Pass on the Passion

In 1996 while walking through the Skytrain overpass in Vancouver’s Waterfront Station I drew level with a street musician who said, “There was someone looking for you. He wants to give you his ukulele.” Part 1 Yusuke Kawakami is a third generation...

The Way You Make Me Feel

I do enjoy British telly. In North America I had little time or inclination for TV watching but there’s something about being in England that has me interested in almost anything that comes on the box. Although, having said that, much British programming actually does...

Put an End to Stage Fright – the Hard Way

Every now and then we make a big decision that involves big change. And although change is good it is also stressful. But for me that stress of change also brought with it an interesting way to dispel stage fright. Having lived as a British expat in Canada for more...

What Theolonius Monk Can Teach Ukulele Players

I came across a wonderful document online. It is purportedly a list of advice given by Theolonius Monk on how to play music and was written down by saxophonist Steve Lacy in 1960. It’s the condensed wisdom of Monk scribbled onto a spiral bound notepad. Makes you...

Why Be a Ukulele Teacher?

It’s a surprising by-product of my musical life that as well as becoming an entertainer I also ended up teaching music. It’s surprising because my father was a school teacher and, like many young people who resist following their parent’s path, I set...

The Art of Going Further and Deeper

I was once surprised to meet a ukulele player who told me he’d never learned a song all the way through. This state of affairs rendered him unable to perform in public, a condition he liked very much. But these days I find it equally strange to discover people...
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