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.
1964 - Thanks Dad for getting me that first guitar.
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Interview • Articles • Reviews
- 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
- Interview Ukulele Player December 2009 Issue
Jazz Guitar Related
- 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 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 Curtie Animation - 1987 for my first web site
32 years ago.