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Always, Gary. So...quick and easy.As opposed to those other "all things ukulele" books that are what?Hard slogs? Will slagging off otheruke book authors, is he? Oh, the irony.But, isn't it about time for a shift in ukulele consciousness away from 'quick & easy' to 'not so quick and easy, but worth the time and effort'?If we have a product truly worth selling do we need gimmicks to lurethe unsuspecting in?Let the instrument, ala such as the piano, guitar, violin, sell itself.Start with your classes and let people know the playing the marvelous 4-string will take time.(And not just 30 seconds, 5 minutes, or whatever the approach is now.)But, like anything else worth doing, that time repays with bountyover and over again.Let's start with people who alreadyare serious about playing and expect to have to work at it and give them serious instruction from the get-go.Play for them and show them whatreal effort can achieve, not just what those three or four magic first chords can do for them in one afternoon session.This approach will get people to see the ukulele in a new light.And, frankly, a better light. A brighter light. A light to lead the way onwards.
You mean the Ridiculously Hard and Time Consuming Guide to Advanced Ukulele Technique That's Totally Worth It?Hmm, maybe I should write that....
I just found your blog--got to thinking about you when Paul Revere died, because they opened for you in Seattle when I was in high school. We had got a cake from a bakery and a big teddy bear for you which I suspect never reached you at all. So glad to see you're still doing music! Although we all got old in the interim. How did that happen? Anyway, love your ukulele music as much as I loved your sort of vaudeville-style pop back in the day. Sent a friend request to you on FB. Hope your recovery is going well from the stroke you mentioned. Sending love from Seattle area!
Starshadow,Sounds like you're talking about Ian Whitcomb.I wish I were as handsome and talented as he. but I'm a different uker. Here's his site:http://www.picklehead.com/ian.htmlGary
Oh, darlin', my mistake. Sorry. I followed links that obviously didn't lead to the right person! Still, I do love ukelele so it isn't all terrible. So I found you instead! Thanks for the headsup. I'll still watch your blog!
Well, I think its a great book, written by a man hugely regarded in uke circles, both as a player and a nice guy too.The fact I get a mention, really shows no bias!
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