"King has done the ukulele a valuable service by restoring these tunes to the modern repertoire." -- Michael Simmons, Acoustic Guitar, June 2005
About the Author
John King began playing the ukulele in 1960 while living in Hawai'i, receiving his first instruction from his mother, an accomplished amateur. After many years of studying the technique and history of the classical guitar, he returned to his first love, the ukulele, with new understanding and insight. His technique has been described by critics as flawless, effortless and sublime. King's CD of Bach compositions, arranged for the unaccompanied ukulele and performed in the campanella style of the Baroque era, has been featured on National Public Radio and praised by the Honolulu Star Bulletin for its "harplike sound." Deeply interested in the history of Hawai'i and Hawaiian music, the ukulele, and guitar, he has devoted much of his time to research, both in Hawai'i and on the Mainland. His book The Hawaiian ukulele and Guitar Makers: 1884 1930 (NALU music, 2001) was called "the most scholarly work on ukulele history in Hawai'i" by the Journal of the Ukulele Hall of ! Fame Museum. He is a contributor to the Hawaiian Journal of History and Soundboard, and his musical compositions and arrangements for guitar have been published by Tuscany and Editions Orphée. Mr. King teaches guitar at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.