Thanks to Armelle for her post about Jamie. After reading her interview with Jamie, I visited his YouTube channel and his Google Sites pages where he posts his arrangements and compositions . Sometime after I had downloaded his classical arrangements ( a book of 8 pieces of Sor’s music) and had marvelled at how much he had been able to write for the ukulele, I began to wonder how he could take the time from his work and write these tabs. It was when I revisited his YouTube Channel that I read he was 15 years old. Wow — he sells two ebooks and has numerous tabs, videos, and mp3s to share.
How fortunate that Jamie is willing to share his passion and talent with stringed instruments. He is already well advanced on his journey of 10,000 hours. This 10,000 hours comes from Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers”. It’s an excellent read, and like Gladwell’s other books “Blink” and “Tipping Point” is well worth the time you’d take to listen or read. (The links are to mp3 files of Gladwell talking about the respective books). The premise is that in order for people to excel, indeed become exceptionally great in an area, they need to put in a certain amount of time and practice. Roughly ten thousand hours, according to Gladwell.
If you have played the ukulele everyday for an average of an hour a day for the past 3 years, you’d have 1,095 hours toward 10,000 hours. Now the ukulele, many of us would contend, can make us sound fairly good without as many hours. But think about Jake Shimabukuro or James Hill and you see the difference that 10,000 hours can make.
I’m going to increase my playing average to 2 hrs a day.