Tuning: F Wahine (C-F-C-G-C-E) capoed up to the 9th fret to the key of D
Level: Advanced

Introduction

My arrangement for this dulcet original is from my recording “Moe ʻUhane Kīkā" and centers on two steel string guitars in F Wahine tuning (C-F-C-G-C-E) capoed up to the 9th fret to sound in the key of D. (A third guitar, also tuned to F Wahine, is occasionally added and played in the key of C while capoed to the 2nd fret to sound in the key of D. )

The song reflects both my love for my wife and a musician's heightened sensitivity to sounds. My wife, Moana, has a small collection of Hawaiian music boxes. As she gets ready for work, she enjoys lifting the lids of the little koa boxes and hearing the music waft through the house. One day I sat down and imagined what a little slack key music box would sound like if it were sitting on the dresser in her room.

After you have finished this piece, go on to Winter Tide.

Keola Beamer

Lesson Resources

Tuning: F Wahine (C-F-C-G-C-E) capoed up to the 9th fret to the key of D

Tablature: PDF of Slack Key Music Box

Audio File: M4A Audio of Slack Key Music Box

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