In addition to my love for Aikido and Yoga, I’m a singer. Currently I’m collaborating on a new CD with guitarist Woody Allen, who is featured on my Simple Gifts CD. Woody plays many instruments, including the ukulele.
A small instrument with only four strings and a narrow two octave range, the ukulele has most often been used as a joke instrument in the U.S. (ever heard of Tiny Tim?), except in Hawaii where it’s held in high regard and a symbol of the culture.
Perhaps because of my recent re-introduction to the ukulele through Woody, I noticed a recent newspaper article about Jake Shimabukuro, perhaps the most well-known ukulele player alive today. I was fascinated to learn he began playing at 4 years and that he believes the instrument is the key to world peace. He makes a strong case, too! …