Redlands, CA USA
I’ve been playing the uke–at some level, at least–for about 15 years now. I was greatly influenced by Keoki Arieola, a wonderful San Bernardino resident who had played since his childhood and had developed a charming pick/strum style that I have worked to develop. I would say that I’m moving more in the direction of Kimo Hussey, who also had a huge impact on me in a single seminar at some long-forgotten ukulele festival, but I’ve never forgotten his style. I used to have a load of different ukes, but now I’ve more-or-less standardized on Magic Flea’s “Tiki King” concert ukulele with wooden fretboard. I have a couple and just keep them handy. I don’t have to change anything when I pick one up and there are fantastic travel ukes. One has pegheds, the others have standard tuners. All have d’Addario clip-on tuners which are very inconspicuous, but extremely easy to use.