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Free Music Day is an opportunity to try a free sample of many different types of group and private music lessons as well as clubs and jams offered at The Strum Shop in Downtown Roseville. Activities include a free “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo”, free private and group music lessons, a free ukulele jam, refreshments & a raffle with many amazing prizes including: free instrument rental for a year, one month of free lessons, instruments, gift cards from local businesses, t-shirts and more!

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The “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” is where school aged children have an opportunity to try a variety of our band and orchestra instrument rentals to help them get a better idea of what instrument they may want to learn to play in and out of school. Stringed instruments such as guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo & mandolin will also be available to try!

 

Teachers will be available for free walk-in & pre-scheduled demo private lessons on many types of instruments. There will also be demo versions of our monthly group guitar, ukulele and music together classes at particular times during the day. Instruments from the “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo” are available for loan during these trial lessons.



Though walk-ins are welcome, spots are limited. Pre-register for your free lessons below!

Following decades of success in their respective careers, and exciting recent appearances at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally are releasing a new album of original material on February 15, 2019, Steel. The music transports you back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. In a sense, Steel - produced and engineered by John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar) - continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally?s former life as a welder) or ?Speed Limit,? a song about the fact that life doesn?t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music.

Cost: $ 15.00


World class guitarist John Stowell is known internationally as a musician with a unique sound supported by a sophisticated harmonic concept. With over 30+ recordings as a leader or sideman Stowell has also shared the stage with some of the most respected musicians and singers in the world including Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Paul Horn, Art Farmer, Mundell Lowe, and countless more. Herb Ellis, one of the most influential jazz guitarists, was quoted, ?More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.?

Stowell will be joined by vocalist and educator Ellen Johnson described by Jazz Journal International as ?superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality.? Johnson has performed with many fine musicians including Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, and Don Braden. Jazz Times wrote, ?When it comes to shaping wordless gems, Johnson packs as imaginative a wallop as the mighty Bobby McFerrin.? Stowell and Johnson have been making music together for more than 30 years. Their 2015 recording Form & Formless is remarkable in creating spontaneous improvisations that are derived from the basis of innovation which the two musicians believe is the ability to create something out of nothing transforming the music into their own vision.


Following decades of success in their respective careers, and exciting recent appearances at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally are releasing a new album of original material on February 15, 2019, Steel. The music transports you back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. In a sense, Steel - produced and engineered by John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar) - continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally?s former life as a welder) or ?Speed Limit,? a song about the fact that life doesn?t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music.

Cost: $ 30.00
The "Musical Instrument Petting Zoo" is where school aged children have an opportunity to try a variety of our band and orchestra instrument rentals to help them get a better idea of what instrument they may want to learn to play in and out of school.

45-minute class includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers--regardless of their own musical ability.

On the rare 5th Saturday of the month, we like to get our jam on! All you need to bring is your ukulele and any/all of your favorite songbooks. We'll do a round robin: You pick the song - you (have the option of) leading the song. This is a low-stress environment where we can have fun playing all the music that we might not ordinarily have the chance to play.

For eager beginners to learn the basics of guitar to start making music immediately! In this class, you will learn your first 8 chords, some strumming and picking patterns, how to read and understand guitar tablature and your first few songs.

Ukulele is so kid friendly your children will be playing songs in the very first class, giving them a sense of accomplishment and a desire to practice and learn. Skills learned on the ukulele are easily transferable if they choose to pick up another instrument later on. This class includes simple two & three chord songs that allow each student to progress at an easy pace. Children will learn some basic chords & strumming, how to read tab, essential motor skill exercises and some simple, familiar songs.

Tickets will be for sale at the front counter all throughout the day. Raffle prizes include: free instrument rental for one year, one month of free lessons, instruments, gift cards, t-shirts and more!

Free 30 minute demo 5-string banjo lesson with Dennis Fisher. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
All Ages
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo drum lesson with Evan Parandes. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
All Ages
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo guitar, bass or ukulele lesson with Rob Munoz. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
Ages 6+
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo mandolin, ukulele, tenor banjo or bluegrass guitar lesson with Jon Gowin. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
All Ages
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo ukulele lesson with Audrey Robinson. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
Ages 7+
All Levels

Third Saturday of Every Month at 1:30pm

Carla Fontanilla presents a workshop to help equip intermediate uke players with fundamental blues and jazz skills and techniques through chord progressions, scales, and styles to complement their existing skills. Players will explore in different songs how applying varying chord patterns, substitutions, scales, "groove-driven" rhythmic expressions and strumming variations skills open wide the fun and enjoyment of blues, jazz and hybrid playing.

