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April 22, 2024
101 - Keola Beamer

In episode 101 of “Have Guitar Will Travel”, presented by Vintage Guitar Magazine! Host James Patrick Regan speaks with slack key guitarist Keola Beamer, the two of them cover Keola’s Slack Key (and Hawaiian culture) immersion camp “Aloha Music Camp”. They talk about how Keola brought Tablature to slack key (and possibly guitar in general) bringing it over from lute transcriptions for his first slack key book in 1971. They discuss why slack key was kept a family secret in the missionary era of Hawaii and they talk about the first recorded songs of Slack Key, Gabby Pahinui’s “Hi'ilawe” and Chet Atkin’s rendition of Leonard Kwan’s “Opihi Moemoe”. They discuss Keola’s first exposure to Slack Key and how the exposure changed the direction of his life. They discuss Keola’s relationship with luthier Steve Grimes and Keola’s thoughts behind guitar making. Keola discusses his collaborations with other cultures around the world and work he did for the State department doing cultural programs in countries that adversaries to the U.S. You can find out more about Keola at his website: And you can find out more about the Aloha Music Camp at their website: Please like, comment and share this podcast! . . #VintageGuitarmagazine #VintageGuitar #guitar #Guitar #KeolaBeamer #alohamusiccamp #hawaii #Hawaiianculture #acousticguitar #Slackkey #theDeadlies #kihoalu #guitarfinds #haveguitarwilltravelpodcast #guitarcollector #Travelwithguitars #haveguitarwilltravel #hgwt #HGWT

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