Ukulele making

ukulele makingMy Xmas present to myself was a one-week ukulele making class at a local community college.   I can now confirm that my expectation that this would be crazy fun was correct.   There were only seven of us on the course (average age mid forties, average gender 87% bloke).  The teacher was fantastic, and I spent a week playing with a mix of power tools and hand tools, carving, filing, drilling, sawing and all the rest.   By the end I had created a unique musical instrument that I can play, as well as I can play any ukulele.

My admiration for the hard working people who made the instruments I already own has increased exponentially.

And if you’re in Wellington, I recommend you sign up for the next one Dave is running, in July.

Here are some in-progress photos:

Completely unrelated – musical notation for Low G tuned ukulele

tenor ukuleleSix months after meeting my first ukulele, I now have three.   I am most especially fond of my low-G tuned tenor ukulele; by far the prettiest.   Every other Sunday I join a group of lovely people to play and sing every kind of music, from ballads to prog-rock.  While I’m really not very good, in that happy crowd it doesn’t really matter.    Everyone’s just there to have fun. Continue reading