Workshops • Concerts • Clinics

Checkout the Calendar of Events page for the latest listings of events at 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.

Third Sunday of Every Month @1PM

  • Getting Started with Ukulele - FREE ukulele workshop with Curt Sheller.
  • 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...

Funky Frets Uke Academy

Whether it's private lessons, group classes, special topic classes or joining the Funky Frets Ukukestra — We'll have you covered.

As members of the Funky Frets Uke Academy you will have everything you need to push your ukulele playing to the next level and beyond - all in one place. No more searching, wondering what to explore and study. You'll have what you need all in one place to kickstart your playing.

Look for details and plans to be published over the next few months.

Getting Started with Ukulele – A Recipe for Success

Where Do I Start? That’s a common question. This workshop covers ukulele tunings, learning the ukulele fingerboard, basic chords and four famous strums. This workshop gets you rolling on having some fun playing the ukulele.

Loaner ukuleles available at workshop. We always have close to 100 `ukuleles on hand at Funky Frets.

This is a FREE workshop presented by Curt Sheller the third Sunday of every month. ( Check the Funky Frets MeetUp site for the latest schedule )

Essential Strums for Ukulele - A Guide to Ukulele Strums

Cost: $75 for four (4) one hour sessions with ALL materials included.

Please pay prior to the workshop to secure your spot. If you will not be stopping in before hand to pay cash, check or credit card, we can send you a PayPal link or take a credit card over the phone. Whichever payment option you prefer.

Limited to a small group so each person gets the most out of this hands on workshop. More playing than talking!

Down-up-down-up strums?

One of the first skills a ukulele player learns is the art and craft of strumming, playing rhythm. This refers to an accompaniment technique suitable for the singer - songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.

Strumming requires a specific set of skills. They are: 1) Memorization of chords 2) The ability to switch chords smoothly and 3) The ability to choose and execute a suitable rhythmic strum. It is this 3rd skill that is our focus in A Guide to Ukulele Strums.

Though strumming looks natural to the casual observer, it is anything but natural to the beginning ukulele player. Even experienced players have difficulty in identifying and executing certain strums. Though this is one of those topics that is typically taken for granted, there is much to learn about rhythmic feels, accents, dynamics, strum direction, feel, percussive accents, idiomatic styles and tempo variation.

Learn These Essential Strums and a lot more:

  • Quarter Note Strum
  • Sustain Strum
  • Rock Strum
  • Light Rock Strum
  • 12/8 / Triplet Strum
  • Shuffle Strum
  • Power Shuffle Strum
  • Gallop Strum
  • Bass Note Strum
  • 3/4 Strum
  • Flowing 3/4 Strum
  • Ska Strum
  • Reggae Strum
  • Broken Chord Patterns

Next session Spring 2018

Fingerpicking Styles for Ukulele

Cost: $75 for four (4) one hour sessions with ALL materials included.

Please pay prior to the workshop to secure your spot. If you will not be stopping in before hand to pay cash, check or credit card, we can send you a PayPal link or take a credit card over the phone. Whichever payment option you prefer.


Ukulele is typically played with the fingers in a strumming style and finger picking style. This series explores the two fingerpicking styles.

  • Two Styles
  • The Basics - p i m a / t i m r
  • Single and Multi String
  • Alternating Thumb Style - This is the most common fingerpicking style used with ukulele and the focus of most to of the sessions.

Next session Spring 2018

Funky Frets Music Store
124 N. Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA 19512 USA
484-415-9677

www.funkyfretsukefest.com
October 5-7, 2017

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