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 #12409JeffKeymaster
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 #12590ALAN GRAINGERParticipant
Nice work Alan. Enjoyed it very much. Beautiful setting too. Thanks for sharing.07/23/2019 at 2:01 pm #12608CurtisParticipant
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
Mahalo for your kind comments Andy & Alan! Btw. I will attend next Aloha Music Camp, I hope to see some people of the Forum there!
Alan check my Website: https://jphappo.webnode.fi/10/06/2019 at 7:41 am #13265
Here’s my version of Ray Kane’s “Popoki Slack Key”. I’ve always loved this tune, but did not try to learn it until recently. I was put off by the fact that it was in an “unusual” tuning — A Mauna Loa (E A E E F# C#) tuned up a half step to Bb (F Bb F F G D). But lately I’ve gotten much more comfortable with new tunings (thanks, Jeff!!) so I decided to give it a try. I slowed it down and learned it by ear. Here I am:
I didn’t try to mirror Ray’s structure for the song exactly; I figure he played it differently every time anyways. I just wanted to get the feel right. I’m still working on getting the bass notes for the I and V chords in the right spots, and on all those trademark Ray Kane slides that give it such a unique sound.
It’s a fun tune and I think it sounds great on my Eastman AJ815. This guitar has an arched back and has a lot of punch for a small guitar. Sound in the video could be better — I just used my laptop and its built-in mike to record — so you’ll have to take my word for it that it sounds better in person. 🙂
Jeff, we can talk about this in our lesson on Wednesday. I also am working on Ray’s Wa’ahila in double slack tuning.
San Rafael CA
P.S. I posted this once before, then tried to edit it and then that post disappeared. So my apologies if this ends up showing up twice in the stream!10/07/2019 at 4:59 am #13270
Aloha Andy! A lovely and interesting tune in really special tuning and nicely played. How did you find out the tuning?
A suggestion for improvement: the balance of bass and melody. The thumb with pick sounds strong and the melody with finger tips is weak. You could use nails; I have solved the problem with Alaska Piks to get strong more balanced sound. All people don’t like them, but they’re good for me as my nails don’t stand steel strings. (I have have no connection to the company!)
Pekka10/07/2019 at 5:58 am #13271
Thanks for the feedback! You’re right about the balance between bass and treble, though I think the difference was not as dramatic in “real life” as it was in the video recording. That said, I definitely noticed times where certain tones or strings seemed to jump out much more than others, in a way that I didn’t intend. It’s something for me to work on. It seems to happen more with this Eastman guitar than my other guitar, a Martin.
I found out the tuning from a reference on the Dancing Cat Records site which lists many slack key tunes and the tuning they are played in:
I will look into those Alaska Piks and see what they are about.
Andy10/07/2019 at 6:34 am #13272
I love how you captured the feel of the original recording in your playing. I’d love to hear it recorded with a better mic if you ever get around to it — I find a lot of the tones missing when I use my phone mic as opposed to a USB condenser mic I have (Blue Yeti Pro) so I’m sure that we’re missing out a lot on the sound of your performance.
For the tuning, are the 3rd and 4th strings tuned identically? That seems particularly unusual. I think one of the things I like about this song is how it sounds different, probably in part due to the tuning. It has a very old-style sound we don’t hear as much these days.
A hui hou,
Alan10/07/2019 at 7:59 am #13273
Yes, Alan, those two strings are tuned the same. Very unusual! It gives the song a drone feel, which does have a real old-time feel. I might try recording with my other guitar, it has a pickup and I can run it directly into my computer for better sound.
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