Jake Shimabukuro and Easy Music Center host ukulele workshop

Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro is teaming up with Easy Music Center to host a beginner-level ukulele workshop on Thursday, March 30 from 5 – 6 p.m. to celebrate the release of his first-ever ukulele lesson audio book, Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons (Hal Leonard).

Thursday, March 30, 2017
5-6 p.m.
Easy Music Center
1314 S King St., Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-0999

Jake Shimabukuro. Courtesy: JS Entertainment / JS Records

Admission is free; seats are limited and first-come first-served. Please bring your own ukulele. Books will be available for purchase. It is not necessary to purchase the book before the workshop.

Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons features Shimabukuro introducing notes, chords, songs, and playing techniques. The book includes instruction and transcriptions of every example.

The full-length online video features Shimabukuro teaching and demonstrating all the skills and techniques from the book. The video is accessed online using the unique code inside each book, and can be streamed or downloaded.

In addition to the lessons, the videos also feature performances of Shimabukuro playing some of his most popular arrangements such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Ukulele Five-O,” among others.

The book with online video retails for $19.99. Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons is available from music and bookstores or by visiting www.halleonard.com.

Shimabukuro is currently touring in support of his new album Nashville Sessions, which Associated Press has called  “adventurous, dazzling.” See dates here: http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/home/tour/

Jake Shimabukuro’s local shows:
April 3, Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
April 4, Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
April 5, Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu, HI


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