“Jessica”, written for my daughter when she was four, is one of my most requested compositions. Here is a video of “Jessica” including some pics of my daughter today as a professional dressage trainer and competitor. “Jessica” is also available on my CD, Goin’ South.
Ukes are small, even baritones, and present some unique challenges for pickup installation. I created this video to give ukulele players as well as other musicians a close look at the process of installing a K&K pickup into a Mainland baritone ukulele. Enjoy!
I’ve been getting a lot of calls from clients about buzzing strings and other issues with the way their guitars are playing. Well, it’s winter and guitars are drying out. Here’s a video on humidifying your instrument BEFORE you think about adjusting the neck, saddle height, or a having a fret job. It’s all about humidity or the lack of it!
I saw Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele arrangement of While My Guitar Gently Weeps nine years ago and immediately brought the ukulele into my family of stringed instruments. Since that time I’ve composed with the ukulele, have built custom ukuleles and teach ukulele. Ukulele is particularly well-suited for seniors wishing to play an instrument for the first time. My favorite students are Mim & Mel, who have been part of my studio for over two years. We’re talking finger style ukulele lessons, not just strumming three chords. I’ve attached my arrangement of Simple Gifts for the tenor ukulele for those of you who would like to play what Mim and Mel are currently practicing.
I wrote Bermuda Blue while staying at Grape Bay Cottages in Bermuda, June of 2014. Sitting in the living room with all the windows open and the sound of the surf breaking just yards away inspired this piece.
Gabe Marin of Consider the Source visited my shop over the holidays to discuss the design of his next double neck guitar, the Elsa II. I built the Elsa I (see pic) for Gabe in 2003. It’s been his only stage guitar for the last 13 years. Here’s a video of Gabe putting the Elsa I through her paces at The Beachland Ballroom in 2015.