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Nothing If Not Eclectic
By James Hill

What's going on in Thailand? There are more stores devoted to ukulele in Bangkok than in the rest of the world's cities combined. What is it about the ukulele that has so captured the attention of the Thai people?

To be blunt, I don't know. I mean, I'm the first to sing the praises of the instrument but there's no accounting for the fever that seems to be sweeping the kingdom formerly known as Siam.

Whatever it is, it's the latest example of the international, inter-generational and cross-cultural appeal of the ukulele. The jumping flea is nothing if not eclectic!

Maybe it's fitting, then, that this issue of Ukulele Yes! feels like an ode to the ukulele's eclecticism: there's an ensemble arrangement of a winter-time classic by Canadian guitarist Jeff Hanlon, an article by ukulele firestarter Jim D'Ville on how to turn a good jam into a great one and an article by legendary ukulele educator Marven Shields on introducing beginners to the joy of blues improvisation. To top it off there's an interview with Peng Ratchaworapong, the passionate teacher and entrepreneur from Thailand who has emerged as a leader in the Thai ukulele community.

Call it the "soup to nuts" issue. Enjoy!

Uke on!

James Hill
Editor, Ukulele Yes!

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