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New member for The Small Change Diaries

When one seasoned musician recommends a drummer I know to take notice. When two seasoned musicians recommend, then I really know to take notice! Its a real pleasure to have Richard Ferdinando join The Small Change Diaries and assist with working on the current material with a view for recording later this year!

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A Strong case for Ukuleles?

As an avid collector of high quality instruments I am always mindful about the importance of protecting such items especially when travelling. Some manufacturers a supply case with instruments, but it’s always smart to invest in the best protection. A number of years ago I attended a martin Simpson workshop and noticed that his Sobell […]

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Practice time with Nick Cody & Jessica Bowie – Ukulele magic!

I never fully appreciated the importance of group practice until I began to gather members for The Small Change Diaries! It’s very different writing and arranging original material than covering other’s material and practice is absolutely essential if you want to create a great listening experience for an audience. We practice every week either as […]

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The Joys of playing the Ukulele

I have a background of playing electric and acoustic guitars for many years, but if you told me I would be totally seduced by playing ukuleles, I would not have believed you! As I mentioned on already the site, my first ukulele was purchased in New York from Zeke at Matt Umanov Guitars. This turned […]

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Songwriting Inspirations and Ukulele Explorations with Jessica Bowie, Rob Sayles and Nick Cody

In recent years I have been reflecting more on what makes a really great singer songwriter. I grew up in the 1970s and remember an era of what I consider to be classic albums including Tom Waits “Closing Time” and “Small Change” Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira” and “Hissing of Summer Lawns” and John Hiatt’s “Bring the […]

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