On this page you will find information on all the workshops offered on Saturday, July 14th.

*To register for your workshop, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the ADD TO CART button. 

What level are you at?

At this level, you are a brand-new ukulele player.  You may have  learned a few chords but you stop in-between chord changes to move your fingers to the next location.

Confident Beginner

This player knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. Has developed a strum or two or a basic finger pattern for picking.

At this level, you can hold a steady rhythm and can play a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E, Em, G, and G7). You can play simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and you can learn chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.

*All the workshops offered are either at the beginner or the intermediate level.


Saturday July 14th, 2018 – Workshops

Absolute Beginner 101 – 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

Instructor, Liz DeBarros, a Level 2 James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) certified teacher. 

Have you ever thought about playing the ukulele and are not sure how to start or have a uke sitting at home on a shelf gathering dust? Then this workshop is for you.

We will look at the different types of ukulele; you will have a chance to try out different sizes and styles of ukulele to see which fits you best.

Learn the string names and how to tune the ukulele; the correct way to hold a ukulele and the options for picking and strumming styles

Learn some simple chords and be able to pick a line of music and strum a two-chord song by the end of the session.

*Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

Workshop fee: $20.00

*Please contact us if you need to borrow a ukulele for the workshop.

Absolute Beginner 102  – Moving On.  1:30 to 3:00 p.m. THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

Instructor, Liz DeBarros, a Level 2 JHUI certified teacher. 

For those who have attended Uke 101 or have had a ukulele for a while but have never really progressed beyond a few simple chords.

We’ll look at musical scales and how useful they are as a practice tool and for learning where the notes are on the ukulele.

The differences between thumb and finger strumming and when to use them. How to pick the strings using your thumb.

By the end of the session, we’ll be able to pick a simple melody and strum a three-chord song.

Workshop fee: $20.00

*Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

*Please contact us if you need to borrow a ukulele for the workshop.


The Ookestra – A Ukulele Orchestra experience -Full Day Workshop

 10:30am to noon & 1:30pm to 3:00pm 

For the Confident Beginner – Intermediate+ 

Instructor: Cynthia Kinnunen, a Level 3 JHUI certified teacher

Have you wondered what a ukulele orchestra sounds like? Want a little break from the strum? In this 2-part session, we’ll learn to make beautiful multi-part music using differentiated single line parts and by the end we’ll have our very own ukulele orchestra — the Ookestra! 

Check out this link to one of Cynthia’s Groups perfomance


The more the merrier! Fun for everyone.

*Please note that these are two full 75 minute workshops that are done sequentially. 

Workshop Fee: $60

Intermediate workshop – Picking & Strumming Styles 10:30am to noon

 Morning Workshop SOLD OUT


Instructors: The Naked Waiters – Andy Nufer, Kim Bjerga & Clark Holmes

This workshop has proved so popular, we will be repeating it in the afternoon to accommodate all of you who have expressed an interest.

We want to help ukulele players go up a level by breaking them out of the normal, boring strumming patterns! We plan on teaching three of our favorite patterns, that are slightly more technical. We will do one using just strums, one with just picking, and one mixing the two. This workshop will be us writing out the patterns, playing/explaining them for the class, and helping with any questions or concerns.

Workshop fee: $25.00

*Only 20 spots available for this afternoon workshop.

 All Levels – Songwriting 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Instructors: The Naked Waiters – Andy Nufer, Kim Bjerga & Clark Holmes

Have you ever felt you have a song inside you but don’t know how to start putting it together? At this workshop we will explain and write out the structure of a couple of our songs; talk about taking inspiration from other songs and making them your own. We will show where that applies in our music, and who we are inspired by. We will also talk about hooks and bridges, when and if you need them. We will also explain how songs build and change, and how you want the last chorus to differ from the first.

*Only 10 spots available for this workshop.

Workshop fee: $25.00

 *To reserve your workshop spot, click on the Add to Cart button at the bottom of the page.

If you prefer to buy your tickets in person or by mail, please contact us using the link at the top or side of the page.

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