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  • Translator: Kaori Nozaki Reviewer: Riaki Poništ

  • Aloha!

  • I was born and raised in Hawaii.

  • Very excited to be here at TEDxTokyo.

  • I met that Patrick over there at TED a few months ago,

  • just an amazing individual, and he's been a huge inspiration for me.

  • So it truly is an honor to be here.

  • I'm just going to tell you a little bit about myself before I start playing.

  • This is my ukulele.

  • And I've been playing since I was four years old.

  • My mom, she played and she taught me how to play.

  • And I've been passionate about this instrument ever since.

  • I truly believe that -

  • well, here's an idea for you:

  • I actually believe that the ukulele is the instrument of peace.

  • It's the instrument of peace because I truly believe

  • that if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a better place.

  • (Laughter)

  • So I'm going to try to prove that to you in a bit.

  • But I started out playing a lot of Hawaiian music, things like this.

  • (Playing ukulele conventional style)

  • And then over the years as I got older,

  • I started listening to different styles of music.

  • Then those three chords became things like -

  • (Intro riff from "Sunshine of Your Love")

  • I start really rocking out on this thing.

  • So, I'm going to play a little tune for you.

  • This is a piece that was inspired by one of my favorite flamenco guitar players,

  • the great Carlos Montoya.

  • This is a piece entitled "Let's Dance."

  • (Ukulele arpeggio)

  • And here's something I call "flamenco ukulele."

  • (Laughter)

  • (Playing ukulele: "Let's Dance")

  • (Playing ends)

  • (Cheers) (Applause)

  • [Jake Shimabukuro Let's Dance / Ave Maria]

  • (Tuning ukulele)

  • Well, I'm going to try something, something a little different here.

  • I've always loved -

  • I loved all different styles of music when I was growing up,

  • and Franz Schubert was always one of my favorite composers.

  • So here's one of my favorite Franz Schubert pieces.

  • (Tuning ukulele)

  • Here's an arrangement of one of the most gorgeous melodies, I think.

  • Here's "Ave Maria" in the key of C major.

  • (Tuning ukulele)

  • (Playing ukulele: "Ave Maria")

  • (Playing ends)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you. Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you very much. Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Wow!

  • (Chuckles)

  • Weren't expecting this.

  • (Chuckles)

  • Patrick Newell: Just for your information, we do have another song planned.

  • (Laughter)

  • Bring it on!

  • Jake Shimabukuro: Thank you.

  • (Cheers)

  • A few months ago, I was invited to England

  • to perform for Queen Elizabeth there,

  • and it was one of the most incredible experiences in my life.

  • It's called the Royal Variety Performance that they put on each year.

  • And some of the other performers were people like Bette Midler, Lady Gaga.

  • They had Michael Boublé.

  • And then there was me, a ukulele player from Hawaii.

  • And the highlight for me that evening was after the show

  • when we were greeted by the Queen.

  • And just a quick story.

  • We're all standing backstage.

  • I was standing in between Bette Midler - and Lady Gaga was here.

  • I was so nervous.

  • I was just like, "What am I going to say?"

  • But moments before she arrived, the producer of the show came down,

  • and he said, "I just want to go over some of the rules,

  • the proper protocol when her majesty arrives."

  • So I thought, "OK, this is great."

  • So he said, "Just remember three things.

  • The first thing is you're not allowed to reach for her hand.

  • You have to wait

  • until she extends her hand to you, and then you can shake your hand."

  • I thought, "OK, I'll just keep my hands in my pocket and I'll be safe, right?"

  • "The second thing is," he said,

  • "you're not allowed to speak to her unless she speaks to you first."

  • So I thought "Okay, I'll keep my mouth shut and it should be fine."

  • "And the third thing is," he said, "in this situation,"

  • because we were at the Blackpool Opera House

  • just at the backstage, he said, "it's not necessary to bow.

  • You don't have to bow or curtsy."

  • So I thought, "OK, one less thing for me to worry about."

  • So I thought, "OK, I'm ready to meet the Queen," right?

  • And I don't know if it's the Japanese in me,

  • (Laughter)

  • but as soon as she entered the room, I started doing this.

  • (Laughter)

  • (Applause)

  • And I was the only one.

  • (Laughter)

  • But I've always been a huge Beatles fan,

  • so performing there in England was just a dream come true.

  • That was my first visit there.

  • (Tuning)

  • And here is one of my favorite songs to perform.

  • It was written by the great George Harrison of the Beatles.

  • And he's had a few elbow rubs with the Queen himself.

  • So here's one of my favorites.

  • Here's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

  • (Playing ukulele: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps")

  • (Playing ends)

  • (Cheers) (Applause)

  • Thank you very much.

  • (Cheers) (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Cheers) (Applause)

  • Thanks, Patrick.

  • (Cheers)

  • PN: For those of you that want to leave for a break time you can,

  • those of you who want to stay,

  • and maybe we could get one more song from Jake.

  • What do you guys think?

  • (Cheers)

  • I mean you're welcome to go on break or listen to Jake.

  • (Jake laughs)

  • It's a tough decision, right? You don't mind? Would you?

  • JS: Sure. I'd be honored. PN: Thanks! Phew!

  • JS: Oh, thank you very much. Wow.

  • (Laughs)

  • (Laughter)

  • (Tuning ukulele)

  • You know, one of the things that I love about being a ukulele player

  • is that no matter where in the world I go to play,

  • the audience has such low expectations.

  • (Laughter)

  • A huge plus, for sure.

  • OK, I'll try this piece here. This is a -

  • (Tuning ukulele)

  • This is actually the song that I performed for Her Majesty that night.

  • And it's another one of my favorite Beatles tunes.

  • I love the Beatles and -

  • Here 's one called "In My Life."

  • (Playing ukulele: "In My Life")

  • (Playing ends)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you very much.

  • Enjoy the rest of TEDxTokyo.

  • (Applause)

  • JS: Thank you guys. Thanks, Patrick.

  • PN: Thank you.

Translator: Kaori Nozaki Reviewer: Riaki Poništ

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