I though I’d start a thread for student reviews and feedback. Constructive criticism and suggestions welcome.. Feel free to rely here or add a video of your own.
Here’s my take on a version of My Yellow Ginger Lei that I learned from Paul Togioka back in 2016 that I’ve added some improvisation to after running through it once.
This is a beautiful performance in an incredible setting. That looks like the Windward side of O’ahu. The arrangement follows Leonard Kwan’s version with some really nice variations and the same laid back swing feel: https://jeffpetersonguitar.com/lesson/my-yellow-ginger-lei/
It has the medley in the middle of the song of Hulihuli How Mai as Leonard recorded it. I enjoyed hearing your improvisations towards the end. You follow the structure and chord progression perfectly. Nice use of the open and closed shapes over the G and D7 chords, side slipping, 6th chords, and a variety of vamps. Those are all key elements of improvising in this style.
I love hearing the birds singing along with your music!
Mahalo for the kind words. You’re right, that is the windward side of O’ahu on Kane’ohe bay. I’m very fortunate that my grandparents moved from town in the 1940s and was lucky enough to grow up there. The house could use some improvement, but you sure can’t beat the back yard…
I too enjoy the bird songs — we’ve had some nice musical exchanges and I experimented with trying to mimic their calls and spark up a conversation with them, which made me appreciate Ian’s piece the other day when he talked about the bird calls he incorporated into it.
A hui hou,
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