Workshops shall be held on the first floor of Pacific Hotel on the Esplanade (map below)

Click here to book (please note that the time printed on your actual ticket may be incorrect and only state the first workshop session time (8.30am on 27th of August).



Taimane and Jonathon

The Art of Being an Artist
Learn Taimane’s tricks of the trade! Taimane will be teaching a wide array of basic techniques any musician will need to know. This includes flamenco strumming, triple picking, improvising, and how to play with other musicians.

The Cajon has become increasingly popular as a rhythm instrument in ukulele ensembles. Taimane’s percussionist Jonathon will be scoping the participants’ objectives and skill levels and shall be teaching a range of rhythms and unconventional techniques. Participants will need to bring their own cajon.


Craig Chee

The percussive side of ukulele – all levels
Craig loves showcasing how percussive the ukulele can be. We take a look at muting, scratching, golpe and everything in between including strumming techniques to bring a whole new element to your ukulele playing! A fun and addicting workshop to create more sound and texture with your ukulele. High G tuning recommended

Ukulele bootcamp 101 – 2n edition – all levels
Craig’s most popular workshop – new and improved (so if you’ve done the previous one you’ll still learn heaps of new stuff)! Craig’s ever adapting Boot Camp will dive into a ton of exercises that will help strengthen and quicken your fingers as well as focus on your tone.We will then show how these exercises are applied to intermediate and even advanced techniques to take you to the next level! ‘Ukulele beginners to intermediates will have lots to chew on as there are many variations for all levels. High G tuning recommended

Craig’s Ridiculously Non-Intimidating Intro to Music Theory on the ‘Ukulele! – Beginner-Advanced
Craig will give you that jump start in learning about basic music theory and how it’s applied on the ‘ukulele. By the end of the class you’ll know why chords are named the way they are, how to anticipate chord changes, utilize this new knowledge to start improvising and be able to play chord shapes all over the neck!


Nicky Bomba

Ukulele Bomba style! – All levels
Nicky has fun exploring the ukulele via his own education of the instrument. Techniques, songs, stories and audience participation.Learn some tunes and shapes to take home and find out how the dancing fleas play a part.

Rhythm workshop – All levels
Nicky breaks down the myths with rhythms and grooves and gets everyone involved in a fun filled workshop. Learn the history of Carribean styles and story of ska and reggae and learn the rhythms before applying these to the uke. This workshop would also be very suitable for those who lead ukulele groups on cajon for example (but you won’t need your cajon for this workshop). Of course Nicky will have his ukulele to add songs to the mix to create a village singing/drumming atmosphere. Yay!

Sarah Maisel

Doo-Wop Till You Drop – All Levels
This class focuses on popular progressions, including Doo-Wop, Blues, and Pop. With those we will also discuss holding the instrument, barre chords, and creating efficiency while playing. It’s a perfect class for the beginner ‘ukulele player, though experienced.

Jazz Blues – Intermediate
Already know your 12 bar blues and want to kick your learning up a notch? Well- this class is meant for you. Get your fingers (and mind) ready for a work out. We will over ‘Jazz Blues’ Progressions and WHY they are used, as well as Pentatonic Scale. If we have time, we will also cover some Blues ‘licks’ and discuss soloing techniques over Jazz Blues. It should be a lot of fun and a great way to expand your repertoire. The focus will be on the Key of F.

Chord Melody – Intermediate to advanced
Ever been chord melody curious? This is your chance to learn how to create your own arrangements on the ‘ukulele! We will be focusing on the standard, “All of Me”. Though we will focus more on High G arranging, we will talk some about low G as well. This is a perfect class for those of you looking to take your playing to the next level.

Ryo Montgomery

Blues ukulele – Intermediate
Ryo practically grew up in his father’s blues bar, watching all the greats such as Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Eugene ‘Hideaway Bridges’, Kenny Neal, you name it, through the kitchen window. Just after starting high school – and realising girls like guitars – he first took the stage, rocking out ‘Johnny B. Goode’ – wowing the crowd with his feel and touch. High school was pretty much wasted on him, instead, he practised his scales and blues licks religiously every spare moment of the day. In this workshop Ryo will share his knowledge and techniques with you, breaking down some famous licks, and teaching you how to strum various blues feels.