01/01/2019 at 7:56 am #10719Alan FasickParticipant
Just thought I’d say ‘hi’ to everyone out there on the site. I’ve been a fan of slack key and other styles of Hawaiian music for many years, having grown up on the windward side of O’ahu, but didn’t start playing it until just over 5 1/2 years ago when I bought an ‘ukulele on a trip back home. About a year into playing, a friend of mine gave me a guitar he was no longer playing and I started experimenting learning to play slack key. I got hooked and started looking for resources online and in-person whenever I could find them. Fortunately I met Uncle George Kahumoku when he was here in Colorado and he got me started with a couple of lessons and later introduced me to Jeff.
What’s your slack key story?
Alan01/03/2019 at 10:24 am #10733JPHappoParticipant
Hi I’m Pekka and I live in Finland, as far as you can get from Hawaii! I found Slack Key some 5 years ago in YouTube. I fell in love with the style immediately and I’ve tried to adapt it ever since. I’ve played the classical as young man 40 years ago and some rag and other trad finger picking. But I found my kind of music in Kihoalu. I have had secret Aloha in my heart and it came out this way. Nahenahe!01/03/2019 at 1:48 pm #10735[email protected]Participant
Howzit to everyone! I live at 10,000 feet elevation in the Rocky Mtns of Colorado. Born and raised on Oahu and have always loved slack key. When I was a teenager, one of the neighborhood community centers offered a summer class on how to play slack key. Of course, I signed up and was hooked! Since then, I have been looking for any information on how to play. I even had a great uncle that played, but he lived on the mainland and wasn’t around much for me to learn. That was back in the late 70’s/early 80’s and not much info could be had. Gave up on slack key and took guitar lessons to play jazz. Then the internet happened and years later, Jeff’s website! I’m hooked again!!01/04/2019 at 12:58 pm #10740ALAN GRAINGERParticipant
Greetings y’all from Berea, Kentucky.
I ‘found’ slack key two years ago and traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to see Jeff, Led and George in Concert. Spent the evening with Led after the concert and although I got to talk with Jeff it was only for a very brief time. I have found Jeff to be an excellent teacher and I’m looking forward to making my way through the workshop and improving my knowledge and technique of this fabulous genre.
01/05/2019 at 5:53 am #10744CurtisParticipant
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Aloha All, from San Francisco Bay Area, Calif. Been playing guitar one way or another since I was 14 (am now in early 50s). Was introduced to slack key when I met my wife, who has family from the Islands and also dances Hula. Love playing in backup bands for the dancers on those occasions I get the invite. Been taking lessons in slack key for a while now. I really love listening and playing nahenahe (gentle, flowing).
Nice to find out about other players.
Curtis01/22/2019 at 10:33 am #11051gblakeParticipant
Aloha Y’all from Austin Texas. I started playing guitar when was 9 years old. Played a little bit of everything but all self taught by ear (the old Hawaiian way). Then I joined the school band, studied the trombone and learned how to read music which accelerated my guitar learning thus leading me to play many other styles like classical. After my school years my guitar spent most of the time in a closet.
Then in 1991 I had a job that resulted in a lot of free trips to Hawaii where I discovered the beauty of Ki Ho’alu. I bought most of the dancing cat CD’s and eventually Keola Beamer’s blue instruction book. That book sat on the shelf collecting dust until 2014 after going though several major changes in my personal life.
That summer I pulled my guitar out of the closet and Keola’s book off the shelf and began my journey to learn how to play this beautiful music myself. After I had learned the pieces in that book I began to search for more material where I came across Aloha Music Camp where I met and took classes from Keola and then a guy named Jeff Peterson.
This journey has been the most wonderful experience and restored a missing element of my life. Mahalo Jeff for helping me unlearn all those bad habits from the self instruction!
01/27/2019 at 4:36 am #11084mikegulinoParticipant
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My name is Mike Gulino and I started to study and play Slack Key about 5 years ago. I first heard these sweet sounds when I started visiting Maui in 1996. I had no idea at the time of the various tunings. About 5 years ago I happened to come across Mark Hanson’s book and unexpectedly started my Slack Key journey. I love playing these songs. It’s been difficult finding other slack Key players in AZ where I live. A year and a half ago I attended Uncle George’s Slack Key Workshop in Napili. It was a great experience and met many wonderful people. I plan to attend again this June. Jeff has done an amazing job with his Slack Key Workshop web site and it has become my main form of study. I can’t thank him enough. Hope to meet all of you in-person some day!
