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Making Music

I’m in my studio listening to the tinky strumming of one of the many ukuleles that now live in our home. The song is “I’ll Fly Away,” followed by some other bluegrass tunes that, when played on the tiny instrument, have a laid-back vacation-y feel.

What is it about ukuleles? They’re adorable. They’re fun. Their sound is so very unique. Whatever their appeal is, we have fallen in love with them.

It started with the girls’ fascination with the ukulele catching and throwing that is so cleverly pulled off in this video. Before they knew it, they each had one to call their very own (along with a daddy-built rack on their bedroom wall).

But, as obsessions tend to go in our house, buying a couple of them wasn’t enough, and Alex got to work making one of his own. The process involved making several jigs, steam bending wood, and lots of research.  A few weeks later…voila!

Before they knew it, they girls were up on stage at the school’s student variety show singing and playing Little Boxes. For those of you who don’t know my girls, getting up on a stage and performing in front of an auditorium of people would be the very last thing my tall girl would choose to do. But she did it. They both did, and we were so proud of them. After the show the girls, who earlier in the day swore they wouldn’t ever be in the variety show again, proclaimed “next year, let’s do electric guitars!”

And so it will be. On daddy-built-with-their-help electric guitars, eventually.

In the mean time, they’ll practice on these.

Looks like they’re getting the hang of it.

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13 responses to “Making Music”

  1. mandy

    oh my goodness, that last photo is so cool.

    and i just had to re-read the post to make sure i read it correctly; YOUR HUSBAND MADE A UKULELE? okay, um, that’s totally crazy awesome.

    what a cool family you are.

    hoping we get to meet in person some day; your family seems so cool amy.

    hope you have a nice week ~mandy

    1. AG Ambroult

      well I give all the credit to Alex. He gets his mind on something and becomes obsessed!
      yes, one of these days we WILL meet!

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  2. Heather

    Strats? Or Teles? Alex should know, if they’re Fenders! I just got a Dean acoustic electric bass. We’ll be a family band much like the Partridges!

    1. AG Ambroult

      they are strats (squires). And you can count me in, to our own version of the Partridges, but only if we can wear matching one-piece polyester paisley-print jump suits.

  3. Heather

    I actually can’t tell from looking at the body of the guitars, but Kevin should be able to! By the pickups I think they’re strats.

  4. Nicola

    Man, you guys are just too cool. I feel like such a nerd even reading this post! The ukeleles are cool (they seem to be “in” right now??), but A making one? Awesome.

  5. AG Ambroult

    ha! well really ANYONE can look super cool if you just pose in your best rocker stance with a guitar that looks like that.

    1. Susannah

      That insight solves the prbmoel. Thanks!

  6. anne

    What a great post! Such talent you have in your family. Handmade ukeleles and guitars! Lucky girls. :)

    Love that shot of the girls’ wall, too. So pretty.

  7. erin

    You and Alex are SO creative Amy, I’m amazed. I see its getting passed down to your girls too, they are the cutest, by the way. I LOVE that last picture.

  8. Jacqueline

    OMG Amy, your have such a talented and inspiring family! Alex is soooo creative and so are your girls!! Loving all these awesome photos. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

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