This is also my About page, but I think it’s appropriate to make it my first “official” blog post. Here’s to hoping I can make this site something worthwhile. I’m sure it will be a constant work in progress (or it’ll die, like so many others, with high hopes and aspirations never realized).
I’m starting this page primarily as a hobby, but I also have a soft spot for the little 4-stringed instrument known as the ukulele (I’d call myself a ukulele enthusiast). The ukulele reignited a passion for music in me that I first attempted to kindle with the guitar and the banjo, and it has helped to sustain that passion for years (although now I’m playing the guitar and banjo more than the uke, but I’ll hold that for another post).
In 2010, during a vacation to Maui, I purchased a souvenir (toy) uke for practically nothing at an ABC shop. I loved playing that little thing. A couple months later, I got my first soprano, then I got a concert as a gift, and a a short time after that, I ordered a tenor.
The uke helped me to become a better musician, helped me learn some theory, and made me realize that a joy for music transcends genres and instruments. So, while I don’t play the uke as much as I’d like to anymore, it holds a special place in my heart.
The uke is HOT right now, and has been for a few years. A Google Trend search of “Ukulele” and “Uke” will give you a good idea of the ukulele’s rise in popularity:
But, I believe mainstream ukulele popularity is like the stock market and will inevitably trend downward once again (side note: There seem to be a lot of spikes in December, the uke must be a popular Christmas gift). Until then, I want to do my part to give the uke a seat at the table. It deserves it.