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Sawchyn Guitars Ltd.

Ukulele Workshop

Read more... Sawchyn Guitars is please to have Joel Jacques hosting two wonderful Ukulele workshops at our store BOTH on Sunday November 16th. Each workshop is individually priced, however, if you are interested in both you will recieve a $10.00 discount. Participants MUST pay in advance. Seating is limited. Tickets are already going fast. Call or stop in at Sawchyn Guitars! 306-522-6348.

Joel Jacques is a native of Regina currently residing in Ottawa. He is excited at the opportunity to come home to Saskatchewan to share his passion for all things ukulele. Joel studied music at the College Mathieu in Gravelbourg and at the University of Ottawa. He has played the guitar, ukulele and keyboards in French trad bands, flamenco dance troupes, and indie rock bands. He studied luthery with David Freeman in Tugaske, SK and continues to build ukuleles in Ottawa ( He is an active ukulele teacher at the Ottawa Folklore Centre and also helps to lead the very popular and ever growing Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG).

Ukulele for the Absolute Beginner (1.5 hours) - 11:00-12:30pm. Cost: $25.00
Come find your musical voice through learning to sing and play the ukulele. This introduction course is for those picking up the instrument for the first time. Participants will learn to play and sing popular songs together in a group setting. We'll answer all those questions that come up when you first play the uke: How do I hold this thing? Tuning? How do I strum? What is a chord anyway? And many more. The basics of ukulele history, its relationship to other instruments, and playing techniques will be discussed. More importantly, by the end of this session you will be singing and playing at least 2 songs. You'll know enough to begin your music making journey on this wonderful little instrument.

All are welcome. Must have a ukulele to play during the workshop. (I'm sure Sawchyn Guitars can help you out with this.)

The Ukulele Right Hand: How to make each new song unique (3 hrs w/break) - 1:00 - 4:15pm. Cost: $40.00
For those with some experience either on the ukulele or its related cousins the guitar or banjo.

So you're playing the ukulele now and love it. You've strummed and sung and even managed to impress your partner/friend/neighbour/uke group/cat. Now, you've started wondering how you're going to make this tune sound different than that other one. Here's the not-so-well-kept-secret: It's going to happen in your right hand. This intensive afternoon workshop will introduce you to a variety of options that are available to you for making each song you play a gem in its own right. You will introduced to the basics of many right hand techniques and place them in musical context. Resource materials will be provided. Bring your instrument, you will definitely be playing.

Part 1: Strumming Strategies – How to pick a strum for a song (1.25 hours)
• Accents and Dynamics
• Straight Strum / Swing Strum
• Chunks and Mutes
• Styles like: folk, country, rock, reggae, bosa nova, swing
• Triplet Stroke and how to use it


Part 2: Fingerpicking Styles – learning from the banjo players (1.25 hours)
• 3 finger and 4 finger strategies and patterns
• Banjo Rolls
• Clawhammer... on uke, really?