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The old year is gone and a new year is here - and along with it comes a brand new episode of Uke Lessons to teach you a very old, classic Hawaiian song: "Aloha 'Oe" by Queen Liliuokalani. The piece has been covered by musical greats such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and has appeared throughout popular culture in many cartoons and movies. But in Hawaiian history this song has special significance, as it was written by Queen Lili'uokalani, the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom before it was overthrown and later annexed by the United States. The song's lyrics tell the story of a final, sorrowful embrace between two lovers - lyrics that took on a whole new meaning as the Queen was forced to say goodbye to Hawaii as she knew it during the last decade of the 19th century.
For this lesson, we decided to try out a new format, breaking the song down into the Verse, Chorus, and Picking - so let us know what you think of this presentation, if it was easier to learn this way, and any suggestions you might have to make Uke Lessons even better! Have fun with this one, be sure to play along with the Play-Along, and if you have any questions, we're always here to help you to become a better uke player, so send your questions our way!
Happy New Year UUers & keep strummin'