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    Default New member here, need a ukulele tune

    I'm a newbie here, and have been playing for a couple years. I'll be traveling to Hawaii to the island of Kauai pretty soon and intend to try out ukuleles when I get the chance.

    I hear these little quick riffs/tunes on the internet, like when looking at ukulele reviews. Where do these come from and where can I find one to play? I need something with a good range of chords, all strumming, and with no singing. I'm still a beginner, but comfortable playing most basic chords. Does anyone have any recommendations for a quick ukulele-tryout song? Or do I just make one up?

    Also, if anyone has any recommendations for stores in Kauai to visit I would appreciate hearing about them. I'm vacationing there and hoping to find a Hawaiian made uke that wants to come home.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by beanie View Post
    Also, if anyone has any recommendations for stores in Kauai to visit I would appreciate hearing about them. I'm vacationing there and hoping to find a Hawaiian made uke that wants to come home.
    Scotty's across from Walmart in Lihue is one of the best stores on all the islands. Definitely worth a visit. Enjoy your trip.

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    Barry Maz did a tutorial on the songs he always plays for his reviews. Can't say I learned it as I hear it way to much as it is!
    (although I keep coming back to hear it again)

    Larry's Music in Kapa'a is full of Kamoa ukes if you ever wanted to try those out. And a second vote for Scotty's.
    Glenn

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    Find a beginner song book and take your pick. I have a "go to" that I learned that way but can't remember the name of it (Ka'ua O'a?).

    The free UU videos (white board sessions, etc.) can be useful too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Barry Maz did a tutorial on the songs he always plays for his reviews. Can't say I learned it as I hear it way to much as it is!
    (although I keep coming back to hear it again)

    Larry's Music in Kapa'a is full of Kamoa ukes if you ever wanted to try those out. And a second vote for Scotty's.
    I think it is best to play the songs YOU normally play, as this will give a better comparison with what you have and give a better indication of the sound YOU will get from that particular instrument.

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    Aloha Steve, as a custom ukulele builder on Kauai, I always enjoy having visitors drop by my shop and talk story about all things ukulele. As a resident I can fill you in on all the island’s ukulele stores and local builders as well as the local features. Kekaha is at the base of Waimea Canyon on the Wild West side of Kauai. Easiest way to contact me is by email.
    Brad
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    bradfordj48@outlook.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    I think it is best to play the songs YOU normally play, as this will give a better comparison with what you have and give a better indication of the sound YOU will get from that particular instrument.
    Yeah, good point, best to stick with what you'll be playing as that will give you a better idea of what you're getting. If you're happy with strumming, that's good enough. If you think you might want to progress into finger style someday, it's good to learn a simple picking riff you like as some ukes sound great strummed but so-so finger picked, or vice versa.
    Glenn

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    Youtube is your friend. Endless ukulele tutorials.
    Just Feel The Groooooove

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    https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/our-essential-kauai-playlist

    1. “Nani Kauai” by Amy Hanaialii
    This traditional Hawaiian language song about “beautiful Kauai” names many of the geological features that make her so, including Mount Waialeale and Nohili, or Barking Sands beach.

    2. “Wade In Your Water” by Common Kings
    With roots in Hawaii, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, reggae-pop group Common Kings embodies the diverse sounds of Island culture. This catchy, feel-good love song will have you grooving in your seat as you drive to your next adventure.

    3. “Hanalei Moon” by Dennis Pavao
    At any time of day, but especially by moonlight, the crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay is a dreamy setting. Skirted by green, waterfall-soaked mountains, this two-mile long beach is well deserving of its own anthem.

    4. “Deep In An Ancient Hawaiian Forest” by Makana
    If you’re looking to meditate or bliss out during a beach yoga session, put on this mystical, melodious track by Hawaii-born slack-key guitarist Makana.

    5. “Blue Hawaii” by Elvis Presley
    This song will take you back to the heyday of Hawaii’s original Hollywood playground: The Coco Palms Resort. It’s where Elvis Presley’s character wed in the 1961 film “Blue Hawaii.” And good news, decades after Hurricane Iniki shuttered the famous Kauai resort in 1992, the hotel is finally being redeveloped.

    6. “Every Little Thing” by J Boog, featuring Fiji
    This festive, upbeat jam by one of Hawaii’s top reggae artists couples perfectly with a mai tai and a beach chair.

    7. “Lilikoi” by Paula Fuga
    Hawaii’s Paula Fuga is a soulful reggae-rock songwriter who plays the ukulele and occasionally sings in Hawaiian. This sweet song about the local passion fruit is from her self-produced debut album by the same name.

    8. “Nohili E” by Makaha Sons of Niihau
    This “merry tune for the heart” is a traditional Hawaiian song performed in the elegant Hawaiian language about the remote Polihale State Park, nestled against the island’s rugged cliffs.

    9. “On a Coconut Island” by Louis Armstrong
    On an island where the county planning code dictates that no building may stand taller than the tallest coconut tree, this song about the romantic, lazy days spent by a pair of castaways is sure to put you in full Kauai relaxation mode.

    10. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoole
    This Hawaiian-style rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by the late, great Hawaiian singer Israel “Bruddah Iz” Kamakawiwoole will have you feeling grateful that the planet includes such an awe-inspiring place like Kauai.

    11. “Nawiliwili” by Chan Abenes
    The song for many hula performances, this upbeat tune about Kauai demands a falsetto range and a backyard luau.

    12. “Hanohano Hanalei” by Alfred Alohikea
    Alfred Alohikea was born in Waipio Valley on Hawaii Island in the late 1880s, but the composer and baritone singer spent most of his life in Hanalei, Kauai. He’s best known today as the composer laureate of the Garden Isle and “Hanohano Hanalei,” is an ode to the north shore town.

    13. “Beach In Hawaii” by Ziggy Marley
    This contemplative slow jam by the Grammy Award-winning reggae artist and son of Bob Marley is best enjoyed as the pink Hawaiian sun dips into the sea.

    14. “Aloha Oe (Farewell To Thee)” by Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders
    As you make your way toward Lihue Airport’s departure gates, find solace in Hawaii’s iconic parting song. Composed by Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, and performed by numerous artists ranging from Tia Carrere to Johnny Cash, the song promises that the pain of separation is only temporary or “until we meet again.”

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    This was sort of discussed in this earlier thread:

    What’s your go to uke Song/Riff?

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-uke-Song-Riff

    One of them should link. If not, cut and paste or search. It's in "Uke Talk."
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