2022 Workshop Descriptions


Daniel Ward 

Holding Down the Groove 

Whatever style you play, the rhythm is the magic that keeps the music afloat. You can miss a chord or a note here and there, but an interruption in the rhythm is something everyone feels. We'll explore a few different strumming styles and discover what makes them work. Daniel will take you through a special set of easy up and down exercises that really work. Even if you have had trouble getting the feel before, this class will empower you and players who already feel confidant will benefit greatly. Geared towards intermediate uke players, this class will also be valuable to beginners eager to get off on the right foot. 

All levels 

Smartphone Blues 

Here’s a really fun and useful way to learn the blues by putting your phone to work for you! 

Just park it in airplane mode and Daniel will teach you a simple Chicago 12 bar blues progression, show you how to solo over it with the easy pentatonic scale, and then show you how lay down your own rhythm track to jam with using your phone as a helpful music companion. It’s really fun and really works… 

Confident beginners to Advanced 

Melodic Meditations workshop 

This workshop works on the same principle as the arpeggio class, but concentrates on melodic playing. Once again we will look at a number of carefully crafted short songs and warm-ups, which this time are rooted in simple but pleasing melodies. By learning to play slowly and smoothly through these studies, you will pick up important skills that change your sound immediately and stay with you on your journey making beautiful music. 

Confident beginners to Advanced 


Heidi Swedberg


Want to have more fun? Open up your creative power and free your wit with lyrical improvisation. Learn these simple songs with improvisation opportunities built in and start having a ball.  Discover a new favorite to share with your uke group and liven up any party. Fun and challenging for all. NO INSTRUMENT REQUIRED. 

All Levels/companion accessible 


Learn the oooold song “Monkey When You Grow Old” with a do-wacka-do strum! Then learn how to monkey around with the lyrics. This class adds a fun song to your repertoire; works on a classic strum and can expand into second position chords, if the class is ready. (The most fun part, delving into lyric improvisation, is Heidi’s special skill!) 

beginners and up 


Cole Porter’s hot standard is too cool- especially on the ukulele in the summertime! Bring your standard tuned (GCEA) or Baritone (DGBE) uke or both to this class and we will explore jazz chord comping, transposition and rhythmic picking while learning a tune indispensible in the age of global warming.  BONUS: Lyric improvisation! The verses lend themselves to creative rhyming, making this song the life of any party! 

 may bring baritone, standard or both! 


Ukulele is a social instrument and this workshop is all about sharing a good time.  Using folk songs from around the world, we will play each other’s instruments and participate in musical games that will connect with to your community. Sing, dance, share. A unique and bonding experience, this class is a great festival opener or closer. 

All levels, non-playing companion friendly 



Why am I shaking and what can I do about it?  

In this class we will explore the phenomenon of stage fright, arm you with some very practical ways to ward it off. Then class participants have the option to work through their fears "Master Class" style, or learn from watching others brave the stage.

All Levels/companion accessible 


Lil’ Rev Workshops 

Arpeggiating the Blues (Level 2-3) 

Arpeggios are broken chords, played one note at a time, allowing each string to sustain (versus a single strum across a chord). Using fingerstyle techniques and a variety of blues-based chord progressions, This Revinar gives the budding ukulele finger-stylist an opportunity to improve their playing with a series of graduated exercises and songs. I'll teach you inside/outside patterns, alternating thumb, 4-3-2-1 arpeggio patterns, the pinch, claw and scoop technique; all geared towards integrating your arpeggio playing into songs, solos, and accompaniment. This class is ultimately designed to improve dexterity, agility and stamina. It will help you learn how to integrate arpeggios into a wide variety of styles including the blues. 

Super Cool Strumming Techniques (Level 1-2) 

The art of great uke strumming is rooted in timeless techniques and traditional strums. I am highly regarded as one of the foremost teachers of strum hand techniques. I break each strum down to its most basic ingredients; slowly and methodically you’ll learn both the mechanics and how to integrate the Roll Stroke, Triplet Stroke, Tremolo Techniques, Zig- Zag Stroke and much more along with some fun songs to try out these super cool techniques. 

