

Loosen up your body! Free your spirit! Let your voice be heard! This workshop focuses on relaxing the muscles and approaching your playing with a loose and soulful attitude. When we find the rhythm in music, the movement in our bodies and the soul in our voices, we can concentrate on giving better performances and achieve a higher level of playing. All levels of experience are welcome, but we will use basic chords and play standing up and moving around.

Soulful Singing and Playing DATS April 2019.pdf

Songwriting Basics • ALL LEVELS

Use your ukulele to write better and more personal songs! In this class, we will focus on finding melodies in the chords and notes we play on the ukulele and writing lyrics that are more meaningful and poetic, to help tell our stories and complement our playing styles. Beginners are absolutely welcome, but those with a basic knowledge of chords and strumming may find it easier to concentrate on the writing and singing aspects of this class! Please bring a pencil!


Performance Skills • ALL LEVELS

Learn techniques to help improve your performance, whether practicing at home, in front of your ukulele group or at a sold out show in Madison Square Garden! Learn ways to perform thoughtfully, develop a stage persona and even get the chance to play in front of the class during the class mini open mic! This is a great chance for shy players to gain some experience in a fun and friendly environment.

Performance Skills Workshop DATS 10.2019.pdf


Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Bryan Tolentino

MusIcal Awareness, Subtleties In Connecting The Analytical To The Heart!

Using a fun and interactive approach, I will provide the tools for you to internalize songs so you can feel and express the music as you play, rather than relying on a songbook. This will allow you or your ensemble to focus less on playing the music accurately and correctly and more on making yourself and those around you sound better together. This elevated musical awareness, or “next-level thinking,” can add layers of complexity and harmony to your performance. You will benefit the most from the workshop if you are comfortable with basic chords.

NO Handout For This Workshop

Navigating up and down the fingerboard in a logical way”.

You paid for it, you might as well use it! By playing inversions, 2nd, 3rd, 4th positions chords, you will be able to add “vocabulary” to your musical language!

Attendees will get the most out of it if they can hold C, F, A, C7, A7, E7, G7. But all levels are sure to have fun.


G vamps.jpeg


Bryan Tolentino

Curt Sheller

Just What Do I Study When Going It Alone? • All Levels

How to organize what to learn when going it alone without a dedicated teacher.

This workshop will help you organize what to study based on your short and long term goals. It will help you see the forest through all the trees.


Bonus Download:


Improv - Taking a Solo • Intermediate / Advanced

Know what to do when someone at a jam says "Take it?"

Learning to solo or improvise draws from four sources. It is creating spontaneousness melodies, licks, riffs on the fly. This workshop will get you started and sounding great, right from the git go.


Crafting Melody and Chord Arrangements • All Levels

A few guidelines for creating melody and chord arrangements on ukulele. Creating Melody and Chord Arrangements, in theory are as simple as harmonizing the melody with a chord. Which is playing a chord that has the melody note as the top note of the chord voicing. In practice it's a little more involved, but not much more.

Chord Melody or Melody and Chord is the art of playing the melody and chords at the same time. This is what solo piano players do all the time. They have two hands to do it. On ukulele we have to do it all with one hand and only four strings. In the common high "G", C tuning, the available range of notes for creating melody and chord arrangements on ukulele is around two octaves, give or take a few notes. A little more on the lower end for a low "G", C tuning.

Red-River-Valley-G.pdf - Will take this great folk tune and put it through is paces.

UL125_creating_solo_ukulele_arrangements.pdf - Reference and Guidelines.


Curt Sheller

Glen Hirabayashi

Relearn the Ukulele • Beginner-Intermediate

Learn to play the Ukulele again. This time, fill in the blanks, learn what you skipped.

Ukulele Player's Intro/Guide To Hawai'ian Music • All Levels

Learn Hawai'ian vamps (turnarounds), Hawai'ian strums (traditional and contemporary). Learn about pronunciation of common Hawai'ian words (traditional, slang, & Pidgin), hidden meanings of Hawai'ian language lyrics, construction of traditional Hawai'ian songs, and favorite ukulele players from Hawai'i.

