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Artist Spotlight: Sarah Maisel

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sarahmaiselbanner sarahfront 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.

LINKS: Website:  http://www.sarahmaisel.com/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Maisel/138168172881801 YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahMaiselUkulele

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel

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I was so excited to get to meet Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel this past weekend.  Craig's workshop was a lot of fun and he shared some strumming and rhythmic techniques that he uses in his unique and exciting playing style.  Sarah taught some classic blues and jazz progressions and some her favorite variations and chord shapes that she uses in her own music.

In the evening concert following the workshops, both artists put on incredible shows.  Both performances included covers, collaborations, and originals and really showcased how talented Craig and Sarah are on stage.  The highlight for me was their collaboration of "More Than Words", a song that brought a lot of memories and a few tears (I got to admit) when they sang it together.

Afterwards I got to chat with them a bit and get some autographed copies of their albums.  They were both really down to earth people that are passionate about their craft.  The next couple of months is very busy for these two, please check them out and support if you can.

Craig Chee  http://craigchee.wordpress.com/

Sarah Maisel  http://www.sarahmaisel.com/

Thanks again to Mike DaSilva of DaSilva Ukulele Co. for hosting such a wonderful event and to Craig and Sarah, really great job to both of you guys.[fbshare type="button"]