Sunday, March 4, 2012
The best kind of fun
So about 18 months ago, like it seems millions of others, I picked up a ukulele habit and it has been so rewarding. I grew up playing classical piano and never got the chance to play music with anyone else - and of course when you go out to other people's houses you can't take your piano with you - so it is the best kind of fun when you can get as many people playing instruments together at the same time playing vaguely the same tune. Last night we had five ukuleles, one guitar, one banjolin (banjo body, mandolin strings), one double bass, one fiddle, tablas, bongos, drums and a shaky bell thingy (not the technical name). Not to mention a wide variety of singing voices. Some of us were kids and some were 'young at heart'. Some of the players were playing their instruments for the first time and some had been playing for 20 years. There was even an audience (of 4) and one of them got up and danced. It was brilliant!