Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Slack Key Master

Aloha Friend!Welcome back to

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." Leopold Stokowski

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Berthold Auerbach

"All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!"
Thomas Carlyle

"If the King loves music, it is well with the land." Mencius

Whether you realize it or not, you already enjoy Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.
Hawaii musicians toured the continent back in Territorial days playing their ringing "open tuned" guitars. Soon country musicians, and early jazz practitioners, picked up on the sonics and rhythms incorporating it into their own repertoires.
So some of our favorite sounds today are gifts from the land of Aloha.
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