“How you play a note is just as important as what that note is” — Henry Kaiser
Your Custom Text Here
Packed up and loaded for a quick weekend in Oregon for the Eugene Aloha Friday! See you space cowboys. . .
#ukuleleadventures #ukulele #seeyouspacecowboy #cowboybebop #seattle #wa #eugene #oregon #pnw
Overdid it this week and didn't stretch/warm up before practice yesterday. Now my left wrist is in a cheap splint until it heals. Told myself no 'ukulele or piano over the weekend 😓 aural training it is! 😃
#ukulele #ukuleleadventures #lilys #handinsurancesoundsgreat
My daily breakfast! After high school I got in the bad habit of replacing breakfast with a large cup of black coffee. Easy to put together (for those haggard mornings) and full of energy! Scrambled eggs seasoned with shoyu, sake, and mirin with avacado and Natto!
#eatingrelativelyhealthy #mornings #anotherdayfullofukulele #ukuleleadvenures
Experimenting with lemon pepper parpadelle, pork belly, egg plant, butternut squash, onions, lemon, and instead of cheese I used nutritional yeast. New one for the books :P #cookingadventures #idontknowwhatiamdoing #intothefold
Shing02 and the Chee Hoos tonight in Seattle! Some of my favorite musicians from Hawaii! Also floating on the fact that I finally got to see Shing02 live! They even closed the night with Battlecry! Had the pleasure of being on a track with him on the Kumamoto LP by Scott Ohtoro (Japan release soon?). Great show guys!
#Seattle #shing02 #samuraichamploo #livehiphop #thecrocodileseattle #hawaii #cheehoo #hiphop @wil_tafolo @saxwillard @alikalyman
Hanging out today in Bellevue with Uncle George Kahumoku and Jeff Peterson today! Both of which have changed the course of playing music several times in my life.
I met Uncle George in my first year of playing 'ukulele at the contest he and his son Keoki ran. With a friend we placed in 5th place (of 6 groups :P). As one of the judges Uncle George kept encouraging us to keep playing and come back again. Several years down the line, having entered multiple times and with even a few students of mine competing as well, I received a scholarship to attend the his annual slack key and 'ukulele camp. I was planning on traveling to Japan with the Japanese class that year but I quickly cancelled my plans to drive out to the west side every morning for a week. That week fostered my love for Hawaiian music and culture where I got to meet many of the greats including Uncle Led, Uncle Dennis, Bob Brozman, Herb Ohta Jr, and of course Jeff Peterson.
Being a complete novice at slack key, I attempted at stretching myself and took a few classes. Struggling to barely keep up with the class, I loved every moment of it. With a healthy mixture of bravery and ignorance, I decided to attend one of Jeff's classes. After some basics in his approach, he handed out a sheet of Don't Get Around Much Anymore for slack key. I loved the rhythm and all these new chords and sounds I had never heard before, let alone in slack key! He broke a barrier for me on the possibilities of the instruments we were playing. Let alone I had never heard of this Duke Ellington guy before. I had no idea what I was playing, but I loved the way it sounded.
12 years later brings us to a beautiful sunny afternoon in WA where I am still learning things from these two gentlemen.
Thank you for so many years of inspiration and guidance by the work that you do. I hope to continue that legacy and pass the torch to tomorrow's generation.
#kuleana #ukulele #slackkey #kihoalu #slackkeyukulele #slackkeyguitar #maui #mauipride #hawaii #hawaiianmusic
If you ever feel zapped from life and worried about the state of our future, spend a few hours with the little ones. At the bare minimum it'll be absolutely adorable. #yesikeepeverygiftigetfromstudents
#ukulele #ukuleleadventures #teacherappreciation
So after years of waiting and a failed attempt at NAMM several years ago, finally got to see Snarky Puppy live last night. It's definitely found a place in my "5 most important concerts of my life list." Banda Magda's cinematic opening performance was a great way to set the tone for the evening as the modular group came and went throughout the night. Shaun Martin stole the show for me with his precision and his bombastic personality on the organ and talk box. Seriously a night to never forget and a reminder why we spend so much time working at our craft. To feel truly alive.
#snarkypuppy #mooretheater #seattle #wa #musicisthebest #groundup
Packed at the Edmonds Clam Chowder Off! Vibrant performance by STRUM and Arden Fujiwara!
#ukulele #ukuleleadventures #koaloha #seattle #edmonds #clamchowdercookoff PC: Arden Fujiwara