About Curt Sheller
Curt is professional musician, graphic artist, author, private ukulele and guitar teacher etc... As a musician Curt has over 40 years experience and over 20 years as a private teacher.
Curt Sheller Publications was created by Curt Sheller (me) in 1995 and has been on the web since. I have over 40 years of playing experience and have been actively involved in private music education for the past 20 plus years.
I began playing guitar at age 9. I always say that a valuable trait is to be persistent and never give up. "Stick with anything long enough, and you tend to get good at it. Hook up with the right teacher and mentors and get good at it.";
A serious student of jazz guitar since 1978, I have been researching jazz and contemporary guitar, studying with the amazing and talented Chuck Anderson for over 30 years. My studies included arranging, private teaching, 20th-century harmony, and performing and working successfully with other musicians. Some years back, I started bringing a ukulele to the lessons, since I'd become, by then, totally turned on by the 'ukulele, and tuned-in to all its possibilities.
My journey exploring the ukulele began in 2003 on a CampFire USA trip to South Dakota planned by my wife, Bernadette. I'd searched the Internet® for a small travel guitar to bring with us, and rediscovered the ukulele instead — an instrument I'd toyed with twenty years earlier. But now I felt I finally had some skills and knowledge to “figure it out,” and thus began my love affair with the 'ukulele.
Finding little material organized at a level that works for intermediate to advanced players, I decided I could fill that gap and help the 'ukulele community as well. I've gone on to develop an international reputation as a ukulele expert, having written over 30 books and over 600 lessons for the ukulele and ten plus books for guitar.
"Thanks to Chuck for his assistance in editing my books and on-line lesson material, and for being an invaluable asset leading up to the recording of this CD. Chuck helped me whip the charts into shape and allowed us to record his great song Rain Shine."
I believe that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, as simply as doing quality exploration over and over. And hooking up with the right teachers and mentors. And I thank and credit all who have helped round out his experiences and learning – especial Chuck Anderson.
I started my professional working career as a commercial graphic artist. I starting drawing from the Sunday comics at eight years old. After my stint in the Navy, I went to The Studio School of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA, a two-year art school for Commercial Art. Then spent 12 years in a corporate art department generating junk mail, working my way up to senior designer and running the computerization of the art department.
As a graphic designer and artist I now mainly focus my efforts in the music industry for a select group of fellow musicians, artists and myself.
Programmer / Web Developer
1964 - 10 yr old Curt gets his first electric guitar. Thanks Dad for getting me that first guitar.
For a twenty year stretch starting in my 30s I was a very competitive racewalker. Even had a national master's 20km track record and was 1996 New Jersey Racewalker of the Year. I have won national age group medals and a few open national medals. With my best finish of 2nd place overall in the USATF National 40km Walk ( 24.6 miles ). As well as a top 30 overall time of the year in the 20km walk. A long time member of the Shore AC. Thank you Elliot Denman
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Interview • Articles • Reviews
Ukulele Related Interviews and Articles
- Article Ukulele Magazine 2019 Summer Issue by Lil' Rev
- The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio Reveals Creative and Engaging Uses of Ukulele on New Album by STACEY ZERING Published: March, 2016
- 3 Questions Interview: Curt Sheller (Improvising) by Jim D'Ville Play Ukulele by Ear, January 11th, 2010
Examples mentioned in the interview/
- Interview Ukulele Player December 2009 Issue
Jazz Guitar Related Interviews and Articles
- Curt Sheller : The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords Vol.1 – Jazz Guitar Life Review by Lyle Robinson Published: August 1, 2010
- The Curt Sheller Trio: Midnight at the Jazz Cafe – Jazz Guitar Life CD Review by Lyle Robinson Published: August 1, 2010
- Take Five With Curt Sheller by AAJ STAFF Published: November 1, 2009
- The Curt Sheller Trio: Midnight At The Jazz Cafe by Michael P. Gladstone Published: August 2004
Just Jazz Guitar Articles by Curt Sheller
Im my jazz guitar days, pre ukulele I wrote a couple of articles for Just Jazz Guitar.
- Coming Soon - Digging them up...
Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee
Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys
Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg
I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland
Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!
Original Animation by Curt Sheller - 1987 for my first web site 33 years ago.