  • Hawai'ian vamps (turnarounds)
  • Hawai'ian strums. traditional, contemporary
  • Pronounciation of common Hawai'ian words, traditional, slang, Pidgin
  • Hawai'ian language lyrics hidden meanings
  • Construction of traditional Hawai'ian songs
  • Favorite ukulele players from Hawai'i



Glen Hirabayashi

Devin Scott

Spice Up Your Strumming

I mean how many songs can you play with the old D D U U D U???? All of them!! Kind of. With just a few minor variations of that pattern you can have your songs going from drab to fab!! In this workshop we will learn things like the “chuck” and “finger fanning” to really so that you can really “spice up your strumming”!

Spice up your strummin.pdf

Easy Pickins

An introduction to picking work shop designed to have your fingers flying in no time! This mostly two finger picking pattern class will have you playing songs like “Hallelujah” and “Walking in Memphis”. Join me and be all the rage at you next ukulele jam!

Easy pickin's.pdf


Devin Scott

Petey Mack

F.U.N.-damentals for Playing your Ukulele

The name says it all! This workshop will teach you everything from how to hold your ukulele to your first chords then right on to your first song.

F.U.N.-damentals for playing your Ukulele.pdf


Petey Mack

William Ernestburg

Learn the Hawai'ian Songs in the Daily Uke Books

Yellow Book Hawai'ian Songs • All Levels

Join me on the beach under the palm trees and learn or strum along with all the songs of Hawaii contained in the Daily Ukulele yellow book. How many of them do you know? Learn how to play Hawaiian vamps to start your songs.

Blue Book Hawai'ian Songs • All Levels

Come back and learn all the Hawaiian songs from the Daily Ukulele blue book and more. We will be going over Hawaiian vamps to start and end your songs.

Any handouts to William's workshops will be available at the workshop.


William Earnestburg

Debi Velasco

Debi will be presenting her Hula class and Lei Making workshop. ( )

Hula Class

Come and learn the folk dance from our 50th state, the hula! Simple steps and lovely hand motions combine to tell a story. Comfortable clothes and no shoes suggested.

Lei Making

Come and make the perfect accessory to wear while playing your uke! We will make a wristlet with fresh flowers using the Wili method (winding).


Debi Velasco


Baritone Ukulele - Three Uke In One • Beginner to Intermediate

Come explore the most misunderstood member of the ukulele family. Is it really a uke? Or is it a mini guitar? What do you do with it? UncleZac will take you through the Bari's unlimited flexibility to support the group or shine alone.

Using the Theory Of Four Method for chording and demonstrating some barring techniques he hopes to take some of the mystery out of playing up the neck so that you can get the most out your wonderful Baritone Ukulele.

There is something for all Bari players at any level.


Tin Pan Alley - Where a Uke Really Sounds Like a Uke • Beginner to Intermediate

This workshop is designed for any player who wants to have some fun playing swing and jazz styles of Tin Pan Alley. The course is designed to accommodate ukes of all sizes and tunings as well as players from beginner to intermediate.

We will explore several tips, tricks & techniques to take your playing of all sorts of songs out of first gear and into the wonderful world of swing. From chord substitution to melody rhythms, putting a new set of tools in your “UkeBag” and taking your playing to the next level is the ultimate goal of this course and getting you there is the ultimate goal for UncleZac.



Uncle Zac

Isaac Ho'opi'i

Baritone and Ukulele Slack Key • Beginner to Intermediate

Isaac was raised in Waianae on the island of Oahu. Now a Slack Key guitar artists with the Aloha boys, Isaac received the love of music from his father, who only played ki'ho'alu Hawaiian Slack Key. Isaac plays guitar, ukulele and bass. Some things you will lean in this workshop, the background of Slack Key, identify the different tuning of slack key, apply a drop G tuning on the ukulele.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of the course ukulele players will be able to play ukulele.

  • The background of Slack Key
  • Identify the different tuning of slack key
  • Apply a drop G tuning on the ukulele



Isaac Ho'opi'i

In a help to determine what the workshop the levels might be, here is a page to help you determine
what level of ukulele player your are .

You will be able to select your workshops when you purchase your festival tickets...

Funky Frets Music Store

124 N. Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA 19512 USA
October 2-3-4, 2020

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