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Haolenuke
Lokahi

USA
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Posted - 03/01/2010 :  12:46:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aloha,

I ran across a slack key book on abebooks.com that I haven't read about on Taropatch entitled: "Kaii's Hawaiian Guitar Method." On the Steel Guitar Forum I found the following description of this book:

KAII'S METHOD FOR HAWAIIAN GUITAR 1926
A Major tuning, Low Bass: E,C#,A,E,A,E. In music notation and tab.

Does anyone know anything about this book?

Mark
Ha`aha`a

USA
1628 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2010 :  2:18:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mark's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It is a book for Hawaiian Steel Guitar, not slack key.

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Haolenuke
Lokahi

USA
117 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  05:51:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Mark,

Thank you for your reply. I thought that this was almost certainly a steel guitar book, but I just wanted to verify that.
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Mark
Ha`aha`a

USA
1628 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2010 :  09:42:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mark's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No worries. It is a pretty nice book, actually. I have at least one version of it somewhere.

Back in the day, "Hawaiian Guitar" meant steel guitar-- the regular kind was called "Spanish Guitar." Gibson still uses the designation for their electric guitars: the venerable ES 3335 --aka the guitar of choice for Chuck Berry & B.B. King-- is actually an "Electric Spanish."

There are gazillions of old "Hawaiian Guitar" method books that show up at flea markets and on eBay all the time. None are too valuable as collectables, but they sure are interesting little artifacts.

From everything I have heard (and somebody please correct me if I'm wrong) slack key was virtually unknown here on the, ahem, continent, until Gabby caught the ear of Ry & Chet in the 60s.

However, I'd be willing to bet some of those very early Hawaiian musicians touring the Expo circuit at the turn of the 20th Century were playing slack, but I've never found any concrete evidence of it.

The good thing about history is that it is so changeable.
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kuulei88
Akahai

USA
75 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2011 :  11:47:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow Mark--great comment. Admin: can we have a "like" button? (just kidding . . . paha)

amy k
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