It’s been quiet on the blog front this month! I guess you could say I’ve been taking my summer vacation…
Part of that vacation was spent on Maui for Uncle George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key and ‘Ukulele Workshop where I was a resident ‘ukulele instructor for a week. I taught many classes of all levels and got to connect with a big part of the workshop’s 75 students. Fun as it was, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard! During time off I got to catch up with Herb Ohta Jr. and spend some time at Led Kaapana’s feet watching him play. What a treat to be part of such an amazing staff! Here’s a video of the instructor concert where I was the kid in a candy shop standing between Herb and Led:
I like to think I have the best job in the world.
In addition to the workshop, I was invited to play Uncle George’s Slack Key Show the following week as part of the Rising Stars Of The ‘Ukulele. It was pretty lonely to stand on the stage by myself after such great company the week before, but it was still a blast to share the bill with Peter DeAquino and Austin Calvalho.
After some recoup time I’ve been back in project mode. First up is a print version of ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes. I’ve remade all the images at a stunningly pretty 300dpi and re-formatted the whole book into a new page designer program. So now each chord shape is high-res enough to blow up and print it on its own piece of paper! I’m mainly putting this new version together for the workshops I teach at, but I’ll probably figure out how to make it available via the site too. Stay tuned!
On a more personal, artist-y note, I’m in the beginning stages of recording a new album. The songs are done (for the most part), the gear is getting assembled, and I’m pondering what the big picture is going to sound/look like. Looking like an all-original, 12-song album with mostly vocal tunes of my own folk/rock, singer-songwriter style. Really excited to get this music out to the world, finally.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Got a few things I want to review in the near-future: an Outdoor ‘ukulele and Daniel Ho/Pepe Romero’s Aloha Espania CD. Also figuring out how I can have an easier time creating video content (Foo Fighter’s lesson on the horizon!). Thanks for reading!