referred to as "the Red Book", this book documents the work of the late master
slack key artist Leonard Kwan. While Leonard could read and write music, Dennis Ladd spent
more than a year collaborating with Leonard to set down this unique style of slack key in
tablature attempting to be true to recordings. Boy am I thankful for this book -
especially since Leonard did not perform very much.
I think this book is
very well done. Like Ozzie's book which was published 15 years later, the Red Book is
organized similarly because of Dennis Ladd's involvement. Each song is written in
tablature and musical notation and prefaced by instructional notes. The big difference
here is that Leonard's book does NOT include any accompanying cassette or CD. This poses a
major challenge to the student. Recordings of Leonard's work are sometimes difficult to
find, although Dancing Cat has released his music on CD. Chord charts for each tuning are
also included in the book.