Killing Me Softly on Hawaiian Lap Steel

by Joel Katz on December 18, 2016

I’ve been working on this arrangement for a while for my upcoming CD and experimenting with my iPhone video and angle on a tripod. The tuning is C6 high G and the key of D makes use of open string positions to give an interesting sound. It’s actually pretty tricky to play even though the motions look pretty subtle. The hard part is muting, and lifting and pulling the bar to get the right notes. Here’s a video of me playing to the track. I’ll do a tablature if people are interested. I’ll be offering steel guitar at Maui College beginning Saturday January 9, 2017. Click HERE for the video.

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A tribute to my friend Tye Hartall

by Joel Katz on November 13, 2016

Tye succumbed to cancer yesterday. I was working on this song while thinking of him.img_4535

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Playing Maui Calls

September 5, 2016

Maui Calls is the main annual fund raising event for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. I played with the Kool Kats for the final Dance party. I did a nice steel during the live auction part and they made me this cool stage set. It was themed with the decor of the overall event.

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My Beginning Guitar class at Maui College Fall Semester

June 19, 2016
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My Fall Semester Music Classes at Maui College

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 joelkatz@hawaii.edu 280-0722 Beginning ‘Ukulele MW 9:00 AM-10:45 Beginning Guitar T Th 9:00 AM-10:45 Intro Music Technology […]

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Akaka falls

March 20, 2016

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 […]

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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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