Alfredo Impromptu

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Thanks so much to Alfredo Canopin Sr and his wife Jovina for recording and sharing this video of Alfredo performing The Shadow of Your Smile with us. His beautiful chord melody style of playing is just beautiful and he plays with such feeling. Why not leave him a comment if you enjoy his performance 🙂

Just 12 Years Old – Rio Saito from Japan

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013


Rio Saito at the New York Ukulele Festival 2013

Rio Saito at the New York Ukulele Festival 2013

I have the privilege and honor to become the mentor for a promising young gentleman that eventually will become an outstanding ukulele artist. If you close your eyes as he picks and strums the various melodies and rhythms of the beautiful ukulele, you would be sure it is an adult playing…but it is actually a young gentleman of only 12 years of age.

That young gentleman is Rio Saito from Japan. He was only 8 years old when he discovered an interest in playing the ukulele. For 2 years he lived in Hawaii to learn and he picked up some styles from other famous ukulele artists. He tells me that he learned a lot by listening to and watching videos. He has a gift of natural talent in listening and memorizing all music presented to him.

As Rio’s mentor, I can report that in all my years of teaching the ukulele, I have never met a young person who picks up tunes and learns them so quickly. He seems to enjoy and understand the picking, strumming and rhythm of the ukulele as much as I do. Keep and eye out for this exciting upcoming ukulele artist from Japan as I am sure he will achieve great things.

You are welcome to watch Rio Saito on YouTube here with an incredible rendition of ‘Misty’ at the New York Ukulele Festival 2013.

ABOUT Alfredo Canopin. Sr.

Unforgettable Experiences That Sealed My Love Of The Ukulele Forever

Monday, July 8th, 2013
By Alfredo Canopin, Sr. In the summer of 1951 at the age of 16, I participated in a ukulele contest at the Palama Settlement in Honolulu.  It was a surprising experience to win 1st place which I was presented by, at that time, the popular M.C of KGMB, J. Akuhead Pupule, a 1st place winner prize of a beautiful radio made of walnut wood.  My family and I was so proud seeing me printed in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper.
Al Canopin Sr.

Alfredo Canopin Sr.

After having the experience of winning 1st place, I entered another contest and found there would be several different talent of various types.  There were accordion players, guitarist’s vocal talent and small ensembles.  My older sister advised that I needed to play a special song that would be different from everyone else.  I played a medley of 3 songs and called it, “Chop Suey Medley”.  It was so different, that again I won 1st place.  That day I have never forgotten when one of the judges conversed with me and advised me to pursue reading music.  I followed that judges words of wisdom.
My most unforgettable experience with my ukulele is my trip to Portugal, where I performed in the 1998 World Expo.  I also was honored to be invited to a special father & son Nunes Family Reunion: “The Braguinha Meets the Ukulele Concert” in Madeira, Portugal.
My wife witnesses my love for my ukulele…she hears my playing everyday.

ABOUT Alfredo Canopin, Sr.