I took up the 5-string banjo
exactly 33 years after this
photo was taken.
Little did I know that my dreams of being the next Earl Scruggs were to be
dashed by the humble ukulele.
At age 43 after ten years of trying to memorize banjo tab and then play it back, my wife’s grandmother gave me a 70 year old Columbia Hawaiian soprano ukulele that had been in her closet for more than 50 years. To please grandma, I took the
uke and bought an instruction book. But I was tired of memorizing music out of books!
That approach did not turn me into a musician on the banjo and I doubted that I would have a different outcome on the ukulele. So I just practiced chord progressions and inversions and listening to the sounds I was making. I found I was developing an emotional relationship with the chords I was playing and realized why songwriters choose specific chords to garner a certain emotional response from the listener. My mission then was to teach other adult beginners the fundamentals of music from an ear-based approach, Play Ukulele By Ear.
Play Ukulele By Ear 1
Vol. 1 DVD or Download more info
Play Ukulele By Ear 1.5
Playing By The Numbers Digital Download
Play Ukulele By Ear 2
Vol. 2 DVD or Download more info
Play Ukulele By Ear 3
NEW! Soloing DVD or Download
"I can’t thank you enough for your “Uke by Ear” workshop at the Southern California Uke Academy mountain retreat. Throughout my life I have wanted to be able to make music. I have tried guitar, mandolin, indian flutes, harmonicas, etc., etc. A little over a year ago I decided to try out the Ukulele. I took 12 weeks of lessons and practiced on and off. I want you to know that I learned more about music and more about playing my ukulele in your workshop than in all of the 12 weeks combined! Your method worked for me, better than anything I have ever tried before."