Hula for Life
The Hula for Life DVD teaches students three complete Hula Dances (The Hukilau, Pearly Shells and Lahaina Luna). Students learn six basic hula steps, how to create beautiful hand movements, how to warm up to dance, how to do each dance, how to play the ukulele chords for each song, and more. Hula for Life features Hula instructor, Betty Ann Bruno, the founder and primary instructor of Hula Mai, a hula club based in Sonoma, CA. Hula for Life features Dance-Alongs with Betty Ann as well as the Hula Mai Dancers. Play-Along with the Hula Mai Band as you learn and sing the songs. This program serves as an introduction to the hula and is suitable for music educators, music therapists, recreational therapists, and individuals who want to bring the beauty and magic of Hawaii into their lives.
This program is for novice and intermediate players who want to learn more about how to add ornamentation and various effects to their flute playing. Kalani covers three main categories of ornaments; breath techniques, fingering techniques, and tonguing techniques. He also demonstrates ways to vocalize while playing the flute as a way to add harmony. The lessons are clear and concise, for players who want to quickly move beyond the basics.
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Play Cajon is an online self-study guide for beginners and intermediate students.
- Background and history of the Cajon.
- Proper seating and posture
- Basic tones
- Alternative Tones
- Hand warm ups and exercises
- Popular rhythms
- Arab rhythms
- South American rhythms
- Flamenco rhythm
- Advanced techniques
Play CongasÂ is a program that takes the student from the very basics of getting to know the conga drums, through tuning and techniques, to playing six popular and traditional rhythms on two drums. Play Congas is an essential guide for anyone interested in learning how to play the conga drums. Along the way, Kalani shares his depth of knowledge, providing valuable tips and recommendations that make learning both effective and enjoyable.
- Conga Anatomy.
- Tuning 1, 2, and 3 drums.
- Setting up to play.
- Warming up.
- Basic Techniques (Bass, Tone, Slap, and Hand-Fingers)
- Practice Patterns
- Traditional and Popular Rhythms (Calypso, Funk, Guaguanco, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Afro-Cuban 6/8)
- Tips for Success.
- Note: FREE Play Along Tracks Available
This program contains over 90 minutes of quality instruction for students, teachers, facilitators, and any musician who wants to learn more about hand drumming in general. The techniques and rhythms presented in Play Congas also work on other drums. See More About Play Congas
This 90-minute program includes everything from learning the parts of the ukulele, to case options, Uke sizes, types & features, tuning (with and without a tuner), strumming patterns, how to read chord diagrams, over fifteen common chords, chord progressions, finger picking, and practice tips. You’ll make music right away and the learning process is so smooth, you’ll hardly notice how much you’re learning. Perfect for absolute beginners, Uke owners who want to move beyond the basics, and music teachers, therapists, and facilitators.
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DVD, All Regions, NTSC Widescreen.
Drum Fun! – Musical Games for Groups
Drum Fun activities engage and unite participants in simple yet powerful experiences that anyone with a little musical skill can lead. Drum Fun includes over 25 activities for groups on 2 DVDs.
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DRUM FUN! is now available as an iBook (an eBook with video only for iPad). Purchase the eBook version through the iTunes Bookstore.
See video by searching Drum Fun on YouTube.
The Drum Circle – A Musical Approach
This break-through guide takes the art of group drumming facilitation to the next level by focusing on musical techniques that anyone can use to shape and guide improvised group drumming experiences, or what are commonly known as “drum circles.” With manyÂ years of experience as a professional drummer, music educator, and music therapist, Kalani shares the secrets and keys to successful facilitation, without the need for talking, shouting, or conducting. This elegant approach borrows techniques from music therapy, Orff-Schulwerk, and Kalani’s personal experiences facilitating hundreds of events for diverse populations.
Facilitators who have participated in basic “DCF” training will find many new and useful strategies and ways of reaching social, personal, interpersonal, musical, and community goals using this elegant and unobtrusive approach. Footage of a small community drum circle as well as “real world” drum circles in Santa Barbara and Venice Beach, CA set the stage for a journey of discovery and growth.
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