Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival

Workshops

An "Introduction to the Hawaiian Steel Guitar" was the topic of two workshops that were presented to students and festival attendees on Friday evening. The first workshop was open to Kaua'i school students and the second workshop was open to the public. Workshop attendees were given an introduction to the Hawaiian steel guitar and given a basic tutorial on how to play the instrument.

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  • Preparing for the workshop. From left: Pomaika'i Lyman, Greg Sardinha, Alexis Tolentino, Ron Tolentino, Alan Akaka, Mālie Lyman.
  • Larry Holu, another bass player, has arrived!
  • Next Gen musicians warming up.
  • Some of the workshop presenters. From left: Larry Holu, Greg Sardinha, Mālie Lyman, Alexis Tolentino, Alan Akaka.
  • Greg Sardinha, Mālie Lyman, Alexis Tolentino, Alan Akaka.
  • Greg is trying out Alexis' Rickenbacker bakelite while the band looks on. From left: Larry Holu, Ron Tolentino, Mālie Lyman, Greg Sardinha, Alexis Tolentino, Alan Akaka.
  • OK, I got the hang of it. Let's jam!
  • More fun!
  • Alexis Tolentino showing her steel guitar skills to the audience.
  • Now it's Mālie's turn to show her skills while Alexis backs her up on the 'ukulele.
  • Ron Tolentino is the other bass player,
  • Workshop presenter Alan Akaka describes the steel guitar intricacies to an interested student.
  • Here the student tries out the steel guitar with assistance from Alexis Tolentino and Mālie Lyman.
  • Alexis showing the student how to position his hands
  • Bars in hand, the students try out the steel guitar for the first time under the watchful eye of Mālie.
  • Alexis showing correct bar position.
  • One-on-one training can't be beat!
  • But two-on-one is even better!
  • Now with picks and bars in hand, the students experience real steel guitar playing.
  • Looks like the student has the hang of it.
  • The student tries out a simple song with the Next Gen steel players and Alan Akaka backing him up
  • Now Mālie is playing the steel while the student backs her up on the 'ukulele.
  • The makings of a great workshop band!
  • Now for a photo in the other side of the room.
  • Next Gen steel guitarist Alexis Tolentino. PC-Andrea Tolentino.
  • Mālie Lyman, Alexis Tolentino, Greg Sardinha. PC-Andrea Tolentino.
  • Ronald Tolentino. PC-Andrea Tolentino.
  • Second workshop musicians. From left: Addison Ching, Larry Holu, Ron Tolentino, Greg Sardinha, and Alan Akaka. PC-Aaron Benolkin.
  • Musicians are joined by Mālie Lyman and mom Pomaika'i Lyman. PC-Aaron Benolkin.
  • A Steel guitar concert. From left: Addison Ching, Larry Holu, Ron Tolentino, Mālie Lyman, Greg Sardinha, Alan Akaka, and Pomaika'i Lyman on 'ukulele. PC-Aaron Benolkin.
  • Addison Ching, Larry Holu, Ron Tolentino, Mālie Lyman, Greg Sardinha, Alan Akaka, Pomaika'i Lyman. PC-Aaron Benolkin.

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