A beautiful medley inspired by several slack key greats.
Previous peak charts position #192
Previous peak charts position in subgenre #5
James Garson/Ozzie Kotani/Leonard Kwan
2004 James Garson
September 26, 2004
Story behind the song
I first started to try to play guitar in my 20s, and stopped playing until recently. I started getting interested in slack key about five years ago, but have only been working seriously for about two years (thanks to George Kahumoku's last two workshops).
This song is a mixture of things in Drop C tuning. It starts with a version of Exercise 9 (Namaka's Mele) in Ozzie Kotani's book. Then there is a bridge of mine using a D chord (use your thumb to get the low D on the second fret). It then moves on to something of mine inspired by Leonard Kwan's Medley of Pretty Kehulani and Ipo Hula on track #2 of his Keala's Mele. I chose it for the CD because I love the rumbly sound you can get when you land on the lowest strings in drop C tuning, and the way the vamps just lie under your fingers.
Tuning: Drop C (CGDGBD)