A passion for music and teaching
Shortly after returning from travelling New Zealand where the Ukulele Vagabond was introduced to the instrument, he started writing music and performing open mics. Gradually as be began to expand his repertoire of songs and talk to other musicians he started playing music with others. This culminated in the release of his first album “Campfire Culture”, personally written, but performed by a group of prominent and talented upcoming musicians from the Plymouth area.
By 2014, the Ukulele Vagabond had been requested to give lessons by a couple of people from his local ukulele group and found that he had a passion for seeing his tutees improve and progress. This culminated in him starting up his first business “Hawaiian Rhythms” and spending the next few years running workshops, 1-1 sessions and voluntary beginner groups at his local ukulele club.
By 2017, the Ukulele Vagabond moved to Bristol to live in a bigger city which had a more dynamic music scene. He quickly began collaborating with a prolific and popular local rapper, singer and harmony vocalist “Kev the Poet” and the duo began writing music together. They wrote a multi-instrumental setlist with a loop pedal, a ukulele, a double bass and a keyboard all played by the Ukulele Vagabond and developed a unique and creatively diverse set of songs that would later go on to inspire the Ukulele Vagabond’s second album “Ukeclectic.” The duo then went on to be hired to run an open mic night with art materials for the audience which gained popularity for being a safe environment for new or inexperienced performers to build up their confidence onstage in a creatively welcoming environment.
With all this experience teaching groups and individuals, performing in multiple musical outfits, facilitating and encouraging new performers, writing music and home producing, cultivating and developing a unique style of playing and now shooting videos and online lessons; the Ukulele Vagabond has created a new online curriculum for students of all ages. This includes a coaching and tuition programme to develop players skills in the areas of basic and beginner tuition to advanced, ukulele performance, song writing, producing music to a professional quality from home and shooting music videos to develop an online presence. The tuition will also include and encompass a broad range of styles and musical genres ranging from reggae, acoustic, pop, hip hop, blues, county and folk to name just a few. Just click the “Professional Ukulele Services” tab for more information on prices and find out how we can help you become a more proficient and confident player.
A great guy and a fantastic music teacher (I had a few bad ones)A hour with this guy is worth a month of gruelling grinding self practice....... He fires you up and you find the love for music that you had when you first got a tune out Great for all standards and if your thinking of doing a open mic night ........ A funny song at a friends wedding or a few songs for the family he'll get you polished and ready to go .......... I'm a 45 year old rugby player if I can be taught so can you
Hey Greg, thanks for the great lessons already which really helped me to iron out my problems with strumming, rhythm keeping and adding new strumming techniques! I look forward to exploring further strumming techniques soon! Really recommendable teacher, patient, positive and creative in his teaching style
I think you could tell by the warm applause how much we all enjoyed your visit to the newly formed Plymstock & District U3A Ukelele Group this morning. You have already given us some useful pointers for practice sessions and this will certainly help to get us going. I'm sure many of us are looking forward to seeing you again.
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