Virtuoso: one who excels in the technique of an art; especially : a highly skilled musical performer.

"It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites-opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity-where energies flow smoothly in one direction-there will be much doing but no music."
~ Eric Hoffer


... that Ohta San played a song on the 'ukulele when he was 4?  At that age, correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't the 'ukulele for bashing your brother or sister on the head?  

  • Which famous Hawaiian entertainer and film maker was his mentor?  Where'd they meet? Who was  his mentor's mentor? 

  • Did you know that Ohta San served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps for ten years.  If you knew that, in what capacity did he serve?

  • Did you know that he was on The Ed Sullivan Show?  If you knew that, what song did he play to millions on that national telecast?

  • He failed a test on a physical examination.  This changed the course of his life.  What test did he fail

  • Poki was a dog. Who is Poki-San?

  • What Ohta San song sold 6 million copies? Who wrote it especially for him?

  • How did he get his stage name, Ohta San?
    What's his real name?  (Too easy.  So what's his  middle name?  Hints: "First son."  Think Seattle Mariners.)

  • Ohta San earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Where did he go to college? What was his college major?  (You'll never guess!)

  • How many album/CD releases has he made in his career? 20? 30? 40?

  • When is his birthday?????


    And you call yourself an Ohta San fan?

    You have a chance to redeem yourself.   All the answers can be found on this site or via sites linked to it.

    Don't be hard on yourself. You're not alone.  I was in the dark about Ohta San. Self-effacing and modest, he's one who hides his
    light under a bushelVery low key.  

    Some people hunt for material treasures; me, I search for soul treasures. I learned about him by seeking out information online, on concert programs, liner notes, media articles, as well as interviews in print. 

    He's a rare and precious treasure.  


    I could make it easy for you and just give you the answers, but then I'd be denying you a satisfying treasure-seeking adventure in 'ukulele music education and history, wouldn't I?


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