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Summer Uke Day

 

A whole day celebrating the ukulele at our Newcastle store...

 

Dani Usero

 

Spanish ukulele sensation Dani Usero will be joining us on the day to give a performance and to show off his favourite Flight ukuleles.

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Sproat

We are really excited to welcome Steven Sproat to our Summer Uke Day!

Steven Sproat is one of the UK’s foremost ukulele players and coaches. The bestselling author of several tutorial books, he has performed globally with the likes of Jools Holland and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and even coached the likes of Frank Skinner and Harry Hill. He is a vastly experience workshop tutor and will run two workshops for our Uke day, both aimed at intermediate and advancing players.

 

 

Workshop 1 – Strumming and more

12 noon- Cost £5.00  Click to Book

This will cover different rhythms and syncopated strumming styles, moving onto the split stroke and triplet technique, applying these strokes in songs as well as covering tips and tricks to improve your playing.

 

Workshop 2 – Fingerpicking and playing up the neck

2.00pm - Cost £5  Click to Book

This workshop covers basic fingerpicking techniques before moving onto chord inversions which will add colour to your playing. Tips, tricks and a Q and A session included.

 

Other Workshops

Complete beginners Workshops

Kids at 10.00am - Free  Click to Book

Adults at 11.00am - Free  Click to Book

For anyone who wants to give the uke a go or has a uke gathering dust in the corner. Come along to one of these free workshops and learn basic chords, techniques and songs and get inspired to play. Ukuleles can be supplied and there are sessions for adults and kids. (we recommend this session for ages 6+, parents welcome to join in too!)

 

UBass for beginners

10.30am - Free  Click to Book

The Ubass is fast becoming a staple of many uke groups looking to add a bit of bass to their sound. This session, run by our very own Simon Hedley (Bassist for Newcastle blues legends The King Bees), will take you through the bassics(!) and give you an insight into this unique instrument. Instruments can be supplied for those wanting to give it a go.

 

Design and Paint a Uke – Limited to 20 people

11.00am - Cost £10  Click to Book

Brightly painted ukulele

Let your creative side go wild! Design and paint your own unique ukulele. Suitable for adult and kids (supervision required). 

Prize for the best design!

 

 

Much much more!

Ukes in the Arcade 

We’ll be having performances all day from local uke groups and even our workshop leader Steven Sproat.  Not to be missed! Let us know if you would be interested in playing.

 

Strum and Sing Geordie Songs

3.30pm - Free  Click to Book

An opportunity to play through the songs before the Great Geordie Uke-along in the Central Arcade at 5.00pm. This is a free practice session but space will be limited so please book a place.

 

The Great Geordie Uke-along - 5.00pm

Did you know J G Windows published four volumes of Geordie songs? We’ve dusted off some of the best to create the very first Geordie Uke Songbook and we’ll be playing a couple of tunes in the arcade to round off the day. The songsheets are available to download so you can practice beforehand. 

 

Meet the experts in our uke superstore

We’ve got experts from some of the best know ukulele brands in the store for the day. Get advice and recommendations on Kala, Pono, Lanikai, Islander, Kiwaya, Martin and many more. We’ll have over 200 ukes in stock ready to play and all at amazing Summer Uke Day prices.

 

New for old, trade your uke in...

There’s no such thing as too many ukes, but if you operate a 1 in 1 out policy then we’re happy to help. Valuations available all day.

 

Plus…

Competitions, goody bags, and freebies

Always dropping your uke? Free strap button fitting, all you need is the strap.

JG Windows is one of the oldest and most respected music businesses in the UK, having been founded in 1908.  Our branches in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre and Gateshead Metrocentre carry a massive range of musical instruments and accessories, sheet music, Hifi and recorded music, supported by knowledgeable and friendly staff.