Uke'n the Blues (Level 2-3) 

This series features an in-depth survey of early blues styles including string-band, jug-band, delta, jazz era, hillbilly, and rare blues. The 100-minute class features: Classic Blues licks, intros, endings, solos, country guitar riff, blues turnarounds, backwards rolls, flips, uke-tricks, ragtime ending, blues box with 3rds, roll strokes, upstrokes, boogie-notes, and strum hand technique. 

Intro to Clawhammer (Level 2-3) 

Clawhammer is a banjo-inspired stroke and style that can easily be applied to the ukulele’s unique re-entrant tuning that utilizes the high G string as a drone. I break this style down to its basic elements demonstrating the Bum-Ditty stroke, the clawhammer hand shape, how to play single notes, brush stroke, and demos drop-thumb and double thumb. Together we’ll explore how to play simple fiddle tunes with and without drone. All is all this is a great primer taught with "Fiddle Tunes For Ukulele" co-author John Nicholson. 

Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele (Level 3) 

Join me for an in-depth exploration of how to play fiddle tunes on the ukulele; including back-up styles, boom-chuck strum, clawhammer, single-string picking. Slurring chords and much more. Tunes covered include: Old Molly Hare," "Black Nag," "Angeline the Baker," "Lumberjack Schottische," "Boil Em Cabbage Down," "On the Road to Boston" and "Britches Full of Stitches." Joining me is Fiddle Tunes for Ukulele co-author, John Nicholson. 


Dani Joy 

Just My Imagination 

We just love this song don’t we? What if I told you it was SUPER easy to play and MEMORIZE? 

Two chords (mostly) and a sweet little intro that we play on only 3 strings. You’ll learn simple slides, a partial chord (all open strings) and a little about how to memorize the lyrics (hint; they tell a story.) 

Note: This class is designated a Level 1-2. Students are encouraged to understand TAB in order to get the most out of this class. 

Improve Your Rhythm

In this percussion class, students will be taught all of the dimensions of playing a Shakerlele including 5 different positions with only one shaker along with a clave style and polyrhythm using two! You will learn how to create tasteful accompaniment rhythms on the fly. You'll never be "that obnoxious shaker person" instead you'll learn how to compliment the band so your friends look forward to hearing you play! 

(Shakerleles available as loaners, first come first serve. Students who have already purchased one are encouraged to bring theirs.) 


Ukulele Rob 

What Key Are We In, Anyway? 

In these two workshops we’ll explore just what a musical “key” is and how 

scales work, as well as what musicians mean when they say things like 

“the five chord.” All leading to being able to play a simple song when your 

group (or your voice) wants to do it in a key that’s different from the one 

you’ve been practicing it in. 

Each session will use two simple and well-known songs in two different 

keys. Festival attendees may elect to participate in one or the other 

session, or better yet, both! The sessions are designed for advanced 

beginners and above, and there will be something for everyone regardless 

of experience or skill level. 

Session One: We’ll explore two songs that each have only four chords, 

“Jamaica Farewell” in the keys of C and A, and “Red River Valley” in the 

keys of C and F. Chords to be familiar with (or learn in the session): C, C7, 

F, F7, G, G7, A, D, D7, E7, and Bb. 

Session Two: We’ll explore two songs with a few more chords, “Your 

Cheatin’ Heart” in G and C, and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in C and 

Bb. In addition to the chords used in Sesson One, you’ll want to add Aminor, D-minor, A7, G-minor and C-minor. And as an added bonus, a G#7 

and F#7 will be thrown in, with tips on how to raise a chord to the next half 

step, and you’ll learn Ukulele Rob’s easy-peasy way to quickly find any 

diminished chord. 


