03/15/2020 at 11:03 am #15277
Social distancing protocol provides ample opportunity for playing the guitar. Here is my version of Mauna Loa, with some obvious nods to Ray Kane and Ozzie Kotani, and a few ideas of my own. Enjoy, and stay healthy!
Andy03/18/2020 at 1:38 pm #15342Jeffrey StoreyParticipant
Sounding great Andy!03/21/2020 at 11:32 am #15404JeffKeymaster
Beautiful arrangement Andy! Mahalo for sharing this03/21/2020 at 2:41 pm #15405
Here’s another thing I’ve been working on. This isn’t any particular song, it’s just me improvising over a simple chord progression (G-C-G-D G-C-G-D G-D, for the most part). Without realizing it, I was trying to do what Jeff talked about today — make sure I “landed” on each chord at its first downbeat. It came out a little better than I expected:
Somehow I haven’t quite been able to follow chords this way when I’m in a real-life kanikapila, but that’s what I’m working up to.
Andy03/22/2020 at 4:13 pm #15418
Love the arrangement of Mauna Loa, I love how smooth you play it. Enjoyed the improv too, so nahenahe.
After class yesterday, I had I Kona stuck in my head so I thought I would give it a go — a little rough around the edges, but I feel it’s coming together. I really enjoy learning the accompanyment first, then putting it together with the lyrics and trying to improvise a pāʻani or two around it. I’ll have to go back to Jeff’s arrangement in G and work on it now too:
A hui hou,
Alan03/22/2020 at 5:59 pm #15426
Nice! Good supporting rhythm for the vocal. Is that a nylon string guitar?
Andy03/23/2020 at 4:11 am #15430
Mahalo nui for the kind words!
Yes it’s a hybrid nylon guitar, I posted some details about it in another thread on the forum. It’s a 2006 Taylor N34ce I found on consignment last year at my local shop, H.B. Woodsongs. At about half the price of a new 314ce-N (the latest equivalent) it was in excellent condition and already pre-aged, plus it has the Fishman pickup which does a great job plugged in and has some nice tone controls.
I still love my steel-stringed guitars, but have really gravitated towards the nylon strings. At first I thought I wanted a classical guitar, but for the majority of what I play the hybrid is a better fit — the radiused fretboard and strings spacing are more comfortable than a classical guitar, but wider than an acoustic, which I feel is perfect for slack key — especially since I like to play a hybrid between finger picking and strumming. I love that the 3rd string is not wound — makes those slides on the 1st 2nd and 3rd strings nice and smooth, and the cutaway makes reaching higher notes super easy. And lastly, being an ʻukulele player I love the feel of nylon strings under my fingers and find myself blending techniques depending on the song (something like ʻOpihi Man, for example).
Mālama pono, a hui hou,
Alan04/01/2020 at 2:13 am #15513
I’ve been working for a whole week with Radio Hula. I first started to put some new elements in it but then I lost the whole tune. I practiced every part separetly then tried to put them together and worked with metronome to end about same speed as I start. This is a draft video first time to remember it. It has it’s moments and fails. Is this rendition too long?04/01/2020 at 3:32 am #15515
Too long? No way — I wanted it to keep going… I was totally not expecting the medley you did and loved it. Great job!
Mahalo, e mālama pono,
Alan04/01/2020 at 3:42 am #15516
That sounds pretty damn good to me, and I didn’t find it too long— you were coming up with interesting variations so I enjoyed it all the way through. I heard a little bit of “Moana Chimes” in there, nice use of medley. If this a practice recording I can’t wait to hear the final version.
Andy04/03/2020 at 6:11 am #15527
Alan&Andy: big mahalo for your comments. Yes it has many Led’s ideas from videos, something from Jeff’s transcription and I Kona as my idea to add here to appreciate Led. Perhaps it’s not worth to play it this long in every performance (which I actually don’t have but I prepare myself for some accidental situation…)
See you on Saturday!04/05/2020 at 11:09 am #15552Calder MackayParticipant
I am working on the beautiful mele Ka Makani Ka’ili Aloha. For anyone learning it from the notation and who, like me, gets totally frazzled in the middle of measure 41 (where the E7 comes in for the triplet), Jeff teaches it in the lesson using a 5/6 bar at CIX. Much better than the figuring in the notation! Hope this saves other some time.04/18/2020 at 9:36 pm #15722
Here’s my rendition of Wahine Ilikea for now.Could be slightly slower, but it’s so tempting to start too fast…
Ps. I sent this as audio so that you can concentrate better on music.04/19/2020 at 2:39 am #15724
I love it, and I like your idea about being able to focus on the music more with an audio file, videos are nice but something about just hearing it lets your mind settle on the notes.
What I really like is how well the illusion works, it really sounds like two or even three people playing, especially when you went up to the high variation.
About the pace, I think it sounds good the way you have it but completely understand what you mean about starting in faster than intended. Yesterday I feel I could have played about ten or fifteen BPM slower – if there were hula dancers they’d probably be giving me “stink eye” at the pace I played it. Probably just a little nervousness from playing live in front of everyone. =D
Thanks for sharing. A hui hou!
Alan04/19/2020 at 3:23 am #15725
Mahalo Alan! When I was about 15 I heard classical guitar on radio and what struck me was that it sounded like 2 guitars. Since then my dream has been to sound like that. So your feed back struck my heart! The slower tempo idea comes from listening Uncle Dennis and that I hear some Neil Young behind the song. And when performing one tends to accelerate…
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