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Biography

Susan Montgomery is an artist, author, and musician who lives with chronic pain. She has learned to rely on a variety of supports including her faith in Jesus. She has a background in Art Education and although she cannot teach in a traditional sense anymore due to health conditions, she enjoys learning about hobbies, techniques, and new ways of seeing the world, and sharing that with others through her writing, art, and published books.

Music entered her life during the COVID-19 pandemic. She started by learning how to play the guitar through various online lessons. A few months later, she was playing the ukulele and piano. She was always apprehensive about learning music as an adult, but now realizes how much fun it can be and can’t imagine her life without playing music.

Susan published her first book Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand in 2021. While going through carpal tunnel pain and eventual surgery, she wanted to continue playing the ukulele. She couldn’t find any music for only one hand, so she learned how to improvise and began composing instrumental pieces for just the picking hand. Combining these pieces with nature-themed paintings provided her with a rich playing experience. She wanted others with limited mobility, or who simply wanted to improve their picking hand skills to experience that as well. She began learning about self-publishing and has now published even more books, with each one featuring illustrations or paintings she created.

Susan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and lives in Bowling Green, Ohio with her tuxedo cat, Tracey.

Published Books

Ukulele Expressions: Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand (2021)

Ink Sketches for Wellness: Poems on My Life with Invisible Disabilities (2021)

I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music (2022)

Ukulele Expressions: Ocean Adventure (2022)

Surrounded by God’s Blue Sky: Chrisitan Affirmations for Chronic Pain (2022)

Social Media

Facebook

YouTube

Goodreads

Publicity

Ukulele Expressions – Ukulele Magazine No. 35 Winter 2021

New book helps new musicians cope with self-doubt while learning a new instrument – BG Independent News

Interviews

Susan Montgomery draws on creativity to help deal with chronic pain – BG Independent News

Podcasts

Stigma Busters – Wood County ADAMHS Board – Let’s Get Creative, Season Two – Episode Three

Published Articles

The Power of Writing and Sketching About Chronic Pain and Illness – The Mighty

How the Ukulele Brought Magic Into My Life With Chronic Illness – The Mighty

The Simple Strategy That Helps Me Manage My Medical Care – The Mighty

Keeping Calm With The Kalimba In A World of Chaos – The Mighty

How to Play the Cm7 Chord on Your Ukulele – Uke Like The Pros

How to Play the F7 Chord on Your Ukulele – Uke Like The Pros

How to Play the Em7 Chord on Your Ukulele – Uke Like The Pros

5 Ways to Use Your Ukulele To Ease Anxiety – Uke Like The Pros

Sidelined From Playing Ukulele Due to Hand Pain? – Uke Like The Pros

How to Play the D Chord on Your Ukulele – Uke Like The Pros

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