01/01/2019 at 7:56 am #10719
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 #10733
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
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 #10740
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 #10744
- This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by ALAN GRAINGER.
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.
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