Impressions of NAMM 2017 – Day two – piano car – lucite piano – Jake Shimabukuroby Alexa Weber Morales on Jan 30, 2017 • 8:45 am No Comments
Here’s the vlog from my second day at (rainy) NAMM 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Most inspiring was the Steve Gadd show at Catalina (no video of that, of course), as well as Jake Shimabukuro playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps on the show floor. He showed me what Hal Galper meant when he said “The instrument is only an illusion” — the way he played ukulele with his full body and soul was inspiring! Also saw Poncho Sanchez and Keb Mo, plus some red pianos and a piano car! By the way, Jake Shimabukuro was there to promote his new ukulele education method/book published by Hal Leonard, which is coming soon at an incredibly reasonable price of $20! He also played his famous version of Bohemian Rhapsody (not on video, but I’m sure it’s on his channel). I loved what he said about melodies: Since he realized at a young age that he wasn’t a good singer, melodies were of utmost importance to him! A valuable reminder when at a gear conference where shredding louder and faster than the next guy is all the rage!