After being gifted a Kanile’a K1 Tenor by my wife while on a trip to Hawaii, I began my ukulele journey. Despite a lifetime of piano, learning to play this simple instrument was a mystery! I began by seeking basic information online and eventually joined a local ukulele club (the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society, BUMS).
In 2015, BUMS invited Aldrine and Aaron to perform at their annual SPRUKE ukulele festival. As an artist host, I saw “close up” the way they encourage and share ukulele wisdom. UU aloha was everywhere at SPRUKE with Aldrine’s constant personal interactions with beginners, experienced players, and performers.
Shortly after, I joined Ukulele Underground as a UU+ member. With UU+, I was able to engage at my own pace in the areas that interested me. With hundreds of Play-Alongs, hours of tutorials, along with group and private lessons through Zoom, members can interact personally with the UU team. UU+ has given me the tools, incentive and support to perform songs and ukulele arrangements that I would otherwise not have attempted. I find every session on UU is exciting, interesting, educational, and fun whether participating or just “hanging out.” I unreservedly recommend Ukulele Underground.
Jim Bills Brisbane, Australia
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