I’ve always had an affinity for 1. collecting and 2. small things. It’s no wonder that 4 years ago I bought a ukulele. I couldn’t tell you why I bought my first. I only know that after about a year I had another, and that’s when I really started to play.
The ukulele plays an important role in traditional American music. Jug band and other traditional musicians were playing the ukulele long before Arthur Godfrey and Tiny Tim. Tin Pan Alley sheet music routinely had the chord diagrams listed for ukulele. It was the peoples instrument.
Learning and playing music keeps a brain young. The ukulele is the easiest stringed instrument I’ve ever played. I think everyone would be happier if they played the ukulele.
A great cd I found features a man who played the uke in tent shows in the late 20’s. Check out Papa Lemon (also available on iTunes). My modern day inspirations come from James Hill, Lil Rev and Aaron Keim of Beansprout Musical Instruments.
Two of my prized possessions come from Mya-Moe Ukuleles. Truly magnificent instruments.