Many thanks to Jon Woodhouse for his wonderful review of my new “Adventures in Hawaiian Steel Guitar” CD. I think Jon really grasped what I am doing musically on this project and expressed some of the interesting points in our phone conversation. This was in the Maui Scene in the Maui News Thursday, March 19. Click on the image to view, or on the blue link for quality pdf file.
I neglected to give proper photo credit to Sean Michael Hower. You can purchase the CD for just $10.00 on my website or contact me for a download.


Here Comes the Sun Ukulele demo

by Joel Katz on August 21, 2014

Makena Wedding UkuleleHere’s a demo for a wedding that I just did. I may make a tablature for this for my class.


Cannon in D for Hawaiian Steel Guitar

July 30, 2014

I’ve had requests for this song for weddings so I decided to adapt it for Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Here is my first attempt. I’ll continue to develop some of the variations. The key of D opens up many possibilities for the bar pull offs you hear which really sound nice if you can let other [...]

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A busy week for Steel guitar

June 30, 2014

I’m looking forward to a busy week of Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Come check me out at the public performances. Tonight, Hyatt Tihati Luau, Wednesday Mulligans, Thursday Ko at the Kea Lani, Wailuku First Friday, Saturday and Sunday at old Lahaina luau. George Kahumoku’s workshop week was fantastic and I recommend it to anyone who wants [...]

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June 5, 2014

Here’s tablature and a Demo of my lesson for Miloli’i for lap steel. Contact me for chord shapes for vocal accompanymentMilolii lyrics and Tab C6 Hi G(2) Audio demo for Miloli’i      ©

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Keanae on Hawaiian Steel Guitar

May 20, 2014

Keanae positions and Tab This is a Fun and fairly simple song I did in my Hawaiian Steel Guitar class this semester. I show the melody in tablature and also some positions to accompany the vocal. We use a C6 tuning with a High G string, a very versatile tuning for Hawaiian music. High to [...]

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Puamana Hawaiian Steel Guitar Lesson

January 8, 2014
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I’ll be doing quite a bit more work on my steel guitar lessons. I am going to teach in a C6 tuning with a High G string. This tuning has an advantage over the standard C6 tuning, in my opinion, for accompaniment and chord solos for Hawaiian style. You can adapt this to a standard C6 [...]

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MY Spring 2014 classes

November 26, 2013

I would like to promote some of the classes I will be teaching at Maui College in the Spring Semester beginning January 13. These are accredited college courses and anyone can take them! They are a great value at around $200 for 40 hours of instruction. Call me for details 808-280-0722 and My classes [...]

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lap Steel

July 28, 2013

Here’s a version of Somewhere over the Rainbow that I have been working on for Lap Steel. The tablature paper is for my 8 string tuning, but if you look at it I only used the middle 6 strings which is a standard C6. Enjoy Rainbow web demo July 2013 Somewhere Over the Rainbow 6 [...]

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Acoustic Guitar for Wedding Ceremonies

July 18, 2013
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