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ukulele4kids
11-30-2011, 06:42 PM
Worth watching as this kid demonstrates a can do attitude. Matthew who I teach ukulele to, was born with three stubs, a half finger and a thumb on his left hand. At four years of age his toe was transplanted to his hand. To read more about him and view his video click here and be inspired. (http://ukulele4kids.com/2011/12/01/matthew-plays-beach-boys-classic-on-ukulele-using-his-toe/) Take a look around the website when you visit, all contributions and suggestions warmly welcomed.

Trinimon
12-01-2011, 01:46 AM
WOW! That kid is awesome and definitely an inspiration for many! Looks like he had a great instructor. Matthew's a champ!

rem50
12-01-2011, 07:04 AM
I really love this thread. Here is something you might want to show him. the sky is the limit!
http://www.roanoke.com/extra/wb/253929
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHALha5IlI
Great job on letting him do what he wants and not be pigeoned holed.

ukulele4kids
12-01-2011, 11:47 AM
Hi, glad you enjoyed it. I showed Matthew your links, and he bristled with pride that there was someone else with a special ability like himself - thanks for the reference.

I really love this thread. Here is something you might want to show him. the sky is the limit!
http://www.roanoke.com/extra/wb/253929
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSHALha5IlI
Great job on letting him do what he wants and not be pigeoned holed.

ukulele4kids
12-01-2011, 11:48 AM
Thanks for the feedback Trinimon. When I shared it with Matthew this morning in class, he visibly grew taller with pride. Cheers!

WOW! That kid is awesome and definitely an inspiration for many! Looks like he had a great instructor. Matthew's a champ!

Ambient Doughnut
12-01-2011, 12:17 PM
Absolutely amazing! I know adults with a full complement of fingers who would love to be able to play that well! :)

OldePhart
12-01-2011, 12:33 PM
Yep, here's more proof that where there is a will a way will follow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSnUwA6c67k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RLg2Ev3Zd4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5ThulqDmKc

These guys are my inspiration when I start making excuses for my rather meager skills...

John

ukulele4kids
12-01-2011, 01:20 PM
Thanks for the feedback. We recorded this song as it was quick to record during an English lesson. Matthew is able to play more complex strum patterns too. We'll add another video soon.

rem50
12-01-2011, 02:09 PM
Glad he liked it. He can do whatever he sets his mind to.
Hi, glad you enjoyed it. I showed Matthew your links, and he bristled with pride that there was someone else with a special ability like himself - thanks for the reference.

TCK
12-01-2011, 06:27 PM
Matthew is great, and certainly an inspiration! Bless him for not letting his hand get in his way and having a good time with the Uke!
While we are on the subject of beating the odds and not letting a handicap get in the way of greatness, You certainly ought to introduce him to Django Reinhardt as well. In my estimation, Django was the greatest guitar player to ever live, and he no use of two fingers on his left hand. He was not born that way, rather an accident, but he certainly overcame it and went on to be, well, the best ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_pD7oYJnJo&feature=related

Hippie Dribble
12-01-2011, 07:04 PM
thanks for sharing this with us U4K's...

Matthew you are an inspiration to us mate, keep on ukeing and bringing joy to folks you play to, you got some serious talent my friend. Looking forward to some more of your videos :)