Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Instruction: Moving Forward by Looking Back

The term kïkä kï höÿalu, Hawaiian slack key guitar, describes a style of guitar playing that has evolved since the introduction of the guitar to the Hawaiian archipelago in the early 19th century. While slack key guitar began to develop at least 50 years after the first arrival of Western explorers in 1778, many precontact and immediate postcontact Hawaiian elements of classical Hawaiian education have been transmitted in it. This article describes several of the ways knowledge of slack key guitar technique and repertoire have changed by profiling five guitarists and examining their experiences learning or transmitting knowledge of the style. Such knowledge tends to be transmitted through observation and imitation from generation to generation within the ÿohana (family), and outside of the family using modern teaching tools and...

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