Cost: $ FREE
Fifth Saturday of Any Month at 10:30am

On the rare 5th Saturday of the month, we like to get our jam on! All you need to bring is your ukulele and any/all of your favorite songbooks. We'll do a round robin: You pick the song - you (have the option of) leading the song. This is a low-stress environment where we can have fun playing all the music that we might not ordinarily have the chance to play.

Cost: $ FREE
Second Thursday of Every Month at 7pm

The Acoustic Guitar Club is free and open to all ages and playing abilities. Bring your guitar and play along with other acoustic guitar players at all levels. Your host teacher, Eric Enberg, will introduce several new songs each month and expose you to various skills related to the material. Eric strives to provide the materials that address players at different playing levels. Materials are provided free of charge.

Cost: $ FREE
Fourth Thursday of Every Month at 6pm

This is a round robin style jam, intended for all levels to get together and play Oldtime, Americana, Folk, Bluegrass and Beyond in a fun, low-pressure setting. Bring a list of your favorites to share or come and pick up on some new ones. All acoustic instruments are welcome!

Cost: $ FREE
First Saturday of Every Month at 3pm

Come share or learn the basics of Kiho'alu slack key guitar beginning with Taro patch Open G tuning. Learn a new song from others and basic chords to jam together. Several Hawaiian open tunings to explore. Come share what you enjoy about this beautiful music.

Cost: $ FREE
Fourth Saturday of Every Month 12:30pm

Mountain Dulcimer enthusiasts of Northern California finally have a home! All levels and varieties of music are welcome to our club meetup. Our meetings always start with a beginner lesson then move into a fun and friendly jam.

Cost: $ FREE
First Friday of Every Month at 7pm and the Following Saturday at 10:30am

Grab your ukulele and join us for The Strum Shop's Free Monthly Ukulele Strum-A-Long lead by Jon, Phil, Audrey & Ariel. All skill levels encouraged and welcome. Song leaders will provide playing tips and tricks while we sing fun and familiar songs - golden oldies, classic rock, seasonal and a Hawaiian song or two, are all part of the mix. We share songs (along with chords and words) up on our big screen but you can nestle up to your neighbor and share their music if you don't have your own book (The Daily Ukulele Songbook - Available for purchase at The Strum Shop). It's cozy and fun!! Bring your uke and your voice and join us for a fun time.

Cost: $ FREE
Second, Third, and Fourth Saturday of Every Month at 10:30am

The River City Ukulele Orchestra is a community-based group of like-minded individuals from Roseville, Ca and surrounding areas who enjoy delving into the finer points of ukulele playing as a group! Our goal is to raise funds for our Ukes for Schools non-profit program. We do this by performing several times a year at fairs, festivals and senior residence events...

Cost: $ FREE
Vocalist and performer "Ukulele Rob" Sawyer will lead this fun series of workshops using tunes recorded by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards (1895-1971) in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including classics such as "When You Wish Upon a Star," "I'll See You In My Dreams," "Lady Be Good," and five more. Along the way you'll not only learn some fun songs, but a lot of ukulele chord and song structure stuff that will boost your love for ukulele and take your abilities to a new musical level.

Cost: $ 102.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Tuesdays at 7pm

For eager beginners to learn the basics of guitar to start making music immediately! In this class, you will learn your first 8 chords, some strumming and picking patterns, how to read and understand guitar tablature and your first few songs.

Cost: $ 60.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Wednesdays at 6pm

This relaxed group class is designed to get absolute beginners started on playing songs within the first lesson! You will learn basic chords, reading tablature, technique, arpeggios, strumming patterns, and some simple, familiar songs all while gaining the confidence to play with your friends and family at home.

Cost: $ 60.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Wednesdays at 7pm

This secondary course varies month to month, allowing students to join freely as you wish. Every month a new song and technique are introduced and broken down into understandable sections. Students who wish to be challenged are encouraged to use new chord shapes, etc, while the novice players focus on the basic material. This allows students of all levels to play and learn together, as well as on their own.

Cost: $ 60.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Mondays at 6pm

Ukulele is so kid friendly your children will be playing songs in the very first class, giving them a sense of accomplishment and a desire to practice and learn. Skills learned on the ukulele are easily transferable if they choose to pick up another instrument later on. This class includes simple two & three chord songs that allow each student to progress at an easy pace. Children will learn some basic chords & strumming, how to read tab, essential motor skill exercises and some simple, familiar songs.

Cost: $ 72.54
Weekly, 45-Minute Classes - Schedule Varies

The session consists of weekly, 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers--regardless of their own musical ability.

Cost: $ 182.00