“Owen,” I hear you say, “music reviews and recommendations are great and all. But what about your ukulele?!”
Which one? 😜 Just kidding – I’m glad you asked!
I’ve been working hard this year on perfecting my ukulele skills, and have a few things to share! First, I enjoy playing cover songs mostly (all the songs you know and love and can sing along with!), so I’ve mastered playing some Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and even Incubus, as well as hundreds of standards. See my Uke Songbook for the full collection or book me for a show or open mic!
This summer, my lovely partner Kimberly had the opportunity to go to Prague for a Shakespeare Intensive. Naturally, I tagged along — with my ukulele in hand! In addition to learning a Czech protest song on the ukulele, I was also tapped by Artistic Director Jennifer King to set Midsummer Night’s Dream “Faerie Song” to Ukulele, and teach an actor how to play it. I had about 4-5 different progessions and ideas for the song. As the actor had no previous experience playing, I stripped it down to a very simple tune — which she mastered and expanded on, and executed beautifully! (I’ll likely have another post in the future with more details!)
I’ve been playing ukulele Sunday Nights with my ukulele club, and even made it out to a couple of Open Mics!
I took an 8 week private tutor class at Old Town School of Folk Music (which Kim had helped fund as a celebration of being a year smoke free!). I learned a lot through the class and continue to teach myself additional ukulele skills — I’m still working through the Ukulele Aerobics book!
In addition to learning and teaching myself, I’ve compiled some of my resources for teaching ukulele, and I’m actively looking for students.
Finally, I’m working on my DIY ukulele kit… first by painting the Statue of Liberty on it. It’s a work in progress, but can’t wait to have this thing complete!