When selecting a music school in Spruce Grove Alberta, you must ask your child about the musical instrument he/she wants to learn. If there is any musical instrument that excites your child, you must go for that school only. It is also important to consider if the device is challenging to learn or not.


Simplicity is Elegance


When I decided to begin making ukuleles for sale, I promised myself that I would always remember a lesson that I learned from my father: Simplicity is Elegance. The most successful designs are those that make the most of the least. Why increase the weight of an instrument and dampen its ability to resonate naturally in the name of making it…fancier? That’s why I make my finishes thin and keep my decoration to a minimum. Like the vintage Martin and Kamaka instruments that I admire so much, SpruceHouse Ukuleles are very light and a little plain. But there is nothing plain about the sound.
Being a one-man operation has its blessings and its curses. I have the freedom to work at my own pace, and to devote my full attention to creating the best instrument possible for each customer – whether it be a stock model or custom. I know that each instrument will be my responsibility alone and that I will be the sole recipient of any praise or blame. There is a certain freedom and satisfaction in that autonomy. There is also the ultimate consumer benefit of my low overhead costs resulting in lower-priced instruments. I make more money per instrument and you pay less. That’s a pretty good arrangement. The downside is that I cannot churn out a lot of instruments at a time and that means that I make less money and receive less notoriety. I can’t spend much time traveling to trade shows and ukulele festivals, writing books, making videos, or snatching up celebrity endorsments. – all things that would enhance my public presence and increase my business. I must content myself with being a “boutique” builder and leaving The Big Time to others. Frankly, I consider all of my customers as celebrities. Hopefully, there will always be those ukulele enthusiasts who embrace the small builder and see value in an instrument that embodies the philosophy and spirit of the solitary luthier, doing his best.
I believe that my instruments speak for themselves. Perhaps they’ll speak to you.