BONUS - Geoff Gets His Groove Back

Last year I released an episode featuring my friend Geoff Skellams, a talented player of ukulele and guitar who was feeling a little frustrated by his progress with learning Hawaiian slack key.  He did get some lessons after that episode was recorded and they helped a bit, but this year the frustration seemed to be returning in a big way.  Then in June, Geoff went to a week-long workshop in Hawaii which absolutely turned things around for him.  His excitement was so infectious that I got him back on the show to tell me all about it.

Links to things Geoff talked about are below.

Dave O’Neill

Tony’s Acoustic Challenge

George Kahumoku's Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Workshop

Napili Kai Beach Resort

Led Ka’apana

Sonny Lim

Jeff Peterson

Kevin Brown

Paul Togioka

Herb Ohta Jr.

Brad Bordessa

James Hill

Jason Jerome

The Mākaha Sons of Ni'ihau

Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo‘ole

Slack Key Masters weekly concert

Peter De Aquino

Daniel Ward - Melodic Meditations for Ukulele

The Ukulele Site

Geoff’s New Ukulele

Taropatch.net

Makalauna Celebration

Jason’s Advanced Ukulele Book

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Pu’u Anahulu

Max Angel

 

 

Intro

Welcome to Ukulele Is The New Black.  I’m Meredith Harper, and I love to play the ukulele.  In this podcast I talk to ukulele players to find out why they play ukulele, what they love about it, and how it’s changed their lives.

Last year I released an episode featuring my friend Geoff Skellams, a talented player of ukulele and guitar who was feeling a little frustrated by his progress with learning Hawaiian slack key.  He did get some lessons after that episode was recorded and they helped a bit, but this year the frustration seemed to be returning in a big way.  Then in June, Geoff went to a week-long workshop in Hawaii which absolutely turned things around for him.  His excitement was so infectious that I got him back on the show to tell me all about it.

Outro

In last year’s episode, Geoff played A.J. Leonard’s Dragonfly, a tricky instrumental piece which he played pretty well – but he’s improved since then, so I’ve included a more recent performance after the credits.

 

Credits

Ukulele is the New Black is produced by me, Meredith Harper.  I wrote the theme tune and it was performed by me, Jasmine Fellows, Geoff Skellams and Jim Croft.  Seb Carraro does the graphic design.  Details of the workshop and a whole lot of other things mentioned by Geoff are in the show notes.

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Meredith Harper