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    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    Yes, the "He Mele Aloha" book is only chords and lyrics, plus a short history of each song. These are all pretty popular songs and you can find performances and/or tutorials on YouTube if you want to hear the rhythm or pronunciations for the lyrics. While Amazon does not carry the book, a lot of independent bookstores and music stores in Hawaii do carry it and they will ship it to you. For example, Kanile'a Ukulele sells the book from the accessories section of their website: https://www.kanileaukulele.com/shop/.../he-mele-aloha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    While digging, it also seems that the book only contains the lyrics and cords, not the music itself. I love the idea of this book, and think it is an amazing reference, but I think it might work better as a companion to other resources.
    Yes, absolutely. If you're learning Hawaiian music you need to listen to a recording a LOT - whether your reference has standard notation or not - before you ever try and learn to play or sing the song, in my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by man0a View Post
    For example, Kanile'a Ukulele sells the book from the accessories section of their website: https://www.kanileaukulele.com/shop/.../he-mele-aloha
    Great find! It really is too bad they discontinued the spiral binding...
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    Unless I missed it, I haven't seen one of my favorites: E Ku'u Morning Dew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    I recommend a book called He Mele Aloha, which contains more than 200 Hawaiian songs. He Mele Aloha only has chords and lyrics, but you can find videos for most of the songs in the book on YouTube in order to learn the melodies.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cluze View Post
    While digging, it also seems that the book only contains the lyrics and cords, not the music itself. I love the idea of this book, and think it is an amazing reference, but I think it might work better as a companion to other resources. I obviously don't have a copy, but I thought I would pass along what I had uncovered.
    Ten years ago, someone made a list of the songs in the He Mele Aloha book in another forum and posted a link to a YouTube recording for each song. Some of the YouTube videos are gone now, but this seems to be a good place to start.
    http://www.taropatch.net/forum/topic...03&whichpage=1

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    Yes, the He Mele Aloha book is a must! Expensive. But, worth every penny. Along with that, you must go over to Steven Espaniola's YouTube channel. He has been going through the book with uke lessons! He is also a teacher BTW. And you might follow him on the FaceBook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/269530227903403
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farkvam View Post
    Some good suggestions here! OpihiMan, your post is all Greek to me. I'm impressed! It's a bit daunting to think of learning lyrics in a language that is foreign to me, but the uke is inspiring me.
    Go for it bro! Check out some Youtube videos to help with pronunciation. Also, I forgot "Hawaii Aloha" which is an anthem.

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    The He Mele Aloha book is great. However I bought a softcover version which is difficult to impossible to use on a music stand. So make sure you will buy a spiral bound copy.

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    Wow, this songbook seems quite a favorite. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    I have the printed He Mele book which I use a lot, notes all over to help me sing the songs. When I discovered the Kindle version I also purchased it to have on my iPad. It really helps to have it, at least for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Bordessa View Post
    Yes, absolutely. If you're learning Hawaiian music you need to listen to a recording a LOT - whether your reference has standard notation or not - before you ever try and learn to play or sing the song, in my opinion.
    Plus one on this suggestion. Most of the songs I can sing from memory are the ones I listened to over and over when I was a kid in school.
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