This mele is based on a chant by King Liholiho about a kapu or restricted beach area in Waialua on the island of O’ahu that was set to music by Charles E. King. The first Taro Patch tuning vamp we have studied is used extensively in this lovely song. Practice keeping the alternate bass pattern steady and bring out the shifting harmonies between G and D7 chords by changing bass notes from the 5th to 6th strings. G in on the open 5th string and D is on the open 6th string.
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