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Slack-key guitar and tab questions.

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(@captain-fretbuzz)
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Here's the first question: what the heck is slack-key guitar? I read this in the Ben Harper and Jack Johnson interview in the current Guitar World Acoustic Magazine. It refers to Hawaii being the slack-key guitar captial of the universe. :o)

Next question for ya'all: what does it mean, in guitar tab, when a note has a slash beside it? For example:

a----5-7--5-5--------------7--/9-7-5----5-5----5-5--7--------|
E-/7---------------------5-5----------3-3---5/7----------5--------|

Cheers,
Captain Fretbuzz.


   
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(@noteboat)
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It's a Hawaiian fingerpicking style. 'Key' in this case refers to the tuning peg key, and 'slack' for loosening the string tension - you could call it simply alternate tuning fingerpicking... except the application of techniques, like hammers and trills, grew up to imitate Hawaiian traditional vocal music.

The master of the style is Keola Beamer.

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(@noteboat)
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Oh, and the slash means to slide into the note.

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(@anonymous)
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Also The 5/7 on the E string is a slide from the 5th to the 7th fret.


   
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(@captain-fretbuzz)
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Thanks guys!

Cheers,
CF


   
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