NEW SERIES: Weekly Workshops at McCabes

Exciting news! Starting January 11th Daniel and I will be hosting a new series of ukulele workshop-style classes at McCabes Guitar Shop called


ukelele lesson by heidi swedberg at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Los Angeles

Great photos by John Nyboer – see more here!

ukelele lesson by heidi swedberg at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Los Angeles

Every Saturday at noon you can hone your skills in a festival-style workshop.  We will feature great guest instructors from the ukulele circuit when they are in town, such as Jim D’Ville, Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee.  Each workshop is $40.  You can sign up inadvance on the website or come a bit early on the day.  Classes are open to all ages, but children under 8 must have a participating adult alongside.

Workshops  become increasingly challenging over the course of the month but any level can attend and learn something in any class.   The first Saturday of the month is appropriate absoloute beginners, the second week geared towards those who know a few chords and are ready for more, the third week will be new skills and the fourth week will focus on a fun challenge, such as latin strums, blues box exploration or classical flamenco Sevillanas.

Fantastic guest instructors from around the ukulele World Circuit share their love and expertise.  Catch some of the hottest uke superstars as they pass through town in these exciting workshops! More special guests to be added- I will update the schedule as great teachers jump on board.

Here’s what we have scheduled so far:

1/ 11  Learn to play the Ukulele in a Day with Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward

1/ 18 Ukulele Building Blocks with Daniel Ward- simple exercises and techniques for all levels

1/25  Latin Strums With Daniel Ward- Even the most simple songs, like “Happy Birthday to You” come to life with a dash of salsa!


2/ 8   picking and Grinning with Heidi Swedberg- simple picking patterns give variety to your playing for beginning and intermediate players

2/ 15   Bossa Nova Training Wheels with Daniel Ward- like champaigne, bossa goes with everything.  Broken down to simple steps so everyone can get their Jobim on.

2/ 22   Guest teacher FRED SOKOLOW takes students on aUkulele Fretboard Roadtrip!

3/ 1  The effervescent  JIM D’VILLE shares his secrets of how to  Play Ukulele  by Ear

3/8   Special guest teachers SARAH MAISEL and CRAIG CHEE bring  their sparkling chemistry and great chops!

3/15  Modulating with the Bb family with Heidi Swedberg.  Learn a simple progression that can carry you up the fretboard.

3/29  The Butcher of Seville with Daniel Ward (Spanish guitar classics for the 4 strings)

4/5  Learn to play the Ukulele in a Day with Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward



One thought on “NEW SERIES: Weekly Workshops at McCabes

  1. what a great class! the energy you and daniel bring is just so much fun. i really loved it, thanks for staying a little later and playing — i hope to be back for week one or two next month.

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