06/22/2019 at 2:37 pm #12331
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.
Alan07/01/2019 at 1:16 pm #12409
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!07/01/2019 at 5:40 pm #12420
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,
Alan07/23/2019 at 7:03 am #12590
Nice work Alan. Enjoyed it very much. Beautiful setting too. Thanks for sharing.07/23/2019 at 2:01 pm #12608
Really pretty playing ! Relaxing :-). Regarding the setting…wish I was there!08/17/2019 at 12:22 pm #12842
Beautiful playing, very nice relaxed swing feel, matches the gorgeous setting!
Andy08/28/2019 at 5:00 am #12943
Aloha friends in Kihoalu!
Jeff encouraged me to share my sketch video of my rendition of his tune Meleana. So here’s a link for that: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RRSuAaNuKqAjZ5QKXP9YfxRKXdCN0GAI
I hope the link works.
I’m so happy of Jeff’s work for us, his arrs and songs have improved my musicanship so much, though there’s still a long and winding road to go……
Pekka08/28/2019 at 6:36 pm #12946
I am glad you posted this. It is beautiful, and amazing!!
It is indeed a wonderful thing that Jeff is sharing his music and his knowledge with us and helping us create such beauty with our guitars.
Mahalo to you both!
Andy08/29/2019 at 9:14 am #12947
Thanks for sharing — wonderfully played! If it was just audio instead of a video I would have a hard time telling if it was you or Jeff playing. Keep up the great work — I’d love to see & hear more from you.
Alan08/30/2019 at 9:29 pm #12951
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