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HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITARIST

         The origins of the Hawaiian Slack Key tradition happened in the 1830’s when Mexican vaqueros who had been brought to the Big Island to teach cow-herding to the Hawaiians gave several guitars to the Hawaiians as gifts before returning to Monterey, California.
         The vaqueros gave no instruction to the Hawaiians on how to tune the guitar correctly and so over the course of many years and decades the Hawaiians experimented with innumerable ways to tune the guitar, and in the process created many ingenious guitar tunings.
         For the most part these tunings are created by loosening, or slacking, the tuning keys of the guitar, hence the words slack key, translated from the Hawaiian ki ho alu.