J- Jumping Flea
Strumming my Uku Lele
'ukulele "ukulele," literally, "jumping flea," from 'uku "flea" + lele"jumping"
It is said the flying fingers of someone playing a Ukulele reminded early Hawaiians of Jumping Fleas.
When I was 13 all I really wanted to do was play the guitar, but my father insisted my hands were much to small to span the neck so instead of a Guitar for my birthday I unwrapped a Beautiful Martin Baritone Ukulele.
I was so disappointed for about 2 seconds then I realized it was the exact same first four strings of a Guitar so I really was learning Guitar. Eventually I did graduate to The Guitar but my Ukulele was always what went along on trips it was just easier to transport.
Fast forward 20 years and my husband and I were on a trip to Hawai'i EVERYWHERE I looked people were playing Ukuleles so of course that was the souvenir that would go home with me. I got a beautiful Koa Tenor sized Ukulele and took a few lessons before leaving the Islands.
|After my first Ukulele lesson with Roy Sakuma|
|Starting with a frame to shape the sides|
|Adding a neck it actually starts to look like an Ukulele|
|After the top and bottom are applied everything is sanded for hours|
|Eventually the strings are added and you have a playable instrument|
|My three favorite Ukuleles|
My addiction has grown to 6 Ukuleles over the years, including my 52 year old Baritone, I have my two Tenors, an 8 String Kamaka , a Concert size to take on trips, and my beautiful Koa Concert size that I made by hand.