Doug Reynolds 

Lap & One Finger Uke 

with Doug Reynolds 

After searching for a way to continue playing despite increasingly painful, arthritic hands, our festival’s founder has come up with two new, fun ways to play! Whether you have physical challenges with your hands or just want to add a cool new sound to your repertoire, join Doug as he launches this new playing method. You will learn how to tweak your existing low G uke and play it with only one finger >or< convert it for playing in the lap position. (Conversions are harmless to your uke and are completely reversible.) 

Class Requirements: 
- Low G uke is required! Tenor size is best but concert will work. 

- A colored marker, highlighter, Flair pen, etc. to mark up the handout. 

- A slide is NOT required, however if you have one of any kind, bring it to add to the fun!


Julie Holloman 

Fun with Finger style 

Learn 6 basic right hand techniques—pinch, 4/4 basic arpeggio, 4/4 arpeggio variation, 6/8 arpeggio, harmony arpeggio, and skipping strings arpeggio. Apply these techniques to songs.  Learn how to use these techniques in your every-day playing—have fun! 


Arthur Hopkins 


Brand new player or tired of the ol' chunks-chunka? 
A fun session of basic strum instruction. This workshop will examine the mechanics of strumming and explore how various strum styles can express many soundscapes. What fingers to use, different strum patterns, and tips and tricks to give your strum hand a voice!


Do you have the "I wish I could play the Blues" Blues?!? This Workshop is for you! 

Sound like you? Fret no more, we got you covered in this beginner intro to the blues. Learn basic blues progressions then we will learn how to pick notes and create your own blues solos! NO PICKING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Guaranteed to smile those blues away! 

You will know how to create your own blues songs and solos by the end of this fun-filled interactive workshop especially for the beginner! 


Perry Stauffer 

Jam Lab 1  - Bass and Uke - Levels 2 and up 

If you took Perry's bass 101, Gerald's Improvising 1 or Daniel's Smart Phone Blues, come to the jam lab and apply your new found skills. Or if you just want to jam on a couple of blues and jazz standards, you'll be sure to learn something new and have a good time.

Jam Lab 2  - Bass and Uke - Levels 2 and up 

If you took Perry's bass 102, Gerald's Improvising 2 or any other jazz or blues class, come to the jam lab and apply your new found skills. Or if you just want to jam on a couple of blues and jazz standards, you'll be sure to learn something new and have a good time.


Bass 101 - The Basics - In this class, you will learn everything you need to know for your first jam session. You'll learn about scales, chords and other components of a great bass part. You'll also learn how to decipher a chart. Bass 101 bass lines utilize mostly roots and fifths, which are the most common and most crucial bass-line building blocks. 

Bass 102 - Intermediate half-notes and walking Bass - In bass 102, you'll first enhance your bass lines by adding thirds. Then, you'll learn how to apply scale tones and chromatic approach notes as we move to quarter-note lines 

Bass 103 - Rhythmic Vocabulary - In bass 103, you will move beyond half and quarter note lines to learn the vocabulary of rock, pop, funk and latin rhythms.


Gerald Ross 

How to Read and Write a Chord Chart 

Have you ever wondered how professional musicians perform an unknown piece of music; a song they've never heard before? Typically they are handed a sheet of music, they take a few quick glances at it, the band leader counts off the song and they immediately play the song. Can a hobbyist musician do this? Does one need to spend years learning music theory and perfecting sight-reading skills?Yes they can and no, years of training are not needed. The secret is learning to read and write a standard chord chart. We will learn the universal agreed-upon standard for "charting" a tune. This skill will allow you to share your music with any musician world wide. 

This fun and easy class is open to all levels. If you own a pencil and can count to four you are more than ready for this class. No music theory needed. No music reading required. 

Level 1-2 

How I Arrange a Song 

A Master Class lecture/demo featuring an in-depth look into timeless standard All Of Me. Gerald breaks the song down to it’s basics before ramping things up to jazzier chords and improvisations. Audience comments and questions are welcome during this entertaining demonstration. 

