Today I had the pleasure of getting to know our #TetonArtist Edward Hernandez a little better. Ed is a talented guy who not only plays the ukulele, but also plays the bass and sings. We’re so grateful to have him on our Artist Roster; it’s great to work with him and see his music career progressing. Read more about Ed on his full bio page and check out Ed’s Artist Calendar for upcoming dates to see him live.
Q&A with Edward Hernandez
How long have you played the ukulele? 4 years.
Was it your first instrument? I started the piano when I was 9.
You also play the bass guitar; is that kind of like a big uke? LOL! It’s like a contrabass uke. I have been playing bass for 17 years. Something about rockin’ the four strings.
Who are your biggest music influences? Aw man, I have been influenced with a lot of styles of music in my lifetime. My family and friends have introduced me to all styles of music. My brother, Charlie, introduced me at a young age to artists such as Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Todd Rundgren, Grover Washington Jr., Gato Barbieri, Dave Koz and ELO. The rest of the family introduced me to artists like Rush, The Police, Elton John, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys. My library is very eclectic.
What’s your favorite food? That’s a tough one. I would have to say Fish & Chips.
The uke has had quite the resurgence the past few years. Do you think the interest will continue? Of course! I truly love playing the ukulele. I take it to work everyday and practice during my lunch. Fellow employees love to listen and say that it’s “very soothing.”
What advice would you give to someone starting out on the uke? It’s a very fun instrument and easy to learn a three to four chord song and jam around a campfire. It can also be a challenge by learning songs like Blackbird by the Beatles or Classic Gas by Mason Williams. It’s how you want to approach it. Overall, you are going to have fun.
Until next time, –Jenn
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