Let’s review the simple tools that you will need.

  1. A guitar (nothing fancy – any guitar will do: electric, acoustic, nylon, steel string – it doesn’t matter!)
  2. PDF Reader (or similar software) to download and view my PDF tablature and music files.
  3. A modern web browser to hear me demonstrate the pieces you’ll be studying. I recommend using Safari (Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Chrome (Mac, Windows), or Firefox (Mac, Windows). Make sure the browser is fully updated
  4. A Pono attitude or consciousness. You must learn to play with aloha in your heart. Slack-key is filled with the beauty and mysticism of the Hawaiian culture. To get the most out of your lessons, come with respect for its traditions and an openess in your heart.

If you don’t have these software items, take a moment now to download them and configure yourbrowser.

If you don’t have a guitar, there are some good quality student guitars you can purchase to getyou started. If you are purchasing a student guitar, go to your local music store and ask for a “Godin”. This is a company that makes guitars from the forests of the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada. Ask to see the “La Patrie” models. They are truly excellent values. Although I haven’t tried this personally, there is the ADM Full Size Classical Nylon Strings Acoustic Guitar with excellent reviews, available for a great price.

Generally, a good quality student guitar can cost @ $350.00. Remember that it doesn’t matter what kind of guitar you have. When you are first starting out, nylon strings seem a little easier on the fingers than steel strings. Generally, you’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to the type of string you’re playing. If you are starting off with a steel string guitar, don’t worry, you’ll be fine.

If you experience any technical difficulties, please use the Contact Us form linked in the sidebar.

Are you ready? To take your first lesson from me, begin by starting with Fundamentals.

with Aloha,