I know, I know. I'd only just got started, and suddenly a nearly-two-year hiatus. Why? Three major reasons. Firstly, I had loads of rewarding ukulele teaching work keeping me busy in Surrey: helping young minds explore music and discover new avenues of learning. All sounds very worthy, doesn't it? Partly, though, it's an excuse for a bit of laziness in updating things here.
However, the third reason is a bit more substantive: I moved North! After six great years in Surrey and South London, I'm now living in Sheffield. The overriding reason for this was to be closer to my family, who are all Yorkshire-dwellers nowadays, but there have been many other benefits from a personal point of view. Sheffield is, of course, a major city, but due to its geographical structure and position, often manages to feel more like a large collection of villages scattered around a relatively small central hub. This means there's a real sense of community, certainly in the South West where I'm based, and I've enjoyed getting involved in things like local amateur dramatics at The Lantern Theatre. Also the city is fantastically placed for access to the Peak District - a beautiful part of the country if you like a walk or a climb.
"That's all very lovely, Jon, but what's coming up on the website?", I hear you collectively cry. Well, I'm glad you asked. Knowing myself as I do, I won't promise the world (or even especially regular updates), but I will be making an effort to add more videos and blog posts to the site in the near future. A couple of my arrangements have had a few views on YouTube over the years, so I'll be uploading some more simple/intermediate chord-melodies before Christmas, and maybe even post something on the Twitter and Facebook pages while I'm at it. You never know - stranger things have happened!
Keep your eyes on the skies (/screens)
Jon Allen: uke teacher and occasional songwriter