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 “Repentance 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.
|Tunings / Samoan Guitar|
|Names||Key / Pitch||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||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 Ta 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 A D F# A C#|
|Ki Tu Fa||Open G||D G D G B D|
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: georgewinston.com [Slack Key Guitar, Book 1 pdf file]