Level 1-2 


Intro To Improvising 

Two-part workshop - Improvising 

Have you ever wondered how musicians play just the right notes when they improvise? Do they randomly pick notes out of thin air or is there some logic to the musical lines they play? Improvising is easier when you have a framework or blueprint to work from. We will explore single note and chordal ukulele improvisation in this class. We’ll learn tricks and techniques that will have you playing more than just chords. Level: Confident beginner and above. 


Three note chords –  All you need to get that bluesy/jazzy sound. 

(Confident beginner to intermediate) 

Just because the ukulele has four strings doesn’t mean you have to play them all! 

Many times, you can say more musically with two or three notes than you can with four. 

We will learn how easy it is to finger three-note chords that sound much more bluesy 

and jazzy than their four-note counterparts.  Simple Blues songs will be used to 

demonstrate this very effective, very hip-sounding style.  No music theory needed, 

no music reading required, no knuckle-busting chord shapes to learn… just fun! 

Any sized uke tuned GCEA will work.


Victoria Vox -Descriptions coming soon...

Songwriting with Victoria Vox and Jack Maher (aka Jack & the Vox): All Levels 

You don’t have to be an amazing ukulele player to write a great song! Believe it or not, some of the best songwriters in the world can't sing a note or play a lick. In this songwriting workshop, led by Berklee College of Music (Songwriting) Degree holders Victoria Vox ('01) and Jack Maher (’98), you will learn how to analyze and organize the ideas in your head into something tangible! If you don’t know where to start, you will be guided to unleash the creative songwriter within you. We'll use popular song examples to analyze harmonic and melodic structure. Bring In Your WIPs (works in progress) to the workshop / class, even if it’s just a small bud of an idea! Through song analysis and crafted strategies, you'll learn how to rewrite/edit, get out of a rut, make your current song stronger, or help you find and fix any problem spots. It's sometimes hard to self-critique your own song and find the thing that isn't "working for you”. Victoria and Jack will offer constructive criticism and some real solutions! 

I’ll be at the Barre (Level 1-2) 

This will be a comprehensible "ice-breaker” into the world of Barre Chords. Guaranteed to be an enjoyable experience as we play with chords and chord qualities. Barre intimidation no more! We will end the class by playing Three Little Birds (Bob Marley) while using some barre chords, and even adding a melodic riff! 

Groove workshop (Level 1-2) 

In this very hands-on class, we’ll play around with different rhythms and grooves. Over a simple chord progression, we’ll work on loosening up the right hand for fun strums! The groove even starts before you play a note! We’ll play a simple tune in many different styles: Pop / Jazz / Ska / Swing / Blues / Reggae / Opera / Bluegrass, etc. This class is groovy,100% fun, and a bit of a strumming crash course! 

Time signature workshop (Level 1-2) 

Learn to play some of Victoria’s original songs that use different time signatures: “Sweetest Melodies" will be plucked in 5/4. 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. 

Performance / band leading workshop (build a band) (Level 1-2) 

In this LAB type class, we’ll form a band and learn how to 1) make room for everyone 2) play together 3) and communicate! You’ll become more confident as a band leader and band member. 

Line cliches (Level 1-2) 

A line cliché is a descending or ascending line that moves against a single stationary chord. Famous line cliché tunes include the James Bond theme song,  "Michelle" (McCartney / Lennon), "Blue Skies" (Irving Berlin), “One” (Harry Nilsson. We can alter the harmony of a song to incorporate the use of line clichés, in both major and minor keys. It's a great way to embellish a chord progression or spice up a stagnant melody line.


Alissa Hunnicut 


In an individual coaching format, learn basic acting techniques to get to the heart of the lyric of whatever song you are singing. Excellent for open mic preparation! 

Come as a volunteer with a song to deconstruct, or support and learn by watching others work. 

Participants will sing through a song, then work with Alissa to personalize its meaning (what's happening, who you're talking to, what you want, etc), then perform again with all that in mind. Focussing on the scenario also has the added benefit of calming your nerves and releasing your vocal instrument. The transformation is often remarkable! 

All levels