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Puamana Hawaiian Steel Guitar Lesson

by Joel Katz on January 8, 2014

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 tuning by moving everything over one string. Pairs of notes played on strings 1 and 2 can be found seven frets higher on strings 2 and 3 in standard C6. Herein lies the advantage of the High G tuning. We sacrifice the low C for the higher notes we need 95% more of the time, and we get them without having to jump up 7 frets.

Here’s Puamana. It’s short and simple and good for beginners. You can hear a demo on my main website


MY Spring 2014 classes

by Joel Katz on 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 are: Beginning Guitar MUS 121 D  TR 9:00-10:15a
Intermediate Guitar MUS 122D     TR 10:30-11:45a
Beginning Ukulele  MUS 121Z  MW 9:00-10:15a
Intro to music technology MUS 271 MW 10:30-11:45a
Digital Recording Techniques MUS 272 F 9:00-11:45a
Hawaiian Steel Guitar MUS 190v S 9:00-11:45a


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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Lahainaluna Tablature for Steel Guitar

July 8, 2013

I just finished this tablature for Lahainaluna for my Saturday Steel Guitar class. I will keep sharing these lessons with any one who is interested. I will post a video demo soon. This one is in C6 tuning with a high G. It makes it way easier in my opinion.Lahainaluna High G C6

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E Naughty Naughty Mai Nei, Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar Lesson

July 3, 2013

I just finished a new tablature for my Hawaiian Steel Guitar class. It is short and fun. This lesson outlines some shapes for the classic 6, 2 5 progressions in Hawaiian music. mp3 audio references are in my lesson dropbox. email me for info.Here is the tab in PDF E Naughty Naughty Mai Nei Here [...]

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My Yellow Ginger Lei Lesson

June 27, 2013

Here is a lesson for beginners C6 tuning from my steel guitar class. I have a video for this on my mauicollege youtube site.   My Yellow Ginger lei forms C6 reg My Yellow Ginger Lei 6 str C6

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Promoting My Recording and Guitar classes for Fall 2013 Semester

May 16, 2013
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I am promoting  my Fall courses. Guitar Level 2 MUS 122D and Digital Recording techniques MUS 272. These are two separate courses that I am teaching at UH Maui College in the Fall. The guitar class is for people that can play a few bar chords and are familiar with basic major, minor and seventh [...]

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My CD “Hawaiian to Jazz” has been nominated for several award categories in the Na Hoku

March 13, 2013

I want to share a link to track six of my CD. The song is “Hali’a” nominated for original instrumental composition of the year. The CD is also in the Best Instrumental CD category. Here is a link to download “Hali’a“. It should also be listed and downloadable on my website Please vote if [...]

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Goodbye Porkpie Hat

January 25, 2013

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

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