B3. “Nani Kaʻala” Solo Arrangement 1

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  1. Cosie, your playing is graceful, relaxed and confident. Loved your use of harmonized 6ths and slides. Beautifully played. Thanks for posting your video.

  2. Avatar for Cosie Cosie says:

    Thank you, Bob! I dappled in a few arrangements before, but this one is completely my own. Aside from the arrangement, I have internalized this song and I feel it will be a great companion for life. I didn’t know I had it in me but thanks to Brad, who put me to the challenge, I am having a lot of good fun with this lesson. It’s great to see others here on this forum taking on the challenge to use the ear more. I greatly appreciate all the wonderful resources Brad is providing to help make it happen for us. Ho’o mele!

  3. This is wonderful! Your right hand is doing an amazing job with the alternating bass - very strong. Great to see the 6ths too.

  4. Avatar for Cosie Cosie says:

    Mahalo nui, Brad. Couldn’t have done it without your courses. So many goodies. You added more to the 6th sense course then when it first came out. The 6ths have never been explained more clearly. I’m diving in like a bee to honey water. I’m using a lot of 6ths in my arrangement of Aloha Ka Manini. Having a lot of fun. It’s like you said in your Feb 17 podcast… not having to read a sheet of music eliminates that extra step of mind to sheet and replaces it with a direct connect to the music in your own arrangements. It’s a wonderful feeling that I’ve been wanting but was hard to achieve with my dependence on sheet music. I’m discovering a sweet new direct connection now … heart to uke! :revolving_hearts:

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  • Bo Lusk Feb 3, 2023

    For me the easiest way to get the G note over the G7 chord is to hold a standard G7 and then swing my pinky finger over to the 3rd fret of the E string. My index finger is already in place on the F note so I’m less prone to forgetting that small change in the melody over the G7. It also lets the chord ring out longer while I pick.

    • Brad Bordessa Feb 5, 2023

      This is a perfectly fine solution if it works for you. I know a lot of folks struggle with “pinky-first” playing like this, but it’s great if you can do it. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Patrice Leguy Mar 11, 2023

      Same for me ! And from F to G, there’s place to make a light slide, which I find nice…