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    Default Slack key tutorials?

    Hi,

    I'm falling hard for the slack key sound. Ledward Kaapana is magical.
    https://youtu.be/GOJCqIbGAZg

    Anybody have suggestions for beginner slack key tutorials? So far the only one I've found that I like is Harry Koizumi's youtube channel. (he does great uke tutorials also!)

    Thanks in advance!

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    Slack key is definitely magical! And you're on the right track with Ledward Kaapana. He and Bob Bozman do a great guitar video lesson available​ through Homespun Music. The song Slack Key Lullaby sounds great on uke.

    Keola Beamer has a few videos and CD lessons for guitar also.

    If you're looking for ukulele slack key specifically, check out Mark Nelson:

    https://youtu.be/g9_M7GL9ZtE

    Uncle Mark has a book called the Uke Buke that goes along with these videos for Slack Key Ukulele.

    That ought to get you started. Be sure to check on out the forum http://www.taropatch.net/forum for some great info, video and links regarding all things slack key. They even have a page dedicated specifically to slack key uke!

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    I took a couple of slack key ukulele workshops at the Reno and Palm Springs uke festivals; Jason Arimoto taught both of them and had a lot of insight in adapting traditional guitar slack key to ukulele (and had some great songs as handouts). He might be available to do a few Skype/Facetime lessons with you. A nice guy--and uber talented!
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    Default slack key book

    How about this one:

    "Slide & Slack Key Ukulele: A Collection of Songs, Licks, Tunings and Techniques to Expand the Uke's Musical Horizons Paperback" by Fred Sokolow

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    It's probably not a beginner's piece, but I have one tutorial video up, a version of "Pali O Ka Moa" in drop C:



    and there's a link to the tab here: http://www.kaleponi.com/2013/08/03/p...-moa-tutorial/ .

    Speaking of Ledward, I have a playlist of the videos I've shot of the two of us playing together: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...jNm79hjuZ9PrPt

    For me Ozzie Kotani is "the guy" for slack key instruction. He has published a book and a couple of DVDs that really lay out the style. I think he publishes some free stuff at his website: http://www.ozziekotani.com

    Fran

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    Thanks everyone for the resources! I was mainly looking for slack key guitar help. But the uke info should come in handy! Good reason to put a Low G on & convert one of the ukes to a slack key tuning.

    I'm trying the slack key on an electric guitar because I'm tired of breaking my strings when I tune & detune my acoustic. Does this happen a lot? (& I can't go the get "another acoustic" route - I'm not "allowed" to bring another guitar in the house...HA!)

    And thank you, Fran, for the wonderful links! You & Mr. Kaapana make a great duo!

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