Festival Workshops

Each performing artist will be presenting workshops.

Saturday Workshops

Trinity Church, 250 Sweinhardt Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512 click here for map

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.


Ben Carr

Bill Wynne

Christopher Davis-Shannon

Curt Sheller

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).

Glen Hirabayashi

Isaac Ho'opi'i

Jim D'Ville

Learning Songs The Fun Way: By Ear! • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Jim has combined the most popular elements of his Play Ukulele By Ear #1 and #2 workshops into a sleek new presentation which offers the ear a delightful journey through some of the most popular chord progressions in western pop music. This is a hands on, ears on, play along session utilizing super familiar songs. Once you start learning songs this way you'll never go back to simply playing from the book.

The Emotional Value of Chords • Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions to millions of songs. This is the first step to playing by ear. Knowledge of finger positions for C, dm, em, F, G, am, bdim helpful.

The Crickets & The Beatles • ALL Levels

Where do you think The Beatles got the idea for their band name? That’s right. The Crickets! With that first entomological connection John, Paul, George and Ringo took the musical ideas of Buddy Holly & The Crickets to Fab Four infamy. The Beatles recorded no less than seven Buddy Holly songs and played as many as thirteen of his songs in concert in their early years. In this fun and engaging workshop you’ll play and learn the exciting chord progressions and musical hooks The Beatles borrowed from Buddy Holly to create the most exciting rock and roll music of the early 1960’s. The Beatles loved Buddy, learn why.

Petey Mack

William Ernestburg

Learn the Hawai'ian Songs in the Daily Uke Yellow Book • 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.

Learn the Hawai'ian Songs in the Daily Uke Blue Book • 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.

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...

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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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