Slack key requires expert coordination by the musician who simultaneously plays bass, melody and rhythm. Ki ho‘alu (slack key) is also a reflection of the player's emotions at the time. When asked to explain slack key, Gabby repeatedly answered "I just play the way I feel." He said he could play the same song in the same tuning and each time it would sound different. The bottom line for Gabby was "Do it from your heart."

Here are 12 traditional Hawaiian favorites performed by the undisputed master of slack key guitar, Gabby Pahinui (1921-1980) – all straight from his heart.

Song lyrics and translations are included .

Album Tracks:

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  1. Hi'ilawe
  2. Ki Ho'alu (Slack Key Instrumental)
  3. Nanea Ko Maka I Ka Le'ale'a
  4. Lihu'e
  5. Lei Nani
  6. Slack Key Medley:  Nani Wale Lihu'e/Silver Threads Among the Gold/Wai'alae
  7. Wai Hu'ihu'i O Ke Aniani
  8. Slack Key Hula Medley:  Mauna Loa/Moana Chimes/Pua Be Still
  9. Mauna Loa
  10. 'Ahulili
  11. I Ka Po Me Ka Ao
  12. Farewell Medley:  Isa Lei/Aloha 'Oe

Item CodePure Gabby
Price$12.95 EA
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