Word of the Week: Ukulele

Today the word that sums up the week that was is:


Those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning may remember that soon after Arthur turned one we bought him a ukulele in an attempt to satisfy his guitar obsession (and save his dad’s guitars!)

Well, turns out that was no short-lived fad – and recently he’s been taking his love of his ukulele to a whole new level. Arthur can’t bear to be parted from his ‘tar’ as he calls it (I think ‘ukulele’ might take him a while to master), so whilst we’re at home it’s never far from his side.

He’s been concentrating very hard on making sure his fingers are in the right place…


And generally loving getting lost in the music!


He’s adopting an increasingly amusing range of costumes to enhance his performance…


And even perfecting his rock star pout.


I, however, am starting to get increasingly aware that my total lack of ukulele skills are not exactly going to be very inspiring to him. I’ve bought myself a kids ‘learn to play’ book, but I’m really not getting very far… Fortunately together we’ve discovered some incredible players like Jake Shimabukuro, Honoka & Azita and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. He’s been taking some general tips from Mumford and Sons too: The Road to Red Rocks has been this week’s favourite.


Arthur loves to watch and listen, either sitting very still as he takes it all in or dancing and playing along. And I’m just fascinated with his burgeoning love affair with this instrument – and very curious to see how it develops!


The Reading Residence

14 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Ukulele

  1. Dean B

    Oh my god he is the cutest! Love the photos and the fact that he is clearly loving every single minute with his “guitar” You might just have a little rock-star in the making there! 😉

  2. thereadingresidence

    A brilliant word! He really is strumming it in that video there, too – go, Arthur! I hope you manage to teach yourself a little to help him out! Gorgeous photos and I love the costume choices! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      Thank you 🙂 He’s certainly developing his own technique – and his strumming is considerably better than mine! But I’ll work on that… x

  3. thenthefunbegan

    Ah so cute Sophie! I’ve said before that my nieces both play the ukulele and they have had my whole family watching YouTube clips of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain playing fab classics like the theme from the Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Its a joy to watch and listen to! I hope Arthur’s love of music will be something that grows with him (and I have the feeling he is part of a musical family so no reason why not!) X #wotw

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      It certainly seems like a pretty cool instrument for him to have latched on to – I’ve really enjoyed discovering all the incredible players out there! Who knows where it’ll take him – I just hope he carries on loving it as much as he does now 🙂 x

  4. mummyshire

    What a big word for such a little boy! It’s so lovely to see him so embracing his music and his passion for ‘tar’ and music. You never know, he may be the next BGT winner! #wordoftheweek


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