Jens & Uwe Kruger & Fretmentor’s 2010 Workshop

Jens Kruger on the 5-String Banjo

Jens Kruger on the 5-String Banjo

April 9-10, 2010

Jens & Uwe Kruger’s

Banjo & Guitar Workshop

For months now, I have been working out the details for Fretmentor’s First Annual Banjo & Guitar Workshop  – Featuring Jens & Uwe Kruger, to be held in Southeast Florida.  In April 2009, I first approached Jens Kruger about the possibility of establishing what I hope will become an annual event for banjo and guitar (and in the future mandolin) community living or visiting Southeast Florida.  For those who are not familiar with Jens Kruger, I encourage you to read my article that was published in the August 2009 issue of Banjo Newsletter or you can access the article at the Library section of

Guitar Player - Uwe Kruger

Guitar Player & Singer - Uwe Kruger

Jens Kruger is not only a unique and talented banjo player but I find him to be quite personable.  Uwe Kruger, is an excellent guitar player and as the lead singer, establishes the foundation for the Kruger Brother’s warm and soothing sound. In fact, the entire band (which includes Uwe Kruger on guitar and Joel Landsberg on bass) is a special group of musicians.  They engage their audience with a personal approach to their music, which includes not only bluegrass music but European flavored chamber style music.  Once you go to see them in person, you will discover what a wonderful musical blend they have and will grow to admire their talent.

Fretmentor’s 1st Annual Banjo & Guitar Workshop – Featuring Jens & Uwe Kruger, will be a wonderful opportunity for banjo and guitar students to not only learn beginning through advanced technique on their instruments, but for each student to get up close and personal with two of the finest European born musicians to visit Southeast Florida.  If the workshop was not enough, each attendee will also have the opportunity to win some prizes, which include two banjos donated from First Quality Musical Supplies and the Deering Banjo Company.  Others sponsors, including Intellitouch Tuners, Banjo Newsletter,  Homespun Music Instruction, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine, will be giving away prizes as well.

In addition to the weekend workshop on Friday and Saturday, workshop attendees will also be able to purchase some of the best tickets in a block that I have reserved for the Kruger’s Brother’s Sunday concert in Palm Beach.  If you are a Kruger Brother’s fan, you will not want to miss this opportunity and if you do not know much about them, you will soon become a fan and follower after attending this special event.  I look forward to seeing you all in Lake Worth Florida on April 9th and 10th, 2010.

Feel free to contact me at david (Insert @ symbol) for registration details.



About fretmentor

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced eight instructional books on CD as well as numerous instrumental arrangements. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and has published an article in Issue #37 of the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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9 Responses to Jens & Uwe Kruger & Fretmentor’s 2010 Workshop

  1. avatar Tigerpaws says:

    I’ll be there! 🙂

  2. avatar lspencerini says:

    I’ll be there too, and I am really looking forward to it.

  3. avatar Brian says:

    This is going to be great. Anyone who has heard Jens speak knows that he is inspirational and I expect a renewed energy to my play. BTW, Uwe is no slouch either. He is wonderful guitarist and person. Both are not only great musicians but really good people. The workshop will be enjoyable and uplifting.

  4. avatar Bobby Clyde Hickox says:

    I really appreciate all of your hard work
    putting this workshop and concert together
    fretmentor. Thanks very much.

  5. avatar dave says:

    I’m really looking forward to this workshop. Being exposed to their skill will be an asset, i expect to walk away with something valuable for my personal skill bag.

  6. avatar Andy Baumann says:

    Prior to joining the bluegrass class, I never really had an appreciation for this musical genre, but I generally keep an open mind toward music. I’ll be at the workshop, and expect that my appreciation for this type of music will only grow. It’s apparent that it took alot of work to put this together, but I’m sure it will be well worth the effort. My hat’s off to fretmentor.

  7. avatar Stacey POdell says:

    So sorry I missed the workshop…..Thought it was for Guitar & banjo…but have since found that it was more than that….Here’s to next year!

  8. avatar george parham says:

    Uwe’s teachings have been etched in my mind in a timeless sort of way. My practices have caromed off in a new and more productive way since attending the workshop. Thanks Uwe

  9. avatar Mark Grimes says:

    That would be great! Workshop for guitar players is indeed awesome. I recommend that those kids out there should be at the workshop so that they would develop their talents while they are young. Its a good thing that they develop their talents young so that years after, they will be enhancing it and have it as their profession someday.

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