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Holoholo

This etude resembles the earlier works, in that it began with a simple technical idea, around which music formed. The idea itself came from Aldrine Guerrero's Uke Minutes on the Ukulele Underground, an amazing resource for ukulele players at all levels. It is a triplet figure involving a pull-off. The pattern is 1, pull-off, 4. I added the open 2nd string to create a more resonant texture. The name means walking just for the fun of it, and I took that in a child-like way, more a prancing jaunt than a leisurely stroll.




To me, this is idiomatic music at its most basic level. A fairly simple technique is used to play music which sounds much more complicated, and much more difficult, than it is.


PERFORMANCE NOTES

As with any technique, if it is new to you, focus on one hand at a time, starting with the right hand. Although there is a triplet rhythm, the right hand actually plays an ordinary swing rhythm. The second beat is only played by the left hand, through the pull-off. Add the left hand and the pull-off, and build up speed. You should be able to build up far more speed than you'll need, as some of the later sections are genuinely trickier, and will require a slower tempo. Don't rush the beginning at the cost of fumbling through the middle.


As with Mele Ho'ohiamoe Keiki, the heavy use of pull-offs requires a good tone, and consistent volume. Without good technique, the main idea will sound muddy and the melody will be lost.