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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  02:38:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Slack key mandolin? You betcha! For a sample, played by a very well-known slack key artist, try the link below (a free copy of the full MP3 goes to the first person to correctly identify the artist):

http://www.patchett.com/kihoalu/mandolinslack.mp3

In fact, in Mika`ele McLellan's article titled Slack Key History and Speculation, he writes:

quote:
Mandolins and violins are usually tuned in fifths. Both of them a part of Hawaiian tradition. Since we slipped to mandolins, you should know that the duet of slack key guitar and mandolin was reported to be a favored small group about the turn of the century in Hawaii. (Lucky Luck, personnel conversation, about 1960).


Interesting stuff!

Craig
My goal is to be able to play as well as people think I can.

wdf
Ha`aha`a

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  11:34:06 AM  Show Profile
From the style and sound of the recording I'd have to guess John Almeida.

Dusty
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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  1:26:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Nope.

Craig
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David
Akahai

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  3:03:25 PM  Show Profile  Send David an ICQ Message
I know there was mandolin playing going on in Gabby's circle of musicians. I certainly recall multi-instrumetalists Ry Cooder and perhaps David Lindley involved playing with Gabby on mandolin, but neither are noted as slack key artists and were kind of on the fringes. Don't think that Atta ever played one. I do know that Gabby owed a mandolin ... boy this is a long shot.

Let's see, it's not Peter Medieros (Eagerly awaiting his book!!!!) My vote is for one of the most musical men to have ever blessed the world with his birth .. Gabby.
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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  3:06:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Nope, but good reasoning!

Craig
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chunky monkey
Ha`aha`a

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  3:18:01 PM  Show Profile
I'm guessing Peter Moon. He can play everything.
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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  3:29:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Sorry. Think '60s.

Craig
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finemc28
Aloha

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Posted - 08/28/2003 :  7:47:34 PM  Show Profile  Send finemc28 an AOL message
I don't know the artist but your clip forced me to get out my old mandolin and play along. Interesting to note that this is played in the key of Bb which seems to be an odd key until I realized the the hawaiian style runs fall out very nicely on the fingerboard.

Of course the mandolin isn't actually "slacked" but rather it is being played hawaiian style and would sound great jamming with slack key guitars and ukes.

Mike
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Julie H
Ha`aha`a

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  12:34:01 AM  Show Profile
Two years ago I bought an old Mandolin that had been taken out of Russia in the 60's. Not knowing how to play it, I brought it to Nancy Sweeney's and George Kahumoku's house for a party. I asked him if he could play it, he said: "of course", took the thing, tuned it and played it during the whole the kanikapila. It added another dimension to the ukuleles and guitars, and it was great fun listening to him. But I don't think that's him on the clip. Interesting...
Aloha, Julie
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Julie H
Ha`aha`a

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  12:36:07 AM  Show Profile
What about Eddie Kamae?
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Julie H
Ha`aha`a

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  12:36:57 AM  Show Profile
Or Sonny?
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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  12:53:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Nope, nope, and nope! Think very early '60s, brand new label, second LP.

Craig
My goal is to be able to play as well as people think I can.

Edited by - cpatch on 08/29/2003 01:08:08 AM
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duke
Lokahi

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  01:31:05 AM  Show Profile
Ray Kane?
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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  02:13:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Getting warmer.

Craig
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milikona
Aloha

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  02:23:58 AM  Show Profile
Eddie Bush
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cpatch
Ahonui

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Posted - 08/29/2003 :  02:41:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit cpatch's Homepage  Send cpatch an AOL message
Colder.

Craig
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