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.
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