Mike02/01/2019 at 1:04 pm #11192ashaw953Participant
Aloha from San Rafael, CA!
I have played guitar for a long time — since I got out of college (over 40 years ago) but have only been playing slack for about 5 or 6 years. I was introduced to ki’hoalu on a trip to Hawaii 20 or more years ago. I bought Keola’s book and tried to learn from that but hit a wall quickly. The thought of learning slack stayed in my mind, though, and about 6 years ago I saw that Patrick Landeza was teaching a class at the Freight and Salvage folk club in Berkeley, not too far from where I live. I took those classes and that got me started. I also learned a lot from Mark Nelson’s video lessons on jamplay.com. I met Jeff about three years ago and started taking Skype lessons from him. I just signed up for the online workshop today and am just beginning to explore the site. It looks like a lot of wonderful material — I can’t wait to dive in!
P.S. Curtis, what part of the Bay Area are you in?03/13/2019 at 3:48 pm #11578CurtisParticipant
Aloha Andy! I live in Redwood City – not terribly far from you.
If you are (or anyone else is) interested in getting in touch, feel free to call or text me at 650 868 6620.
Curtis04/04/2019 at 11:59 am #11788tbeckhelmParticipant
I’m Terry Beckhelm. I’m 71 and live in San Diego. I’ve been around Ki Ho`Alu for about 15 years and have followed Jeff’s music at least that long. I’m basically self-taught. I can play dozens of tunes in various tunings, including some originals, but I’m looking forward to relearning with Jeff Peterson flavor and precision. Whether or not you’ve done any research, you’ll find that Jeff’s online stuff is as good as it gets. I’ve been waiting for this for years. For example, I’ve always wanted to learn “How D’ya Do” by Andy Iona. I’ve watched lots of videos to no avail. Of course that was the first tune I looked for in this series and after a couple of weeks, I’ve got it. I often struggle with some of the arrangements, but I always find a way to make it work. This series is as important as Ozzie Kotani’s first instruction book and DVD. Every level of instruction forces me out of my comfort zone. I wish I’d had this series 15 years ago.06/02/2019 at 10:29 am #12194Ken AllegoParticipant
Aloha all from Montreal.
Alan it’s so funny to see a familiar name here as we were both in aldrine’s course for ukulele!
I always love slack key music but was always into ukulele and wanted to apply the techniques to uke. But from never playing guitar and doing the lessons, it’s becoming easier so am gonna stick it out on guitar. Also I always said that the 2 people I would love to learn from were led and Jeff…..well, looks like it’s time to play the powerball.11/14/2019 at 5:34 am #13518gcolemanParticipant
Aloha all of you,
I am Gary Coleman. I live in the Washington, DC area, northern Virginia. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13 years old. Self-taught mostly. I’m 67 now. Old fart.
My first exposure to slack key came at a Keola Beamer concert about six years ago. I was invited by a friend who suggested that I would really like it. As I sat in the front row, I got a good look at his fingering and was mystified that the sound didn’t match the fingering. After the concert I spoke with Keola asking him what he was doing. He looked at me and said “it’s slack key.” I guess I looked puzzled, and he added “the guitar is tuned differently”. I was dumbfounded! Who said you are allowed to tune the guitar differently?
Anyway, since then I’ve been listening and learning and playing every chance I get. I love this stuff! I’ll tell more about my journey in another note if anyone is interested…
Gary11/14/2019 at 10:12 am #13519Calder MackayParticipant
Welcome to the forum. I don’t (yet) have much to offer so I don’t post much, but I do enjoy everyone’s contributions, so please feel free to let us know what you are up to. If you are a brand new member keep an eye out for Jeff’s live group lessons–he will email us.
Seattle, WA11/15/2019 at 5:07 am #13523JPHappoParticipant
Please Gary, let us know!
-Pekka11/15/2019 at 5:23 am #13524Alan FasickParticipant
That’s a great story — would love to hear more. I’ve enjoyed hearing how each of us have come to the same place through completely different paths.
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