9 Off The Charts Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Instrumental Music Videos
Hawaiian Slack-key guitar is a fingerstyle genre of guitar music that originated in Hawai’i. Its name refers to its characteristic open tunings: the English term is a translation of the Hawaiian kī hōʻalu, which means “loosen the [tuning] key”. The kī hōʻalu style originated from Mexican cowboys in the late 19th century. They taught the Hawaiians the rudiments of playing, but then left Hawaii, allowing Hawaiians to develop the style on their own not being able to “properly” tune the guitar.
The Hawaiian ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, mainly from Madeira and the Azores. The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.