What do you think of when someone says the word ‘ukulele’? Folks of a certain age might picture sandy Hawaiian beaches, or George Formby cleaning windows. The younger amongst you may think of the likes of Train, Twenty-One Pilots or Grace Vanderwaal.
But for me, when I hear the word ‘ukulele’, I immediately think of the wonderful community that has spawned world-wide thanks to this incredible four-stringed friend we all share.
When I first started playing, I discovered that a pub at the end of my road held a weekly ukulele evening. I began going along and it was there that I met some of the people that I’d been neighbours with for years. People I’d passed on the street day-in and day-out without saying a word to suddenly became real-life friends, and we became an actual community.
Soon after, I began my YouTube channel - “The Ukulele Teacher” - initially just to pass the time on a cold winter’s evening, and became aware of an even bigger online community of ukulele players.
I realised that this community was not just confined to a small corner of West London, but spread across the entire globe. Ukulele lovers and enthusiasts the world over shared their passion online, posting videos of themselves singing and playing their favourite songs, and encouraging one another in various comments sections and forums.
These online communities once again spawned ‘real-life’ friendships. Groups were formed. Festivals were held. Workshops were organised. In short, wherever two or more people with a ukulele were close by, meet-ups were arranged and a good time was had by all.
Playing the ukulele has taken me across the USA and throughout Europe, and whether it’s been the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival, or a small one-night workshop in Ljubljana, every single person I’ve met from the community has been awesome!
I want to give something back to the community, and that’s why I’ve started Ukulele Tees.
I’ve teamed up with some talented artists and designers and we’re going to bring you a whole new range of ukulele-themed t-shirts and apparel so thatyou can proudly show the world that you’re a member of the greatest community on earth!
Check out our designs and see for yourself the wide selection of ukulele tees already on display in our amazing store. And we’ll be adding new designs regularly, so if you have any ideas of t-shirts that you want to see, be sure to let us know in the Contact page.
Show the world that you don’t just play the ukulele, you’re a proud member of the ukulele community!
“The Ukulele Teacher”
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