The sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar is sweet, nostalgic, and unmistakably Hawaiian. You can almost feel the tradewinds and the surf in its subtle vibrato. In this easy-to-understand book, complete with lessons and sheet music of popular and original island songs, 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; songs and 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 the Author
Born in Hilo, Hawai'i and raised on O'ahu, author Henry Allen studied music in Hawai'i and on the mainland for many years. As a steel guitar, guitar, and 'ukulele player, Allen has performed with such masters of the Hawaiian steel guitar as: Andy Aiona, Danny Steward, Lani Sang, Pua Almeida, Sam Koki and many others. He has also performed over the years with many acclaimed Hawaiian entertainers: Alfred Apaka, Sterling Mossman, Nina Kealiiwahamana, Beverly Noa, Gary Aiko and Herb "Ohta-san" Ohta, among others.
In 1993, Allen was awarded a Master Artist Teacher, A.S.F.C.A. Folk Arts Award from the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and also from the Hawai'i Academy of Recording Artists, H.A.R.A.