My name is Mark Wojchick and I live in Orlando, Florida. My 1st instrument was bass guitar and I quickly moved on to guitar. I played that for about 25 years, until about 3 years ago – on a whim – I picked up a cheap ukulele. My guitars have been gathering dust ever since. I was instantly obsessed with this instrument of joy and have played it daily. Like most ukulele players, I scoured the internet to learn chords and songs and such.
I was really inspired by 2 players in particular: (Mike) Krabbers and Jon Duncan. They are both great performers and songwriters and still inspire me to this day. I noticed they both participated in a weekly forum contest through Ukulele Underground called Seasons of the Ukulele. I followed this forum until I gained the courage to jump in and give it a try. I find that it is a great community full of support for players of all skill levels. It is also a great way to stay motivated and inspires you to learn new songs and/or write your own songs. You should definitely check it out.
As far as songwriting goes, I find that the hardest part is starting. It’s hard to tell where inspiration will come from. Trying to force it doesn’t work. Usually I will come up with an idea or even a phrase and I find that once I start, the song basically writes itself. Whenever I am really stumped, I try to write a 1 minute song. Another exercise to do is to write a blues song. With it’s repetitive style, it makes for an easy task.
I have never performed live in front of an audience before and don’t have a website to promote anything. However, if you’d like to see more of me, you can check out my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/wojchick or check me out at Season of the Ukulele.