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Workshop with Kimo Hussey and Kalei Gamiao

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Last Saturday I made the trek up north to visit The Strum Shop in Roseville for a workshop/concert with two of my favorite ukulele artists playing today, Kimo Hussey and Kalei Gamiao.  I have been hearing and seeing a lot about the Strum Shop over the past year as they have had some great artists and teachers come through their doors as of late.  It was great to finally meet local ukulele guru and Strum Shop owner, Stu Herreid.  He has created a really great community up in the Sacramento area through teaching, different events, and organizing the local ukulele club, Uke University. SShopWorkshopSShopWorkshop2

Kimo taught a fantastic workshop covering some basic chord movement and chord replacement.  He also discussed training your ear to learn when to hear when chord changes should happen.  He had such a great energy and was really good at connecting with all of the participants.  Kalei's workshop covered some of the basic ideas behind his right hand techniques, from strumming to lead picking.  It was interesting to hear about some of his creative process and how he discovers and executes some of his incredibly intricate rhythms.

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The concert portion of the event was one of my favorites by far.  Kimo's solo set was so intimate, he is such a great musician and story teller and his ability to evoke different feelings and emotions in his playing is unparalleled.  I have been waiting to hear Kalei play live for quite some time now, as he was one of my first inspirations when I started playing ukulele.  His technique is breathtaking to watch, and their were several wow's from the audience at the end of a few of his more intense pieces.  After both solo sets they played a short set together which was the highlight of the night for me.  It was really special and I feel lucky to have been there to enjoy it.

Both of these guys are real busy the next couple of months with teaching and performing at different events around the world so be sure to check them both out if you have a chance.  Also if you are in the northern California area keep an eye out on the Strum Shop's calendar where there are always some great ukulele events happening!

Kimo Hussey:  http://kimohussey.com/

Kalei Gamiao:  http://kaleigamiao.com/

Strum Shop:  http://thestrumshop.com/

 

Thank you to Derek Gamiao for use of his pictures and thanks to all you for all of your support, if you found this or any of our resources helpful be sure to [fblike url="https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleInspired" style="button_count" float="none" showfaces="false" width="200" verb="like" font="arial"] us on facebook and sign up for our email list under SUBSCRIBE in the sidebar to keep up with everything new at Ukulele Inspired. I want this to be interactive so don't be shy and send me some requests for the songbook and other content that you would like to see!

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

"Spiral Staircase"

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Big thanks to Seth Martinez and MVMNT Studios for filming and use of their beautiful space in Berkeley, CA.  Check them out at:

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"Relentless"

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samandjohnrelentlessOur first production here at Ukulele Inspired and we had such a great time filming it here in Berkeley, CA.  Big thanks to Sam Diaz-Romo for lending his percussion skills to the performance.  Also huge thanks to Kelly Warner for filming, editing, and sound production.  

 

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Thanks again for all of the support and be sure to [fblike url="https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleInspired" style="button_count" showfaces="false" width="450" verb="like" font="arial"] us on facebook feel free to email me any links or files for your own performance videos or videos that inspire you and maybe we will feature them! Also sign up for our email list under SUBSCRIBE in the sidebar to keep up with everything new at Ukulele Inspired.