- Graphic Artist
I started my professional working career as a graphic artist. I starting copying drawings from the Sunday comics at 8 years old.
As a graphic designer and artist I mainly focus my efforts in the music industry for other musicians and artists.
Stated guitar at 9 and have been too stubborn to give it up. Stick with anything long enough and you tend to get good at it. Hook up with the right teacher and mentors and get really good.
To key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours, the 10,000-hour Rule.
I've written over 50 books for ukulele, guitar and music.
I currently publish and handle distribution for all my own books and online lessons.
My Introduction to Ukulele
After a brief introduction to the ukulele in 1978 by two distant uncles at a family reunion. I rediscover the ukulele in 2003. Finding limited material for intermediate and advanced ukulele players I have authored over 30 books for ukulele players. I have performed and presented workshops and clinics at various ukulele festival across the USA from New York to LA.
I'm recording a jazz ukulele CD titled How About More Uke? Summer 2013
Here is what the Windy City Uke Festival has to say about me.
“Curt Sheller is probably the most published person on the planet for intermediate and advanced ukulele publications. His instruction manuals and training materials are the most extensive in advanced concepts of blues and improvisational jazz on the ukulele. His works include "Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele", "Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele", "QuickStart Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele" just to name a few.”
My Ukulele Books
Here is what Peter Rhee said about my (Curt Sheller) books.
"Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!" - Peter Rhee
My Ukulele Performances
Curt, I really enjoyed your set at The Whiskey--your low key intros, mic persona provided a cool contrast with your complex uke technique and ingenious arrangements! - Best wishes, Jared Denhard