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Art of Hawaiian Steel Guitar Book with CD
Art of Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Volume 1 (Book & CD)
INSTRUCTOR: Stacy Phillips
PUBLISHER: Mel Bay Publications
PUBLICATION DATE: January 29, 2001
DIMENSIONS: 12.0 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
BINDING: Paperback
EXTRA: Audio CD Included
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PRODUCER'S DESCRIPTION: 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."

Art of Hawaiian Steel Guitar Volume 2 Book with CD
Art of Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Volume 2
INSTRUCTOR: Stacy Phillips
PUBLISHER: Mel Bay Publications
DATE PUBLISHED: October 18, 2005
DIMENSIONS: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
BINDING: Paperback
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PRODUCER'S DESCRIPTION: 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.

Art of Hawaiian Steel Guitar Volume 2 Book with CD
Hawaiian Steel Guitar
AUTHOR: Lorene Ruymar
PUBLISHER: Centerstream Publications
DATE PUBLISHED: August 1, 1996
DIMENSIONS: 11.9 x 9.0 x 0.6 inches
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PRODUCER'S DESCRIPTION: 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.

It Was A Trip, On Wings of Music
It Was A Trip, On Wings of Music
AUTHOR Jerry Byrd
PUBLISHER: Centerstream Publications
DIMENSIONS: 8.7 x 6 x 0.6 inches
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PRODUCER'S DESCRIPTION: 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.

How to Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar
How to Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar
INSTRUCTOR Henry Kaleialoha Allen
PUBLISHER: Mutual Publishing
DATE PUBLISHED: May 17, 2008
DIMENSIONS: 10.9 x 9 x 0.7 inches
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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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