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This book is an excellent study of the history and unique musical
stylings of the Hawaiian guitar. Stacy Phillips successfully pinpoints
the characteristics of Hawaiian guitar solos. A special feature is the
inclusion of a superb historical survey of Hawaiian music. Written
in tablature only, G tuning. DeWitt Scott comments: "There are
two types of Hawaiian music, the authentic style and the
tourist style. Stacy is presenting the authentic style and
this is much needed to keep the Hawaiian music alive."
Volume 2 continues the exploration of the classic Hawaiian
guitar solos from the Golden Age of Hawaiian music that began
in Volume One of the Art of Hawaiian Steel Guitar. Contained
here are precise transcriptions and playing hints of classic
tunes like 'Hula Girl' and 'Kaala', by the greatest players
like Sol Hoopii, The Genial Hawaiians, and many others.
Together with the accompanying CD, this book is a great
tool for learning this exquisite slide guitar style.
Easy to use by both acoustic, resonator and electric
slide players. A whole chapter of Hawaiian turnarounds
is an added bonus. Most of the tunes are in major tuning
but there are several in B minor and C6.
The term "steel guitar" can refer to instruments with multiple tunings,
6 to 14 strings, and even multiple fret boards. To add even more
confusion, the term "Hawaiian guitar" refers to an instrument
played flat on the lap with a steel bar outside of Hawaii, but
in Hawaii, it is the early term for the slack key guitar.
Lorene Ruymar clears up the confusion in her new book that
takes a look at Hawaiian music; the origin of the steel guitar
and its spread throughout the world; Hawaiian playing styles,
techniques and tunings; and more. Includes hundreds of photos, a
foreword by Jerry Byrd, and a bibliography and suggested reading list.
In its listing of the "20 That Mattered," Guitar Player magazine stated that
"Jerry Byrd is the standard by which all steel guitarists must be measured."
A fixture on the country scene, Byrd was a session player in Nashville in
the mid-1940s and was influential in the development of the "Nashville Sound."
He played on the hits of a who's who of legends, including Hank Williams
("Lovesick Blues" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"), Pasty Cline, Ernest
Tubb, Red Foley, Marty Robbins, Chet Atkins, Guy Mitchell, Burl Ives and
countless others; he now has the distinction of being the artist with the
world's largest steel guitar discography. Later, as the head of Combine
Music Publishing, Byrd was the first to sign Dolly Parton. Drawn to the
music of Hawaiian steel guitarists, he went on to develop a style and invent
tunings that would become synonymous with the instrument, becoming the first
inductee into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. In 1972, Byrd headed for Hawaii,
only to discover that the islands had turned their back on the instrument
that gave them their signature sound. Thus, Byrd's mission became to
reacquaint Hawaii with its own creation. His inspiration not only bridged
country and Hawaiian music, but also secured the steel guitar's place in
the 21st century. Featuring dozens of rare photos, It Was a Trip, On Wings
of Music brings to light Byrd's life and times, opening up an important
chapter in American musical history.
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: The sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar is sweet, nostalgic, and
unmistakably Hawaiian. You can almost feel the trade winds and
the surf in its subtle vibrato. In this well-illustrated and
easy-to-understand book, acclaimed musician Henry Kaleialoha
Allen shares everything you need to know in order to play this
beautiful instrument from purchasing a guitar, to performing
with that special Hawaiian flourish. This primer, adapted from
Allen s popular self-published guide, features a history of
the Hawaiian steel guitar; instructions for reading musical
notation; a practical guide to buying and tuning a steel guitar;
guidance on using the bar; sheet music for 11 original songs;
exercises; a discussion of the nuances of the Hawaiian touch;
and much more. Written for beginning and intermediate students
alike, this book and its accompanying audio CD will have you
playing like a pro in no time.
ABOUT AUTHOR HENRY ALLEN:
A steel guitar, guitar, and ukulele teacher, Allen was born
in Hilo, Hawaii, and raised on Oahu. As a twenty-year-old
guitarist, he worked on the mainland with masters of the
Hawaiian steel guitar, Andy Aiona, Danny Steward, Lani Sang,
Pua Almeida, Sam Koki, and many others, at the Seven Seas
Restaurant in Hollywood, California. During his years in Hawaii
and abroad, he has played steel guitar with Alfred Apaka,
Haunani Kahalewai, Charles K.L. Davis, Sterling Mossman,
Barney Isaacs, Norman Isaacs, Merle Kekuku, Jerry Byrd,
Alan Akaka, Casey Olsen, Hiram Olsen, George Paoa,
Alec Kaeck, and the group from Hawaii Calls
Nina Kealiiwahamana, Joe Recca, Beverly Noa,
Gary Aiko, George Kuo, Iwalani Kahalewai, Leilani Kuhau,
Herbert Ohta, Bill Bigelow, E/P, Don McDairmid, Jr.,
Chairman. In Japan, I worked with Kiyoshi Kobayashi,
Chikao Toriyama, Ken Matsukata, Kaori Eto, Naga Chan of
Tokyo s Club Hanalei and Coney Island Hawaiian Club,
and Aoyama Enterprises. In 1993, Allen was awarded a
Master Artist Teacher, A.S.F.C.A. Folk Arts Award from
the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and
also from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists, H.A.R.A.
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