In this book/CD combination, Mark Hanson explains the fingerstyle playing of many of the greatest acoustic guitar “slack key” artists. Included are note-for-note transcriptions from Ray Kane, Sonny Chillingworth, Leonard Kwan, Cyril Pahinui, Ledward Kaapana, and more.
Highlighting this title are explanations of five “slack key” tunings with musical examples, descriptions of each tune and its techniques, and an instructional CD. The CD includes performance-speed excerpts of each tune, plus the entire tune played at a slow speed for ease in learning. Standard notation and tablature are included.
“It’s maika’I nui… most excellent!” – Read full review at Aloha Plenty
Note: “Slack Key Guitar” refers to the native Hawaiian guitar style of using a variety of tunings that are lower in pitch than standard tuning.
Listen to an audio preview of “Spouting Horn”:
Listen to an audio preview of “Hula Blues”:
Table of Contents
Taro Patch Tuning (Open-G)
Slack Key Fingerpicking Patterns
Taro Patch Tunes
“Nanea Kou Maka I Ka Le’ale’a”
“Moe ‘Uhane” (“Dream Slack Key”)
“Ho’omalu Slack Key”
“Young Street Blues”
G Wahine Tuning (Gmajor7th)
Old Mauna Loa and Ni’ihau Tunings
Leonard’s C Tuning
C Wahine Tuning