Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jumping Flea Master



In Hawaiian, ukulele roughly translates to "jumping flea." It got its name because the instrument is so tiny, the fingertips on your left hand "look like little jumping fleas on a fretboard as you're playing it.
-Jake Shimabukuro


Downbeat…Strum. Strum
Upbeat. Rhythm Strum.
I’ve played enough to produce a rhythm from my Uke, enough to where my students sing a country song about the sheep that goes “Baa baa bamba” but watching Jake Shimabukuro perform last night influenced a different passion for this wooden instrument. He was able to confirm that there is much to discover and develop in something so small. He not only performs for the audience but for himself. His eyes are closed and his body moves as he generates such genuine music. Using his fingers instead of a pick is just as mind blowing. The kids are crazy about him and he shows the same likeness. What’s more, he encourages them to keep playing and stay inspired.

If only he could sing *sigh*

4 comments:

Beverly Mae said...

He's my new crush! haha I think he is amazing=)

bradinthesand said...

yeah, yeah, yeah. he's okay...

Saipan Kat said...

he is dreamy *sigh*
don't wory hun, I haven't heard him sing...

Anonymous said...

you know you can sing...its great how your still so humble about it though...and as for that Ba ba bamba song, i would have to say that it always put a smile on my face hearing you play it and sing it-eventhough it was always heard through the phone. Youll always be my favorite uke player, and thats not just because your the only person i know who can play the uke...haha