Watch the Sands of Waikiki online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Essentials: Surf Guitar
This study is in D major. Hawaiian music chord changes have more in common with swing music and cowboy tunes than the blues or early rock 'n' roll. We'll be using a bVI to V and a II7-bII7 turnaround. The bII is a tritone substitution of the V chord. The rhythm track is traditionally Hawaiian with ukulele and an archtop guitar in unison and a bass simply playing on beats one and three. Tempos for Hawaiian music tend to be mid-tempo or on the slow side. The melody is always the top note of each chord voicing.