We kicked off our New Day's Gotta Learn It' week with a musical bang, by inviting Rodney Higuchi and Pam Mandel from the Seattle Ukulele Players Association to join us and teach the audience how to play the ukulele! The instrument has long been popular in Hawaiian culture and is gaining popularity lately, thanks to musicians like popular Hawaiian singer Iz and more recently, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who recorded an ukulele album.

Rodney and Pam brought ukuleles for the audience, generously loaned to us by Dustry Strings in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, Sound Uke on Vashon Island and Pat Klopich from Ukulele WikiWiki. Margaret and the entire audience learned how to play You Are My Sunshine, and gave an impromptu performance!

For more information about the Seattle Ukulele Players Association, please click here to visit their website and learn more about their monthly song circles (no experience needed!). Click here to visit their Facebook group page.

Click here to visit Dusty Strings' website. Click here for their Facebook page.

Click here to visit Sound Uke's website. Click here for their Facebook page.

Click here to visit Pat Kopich's Ukulele WikiWiki blog.

Pam plays in a ukulele/rock band called The Castaways. Visit their website by clicking here. Click here for their Facebook page.

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