Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Finally Here!

They have finally arrived!! And they are BEAUTIFUL!!

Kala Baritone in solid acacia

Pono Tenor with solid cedar top and solid acacia sides and back

Rob was immediately able to start playing these little lovelies. His guitar background had him ripping off chords and melodies in no time. Me, not so much. I have plinked some strings and played a few chords under his watchful eye, but I am definitely a work in progress.

Thankfully we have technology. A smart TV that we can stream YouTube through so those uke tutorials are big and easy to see. I promise I will check in with my progress and a tune or two!

     

Aren’t they gorgeous!! Love that woodgrain!

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

The Jumping Flea

For those of you who have been following my blog the last few weeks, you know I have been bitten by the ukulele bug. Since “ukulele” roughly translates to “jumping flea,” that kinda makes sense. 🙂

The ukulele was developed in the late 1800s and based on the small Portuguese guitars of the time. Introduced by immigrants to the Hawaiian islands, the fun little instrument was endorsed by none other than King Kalakaua, who introduced their performances at his royal gatherings.

In 1915, the ukulele was introduced to mainland US, after which Hawaiian-themed songs began appearing in the popular music scene. Many mainland-based stringed instrument makers, like Martin, introduced these instruments shortly thereafter. Their relative ease of playability and portability made them very popular.

After 1940, 9 million plastic ukes hit the US market and their popularity skyrocketed, only to decline after 1960.

In the 1990s, Jim Beloff created a few dozen ukulele songbooks with popular music as well as classic ukulele tunes. Hawaiian artists such as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole re-popularized the instrument.

Strung with four strings, and available in a variety of sizes, the ukulele has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Youtube has helped with this craze as many uke videos, including those by Jake Shimabukuro, have gone viral!

It seems it is impossible to play this happy instrument without smiling!

Here is a video of a professional playing my ukulele! 🙂

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

The Ukulele Craze

Found a great article from the Atlantic about the rise and fall and rise (again!) of the ukulele. Very informative to those who are curious, and it included a great little video by this guy! I can only hope to be able to play a recognizable tune like he does. 🙂

 

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

Tappa Tappa Tappa

So, I was hoping to have pics by now for you. But perfection cannot be rushed.

Still waiting… Ukulele still in set up…

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up

Let’s face it. Monday’s are rough. The end of the freedom that came with the weekend, the start of a long week, the return to work. To help ease you into your week, I wanted to share a little something that made me smile.

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