Port Townsend Ukulele Workshop


Wednesday, September 7 to Sunday, September 11

Centrum is planning a hybrid festival in 2022, both an in-person gathering and an online audit option.

At the in person gathering you should expect three full days of instruction and community building with some of the finest ukulele instructors and musicians playing today. The workshop offerings will feature a wide variety of styles – jazz, blues, swing, Hawaiian, pop, novelty, and jugband ukulele. The workshop design and class schedule are almost complete and will be posted here as soon as possible.

The online option will offer 3 classes each day on September 9 and 10. Details of these offerings will be posted soon.


Are the Uke Fest workshops appropriate for my skill level?

The Port Townsend Ukulele Festival is a gathering appropriate for advanced-beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. The word “beginner” covers a lot of ground. Most offerings at the workshop are geared towards people who know more than a few chords, and are capable of changing chords smoothly and in rhythm. You’ll get the most out of your experience if you can do the following exercise in three different keys. Use a metronome!

At 60 beats per minute, play each chord four times (four beats per chord). Play the chords without diagrams, that is, by heart.

C – Am – F – G7 – C

It should take 20 seconds. Try it in these keys as well:

F – Dm – Bb – C7 – F

G – Em – C – D7 – G

If you can do this, then this workshop is for you! If you need to look up any of these chords, then you know what you have to work on (and master) before the festival starts.