“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful experience in your Hawaiian Songs 1 class. I did not expect to learn as many useful techniques for playing ukulele Hawaiian style, plus learning some very challenging strums. The selection of traditional Hawaiian songs was great, and your presentation was excellent. Perhaps the best part of the class is that it was fun. I am looking forward to the Hawaiian Songs 2 class. Mahalo nui loa.” —-Kip Bowley (standing far right), Maui, 27 August, 2016.
“Thanks for allowing me into your Hawaiian songs class. I mainly signed up for this class in hopes of improving my performance of Hawaiian songs and especially trying to improve my Olapa strumming technique. This class has helped me with the pronunciation of the Hawaiian language in son and the different strums. All the information about the background of the songs has been so educational for me. I look forward to more classes in the future. Thanks again!! Mahalo.” —Charles Calvan (sitting far right), Maui, 27 August, 2016.
I received the above written comments about my Hawaiian Songs for ‘Ukulele One class that met on four Mondays for 2-hours each day at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We used my newly revised ‘Ukulele Strums for Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Volume One packaged set with book/DVD/CD for the curriculum. Eleven students signed up, with half being brand new students. All but one student is continuing into the next class, which I feel is a great testament.
Here are the songs we learned with the name of the unique ukulele strum:
1. Aloha ‘Oe with Morse Code Strum.
2. Hula O Makee with ‘Olapa Strum.
3. Ku’uipo I Ka He’e Pu’e One with Pick in 4 and Latin Strums.
4. Makalapua with I Wanna Rest Strum.
5. On The Beach At Waikiki with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
6. Sanoe with Waltz Strum: Thumb Strum Up and Pick in 6 Strum.
The next Hawaiian songs for ‘ukulele class starts Monday, August 29 and uses the newly revised ‘Ukulele Strums for Nostalgic Hawaiian Songs Volume Two packaged set with book/DVD/CD for the curriculum.
Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele