Pacific Winds Music is happy to announce the addition of Neal Chin as a teacher in our ukulele studio.
Neal has taught in Hawaii in diverse settings and to students of mixed skill levels, ages 3 -65. Luckily for us, he has just moved to Eugene and will be teaching in our store.
Young, energetic, and very positive, we welcome his expertise into our store.
Neal Chin has been playing the ʻukulele for fifteen years and teaching for fourteen years. He was born and raised on the island of Maui, and he began taking ʻukulele lessons at the age of nine. One year later, Neal started teaching ʻukulele lessons to family and friends, and he started competing and placing in ‘ukulele competitions. This led to the beginning of his performing career, as Neal started playing with other local musicians. At the age of fourteen, Neal taught himself how to play the guitar, thus broadening his musical scope.
For all four years in high school, Neal played both ‘ukulele and guitar, solo and with other local musicians. His group of private ʻukulele students widened, and he also taught large groups of students at the Pomaikaʻi Elementary School. Neal directed fifty of his Pomaikaʻi students in his first ʻukulele ensemble, and simultaneously selfproduced and wrote his first album titled Who I Am.
Neal moved to Honolulu at the age of eighteen to continue his career as a performing musician and to continue to teach. Neal taught in a variety of venues throughout Hawaiʻi, including private practice, teaching centers, ʻukulele schools, ʻukulele retail shops, and English schools. Neal’s students performed throughout the islands at small events, such as volunteering for the Shriners Hospital for Children, and at large events, including the annual ʻUkulele Picnic of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival. Many of Neal’s students have also competed and placed in ʻukulele competitions, such as the Duke’s ʻUkes Contest.
In his six year span in Honolulu, Neal cofounded two bands and played with over fifty musicians, including Benny Chong, Dean Taba, David Kamakahi, Noel Okimoto, and Steven Inglis. Neal has credits on many recordings, including the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning album, The Akira Project. Neal also has writing and playing credits on the selftitled album Broke Aesthetic, and also on the albums Things to Break and Seasons Greetings From Soul Sound 2.
Neal recently received his A.S. in Music Business from the Honolulu Community College. He currently resides in Eugene, Oregon, and he hopes to continue bring the joy of music to others while expanding his performing career.