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Learn To Play Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar

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Item number 1303573BA, 160 pages, $27.95

Hawaiian slack key guitar (Ki Ho'alu) is one of the world's great acoustic guitar traditions. This tradition includes virtuoso guitar pieces, but the majority of songs played slack key are classic Hawaiian melodies either played as instrumentals or as accompaniment to vocals with instrumental breaks between the verses. The term "slack key" does not refer to a type of guitar, but rather to any guitar played in the slack key style, that is, in alternate tunings with "slacked" strings and fingerstyle technique. Acknowledged slack key master Keola Beamer is a member of a family known for its musical artistry for generations. We are fortunate to have him writing in conjunction with veteran Mel Bay author, educator and multi-instrumentalist Mark Nelson, who simply followed his love of the music to the Islands. Written in standard notation and tablature to accommodate numerous alternate tunings, this book is presented in four sections: 1) The most common tuning introduced by fairly easy songs; 2) Illustrations of how to build your own arrangements; 3) A presentation of various slack key tunings; and 4) A selection of duets in the slack key style. Historical and cultural insights are offered throughout in the spirit of aloha, producing an informative, musically enlightening book with soul and humor. The companion CD features tuning tracks and informal introductions of the audio content by the authors, plus some beautiful slack key music.
By Mark Nelson And Keola Beamer
Overall Difficulty: Beginning-Intermediate
Instrument: Guitar (Slack Key)
Music Style: Hawaiian
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.


Product Format: Instruction Book For Guitar


Complete song list for "Learn To Play Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar" - Sheet Music Songbook
Bruddah John - 1999
Kuwili - 1999
Pu'u O Hulu - Composed by: Eliza Ha'aheo - 1999
Pa'ahana - 1999
Lei 'Ohu - Composed by: George Akiu - 1999
'Alekoki - Composed by: Prince Lunalilo - 1999
Hula O Makee - 1999
Kahuli Aku - Composed by: Winona K.D. Beamer - 1999
Sase - Composed by: Joseph Kokolia and Solomon Hiram - 1999
Hilo March - Composed by: Joseph K. 'Ae'a - 1999
Maika'i Ka Makani O Kohala - 1999
Matt's Bounce - Composed by: Mark Nelson - 1999
Keolaokalani - Composed by: Queen Lili'uokalani - 1999
Ahi Wela - Composed by: Mary Beckley and Lizzie Doirin - 1999
Pupu O 'Ewa - 1999
Wehiwehi 'Oe - 1999
'Ulili E - 1999
Ki Ho'alu - 1999
Sweet Leilehua - Composed by: King Kalakaua - 1999
Hame Pila - 1999
Isalei - 1999
Aunty Alice Namakelua Slack Key - 1999
Ua Like No A Like - Composed by: Alice Everett - 1999
Hi'ilawe - Composed by: Mrs. Kuakini - 1999
Playful Popoki - Composed by: Mark Nelson - 1999
Ka Makani 'Olu'olu (The Pleasant Wind) - Composed by: Keola Beamer - 1999
Akaka Falls (Duet) - Composed by: Helen Parker - 1999
Ki Ho'alu Mischief - Composed by: Mark Nelson and Keola Beamer - 1999
Tiare Tahiti - 1999


More Information
   Difficulty 2 on a scale of 1 to 6 with 6 being the hardest.
   A CD is included with this book.
   Guitar tablature is included with this book.


Publisher: "Learn To Play Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar" was published by Mel Bay Publications.
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