I’ve been playing ukulele off and on for just over a year now and I haven’t really ever played anything Hawaiian during that time. I’m not one of these people that think you should only play Hawaiian music and that everything else is sacrilege but I would like to learn a few songs.
So I started my trawl of the internet and honestly I was hugely disappointed with the amount of Hawaiian material out there to learn from. There’s a few videos on YouTube here and there and there are song sheets with the chords marked on but there’s not an awful lot more unless I’m looking in the wrong places (which I may well be).
What I really want to do is get a few relatively basic songs down but I’d like to get a real feel for the music too. This is where the song sheets aren’t a great deal of use to me, because I don’t know the songs I don’t really know how they should be played. I know I can jump on Youtube for reference but even then my knowledge of the music is so limited that I’m never really sure if I’m listening to what is considered a traditional performance or not.
Diving around in various Ukulele forums I found numerous people mentioning the book He Mele Aloha as the best book to get but I also found several people who had bought the book also struggling as they had no reference to how the songs should sound. He Mele Aloha is pretty difficult to get your hands on in the UK anyway, I can’t find anywhere selling it for a reasonable price.
If you’re a reader of this blog and you know of a resource that could help me then please do either drop me an email or leave a comment it would be hugely appreciated!
The search continues…