2/03 Daniel Ho Ukulele Workshop + Concert Pricing

Saturday, February 3rd from 6 to 7:15pm followed by a concert starting at 7:30pm
$25 Concert | $25 Workshop | $35 Both

Pineapple Mango Workshop

"In this workshop, we’ll be using the song "Pineapple Mango" to learn about all kinds of things you can do with just three chords: Emulating bass, marimba, percussion, harmonics, latin styles, muted picking and strumming with melodic lines built into the chord progressions. Then, if we have time, we’ll even touch upon improvising with the pentatonic scale. After the workshop, we’ll perform the song together during the mini-concert!"

About the Song, Pineapple Mango

"After graduating from high school, I moved from Hawai‘i to Los Angeles to attend the Grove School of Music. It was a small, professional music school that specialized in training musicians to work in the industry as film and television composers, arrangers, studio musicians, sidemen, audio engineers, and producers. In the composing and arranging program, we were required to write in a different style each week—Broadway, Latin, rock, jazz. We received our assignments on Thursday, then the next four days were spent frantically composing, arranging and copying parts. Come Tuesday, we conducted a group of musicians hired by the school to play our music, while the audio engineering students recorded our sessions. It was an unreasonable amount of work to do in such a short time, but as I later found out, a realistic representation of what I’d be doing as a working musician. One of our weekly assignments was to write two, one-minute TV main title themes. They were to be catchy, monophonic (not harmonized) melodies that would captivate and maintain listeners’ interests. The first piece I wrote was a ballad featuring a flugelhorn melody, entitled Sweet Reverie. The other piece was an up-tempo calypso tune, which became known as Pineapple Mango.

I was nineteen years old at the time, and I would have never guessed that, someday, people all over the world would be playing my homework assignment!

Pineapple Mango became popular at ‘ukulele gatherings because it is fairly easy to play. It has only three chords: G, C, and D, which are among the basic chords anyone would learn when picking up the ‘ukulele. Even better, the chord progression (G, C, D, G) repeats throughout the song—and it never changes! Once you learn the first four chords of the introduction, you also know the chords to the verse and chorus because they are all the same. In classical music, a repeating chord progression is called a chaconne. It was often used as a foundation for improvisation."

About Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho's simple philosophy of presenting music with sincerity and artistry encompasses six consecutive GRAMMY Awards, number-one albums on national airplay charts, and top-ten albums on Billboard. In 2010, his solo 'ukulele CD, Polani (Pure), was the first 'ukulele album in music history to receive a GRAMMY nomination. On piano the following year, he received a nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album for his CD, E Kahe Malie (Flowing Gently).  Daniel’s album On A Gentle Island Breeze" was nominated for a GRAMMY in the World Music category.

A Honolulu native, Daniel started music lessons at an early age and spent his teenage years orchestrating big band arrangements. At the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, he excelled in composition and film scoring. He was the leader and keyboardist of the acclaimed '90s contemporary jazz band, Kilauea.

Daniel performs original songs in English and Hawaiian that feature his versatility on 'ukulele, slack key guitar, and piano. Notable credits include singing Prince's “Nothing Compares 2 U” in Hawaiian for the feature film Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), and his widely covered `ukulele instrumental anthem, “Pineapple Mango.” As an independent record company owner, he pursues excellence in composition, performance, audio engineering, and production.
Ever the innovator, Daniel's custom six-string KoAloha 'ukulele, the D-VI, is currently on exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum.  In addition, he has collaborated with world renowned luthier Pepe Romero in the design of the Tiny Tenor and XS Soprano 'ukuleles.


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