Once closely guarded family secrets, slack key guitar tunings fall into five basic categories: Major, Wahine, Mauna Loa, Niʻihau/Old Mauna Loa and miscellaneous. Tunings were often passed down within a family and unique styles developed within a region of an island. Even today, slack key artists are likely to draw from the traditions of the area where they grew up and from the music of their ʻohana (family.)
Andy primarily plays in the following tunings:
- Taro Patch (D-G-D-G-B-D)
- Namakelua’s Tuning (D-G-D-F#-B-D)
- Leonard’s C (C-G-D-G-B-D)
- Keola’s C (C-G-D-G-B-E)
- C6th Mauna Loa (C-G-E-G-A-E)
For more information on tunings and Hawaiian slack key guitar, read Dancing Cat Production’s Slack Key Information Booklet.