Samoa

The alternate guitar tunings as represented on this page from the Samoan slack key tradition of Igi Le.

1.) Standard Tuning E / A / D / G / B / E called “Ki Sepaniolo” meaning “Spanish Tuning” or “Standard Tuning” and is mainly played in the key of C.

2.) Open G Major tuning D / G / D / G / B / D in Hawaiian slack key it is called the Tarro Patch tuning. In Samoa it is called “Ki Tu Fa” which probably means “Fourth Position Key”.

3.) A variation of the G Major Tuning G / F / D / G / B / D called “Sui Ki A Le Ki Tu Fa” meaning “Slack Key of the Open G” – and “sui” means “change” or “weaken”, which could also be taken to mean “slack”.

4.) D Wahine Tuning D / A / D / F# / A / C# sometimes called “Ki Salamo” and also “Reptance Tuning”.  This tuning was likely introduced originally from Hawaiian Slack Key.

5.) The Sui Ki Maualuga or High Slack Key tuning in Hawaiian Slack Key is C / G / C / G / A / E as used by Leonard Kwan. Also the Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist Sonny Chillingworth used a C Mauna Loa Tuning that he called the Samoan Mauna Loa Tuning F / G / C / G / C / E – on the Samoan song “Let Me Hear You Whisper” on his
recording Sonny Solo. Note the tunings are similar to one another.

6.) There is an undocumented tuning called “Ki Tu Lua” or the “Second Position Key”. It is speculated that this tuning could be the F Wahine tuning C / F / C / G / C / E  for reference the Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist Sonny Chillingworth occasionally played in a C major tuning that he called the “Samoan C major tuning F / G / C / G / C / E.

Samoan Guitar Tunings
Name Nomenclature Region Tunings
Ki Sepaniolo Standard * E / A / D / G / B / E
Ki Ta Lua   C / F / C / G / C / E
Sui Ki Maualuga High Slack Key C6 C / G / C / G / A / C 
Sui Ki Maualuga High Slack Key C / G / C / G / A / E
Ki Ta Lua Second Position Key C / G / C / G / C / E
Ki Tu Lua Second Position Key F / G / C / G / C / E 
Sui Ki A Le Ki Tu Fa Slack Key Open G G / F / D / G / B / D
Ki Salamo Repentance Tuning D Maj 7 D / A / D / F# / A / C#
Ki Tu Fa Open G Major G  D / G / D / G / B / D

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: georgewinston.com [Slack Key Guitar, Book 1 pdf file] ;

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