Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele sensation who found worldwide fame eleven years ago by going viral through YouTube with his rendition of the Beatles' “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” has been named in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2017 Hall of Fame Awards. Shimabukuro is known for his fast and complex finger work, combining elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco in his music. Within the last few years, there has been a “ukulele boom” which was due, in a large part, to Shimabukuro’s advocacy, enthusiasm and innovation for the instrument!

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

"My mom played, and I kept bugging her to teach me,” he recalls. “So one day we sat down on the floor and she put her old Kamaka ukulele in my hands. I remember being so nervous. Then she showed me how to strum the strings and taught me my first chord. I fell in love with the ukulele immediately. From that day on, you had to pry the instrument away from me in order to get me to do anything else.”

That first brush with musical fate took place in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where Jake was born and still makes his home. Growing up, he studied and played a number of other musical instruments—drums, piano and guitar. “But none of those instruments spoke to me the way the ukulele did,” he says. “There was something about the uke that was different. Music was my passion, but I had no idea that I could make it as a musician. I always thought that maybe I’d be a school teacher and incorporate music into the classroom, rather than being on a stage performing in front of people.”

Midcoast Maine ukulele fans can find out what's going on in the local world of ukes by visiting the MIDCOAST UKES website

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