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Hawaiian Steel Guitar

By Lorene Ruymar

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Fretted. Guitar Reference, Hawaiian. Softcover. 214 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications (HL.192).

Item Number: HL.192

ISBN 1574240218. 9x12 inches. Sponsored by the Hawaiian Guitar Association compiled & edited by Lorene Ruymar.

The term “steel guitar” can refer to instruments with multiple tunings, 6 to 14 strings, and even multiple fretboards. To add even more confusion, the term “Hawaiian guitar” refers to an instrument played flat on the lap with a steel bar outside of Hawaii, but in Hawaii, it is the early term for the slack key guitar. Lorene Ruymar clears up the confusion in her new book that takes a look at Hawaiian music; the origin of the steel guitar and its spread throughout the world; Hawaiian playing styles, techniques and tunings; and more. Includes hundreds of photos, a foreword by Jerry Byrd, and a bibliography and suggested reading list.

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