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Daniel Ho and Steve Sano The Secrets of Contemporary Slack Key Guitar Y CD

Format: Paperback
Publisher: MMI Alfred Publishing
Pub. Date: 2001
Edition Desc: BOOK & CD

The title of this book says it all: contemporary and innovative.  Classically-trained, music extraordinaire Daniel Ho expands the art of slack key with songs composed in his original "G Kilauea" tuning. Dr. Steve Sano, Director of Choral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, attempts to address such topics. Steve's well thought out historical perspectives on slack key compliment Daniel's teaching very well.

If you like Daniel's music, this book is for you.  In it, Daniel has written out 6 songs from his Beyond Blue CD, 2 from the Voyage Home, and 2 from Watercolors.   While this book may not be ideal for beginners, all songs are clearly documented in both tablature and standard musical notation.  There is a CD supplement to the book.  A highlight for student's of Taro Patch tuning is Steve Sano's arrangement of Ke Aloha O Ka Haku (The Queen's Prayer) which is a great arrangement to open your eyes to Taro Patch without the traditional alternating bass.  The recording can be found on Steve's CD titled Pu`ukani.

The book begins with a forward by George Kahumoku, Jr.  Daniel concludes the book with some notes on practicing, performance, instruments, strings and even recording.  I think this book is extremely well done, but if you are seeking to learn slack key in the old style - this is not the right book for you.

Rating: Advanced
Songs (Tunings):

Lia (G Kilauea)
Kumu Mele (G Kilauea)
A World Away (G Kilauea)
Slack Tides (G Kilauea)
Haiku (Ukulele tuned GDEA)
Plantation Waltz (G Kilauea)
Dreams of Eternity (G Kilauea)
Pupu A `O `Ewa (G Kilauea)
Hawai`i Aloha (G Kilauea)
Hawai`i Pono`i (G Kilauea)
Aloha `Oe (G Kilauea)
Allure of the Islands (G Kilauea)
Maui Dawn (G Kilauea)
Ke Aloha O Ka Haku (Taro Patch)

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