Slack Key and Steel Guitar Workshop with Guitar Masters
Jim Kimo West & Ken Emerson
Saturday, July 7, 2018
2:00 - 4:30 pm
Presented by Cord International Media Group
Jim Kimo West & Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. This is a rare opportunity to study with both master players on the same day, up-close and personal.
Played from the heart and soul through the fingers, and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian slack key is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. In slack key, some of the strings are slacked from the standard tuning, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.
The Hawaiian steel guitar is considered THE signature sound of island music. Differentiated by its sliding bars, fret adapters, and finger pickings, it revolutionized the music of Hawaii and widened its appeal to global proportions, also influencing countless music genres.
Slack key and acoustic steel guitar masters Ken Emerson and Jim Kimo West present an intimate learning experience for beginning to intermediate level students.
Slack key guitar students will get specialized instruction from both Ken and Kimo, who will share their individual styles and techniques.
Class will start off with chord progressions, riffs, turnarounds and classic songs in the Open G or "Taro Patch" tuning and then move to the "Drop C" tuning.
Steel guitar students will get specialized instruction from Ken who will share his unique SLACK/STEEL technique, bar slants, harmonics and sound effects.
Adding to the mix will be a short performance, some "talk story" and a Q & A forum.
Additional tunings & techniques will be covered on request.
Workshop Cost: $40.00 per person
Chord Dictionary and Tabs will be provided.
Participants MUST BRING a steel or nylon 6-String Guitar and Tuner.
Video & Audio Recording is ENCOURAGED.
No experience necessary.