Former Ron Sexsmith bassist, Stephen Rapos has had a long and accomplished career. But his latest adventure promises to be the most challenging one yet. Stephen has taken on Ukulele nights at The Gen. If you stroll down Main Street in Warkworth on a Wednesday evening, that beautiful noise you hear will be Warkworth’s own ukulele choir stretching their wings.
Uke nights are a wonderful addition to the repertoire of The Gen, where players of all ages and levels meet at 7pm for an hour or two of musical mayhem. Each week, new chords are mastered and new songs learned with loads of friends and laughter.
“I have grown to love the ukulele over the past three weeks. It is more agreeable and accommodating than I ever imagined. Previously, I had only taught people the basic chords without exploring it myself. With 15 people in the room, all with a sincere desire to learn the instrument and 15 degrees of expectation, I really needed to up my game after the first week. I think I can finally convey what makes the ukulele so wonderful in a way that everyone can understand. My goal is to help give people the tools to embark on a life long journey with the instrument,” says Stephen.
The class is divided into groups of players with similar skill levels, which means that you can find your niche regardless of your previous experience. All you need is a uke, some moxie and $5 for the lesson. If you would like to join in the (considerable) fun, simply show up Wednesday night at seven or contact Stephen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
If you want to hear more from Stephen, watch this space as his new album is released early next year.