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    Question Typical Hawaii chords?

    I'm looking for some typical Hawaii chords on the ukulele, and maybe some good finger-picking-Hawaii-style riffs

    Thanks for any help

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    Good topic, so many people around here go for non-Hawaiian music that we forget were the uke first got popular, as for chords, its a bit hard to isolate any one chord as island sounding, but I can definately help you with some links
    http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/c....cgi?pid=music
    that should help, the tablature section has quite a few riffs in it
    for higher end stuff, the dominator is always a great choice
    http://dominator.ukeland.com/index2.shtml
    its not all hawaiin but a good portion is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citrus View Post
    Good topic, so many people around here go for non-Hawaiian music that we forget were the uke first got popular, as for chords, its a bit hard to isolate any one chord as island sounding, but I can definately help you with some links
    http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/c....cgi?pid=music
    that should help, the tablature section has quite a few riffs in it
    for higher end stuff, the dominator is always a great choice
    http://dominator.ukeland.com/index2.shtml
    its not all hawaiin but a good portion is
    I was just thinking to suggest tropical storm hawaii
    I can confirm if you're looking for hawaiian songs that's the place to be

    And if you want a really FUN hawaiian song to learn with a lot of picking I suggest you check out Guava Jam by the Kaau Crater Boys.

    Aldrine has a video of this song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cja2yJRMz0
    And Dominator has the tablature for it though it is slightly different from aldrine's.
    Link is in Citrus's post above :]

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    Get yourself one of the instructional books by Herb Ohta, Jr. Cool hawaiian licks and tunes.

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    Take a look at Live 'Ukulele.

    http://liveukulele.com/

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    Aldrine also did a Uke Minutes on Hawaiian vamps. http://ukuleleunderground.com/2009/0...awaiian-vamps/
    -KP (aka KC8AFW)

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    A and E are the only chords you can use because B,C,D, F and G do not exist in the Hawaiian alphabet.

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    Just play D7-G7-C until you turn green around the cheeks. Works for me, the only downturn is that you sacrifice some of your social life (friends, family, goodwill, the supposedly unrelenting loyalty of your dog). But boy, do you get da aina running in your veins!

    sigs disabled kthxbai

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    Cool! Thanks for your answers!
    I'll try out some Hawaii music now

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    A good book to check out is "Ukulele Slack Key" by David Heaukulani:
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Uku.../9781432706258

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73LdBZOd3QU

    Mainly for baritone, it can be played on any uke (with a few alterations of the chords and such, but Uncle Dave explains it all).

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