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    Lightbulb Looking for a uke teacher in Hawaii

    Howzit! My name's Miles, I'm a general music & strings teacher in Boston MA. Primarily a cellist, but have learned/taught myself viola, violin, bass, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. I would consider myself a solid intermediate-level player, past chucking on major/minor chords but not yet playing difficult melodic/fingerpicking pieces.

    I'm planning a trip to Oahu in February, and would love to take a ukulele master class or two. I'm looking for someone who grew up/trained in Hawaii or who is a traditional Hawaiian music expert. Would love to talk not only about uke technique, but singing & pronunciation in Hawaiian as well.

    My internet search has led me to the Hawaiian Culture Center, which lists a few amazing teachers: http://en.poepoehcc.com/ukulele/private/

    Do you know of any ukulele teachers in Hawaii (any island--but Moloka'i would be a bonus!) that seem to fit my criteria? Or know anyone who might know someone? I'd love their contact info! If not, I'm going to start emailing UH Manoa music faculty and see if anyone can steer me in the right direction.

    Mahalo!

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    Welcome Miles!

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    Welcome to UU Miles
    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    I see Byron Yasui listed. I took some workshops with him a number of years back. I can't say enough about his great skill as a player and teacher. He has an amazing ability to break things down and explain them in a very clear and understandable way. He would be a great choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    I see Byron Yasui listed. I took some workshops with him a number of years back. I can't say enough about his great skill as a player and teacher. He has an amazing ability to break things down and explain them in a very clear and understandable way. He would be a great choice.
    Thank you EDW!! Incredibly helpful.

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    Hi Miles, and welcome. In addition to Byron Yasui, Bryan Tolentino is also on the PoePoe list and he's great - I had an impromptu lesson with him in the Kamaka parking lot some years back and still remember what I learned.

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    Methinks the Hawaiian Culture Center swings strongly towards well-heeled Japanese "cultural" tourists. You might try hitting up some of the teachers listed individually as they're all freelancers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    Methinks the Hawaiian Culture Center swings strongly towards well-heeled Japanese "cultural" tourists. You might try hitting up some of the teachers listed individually as they're all freelancers.
    Thanks, I will probably do that. I did find other sites/places that I would say are falling into the 'tourist trap' situation, was hoping this isn't one but their prices are quite significant, compared to what I'm used to. Not outside the realms of possibility though. Thanks!

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    contact Hawaii Music Supply/The Ukulele Site and ask for contact info for Aaron Crowell.
    Aaron has taken over HMS' Hawaii Music School and has several YouTube videos you
    can check out.

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

    MP3s: http://www.mediafire.com/?50db7nls4o6m6
    Ukulele Boot Camp, FREE Songbook, Holiday, Hawaiian & More: http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com
    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0o6id06c06...20TAB.pdf?dl=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    contact Hawaii Music Supply/The Ukulele Site and ask for contact info for Aaron Crowell.
    Aaron has taken over HMS' Hawaii Music School and has several YouTube videos you
    can check out.

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod nails it again! Aaron is a great suggestion. Plus, you get to hang out at HMS.
    Why me?
    "Some people see the hand of God in their lives, some only the finger."
    - Evan Eisenberg, Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2006, p. 151.

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