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Today we are going to learn how to play a finger style, chord melody version of the song Aloha ‘Oe. This would be considered a great beginner finger style ukulele tutorial, not a beginner song per se, you don’t want this to be the very first thing you ever learn when you pick up an ukulele, but once you have played for a little while and you are ready to venture out into the wonderful world of chord melody this would be a perfect candidate. The song is Hawaiian folk song written circa 1878 by Liliʻuokalani, who was the Princess of the Hawaiian Kingdom at the time she wrote this song. How cool is that? Not only is it her most famous song but the song itself is an actual cultural symbol for Hawai’i and the Hawaiian people. Seriously think about that. Imagine if Prince Harry wrote a song on some lesser known instrument that was extremely popular in the UK, but not the rest of the world, that not only become a popular song for the prince, but become a cultural symbol for all of the United Kingdom… dude! For even more perspective she was the last sovereign monarch of the island was western interest in both the islands geographically location for naval might, but also for its sugar.
The play-along has the lyrics in English, that wasn’t meant to be disrespectful to all the Hawaiian’s out there, I was just having more trouble getting the melody and the lyrics to match in the native Hawaiian tongue, and I thought it would be better for me to do it in English than it would be to butcher the beautiful Hawaiian language.
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Aloha Oe – Traditional Hawaiin Ukulele Music – Fingerstyle/Chord Melody Tutorial