Lately I’ve been dragging myself into the 21st century in my web design and implementation efforts. I recently overhauled my slack key guitar site, Kaleponi.com and helped out a local hula group with their site as well. All this new knowledge got me thinking about good old Homebrewed Music and its rather generic look, and the result is this new three column fluid layout. I hope you find it easy to read and navigate.
I also made a big step in my video camera arsenal with a shiny new Panasonic Lumix GH2. This little beauty is packed with a high performance sensor, lots of onboard image processing, a full range of manual controls, interchangeable lenses, and enough options and settings to keep this novice busy for a long long time.
I’m a long way from figuring out how to get the best from this wonderful camera, but I took advantage of one of the lovely “convertible weather in February” days we get here in Northern California to shoot a bit of outdoors playing. The wonderful old sentimental ballad, Silver Threads Among the Gold has become part of the slack key repertoire thanks to Leonard Kwan and Ledward Kaapana, and this song about the inevitable process of aging seemed to fit the austere scene.
By the way, I have a pretty fair collection of videos featuring Hawaiian slack key, mostly by me but with a couple of guest artists as well. You can see them at my YouTube channel.
The audio for this clip was captured using the Zoom Q3HD, it was placed about 24″ from the guitar, you can see the black blob of the windscreen in the lower right corner of the main performance shot. I also used the video from the Q3HD for the closeup of the picking hand.
I edited the clip in Edius Neo 2.5 and used a new reverb plugin from Jason Breebart’s Toneboosters line. The crows came with the house.
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