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How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?

GUEST,the gulchero 03 Mar 02 - 09:18 PM
Bobert 03 Mar 02 - 10:20 PM
Anahootz 03 Mar 02 - 10:21 PM
Mark Cohen 03 Mar 02 - 10:28 PM
M.Ted 03 Mar 02 - 11:33 PM
GUEST,the gulchero 03 Mar 02 - 11:45 PM
GUEST,the gulchero 03 Mar 02 - 11:46 PM
Anahootz 04 Mar 02 - 12:38 AM
M.Ted 04 Mar 02 - 12:50 PM
Bobert 04 Mar 02 - 03:00 PM
M.Ted 04 Mar 02 - 05:01 PM
Mark Cohen 04 Mar 02 - 05:09 PM
M.Ted 04 Mar 02 - 07:33 PM
Rolfyboy6 04 Mar 02 - 08:28 PM
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Subject: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: GUEST,the gulchero
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 09:18 PM

Hey does anyone know how? I just borrowed one to mess with. Is it open G? What are the string notes? thanks, gm


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 10:20 PM

G tuning will work just fine. Tune both E strings to a D (1st and 6th) and the A string (5th) to a G and you're in business...


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Anahootz
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 10:21 PM

Take a gander at This handy little page...Or, If you really wanna see all the possible hawaiian tunings, click Here


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 10:28 PM

That is awesome, Anahootz. (Of course, since the Hawaiian alphabet doesn't have a D or a G you'll probably be more authentic if you stay in A or E tuning...)

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: M.Ted
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 11:33 PM

The first page, Anahootz, is really worth a look for anyone interested in steel guitar, since it gives info on many of the great players, with info on their tunings, as well. Best of all, he explains that Hawaiian Steel, Dobro, and Slide Guitar are not the same--The second page is not for the fainthearted--


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: GUEST,the gulchero
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 11:45 PM


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: GUEST,the gulchero
Date: 03 Mar 02 - 11:46 PM

Stop! Enough already. I just wanted the simple answer not the whole book. thanks gm


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Anahootz
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:38 AM

Ask, and ye shall receive a hell of a lot more than ye bargained for...

;)

'hootz


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 12:50 PM

Just because your question was simple, doesn't mean the answer is--and Mark is right--G is not a hawaiian tuning--the A tunings are the most traditional--


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Bobert
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 03:00 PM

ANAHOOTZ: Thanks for a great link. I just printed all 11 pages and will stash it in my resonator notebook.

Guest, the Golchero: Don't get to bogged down. Use the G tuning and if you want an A use a capo on the 2nd fret. These two will keep you entertained for quite a while. When you feel like you've got a feel for playing in open tunings, then play with some of the others. Lots of folks around here like drop D tuning and it is easy to get to but you have a lot on your plate now. Also, find a heavy slide either in glass or metal that fits your pinky finger and play around with that. Some folks like to slide with other fingers to keep the pinky open for fretting above the slide but for just getting started, it is my opinion that the pinky will work best for you. I have done some experiementing with using two slides. One full (on the middle finger) and one stubby (on the pinky finger) and have gotten some interesting sounds, but I don't reccomend this for starting out. Stay with the pinky for now.


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 05:01 PM

That is "slide guitar", Bobert, not Steel Guitar--didn't you read those eleven pages?;-)


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 05:09 PM

M.Ted, the bit about G and D was a joke! I don't play Hawaiian steel and have no idea what the "traditional" tunings are! Guess I shoulda used those silly signs, eh? ;-)

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: M.Ted
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 07:33 PM

It was A7, mostly Mark, so you were right--the tunings must be in the air--


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Subject: RE: How do I tune a Hawaiian guitar?
From: Rolfyboy6
Date: 04 Mar 02 - 08:28 PM

Hey El Gulchero, Anahootz steered you to the real deal, generally known as Brad's Page of Steel, one of the great helpful instrument pages on the net. You're right not to dive heavy into it until you fool with your instrument, but the Page of Steel is there waiting for your next questions. Enjoy.


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