His dream has come true.
After positive talks with the Apostolic Bishop Tutai Pere, he started lessons with the church members months ago. He began with 10 students and each week the numbers grew.
The first time the group performed in public was at the Rarotonga International Airport for the return of foundation member, the late Mama Mii Matapo, last month.
This week Tuteru has begun a ukulele holiday programme for kids at the Apostolic Church Hall.
“I was given this talent from God but I had never used it to share and teach my knowledge of the ukulele, now I am.”
Tuteru first played the ukulele on his home island of Atiu when he was seven years old.
“I would watch and listen to older people playing the ukulele, I loved it, such sweet music from a simple instrument.”
He crafted his own ukulele with a piece of wood and tied a coconut shell to it using his mother’s fishing line, “I was so interested, I wanted my own.”
When he was eight, his father taught him a D chord on the guitar.
From then on, he taught himself from listening, watching and lots of practice.
“I learnt how to play the guitar from the ukulele, and the keyboard from playing the guitar.”
Although he can’t read music, Tuteru uses guitar chords to teach his students the ukulele and it works. He has also created instructions on how to strum.
“Some people know how to play but don’t know the chords, others know the chords but don’t know how to strum.”
People are welcome to join the lessons today and tomorrow and next week from Monday to Friday, 9am to 12 noon for a small fee, call Tuteru on phone 81945.
You must have your own ukulele to practice and learn on. Ukuleles are available for purchase from Ricky Adamu for a special discounted price for students only.
Kutia recommends people to buy the new specially designed ‘8 hole stringed ukulele’.