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Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar: Complete Tablature For The Cd Paperback – July 9, 2007
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About the Author
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Nelson has been active in the folk, Celtic and world music scenes since the early 1970's. Considered one of the nation's premiere mountain dulcimer players-he won the National Championships in 1979-he is equally adept at guitar, ukulele, bass and various other instruments. His passion for Hawaiian slack key guitar led him to seek out and study with the masters of the vanishing art form. In 1997, Mark and revered Hawaiian musician Keola Beamer co-authored "learn to Play Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar," the first comprehensive tutorial for this gentle art form. After a lengthy touring career, Mark now hosts The Aloha Music Camp, a weeklong immersion into the music and culture of Hawaii with Hawaii's beloved Beamer family. (Aunty Nona Beamer recently honored him with the Hawaiian name "Kailana," which means "gently floating on the surface of the sea"-not a bad description of the sound of slack key guitar.) Acoustic Guitar Magazine dubbed his recent CD, "The Water is Wide", "achingly beautiful." Mark's other books include "Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele" (Mel Bay), "The Complete Collection of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer" (Mel Bay) and "Getting Started in Computer Music" (Thompson Course Technology). Mark lives in Southern Oregon's beautiful Applegate Valley, where he maintains a small recording studio and writes about music and music technology for a number of publications.
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1. The tablature is only 90% accurate (yes... every 10 out of 100 notes transcribed on "Mauna Loa" have inaccuracies!!)
2. The book is smaller than the standard 8.5x11" (the description accurately puts it at 8x10")
I've seen some authors justify their inaccuracies by encouraging creativity and discouraging the player from copying things note for note, but the point of this book is to provide the player with a transcription of the CD, not an estimate of how the songs go.
A very good book to learn some very nice songs from.
The "swing" style is not evident simply by reading the music.
The first piece has not come all that easily for me, but as I learn, the style is becoming more
natural and accessible. I love the work, and it is work, to become proficient in playing these
timelessly beautiful pieces. Great, great arrangements: peaceful and relaxing fun.
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