A3. Hawaiian Song Structure & Vamps

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  1. I’ve got to tell yah, I was busy playing Mozart on my Uke when I stumbled upon your courses. I had no interest in Hawaiian music. You had me intrigued enough to enroll and now have me sold. Again, I love your teaching style and the production quality of your product. I too will be referring back to these lessons again-and-again until memorized :-). Thanks, —Brian

  2. Lots of old Hawaiian music is very classical influenced. Especially the compositions by royalty (Liliʻuokalani is most well known and arguably the best, but many aliʻi were composers) are very much in that vein.

    This is a fabulous new project by one of our very best musicians looking back on some of those early compositions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n91mo5cpwYk. “He Mele Lāhui Hawaiʻi” by Liliʻuokalani (and on this album) to me is one of the most beautiful compositions I’ve ever heard.

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  • Mark Troy Feb 19, 2023

    Aloha Brad,
    i’m going to come back to this lesson often until I learn how to pick the vamp. The way you pick the vamp really gives it a Hawaiian sound.

  • Patrice Leguy Feb 28, 2023

    Same for me ! I like that picking vamp, trying to analyze what you are doing but it’s fast ! I got something quite ok but improvable …. Could you share your picking pattern please ?

    • Brad Bordessa Mar 1, 2023

      I do it differently every time I play it here I think! If there’s one you like the sound off best, try clicking the gear icon in the video player and slowing down the video. Should allow you to see the pattern. Let me know if you have specific questions after some examination.

  • Patrice Leguy Mar 1, 2023

    You’ re totally right ! It’s not the spirit of your course to get tab and appropriation is a fun part of the « challenge ». Mahalo !