There are certain songs in Hawaiian music that work very well for and are embraced by slack key guitarists. Maori Brown Eyes is one of those. It’s an easy piece, but with much room to improvise and run licks. It’s also great on the ‘ukulele, as shown by Troy Fernandez on his Hawaiian Style ‘Ukulele album.
Here’s my tab of the melody in C. Very basic, but a great frame for building a solo arrangement or practicing precise timing with a metronome.
My brother decided to tote his camera along to this year’s Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop. He put together a video montage of some of the classes, performances, and good times we had during camp. I can’t wait for next year!
To me, James Hill is the most exciting guy in ‘ukulele. Not because of the crazy hip-hop stuff he plays with chopsticks or his killer version of Billie Jean, but because of his original music. He dabbles a little here and does a great album, dabbles a little there and does a great album. Each record evolves to have a slightly different theme, always with that big stamp of signature James.
James’s upcoming album is looking to be his deepest project yet. He’s hired a producer this go around and is recording at the “New Scotland Yard” to 2″ tape. In order to fund recording an album like this he’s looking for some help securing advance monetary contributions. On his website there are five different levels of support packages you can put your money behind. Each price point adds goodies to the last, building a stockpile of cool rewards that range from an early-release, autographed copy of the album to an exclusive copy of the rough demos and a personal thank you video (he’ll even play you a song!).
Happy New Year! I hope this year sees even more ‘ukulele players spreading messages of peace, love, and unity.
I’m going to kick off the fresh 365 here on Live ‘Ukulele with five – I repeat – five new tabs! They are all pretty simple, short, and familiar. Perfect for the beginning/intermediate player.
Amazing Grace- One of those songs that everybody seems to cover. From Victor Wooten to the Dropkick Murphys, the renditions are endless. This tab is just a simple version of the melody, but a great place to get yourself familiar with the 3/4 time signature.
Oh Susanna - The traditional favorite by Stephen Foster. Easy picking and chords in F.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat – A contender for the simplest song on Live ‘Ukulele. Also a great introduction to triplets without you knowing it!
Take Me Out To The Ballgame – The most interesting piece of songwriting in this collection. I made it a solo arrangement that combines the 3/4 clever chord changes with the melody.