Check out our newest featured artist here at Ukulele Inspired, Sarah Maisel. If you are paying any attention to the ukulele scene then you may have heard of this very gifted lady. I did a quick write up about a workshop and concert she did awhile back with Craig Chee at DaSilva Ukulele Co. You can read more about it here. With a very smooth and distinctive style of playing and an incredible voice, Sarah is getting a lot of deserved attention. With all of her traveling, performing, and teaching, Sarah still found the time to answer a few questions for us. Thanks Sarah!
UI: How did you first start playing ukulele?
Sarah: Being from Birmingham, AL, I had never seen a ukulele. When I moved out to San Diego, CA in 2004, I had my first experiences with the uke. BUT it wasn’t until 2006, when my friend took me to a pizza place in Encinitas, CA to check out “Hawaii Night”. It was AMAZING- 40 or more ukulele players (and several hula dancers) enjoying and playing Hawaiian music. I had never seen anything like it and was hooked instantly.
UI: How long have you been playing?
Sarah: I have been playing ukulele since October 2006.
UI: What is the best part about playing the ukulele?
Sarah: I’d say the best part about being an ukulele player are all the awesome friends that you make. Uke people are the friendliest and kindest people I have ever met. The friendships you make with the uke are life time ones.
UI: Where do you find inspiration?
Sarah: I find inspiration everywhere. I know that can sound cliche, but it is true. I always get re-inspired when I am teaching. I love seeing someone enjoying music made with their own hands; it’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of that. It fuels my fire for teaching. I also get inspiration from driving and listening to the radio… Or even going to the beach and relaxing. There is so much in life that can inspire you, you just have to be open to it.