Many thanks but most importantly many thanks for starting me on the wonderful road of uke fingerpicking or fingerstyle. I never know which. It was when performing at my first gig, still just strumming, at the Scottish club event, that I saw your group playing pieces from Granny Franny and I thought they sounded wonderful and knew I wanted to do that.You are a great teacher and your patience and time in teaching me and many others is most appreciated. I have taught my friend and we regularly play duets together now. So although I don't join you any more I am still hooked. It has been a wonderful thing to do quietly alone through the lockdowns. I find it very therapeutic.
Best wishes and thanks,
"I just wanted to say how grateful I am for getting me started on the ukulele ...
I first came to the beginners group about 3 1/2 years ago, with barely a chord to my name, when we were all one big group of beginners and intermediates which you were running. You led us through the different chords and enabled us new ones to play songs within our limited abilities in order to get better and for me, over time to gain in ability and confidence so as to start going to jam nights and to gigs. I’ve always had to slog away to learn things like the piano and guitar and then to no great ability, but the uke is such a good instrument to play at whatever level of skill you happen to have or progress to, with no pressures to achieve great skills but just to experience the joy of playing - and it’s also great that it gives so much fun and pleasure to others who listen and sing along.
So, I ... just wanted to take this opportunity of saying thanks for enabling me to learn an instrument I really enjoy and for the pleasure it’s given me – and hopefully others! – over the 3 1/2 years so far."