Well since we did not get any snow, and I do mean zilch, nada, none, and all around us here in New York, everybody else did, I am putting all my ukuleles to work with some island strumming, in hopes that it will come. I know, be careful what you wish for, but I like the snow, so this is kind of like a SNOW DANCE on ukulele.
|Love my Martin C-1K uke.|
Now Martin here, is my performance uke. I belong to a Ukulele Group that goes out and about to bring smiles and good cheer to the nursing homes in our area….for free! We also play at the local hospital, the annual Toys for Tots Drive with the US Marines, Relay for Life fundraisers, and on occasion at a couple day cares. It’s great fun and, though Martin is the go-to uke at performances, I haul 3 others out to hand out to the residents so they can try their hand at ukulele madness. And they love it!
|Hospital lobby gig!|
I first laughed when a friend of mine brought me a ukulele to try, because I had no idea what to do with it. He just told me that it was an extra one that he had lying around so, I thought I’d give it a go. Well, I gave his uke back to him, wondering why in the world you need more than one ukulele…
now I have 6!!! 3 sopranos, 2 of them painted with a beautiful island scene, 1 tenor, 1 vintage Avalon Banjolele that was my Father’s and Martin! I invested in Martin, because if I was going to engage in an activity such as strummin’ a ukulele, I was going to get a good one to make sure I was giving it my best shot. The bottom line here is, my Mama is born and raised on the beautiful island of Kauai, and what better way to honor her, and my island family who I got to visit not too long ago, sending back a new tenor uke from Honolulu. And I wear Mama’s picture, every time I head out to play!
|Nursing home gig!|
There is a great new revival of the ukulele. Give it a try. I promise you, it is reasonably priced, quite easy to learn, even I CAN DO IT! It will surely make you smile:) And hey George Harrison played the uke!
Originally posted by Hula La. To read the full article, please click here. Ukulele Beats is an up and coming ukulele cover band in San Diego, California with a unique vibe and twist. For bookings, ukulele images, music and videos, please visit our website at www.ukulelebeats.com.