May Music Workshops At WCC

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Windward Community College will conduct music workshops for those interested in polishing up their slack key or steel guitar skills, or looking to improve their vocal skills.

Offered by the college’s Hawaii Music Institute and Ke Kumu Pali, the workshops are set for May 16, 17 and 19 in Hale Palanakila 104. Fee is $20 each. To register, call 235-7433 or visit the Office of Career & Community Education in Hale Kuhina.

The schedule is below. * Bobby Ingano will lead a steel guitar workshop at 6 p.m. May 16, focused on comping (laying a jazz accompaniment), mental framework, techniques on holding the bar and the C6 tuning. Ingano is known as one of the state’s finest steel guitarists and has performed with Amy Hanaialii, the Brothers Cazimero, Martin Pahinui, Willie K., The Hoopii Brothers and Kekuhi Kanahele.

* Ron and Pomaikai Loo teach the slack key guitar class at 6 p.m. May 17, focusing on the open G tuning and the chords and lyrics of a traditional song using the tablature method. A respected kumu mele and gifted instructor, Ron Lee also entertains and has led several music workshops with his talented son, Pomaikai, for the past 10 years.

* Neva Rego teaches a voice-sculpting workshop at 10 a.m. May 19, focusing on breathing, placement, pitch and the legato (“tied together”) line. Rego has trained the likes of The Brothers Cazimero, Jimmy Borges, Loyal Garner, Nohelani Cypriano, Shari Lynn, the Makaha Sons and Jordan Segundo.

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