New Book Available (Great for New Musicians!)

My latest book is now available. “I Am a Gifted Musician: Affirmations for New Players of Music” is full of color illustrations of various musicians with their instruments, affirmations (positive self-talk statements), and journal prompts for self-discovery. Have you ever felt really down and discouraged as a new musician? Let this book be a motivatingContinue reading “New Book Available (Great for New Musicians!)”

Bonus Instrumental Ukulele Piece

I have composed a special Ukulele Expressions Holiday Etude in celebration and adoration of the winter sunshine we savor so much this time of year. This piece is in standard GCEA tuning and is played on the open strings with only your picking hand, just like the pieces that are in Ukulele Expressions – IllustratedContinue reading “Bonus Instrumental Ukulele Piece”

Sharing my Kalimba Song with You

I have been loving learning about the kalimba lately. While I have been practicing some songs and played a few all the way through, my real passion lies in creating my own music for it, much like I create my instrumental ukulele music for the picking hand. I started learning where the notes and chordsContinue reading “Sharing my Kalimba Song with You”

Ukulele Expressions Has a New Look!

Sometimes, you just need to make some adjustments. And my cover was in need of a bit of makeover. I am so happy with this new cover I designed, highlighting the artistic nature of the book. The personality of the music and art shines through. The book with its new cover is now available onContinue reading “Ukulele Expressions Has a New Look!”

Launching Susan’s SideNotes Newsletter Soon

I would love to keep you up to date on future book releases, available song sheets, playing tips, and fun art content via Susan’s Side Notes, my monthly newsletter I will be launching soon. Sign up today using the button below. I also have a separate page where you can sign up anytime as well.Continue reading “Launching Susan’s SideNotes Newsletter Soon”

Enjoying Acrylic Painting…Finally!

This fall I have really embraced acrylic painting. While I have worked with inks before, acrylic paint is much different. I worked with oils in college and have just never felt very comfortable using acrylics. It’s interesting when you revisit a subject months or years later only to find out that your skills have changedContinue reading “Enjoying Acrylic Painting…Finally!”

Read My Latest Article: The Simple Strategy that Helps me Manage My Medical Care on The Mighty

I recently wrote about managing your medical care and the benefits and how-to’s of color-coding and organizing your appointment notes before you go in to see your specialist. You can read it on The Mighty here. I do hope some of this can help you manage your medical care as well! (The Mighty is aContinue reading “Read My Latest Article: The Simple Strategy that Helps me Manage My Medical Care on The Mighty”

My Recent Articles Published on The Mighty on Chronic Illness

I have become a Contributor for The Mighty and have had two articles published. The first and most recent is The Power of Writing and Sketching About Chronic Pain and Illness. You can find that here: https://themighty.com/2021/08/writing-sketching-chronic-pain-illness/ The article How the Ukulele Brought Magic Into My Life with Chronic Illness can be found here: https://themighty.com/2021/08/ukulele-music-hope-chronic-illness/Continue reading “My Recent Articles Published on The Mighty on Chronic Illness”

Shelf Talks Interview with Oleg Kagan

Recently, I was interviewed by writer, author, speaker, and librarian Oleg Kagan for his Shelf Talks series he created. He asked me five interesting questions based on the books on my shelves. This was such a fascinating conversation. This interview can be found on his website at the following link: Shelf Talks #7 – SusanContinue reading “Shelf Talks Interview with Oleg Kagan”