The laws of supply and demand should be more carefully adhered to when you're trying to decide what musical instrument to play. Sure, piano is a good skill to have, and guitar proficiency will help your chances of getting laid, but really--the market is a little flooded. Abilities with less obvious instruments, such as the accordion or the ukulele, may not get you onstage every night, but it could be a good way to make a little cash. How many lap dulcimer session players do you think there are running around, contributing to the legions of folk-inspired indie albums out there? And besides, an aptitude for lesser-appreciated instruments is a killer conversation-starter. Bass players might get invited for a lot of night caps, but ukulele players get their ears talked off first. Depending on whether you think that's a good or a bad thing, you should check out ukulele stylings of Herb Ohta Jr. The world-renowned master of the traditional Hawaiian instrument appreciates the economics of his craft, spreading the word about his unique instrument through workshops and concerts like the one here in Dallas on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Midway Point, 12801 Midway Road. Visit ukeladymusic.com for more details and to buy tickets, which start at $20.
Wed., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., 2009