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.