• Ukefest Workshop Schedule

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Friday Workshop

Troy Fernandez – Tropical Hawaiian Day

Friday @ 5:30-6:30pm

Learn the ins and outs of the Ka’au Crater Boys’ classic tune. Dig into the unique strumming and fretwork with Troy, try out the breezy riffs, and breakdown the fast turnarounds.

Saturday Workshop Schedule

10:00-11:00am in Daniels Hall

“Ukulele Zen”: Get Rhythm! w/ Stuart Fuchs

This workshop will give ukulele players of ALL experience levels a rock solid foundation in ukulele strumming and rhythm. Both beginning and advanced players will benefit from the focus on effortless “zen” technique. You’ll play LOTS OF FUN SONGS and learn several style-specific strums. You’ll deepen your rhythmic sensibilities using holistic & body centric techniques for coordination, and improve your tone and timing. In addition, you’ll learn how to shortcut the learning process by applying Stu’s lighthearted and effective method of “Ukulele Zen” – a holistic learning method that draws upon the principles of yoga, meditation & qigong. Ukulele Zen (as seen on You Tube) has has helped thousands of people cultivate good technique through a focus on good posture, breathing & relaxation techniques, a very positive and supportive mindset for their music journey.

All skill levels welcome.


10:00-11:00am in Tuft Theatre

Uke 101 w/ Daniella Katzir

For beginners completely new to the instrument, learn the first four chords and some simple strumming patterns to get started!

Beginner skill levels welcome.


10:00-11:00am in Quinlan Cafe

Come as Uke Are: Nirvana Unplugged for the Ukulele w/ Chris McGarry

Nirvana’s Unplugged album inspired a generation of acoustic musicians. We’ll play a handful of songs from the album. Song arrangements will feature something for all skill levels, from basic strums to enhanced accompaniments to lead parts.

All skill levels welcome.


11:15am-12:15pm in Daniels Hall

Songwriting on Ukulele w/ Kelsey Wilson & Alexander Beggins

Alexander Beggins from Wild Child will go over the process of taking a song from idea to a fully realized composition. He will be leading the workshop with his signature Baritone Ukulele.

All skill levels welcome.


11:15am-12:15pm in Tuft Theatre

Jazz Sing n’ Strum w/ Daniella Katzir

Sing and strum along to some of your jazz favorites by artists such as Louis Prima, Peggy Lee, Fats Waller and more.

Must be able to play barre chords.


11:15am-12:15pm in the Café

Right Hand Technique w/ John Nash

Jazz Sing n’ Strum – In this workshop we will learn a variety of picking patterns while exploring right hand technique that can add texture and interest to your playing.

For intermediate players.


1:30-2:30pm in Daniels Hall

How to Strum Anything w/ Aldrine Guerrero

This workshop will help people to find the rhythm of a song naturally, without any strumming patterns or complex system of notation. This workshop will help people to work their way up from very simple rhythms to more complex strumming.

All skill levels welcome.


1:30-2:30pm in Tuft Theatre

Ukulele 201 w/ Casey Cormier

For players with the basics, looking to “level up”, we’ll expand your chord palette and explore new strumming patterns and rhythms.

For intermediate players.


2:45-3:45pm in Daniels Hall

Note the Time Change w/ Victoria Vox

Learn to play some of Victoria’s original songs that use different time signatures. “Sweetest Melodies” will be plucked in 5/4 time. Other songs will have time signature changes within the songs. Only Time Will Tell goes from 4/4 to 3/4 and back to 4/4, while Daffodil moves seamlessly from 4/4 to 2/4 and back. While playing these different time signatures, we’ll maintain a groove in bossa nova and jazz swing styles.

For intermediate/advanced players.


2:45-3:45pm in Tuft Theatre

Note Reading for Ukulelist w/ Casey Cormier

So you know how to read tablature, but find the treble clef intimidating? Learn the basics of note reading on your ukulele!

All skill levels welcome.


2:45-3:45pm in the Café

Learning to Solo with Ukulele w/ John Nash

Ever want to learn how to play lead lines or improvise with the ukulele? In this class we’ll increase our understanding of melody and how it functions to help us learn how to express ourselves with the ukulele when it’s time to take a solo!

For intermediate/advanced players.


4:00-5:00pm in Tuft Theatre

Strum-Along w/ Doug Brown