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The Uke Buke: Learn to Play Slack Key Style `Ukulele Paperback – December 31, 2010
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Multi-instrumentalist Mark Nelson has carved a unique niche for himself as an entertainer, musician and educator. His deep love and understanding of traditional music led him to the mastery of several different musical idioms, ranging from old time western music to Celtic to Hawaiian. In a career that began well before he was able to drive, he has performed everywhere from street corners to hay barns to festivals to the concert stage in the US, Europe and Canada. He once worked as a banjo playing gorilla in Dublin, but that’s a different story. Growing up near the beach in Southern California, Mark was surrounded by the music and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. His love of slack key guitar, led him to travel to Hawaii and study with some of the masters. This in turn has led to a deep friendship with noted Hawaiian musician Keola Beamer and his illustrious family – Aunty Nona Beamer gave Mark his Hawaiian name, Kailana (Floating on the Sea). Keola and Mark have collaborated on numerous projects, including a book, "Learn to Play Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar." Together they host The Aloha Music Camp, a week-long immersion in the music and culture of Hawaii held on the Island of Hawaii. Mark lives in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley with his wife Annie and various furred and finned friends, where he divides his time between studio work, writing, and watching the trees grow. Selected Discography Funtime Uke-A-Rama Ke Kukima Polinahe Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar The Water is Wide autum The Faery Hills After the Morning The Rights of Man Books Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Learn to Play Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele Ke Kukima Polinahe: Hawaiian Music For Dulcimer Favorite Old-Time American Songs for Appalachian Dulcimer The Complete Collection of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer Fiddle Tunes for Dulcimer: The Rights of Man
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I have also spent many hours watching videos of slack key guitar and ukulele. Nothing has been as helpful as Mark Kailana Nelson's new book, The Uke Buke". He has a number of teaching videos on YouTube, to accompany this book, which shows finger positions for both hands in a very clear way, and allows a thorough knowledge of tempo and style. I also purchased his CD "Slack Key Ukulele", so I can immerse myself in the music and style at home or in the car. This book has also helped me to better understand the reading of tablature, which I had first learned with Mark's earlier book
"Finger Style Solos for Ukulele". These books and this author are highly recommended by this aspiring ukulele player. While I'm mentioning Mark's books, I'd also recommend the slack key guitar book he co-authored with Keola Beamer.