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thumbstruck
Ahonui

USA
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Posted - 01/21/2021 :  11:57:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How many you guys playing more ki ho'alu at home 'cause of da 'rona?

Maliko
Lokahi

USA
112 Posts

Posted - 01/27/2021 :  05:37:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am ONLY playing kī hō'alu at home with da 'rona (sigh). I have been playing along with facebook/zoom/youtube sessions from various artists, which helps, but is no substitute for in-person kanikapila.

Put da "pila" back in "Kanikapila"
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
400 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2021 :  09:27:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I still rotate through ki hoalu among my other guitar and ukulele playing. I too miss kanikapila, but we will resume ukulele jam circles in the backyard once it gets warm enough to play outdoors again, in a few weeks.

It has been awfully quiet here in da 'Patch lately.
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Maliko
Lokahi

USA
112 Posts

Posted - 01/30/2021 :  10:03:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, it has been quiet here. Going to be moving in March to new house on a private airfield with great kanikapila spaces. In the meantime, packing and playing along with on-line performances....

Put da "pila" back in "Kanikapila"
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
400 Posts

Posted - 02/08/2021 :  09:58:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I envy you living on an airfield, especially if you live above or next to your own hangar. I always wanted to do that back when we were flying. In Anchorage a hangar routinely cost more than the plane. Alas, my PIC days are history. It is just as well that we did not buy into a fly-in community when we moved back to America.

My slack-key playing has been limited lately. I have a new guitar that is exceptionally sensitive to string type, so I am fully occupied testing different string types in standard tuning. As a set is nearly dead and ready for replacement anyway, I start working through my alternate tuning repertoire. Tuning up and down quickly kills the tone of strings, so I either keep a guitar dedicated to a given tuning, or work through my various tunings at the end of useful string life.
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
400 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2021 :  05:08:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I got out my one remaining koa guitar and played it for an hour last night. Mostly I play my array of carbon fiber guitars these days, but it was nice to touch base with wood again.

Tomorrow will be backyard guitar and ukulele club jams in the afternoon, with nice sunny weather expected.
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thumbstruck
Ahonui

USA
2086 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2021 :  11:35:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I played on FB with Kermet, and also backed him up at a gig for Alaska Air Lines (5 stewardesses were hula dancers). Good to jam and play.
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
400 Posts

Posted - 03/28/2021 :  09:47:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am SO sunburned today on my face. The guitar buddies came over before 1 pm, then the ukulele club showed up at 3 pm. We played in the sunny backyard until after 5 pm, totaling 4½ hours for me. I forgot my sunscreen, and coming out of winter had not spent more than 90 minutes outdoors for several months. Today I am paying the price.
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basilking
Lokahi

124 Posts

Posted - 03/30/2021 :  07:06:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice to see at least a little activity here. The majority of this forum looks like it's on life-support.
I still play slack-key on '20 0-18K, will often tune to slack on whichever other guitar's in-hand on a given day too. We had our 2nd jabs 2 wks ago but are still being cautious. Spring is springing in AZ tho'!
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Earl
Lokahi

USA
400 Posts

Posted - 03/31/2021 :  11:49:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Earl's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yup, it's pretty quiet here these days. But a few of us keep it going.

My wife and I are both vaccinated (my second shot is next week but she got a one-shot J & J version six weeks ago). She is on the plane back from Phoenix right now. It was the first time in a year that she was able to visit her mom in the nursing home, so she took the opportunity while it was there.

I envy you playing a 1920 O-18K - that must be really sweet! I have a couple of guitars dedicated to alternate tunings, and they get most of my ki ho'alu time. As a set of strings nears the end of its tonal life, I work though all seven of my tunings on one guitar because there is nothing left to lose tonally on that set. Going between tunings is a skill unto itself.
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