Have you always wanted to learn the ways of playing the “uke”? I know that I have. My friends from Hawaii love to get together, jam, and try experimenting with renditions on the ukulele. It is nice to have musical friends to play for us, but we are all capable of learning more about music ourselves.

Knowing that I wanted to get some beginner’s help to learn the ukulele, I thought it would be great to make this an event everyone can enjoy at the library to go along with our musical Summer Reading Program theme, “Libraries Rock!”

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 PM in the Bullock Room #309We will focus on learning a few simple songs and chords on the ukulele for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome to come and strum.

An interesting back story about the ukulele is in its name.  Although we associate the ukulele with Hawaiian culture, it originated in Madeira and was called, machete. Portuguese immigrants brought over the machete, and Hawaiians rechristened it, the ukulele, as it gained popularity.   

Be sure to check out some of these famous ukulele players on YouTube to gain some inspiration before our Family Music Night.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Jake Shimabukuro

Julia Nunes

Zee Avi 


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