Hawaiian Steel Guitar

Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Kea Lani Wedding, Mike Sidney Photo

This is the beautiful sound of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. This instrument’s unique sound will immediately transport listeners to the days of old Hawaii with gentle breezes and a relaxed feeling of Aloha. This is the perfect solo instrumental background music for your reception, wedding, cocktails, and dining. Acoustic guitar for a wedding ceremony followed by Hawaiian Steel Guitar for a reception is a popular combination.

playing with a steel bar

playing with a steel bar


 
Hawaiian Steel Guitar is the technique of playing a guitar with a metal bar. This evolved in Hawaii around 1885 and became the sound of Hawaiian music the world knows for many decades to come. Both the instrument used and playing technique is different from Slack Key guitar, which is a regular guitar tuned down to an open chord and played with fingers.
 
I have been performing professionally on Maui for 30 years. I am also the instructor in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, guitar, ukulele, and audio technology programs at the University of Hawaii Maui College and head the award winning Seaside Recording Studio. I am passionate about carrying on the tradition of this rare instrument and style. My first CD “Hawaiian to Jazz” was a Finalist for “Instrumental Album of the Year” in the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
My most recent CD release (January 2015) “Adventures in Hawaiian Steel Guitar” is now available. This CD is a Finalist for our Hawaii “Na Hoku” awards for Jazz Album of the year and for my audio engineering on the project! The music on that CD is a lovely blend of Hawaiian style and smooth jazz. You will find a selection of demos of some of the songs here. You can click on a play arrow to hear my samples and even download them.
For these Demos I created a subtle backing track playing upright bass and ukulele in the classic style. I use these to give a consistent outstanding sound in live performances.

You can be assured of always getting professionalism and the appropriate tasteful performance for your function and venue.

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