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|In 1832, the first vaqueros, cowboys from Mexico, arrived on the Big Island of Hawai'i. They were invited by King Kamehameha III to teach Hawaiians how to manage their cattle. The vaqueros brought guitars with them and taught the paniolo, Hawaiian cowboys, how to play. These paniolo eventually developed their own unique tunings and music style known today as ki hoalu, or Hawaiian slack key guitar.
Slack key is played on regular guitars with certain strings slackened from standard tuning (EADGBE). Tunings were created to allow guitarists to play in different keys, accommodate vocal ranges, and facilitate distinctive musical phrases. Historically, slack key tunings were closely guarded family secrets. Due to its recent surge in popularity, information about slack key tunings is now readily available. There are hundreds of slack key tunings, but what emerged as the most recognized is the G "Taro Patch" tuning (DGDGBD).
In search of a new musical voice that strikes a balance between tunings, musical styles and genres, Daniel Ho has developed after much experimentation, the G Kilauea tuning (DGCGBE) which addresses the need for versatility and functionality for solo instrumentals and vocal accompaniment. He shares the secrets of his G Kilauea tuning in this comprehensive study.
Included in the book are:
Over 200 chords in the key of G
Scales, thirds and sixths in the key of G
Six principles to help you find your own tunings
Seven arrangement techniques for guitar
Tablature and notation for thirteen original compositions and arrangements of traditional Hawaiian songs
Written by Daniel Ho
Edited by Lydia Miyashiro
Photography by Lydia Miyashiro and Daniel Ho
Graphic layout by Sharlene Oshiro
Historical sources: Steve Sano and Dancing Cat Productions
Artistic photos of Yamaha guitar by Kate Killian
Ocean cover photo taken from Outrigger Waikiki Hotel
Daniel Ho plays Yamaha guitars
Printed in Hawaii, U.S.A.
Published by: Daniel Ho Creations
Catalog number: DHC 80043