I exhibit my instruments at local events, and enjoy getting to hang out with musicians and other passers-by who stop to chat. One of the highlights, for me, of a recent event was a guy who stopped by to show me and let me play a 1960s vintage Stella tenor guitar he’d recently found for not much more than $100--the kind of “pawn-shop special” that hardly turns up these days. I’ve had my eye out for one of those ever since, but with no luck. So I may have to build my own and see if I can get that great Stella, ladder-braced, low rent sound.
There are a lot of folks out there who used to play, took lessons as a kid but let it slide, or wish now that they took some lessons. It’s never too late, and its really not that hard to play something that sounds like actual music -- especially on a uke. I love showing people how to play a three-chord tune on a uke. You can be playing actual songs (however badly) in about 5 minutes.
I have taught a 2-hour Ukulele 101 workshop several times as a fundraiser for the West Boylston Arts Foundation. I will gladly present a workshop at no charge for any local non-profit, educational, or citizen’s group.