“Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar”


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“Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar” is a collection of solo instrumental songs and medleys featuring the lilting finger-style guitar technique Mark learned by sitting in with master players like Uncle Ray Kane, Keola Beamer, Led Kaapana, John Keawe and Kevin Brown. These are the classic songs, played just as you’d hear them in a backyard kani kapila – full of interesting twists and turns, sometimes richly complex, but always nahenahe ~ “sweet!”

Hawaiian slack key guitar is one of the world’s great guitar traditions. Called ki ho‘alu in Hawaiian, it developed in the 19th Century. Legend has it the first guitars were brought by cowboys imported from Alta California to deal with wild cattle. By day, the paniolo taught the Hawaiians to rope and ride, by night they serenaded them with the soft sounds of Spanish guitars…

Written in Tablature and standard musical notation, “Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar” features 24 of the essential instrumentals  every aspiring slack key player should know.
“Slack key heaven! This is wonderful slack key music taught and played in the real old style.” Amazon customer

• Complete transcriptions of the CD
• Tablature and standard notation
• Notes on the tunings, reading music and reading TAB
• Learn to play these classic ki ho‘alu solos:

1)Pua Lena /Kealoha /E Huli Ho‘i Mai/Hula O Makee
2) Maunaloa/Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
3) Kowali
4) Paniolo Slack Key (Malasadas)
5) Ku‘u Lei Awapuhi Melemele (My Yellow Ginger Lei)
6) Ahe Lau Makani
7) Nanea Kou Maka i Ka Le‘ale‘a
8) Moloka‘i Waltz
9) Moana Chimes
10) Old Timer’s Hula/ Slack Key Hula
11) Hula Blues
12) Taro Patch Blues
13) Tiare Tahiti
14) Kaulana Na Pua
15) Playful Popoki
16) ‘Ulupalakua
17) Kanaka Waiwai
18) Kimo’s Slack Key
19) Papakolea

Audio tracks are available here.