Here's a wordy song about musical stardom with one of the most well-known strumming intros of the era. Mr. Jones uses a clever minor progression in A minor that changes to C major for the chorus. The chords are pretty [...]
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Any ‘ukulele that you buy is an investment. Here are some updated tips to protect that investment.
This is a Hawaiian standard written by Edith Kanaka'ole about picking seaweed. Hapa popularized it on their self-titled debut and it has since become the contemporary version everyone turns to. Uluwehi O Ke Kai has only three chords and follows [...]
August was mellow. Sometimes that's good. Here are the posts that trailed across the front page this month: Review: Moment By John Nash Interview With Andrew Kitakis from Hawai'i Music Supply Shine On by John Cruz Puff The Magic Dragon [...]
A look at a brand new release from a new 'ukulele player on the block. Moment is an album of seven original solo 'ukulele tunes from John Nash.
It's become workshop season! A time of year I look forward to when instructors are confirmed, campers get back in touch, and plans are made for the week in Pahala. This year the teaching lineup at the Kahumoku 'Ohana Music [...]
The title of this video on Youtube is "Julian Egan slaughtering a James Taylor song called You Got A Friend." I don't think "slaughtering" has made its way into pop lingo as a positive expression, but "killing it" has. Let's [...]
When comes to great, simple writing in the contemporary Hawaiian genre, it's hard to beat John Cruz. He's a master of doing interesting things with easy chords while keeping his melodies catchy. Acoustic Soul is Cruz's first album and contains [...]
It's been a long time coming, getting these two together on stage. Here are a few videos that showed up on Youtube. I really liked seeing the musical interaction when both were out of their comfort zone playing the others [...]
If you have UAS and do any amount of 'ukulele research online you are probably familiar with Hawai’i Music Supply and The Ukulele Site. The man behind them is Andrew Kitakis who I interview here about his work.