Port Townsend Ukulele Festival Class Descriptions

What about Class Levels?

The workshop is open to everyone, and differing levels of ability are expected. However, it’s sometimes helpful to know at what level the instruction will be. We’ve assigned level numbers to class descriptions to help you make decisions about the classes and get the most out of your time here. The teachers will describe their classes on the first evening and you’ll have an opportunity to talk to them before making your class selection. One strategy might be to select one class where you’ll be challenged, because that’s where the learning occurs, and one class where you already have an established level of comfort.

LEVEL 1 beginner: This level of beginner has been playing for 3-6 months and has learned 3-4 chords but hesitates in-between chord changes to move the fingers to the next location.

LEVEL 2 advanced beginner: This player knows a handful of chords and can move from one chord to another without pausing. May have trouble with barre chords, and has developed a strum or two or a finger pattern for picking.

LEVEL 3 intermediate: This player can hold a steady rhythm, and is competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, E7, Em, G, and G7). Understands simple chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly.

LEVEL 4 advanced: This player can hear  I, IV, and V chords, has mastered some chord inversions, knows there is life above the fifth fret, and has been there with barre or 4-fingered movable chords. Plays lead and backup easily with others and keeps steady rhythm.


Classes usually pace themselves to match the participants’ abilities. Classes designated LEVEL 1 proceed at the pace of the slowest student in the class, i.e., no one gets left behind. Classes designated LEVEL 4 move at the pace of the most capable student in the class, i.e., no one gets bored. LEVEL 2 and 3 classes try to follow the pace of the majority of students in the class.


You’ll notice, in addition to class levels, that we’re offering two kinds of classes.


Drop in classes are for anyone at any time.


The three-day classes are progressive and incremental; that is, the day 2 session will be based upon the day 1 session, etc. We ask that you do not drop in to three-day classes unless you participate in day 1.

2018 CLASS DESCRIPTIONS will be posted soon.