Where can I learn to play traditional instruments in Hawaii?
March 7, 2011 12:13 PM Subscribe
I'm travelling to Hawaii this summer and want to spend a couple of days learning ukulele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar in the traditional Hawaiian style. I have some music background so I'm looking for more than just a tourist novelty class. Any suggestions from local experts?
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I'm a keen amateur musician who's taking a trip to Hawaii for the first time this summer.
I'm really excited by the idea of spending some time (1-2 days) learning ukelele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar (which I've read are the main traditional Hawaiian instruments.)
Do you know of any courses or teachers who could provide a short intense tutorial?
I'm competent on acoustic guitar and a few other instruments so I hope I could pick up the basics pretty quickly and get a feel for the instruments. I'm hoping for something a bit more substantial than a generic tourist class (but even that would be much better than nothing!)
I haven't yet decided which island I'll be staying on, so suggestions for any of them are welcome.
Also, apart from being a big Israel Kamikawiwo'ole fan I don't yet know many Hawaiian artists - so listening suggestions would also be very welcome.