Curt began playing guitar at age nine. Since 1978, he has been a serious student of jazz guitar. He had the great privilege and honor of studying with Chuck Anderson for more than 30 years. With Chuck’s guidance, Curt focused on jazz and contemporary guitar. With Chuck, no subject was off limits. Topics including arranging, private teaching, 20th century harmony, performing and working with other musicians, and many other innovative explorations.
In the summer of 2003, Curt fell in love with the ukulele and all its possibilities. The ukulele has been the center of Curt’s energy ever since then. Curt’s journey exploring the ukulele began by accident on a CampFire USA trip to South Dakota planned by his wife, Bernadette. Curt searched the Internet for a small travel guitar to bring along, and rediscovered the ukulele instead. Curt began to pursue the potential of the ukulele upon their return from the trip.
Researching the field of ukulele educational material, Curt realized that there was very little material on the ukulele appropriate for intermediate and advanced players. At that time, Curt had substantial understanding of music and guitar that he could apply to the ukulele. So, Curt methodically began to develop detailed lessons and write books for ukulele players, drawing on his knowledge and experience of playing jazz and contemporary guitar and studying with Chuck Anderson.
Curt has developed an international reputation as a ukulele expert, having written more than 40 books and more than 800 lessons for the ukulele as well as several books for guitar and music.
Visit Curt’s website at LearningUkulele.com to see his work as an author and educator. Curt conducts ukulele workshops and runs an annual ukulele festival entitled Funky Frets Ukulele Festival to great acclaim. He remains a professional musician. He recently released a jazz ukulele CD, “How About More Uke?” , exploring the ukulele with traditional and contemporary jazz repertoire and some of Curt’s original music, all of which showcase a nontraditional ukulele performance. Chuck Anderson was a valuable asset leading up to the recording of that CD with his help whipping the charts into shape and allowing us to record his great song Rain Shine. Curt also continue to perform live concerts. Curt, along with his wife Bernadette and daughter Kelly owns and operates the Funky Frets music store in Boyertown, PA, where he sells ukuleles and conducts music lessons. Curt also teaches via Skype.
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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
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