Dave Nye began his involvement in music back in the Hootenanny days of the early ’60s. He got his first guitar at 13 and never looked back. While in High School, a friend suggested he take up the electric bass. Bass in hand, he was one of the founders of a local band called The Druids.
A musical career was shortened by Viet Nam, college and 30 years as a dentist in San Jose. Throughout it all, he continued to play and write music, with an occasional gig here and there. In the mid ’80s, while visiting a friend on Maui, he discovered Hawaiian music. Enthralled by the sound of Slack Key guitar and `Ukulele, he began his journey to learn more and learn the traditions. He studied under the Masters and eventually found his way on stage with many of his teachers. Keola Beamer gave him the name `Ilio Nui, which means Big Dog.
Upon semi-retirement, he found a rebirth of his musical path. He continues to play bass, Slack Key guitar and `ukulele. He conducts the monthly Los Gatos `Ukulele Club.
Whether it’s Rock, Pop, Blues, Hawaiian….. the Big Dog can help you on your early musical journey. His teaching method is all about having fun. Okay, there’s a little theory involved, but it is taught by learning songs.