Makika means mosquito in Olelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian Language)

This is a good fun – advanced piece where your slack key guitar will imitate the sound of a mosquito by using slur (hammer on and pull off ) type ornamentation to musically illustrate the sound a mosquito makes when he is buzzingaround you. Think of this idea as you approach the piece.

Despite its whimsical nature, Makika is a solid piece with an interesting melody.

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The key to the musicality of Makika lies in the smooth execution of the ornamentation coupled with clear elucidation of melodic sections. Start at a slower tempo and gradually build up speed as you begin to get the piece “in your hands”.

  • Level: Advanced
  • Tempo: Moderate – Fast
  • Tuning: F Wahine or Leonards’ F
  • Length: 2:20
  • 4 pages

Be sure and refer to Keola’s video lesson notes of this piece. Listed below are some of the techniques and concepts covered in this detailed lesson:

  • Slurs or Hammer On’s and Pull Offs
  • Triplets

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Lesson Resources

Tuning: Audio for F Wahine or Leonard’s F

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