My Fall Semester Music Classes at Maui College

by Joel Katz on May 18, 2016

Registration is open now for the Fall semester at Maui college. Classes run from the end of August to early December. I am teaching several music classes and anyone can register. Here’s a summary. Contact me for more details 280-0722

Beginning ‘Ukulele MW 9:00 AM-10:45

Beginning Guitar T Th 9:00 AM-10:45

Intro Music Technology MW 10:30-11:45,
Learn about recording software, editing, acoustics, and microphones. You will have your own computer in a lab for mixing and editing projects.

Contemporary Performance and Recording Fridays 9AM-noon.
Collaborate with other students to produce a CD of our songs. Learn how to do an efficient recording process and song arrangement.

Intermediate Guitar, Ukulele, and Steel Guitar. T Th 10:30-11:45
We could use a bass player too. The focus of this class is more on playing technique rather than the recording process. Learn more advanced chords and musical technique along with how to arrange parts in playing with varied instruments

Check out other music classes. Here is a link to the class availability site

Maui college website


Akaka falls

by Joel Katz on March 20, 2016

Akaka Falls Full lyrics 3

This is a beautiful song. I hope you like this arrangement. Note the time signature and High G tuning. I don’t think I used the first string so those of you in standard C6 can ignore the top line of the tab.

Akaka Falls Full lyrics 3.

Think of it in 3/4 or 6/8.

This is my bar position sheet. The fret numbers under the chords give an elementary approach to playing a simple accompaniment if you are singing. The positions tab is NOT in the order of the chord progression. Please experiment with the alternate chord positions to create accompaniment variations.

Akaka Falls lyric bar positions

I have a backing track to play it to with a sample on my first CD. I hope to work on my book this summer.


Sand for C6 tuning Lap Steel. Modified for D11 tuning

February 23, 2016

This is a work on progress. Please try it out and let me know what you think. I’ll make a video demo once it’s done. This is similar to what I played on my first CD, Probably better because I was really a beginner then. I adapted my standard C6 tuning with a high G. […]

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My Yellow Ginger Lei C6 High G Lap Steel

January 26, 2016

My Yellow Ginger Lei 6 hi G rev 3 Here is my revised version of My Yellow Ginger Lei. This is a beginner chart for a simple introduction to Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Note my High G Tuning. If you use standard C6 you could just shift all notes over one string. Email me if you […]

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An Evening of Hawaiian Steel Guitar

December 8, 2015

An Evening of Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Tuesday December 15. Kihei Library 6PM

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White Sandy Beach Ukulele

October 7, 2015

This is the Iz version of this song. We were working on it in my ukulele class today at Maui college. There are a few variations in timing that Iz does that seem to throw people off when it is played. My song charts have measure lines that show you how many beats chords are […]

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Wailuku Library Thursday August 20

August 15, 2015

Thursday August 20, 6:30 PM, Wailuku Public Library. Library flyer

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar evening at Mulligans, Wednesday June 10, 6:30-8:30

June 7, 2015

I’ll be performing solo steel guitar this Wednesday at Mulligans Wailea. 6:30-8:30. No cover charge

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Playing Kihei 4th Friday and thoughts on Na Hoku Awards

May 22, 2015

I’ll be playing by the food trucks tonight at Kihei Fourth Friday. I am looking forward to the Na Hoku Hanohano awards tomorrow. Dania and I are going. My Adventures in Hawaiian Steel Guitar CD is a finalist in both jazz and audio engineering categories. My first CD “Hawaiian to Jazz” was also a finalist […]

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Hawaiian Steel Guitar at Mulligans Wailea

May 17, 2015

I will present an evening of Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. 6-8 PM Wednesday, May 20. My presentation will be a talk story on the history and technique of Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Music will include selections from my new CD, “Adventures in Hawaiian Steel Guitar”, along with traditional […]

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