The ukulele is back in style, worldwide, and very much so here in Key West. Pretty much killed by the creepy image of Tiny Tim playing “Tip Toe through the Tulips” and the lure of electric guitars in the 1960’s, the ukulele has made quite the comeback. “Despite a long history that once included a reputation as an exotic and highbrow instrument, the ukulele has also endured decades of snubbing from both the pop music scene and the more cultured world of classical music. But with the help of trendsetters and tastemakers, it’s making a strong comeback that can be traced in large part to the instrument’s accessibility, affordability, YouTube popularity, and celebrity esteem. The Atlantic Jan 25, 2015
The ukulele is a fun instrument to play, easy to learn for people of all ages, relatively inexpensive to own, easy to transport anywhere, and has become a bit of a social rage. Spurred on here in Key West by the monthly Key West Ukulele Association Wednesday meetings at the Green Parrot, locals and visitors alike want to know more about the little stringed instrument and how can they get in on the action. The Wednesday once a month ukulele meeting at the Green Parrot is a gathering of uke enthusiasts….scores of players of all levels, following along with the professional musicians on stage, all performing pop songs together, strumming their ukuleles and singing their favorite songs. It’s quite a scene!
To help locals be prepared to play along and join in on all the fun,The Grateful Guitar has been offering free weekly workshops the last two years, and with the new season starting, The GG will begin offering the workshops again. This year the workshops will be on Monday evenings for 7:30 – 9:00 PM.
Led by ukulele veterans Bounce and Karen Margil, the ukulele workshop / jams are a wonderful way to learn how to play songs on the ukulele in a low key friendly environment. Everybody learns from each other, new songs are introduced each week, and the sessions are lots of fun. The quickest way to learn the ukulele (and any instrument for that matter) is to play with other people, and that’s what this is about.
So, grab your uke, and join the jam sessions. If you don’t have a ukulele, you can try out one at The Grateful Guitar. Never played an instrument before? No worries! By the end of the night you’ll be playing some of your favorite songs, and before you know it you’ll be jumping on stage at the Green Parrot.