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Earl
`Olu`olu

USA
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Posted - 12/18/2023 :  12:16:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I recently got back to slack key after being distracted by other things.
As I worked through my playlist, I got to Queen's Jubilee, which I *think* was learned from an Ozzie Kotani book or maybe a video. It was completely gone -- I could not even recall the basic melody or fake my way through. A couple of days later after some deep thought, it came back, and playing it a few times smoothed out the rough edges and hitches again.

Note to self: Do NOT ever let 3-4 months go by without refreshing the repertoire! Gotta keep it under the fingers. I'm 64 now and have been quite busy with challenging work of late. Maybe it was a senior moment, or just being very tired. Second note to self: RETIRE!

Edited by - Earl on 12/18/2023 12:17:33 PM

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Ahonui

USA
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Posted - 12/19/2023 :  10:23:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Use the music muscles! Keep music on in the background while doing chores, etc.
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rleach
Akahai

USA
75 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2023 :  05:40:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do that Thumb. I have Masters of Hawaiian Music ( several volumes ) playing through the barn every day when I'm cleaning stalls etc. Keeps everything fresh ( pun intended ).LOL

Ron Leach
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Ahonui

USA
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Posted - 12/22/2023 :  2:11:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ron, I've found that when I listen to music while doing things other than music, I hear and listen differently and catch things I missed.
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Earl
`Olu`olu

USA
501 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2023 :  07:20:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Having music generically in the background can put me in the mood to play. But unless I hear that specific tune, it doesn't help me remember it or keep it under my fingers. I should record myself playing, but is seems narcissistic to play my own recording on repeat. Playing is the only answer -- and a good one.
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Ahonui

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2023 :  07:42:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Find someone to jam with. It keeps things fresher and helps timing.
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Earl
`Olu`olu

USA
501 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2023 :  06:03:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I jam with people all the time, thumbs. Unfortunately it's not Hawaiian music -- more bluegrass and classic country/rock for old geezers like me. Between folks moving back to Hawaii and deaths over the last two years, the local Hawaiian community has dissipated again. The hula halau does not want to dance with live music, preferring recordings. For island music, it is pretty isolated here in Idaho. Slack key is something I do for myself. I even dropped out of the local ukulele club that I founded in 2008. For them hapa haole tunes was almost too much of a reach. "Tiny Bubbles" was as far as I could take them. They were suspicious of "Koke'e" and "Wahine Ilikea", and I ended up singing those solo, although they would strum along.
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Ahonui

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Posted - 12/27/2023 :  07:02:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I understand. Even here, "Koke'e" was played way too slow - I told'em to go back and listen to Dennis' job. People easily get into ruts. For your Country groups, tell them that slack key is Hawaiian Bluegrass. BTW, "Tiny Bubbles" is a Country song written in California. Don Ho liked it and translated it into Hawaiian.
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rleach
Akahai

USA
75 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2024 :  04:58:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hau'oli Makahiki Hou everyone in the Patch !

Ron Leach
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