Slack key artist Ozzie Kotani reveals in depth how he plays the unique Hawaiian guitar style known as ki ho'alu or slack key. In his refined teaching style, Ozzie demonstrates the fundamentals of the folk tradition in the Taro Patch Tuning, offering extensive hints, options and suggestions. As a supplement to lessons or to complement his best selling book, GUITAR PLAYING HAWAIIAN STYLE, this DVD will be a treasured resource to interested and curious guitarists of all fingerstyles.
Explore ki ho'alu at your own pace with Ozzie as he brings you into the tradition with a focused process and compositions that springboards the viewer into playing slack key with songs such as Kani Ki Ho'alu (The Sound of Slack Key), Molehu (Dusk), and 'Awiwi (Hurry) with on screen tablature. Then, progress to higher levels as Ozzie demonstrates his emphasis on gaining a sense of ownership in the execution of a song, by stepping away from tablature and improvising.
Presentations of "Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua," "Maika'i Ka Makani O Kohala,"
and "Kaula Ili." "This section will challenge and inspire students to
apply what they have learned in the traditional manner by watching,
listening and then experimenting without the use of any notation."
shots and close-ups makes this slack key instructional DVD foundational
and enjoyable for anyone interested in one of the obscurest fingerstyles
still to be explored - from novice to the advanced guitar player. Using
split screen and on screen tablature notation, the student will be able
to follow both hands of respected artist and instructor Ozzie Kotani as
he carefully guides the viewer through the selected songs.
Drawing on a teaching method
crafted while he taught at the University of Hawaii, Ozzie includes
variations, options, and suggestions over the range of subject matters
covered on this, his first, DVD.
Hop aboard and see how easy it
is to start playing guitar Hawaiian style!
Chapters include: Introduction to Slack Key, The History of Slack
Key, Tunings, Taro Patch Tuning, How to Read Tablature Notation,
Techniques and Ornamentations: Vamps, Ritard, Sustain, Barre, Chimes,
Strum, Slides, Pull Offs, Add Ons, Hammers, Right Hand, Left Hand,
Tuning by Frets, Developing a Picking Style; Introduction to Kani Ki
Ho'alu, Kani Ki Ho'alu, Kani Ki Ho'alu Play Along Slowly, Kani Ki Ho'alu
Improvised & Embellished; Open and Closed Positions, Molehu, Molehu
Improvised & Embellished; 'Awiwi; Advanced Feature: This section will
challenge and inspire students to learn in the traditional manner.
Watch, listen and experiment without the use of tablature, Kaula Ili,
Maika'i Ka Makani o Kohala.
"Ozzie is among the most naturally gifted teachers I've ever known. His
instruction is unfailingly clear, engaging, well-presented, and
inspiring - this is pedagogy of the highest rank! Ozzie's teaching
materials are required reading for our ki ho'alu seminar at Stanford -
and our students are lucky, indeed, to have access to his outstanding
mentorship in this beautiful art form."
-Steve Sano, Chair, Department of Music, Stanford University
"Ozzie Kotani is one of the great Hawaiian slack key guitarists. He is
one of the leading educators in slack key having taught slack key
courses at the University of Hawai'i and sharing through private lessons
and workshops. Ozzie continually explores new ways of teaching and
bringing slack key guitar to the public. This DVD is one of the
manifestations of this endeavor."
- George Winston
Ozzie Kotani is a featured artist on the 2006 and 2007 Grammy
Award-winning albums Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Vol. 1 and
Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar-Live from Maui. He was also honored
with the 2004 Na Hoku Hanohano Ki Ho'alu Award.
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