This is one of my favorite taro-patch (intermediate) guitar solos. It's exceptional...
Mino'aka means "smile" in ʻŌlelo Hawai’i. I wrote this song to remind myself (and all of us!) how important the simple act of smiling is.
If you really think about it…. you’ll discover a scientifically proven fact that a smile can change the energy of our own being. This is because the physical act of smiling signals our brains to produce endorphins. A smile also eases our way forward in a complex world and helps creates the path for aloha. A smile, like music, brings people closer together.
Isn’t is great to walk into a room and feel the warmth of camaraderie and aloha? A smile can help make this possible. Don’t underestimate it!
Mino'aka is a sweet, kind of reflectively wistful piece. I am sure you will enjoy exploring it.
me ke aloha
- Level: Intermediate
- Tempo: Moderate
- Tuning: Taro Patch
- Length: 2:48
- 54 Bars / 4 pages
This detailed lesson is for members of kbeamer.com. Listed below are some of the guitar techniques covered in this lesson:
- Traditional Hawaiian Slack Key Bass
- Melodic phrase identification & vibrato in kī hōʻalu
- the Hawaiian Vamp
- Building from phrases
- inner voicing
- the uhhh.. squeak
After you have finished this piece, play it for somebody you love! Or want to love! Congratulations! Now is your chance to go on to a wonderful piece called Papa's Okolehao
Audio File: m4a Audio Mino‘aka
Tablature: PDF of Mino‘aka
Audio Note 1: m4a Audio notes for Bars 1 - 14 of this lesson
Audio Note 2: m4a Audio notes for the chorus of this lesson
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