10/12/2019 at 10:25 pm #13303
I extended Jeff’s arr of White Sandy Beach at Beginning section. It’s very easy but I was surprised how nice music you can make you of it. I added small things to original and doubled it octave higher with natural harmonics.
I’ve got some left hand problems and thus can’t do any harder pieces (in fact I must rest the left hand at the moment).
Here’s the link:
Pekka10/12/2019 at 10:27 pm #13304
The link didn’t attach with my post. I try again.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OypPQRUZXu_S7c1QYkQb_WxpbR15VZgX10/14/2019 at 1:26 pm #13316
That is very, very nice!! This does show how a simple piece, played well, can be full of feeling and beauty. You don’t need a lot of notes for that! I like the artificial harmonics at the end, a nice touch to wrap it up.
Mahalo for sharing!
Andy10/14/2019 at 5:05 pm #13318
My turn for a new one. Here is my version of Ray Kane’s “Wa’ahila”, a piece in G Wahine (double-slack) tuning. I had a lesson with Jeff earlier this week and he opened my eyes as to how I could improvise on this tune, which I hadn’t tried before. It’s still a little rough around the edges — I can see I’m still dropping some bass beats with my thumb when I do something complex in the treble strings. But I feel like I made a lot of progress in the last couple of days. Let me know what you think! Here is the link:
Andy10/15/2019 at 5:45 am #13320
Andy, that’s very nice! I don’t know the tune, so I didn’t know where you improvised; I think it doesn’t matter if you drop some bass notes, it’s your lick there. Ray’s music is also very nice in general.
For me improvising is something I don’t get. I know in principle how to but there’s missing some part in my head to get it in action… This is a burden of my classical background in my youth.
Pekka10/30/2019 at 7:50 am #13427
Aloha all Slack Key Friends!
I recorded my version of Eku’u in Taropatch tuning. I share this not only to show my playing (again!) but also to share how nice a 105 years old Washburn sounds on Kihoalu; I’ve played mostly Ragtime with it previously.
Pekka10/30/2019 at 1:42 pm #13428
Wow. Very beautiful. Already a classic recording! I love the decending bass lines in the first part and it sounds like you get little modulation in in the second half (am I right?). It all works really well. Sometimes you sound like Fran, sometimes Led, sometimes Jeff. Really inspiring.
I hope you play slack key for others in Finland, at coffee houses or elsewhere, so people can hear what you have to share.10/30/2019 at 1:44 pm #13429
So sorry misspelling your name.
-C10/30/2019 at 3:50 pm #13430
Mahalo for your kind words Calder!
Well you listed my hero’s names so well, actually it was Fran’s video that routed me to Kihoalu. It’s interesting that you hear modulation at second part as the chord is the same as in first, the lowest bass note only is different (C), but of course it’s modulation, it sounds more refined! I have performed some, but I’ve got frustrated because people because often don’t listen and sometimes I don’t even hear what I play (feel like George Harrison…) so at the moment this video thing is the best for me.10/31/2019 at 7:26 am #13434
Beautiful, as always! So glad that we get to be your audience.
Andy11/01/2019 at 4:48 pm #13449
Okay, here’s my version of E Ku’u Morning Dew:
I’ve been playing a version of this for a long while, essentially the last variation I play here. That’s based on the version that Ray Kane does on his instruction DVD. The first few variations are more recent, based on Jeff’s lesson and some ideas of my own. The ending is inspired by Gabby Pahinui. Let me know what you think, and enjoy!!
Andy11/01/2019 at 9:48 pm #13450
Andy, that’s really lovely!Your rendition has some tranquility, I’m looking for my version. The ending is also nice, gives some new before the end.
Pekka11/02/2019 at 6:36 am #13451
Wow Andy. You can be very proud of that recording. You have a natural feel for the song and the neck positions. I’m so jealous of you and Pekka I’m going to go practice.11/02/2019 at 12:10 pm #13453
Mahalo for the kind words! It probably helps that I’ve sung this song many times in kanikapila with my Hawaiian music buddies — there nothing like singing a song to get familiar with the melody. And I’ve been fooling around with this tune in slack tuning for years. That said, Jeff’s recent lessons have really opened some doors for me as to how to arrange and extend and improvise around a melody.
Andy12/13/2019 at 9:23 am #13797
In anticipation of Jeff’s workshop tomorrow, here is my version of Silent Night and Silver Bells. They both work well in taro patch, and both being in 3/4, the flow between them is natural. Here you go:
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