E Mama E
(in E9th tuning)
Tablature for Lap Steel Guitar by David J. Stewart
Here is my MP3 recording of E Mama E | My Video
that you are welcome to share and use as you wish. The backing track is a wonderful arrangement that I made with Band-In-A-Box version 2010.5. I added some birds and waves to give it that special touch. Enjoy!
Although the C6th is by far the best and most popular tuning for Hawaiian music, there are some beautiful songs in other less popular tunings that are certainly worthy of learning. There's no sound like the E9th tuning, and E Mama E is as Hawaiian as it gets. The song starts in the key of C, then modulates to key of G and then finishes in A.
"( )" below means optional note, which here would give you a diminished chord.E____________________________________*8___12___13___15___13___13__B____7___7~~8___7___~10___9~___8____*8________________________13__G#___7___7~~8___7___(10)_______8___*8_____11___13___14___13___13__F#__________________~9____________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D_____*Palm harmonics chimed one octave higher.___________________E____12___11~~10_________10___14~~15___________________15_________B____12___11~~10________10____14~~15________________15~~~_________G#___12___11~~10_______10_____14~~15__________14~15~~~~~~_________F#____________________10___________________15~~~~~~~~~~~~_________E____________________10______________**15~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~_________D___________________10_________________15~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~_________**ABOVE: Play notes at 15th fret and let them continue to ring as you drop back to fret14 to pick string 3, then slide back up to fret 15 to pick 2 and 1.E_______12____12____~13___12~~10___7~_____________7~~8___8__RepeatB______________________________________8~______8_________8__first_G#___11____11_____12______________________~9_____________8__verse_F#__________________________________________________________over__E_________________________________________________________________D_________________________________________________________________Time out from song...
A GREAT HAWAIIAN TECHNIQUEI wanted to stop here and teach you a Hawaiian technique that is very nice.Here's an example I played to show you this technique. I recommend using a reverse barslant, but you can just keep the bar straight and slide it if you'd like. I think twistingthe bar feels more natural...E_______12____12____~13___12~~10__________________________________B_________________________________________________________________G#___11____11_____12______________________________________________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D______*Palm Harmonics____________________________________________**BELOW: First pick the 2nd string on fret 7, then slant the bar upward, raising only therear part of the bar toward fret 8. The front part of the bar is still on fret 7 acrossstring 1. Then you pick string 1 at the 7th fret and slide the whole bar down to fret 6,picking string 2 again...E_________7~________7~8___8_____*8________________________________B___**7~8_____6__8________8____*8_________________________________G#________________________8___*8__________________________________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D_________*Palm Harmonics_________________________________________Then after playing this, you do the same thing, but up at fret 12. Except this timeyou're going to drop back down to the 9th fret and pick string 3 instead. It sounds veryE_____________7____7___~8___7~~5_______2~_______2~3___3___________B_______________________________**2~3_____1__3________3___________G#_________6____6____6________________________________3___________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D____*Palm Harmonics______________________________________________E___________12~_________7~8___8_____*8____________________________B____12~13__________8_________8____*8_____________________________G#______________9_____________8___*8______________________________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D____*Palm Harmonics______________________________________________You can play these musical pieces without doing a reverse bar slant, but it feelsawkward to me and not natural. It's your choice. Slanting the bar is also good showmanshipin front of an audience. You'll learn quickly that technique is everything while playingsteel guitar, especially Hawaiian music. I don't claim to have "that sound," but I'malways working on it. Making videos and audio recordings helps me to hear what I'm playingand see what works and what doesn't, what sounds good and what doesn't.In today's modern world, there are a dozen ways to record. I prefer a USB computerinterface and the program MixCraft, which allows me to change pitch and song key if Iwant. I only use the basic $75 program, but if you also want to be able to add effects(like reverb) after you record, then you need the pro Version of MixCraft. There are also some YouTube videos explaining how to use MixCraft, but it's fairly easy.I simply record from the "REC OUT" of my Roland MicroCube and use the reverb of the amp;however, I cannot change the recording later on. If I recorded dry with the pro versionof MixCraft, then I could add reverb afterwards, or other effects. Simply put, the proversion of MixCraft gives you total control over your sound after you've recorded it;whereas the basic version doesn't allow you any editing. Still, the basic version doeseverything I need. I've never wanted to change my reverb after recording.Here's another way of playing a very recognizable Hawaiian riff...E__________________7~8___8____OR_____7~~8_________________________B____8__________8________8___________8~~8_________________________G#_________8~9___________8___________9~~8_________________________F#______8_________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D_________________________________________________________________
BACK TO OUR SONG...E____9___10_____*10_________________________**3M__________7___8___B____9___10____*10_____2~~3___2___~5___4__3____3F_________________G#___9___10___*10______2~~3___2________4__3_____3T________6___8___F#________________________________~4_____________**3M_____________E___________________________________________________3F____________D____*Palm Harmonics_________________________________3T___________**ABOVE: This is a beautiful technique, especially in this particular song. These aretriplets, that is, 3 notes played in the time space of one note. These notes are pickedbackwards. I have labeled the fingering (M=middle, F=forefinger and T=thumb). It takes alittle practice, but you'll be doing it in no time. Here is a sample of me playing thismusical piece by itself to help you hear, recognize and learn this great technique.E____10___8________8~7__________6~5___4~3___~9~10_________________B_________8____8___8~7____7~6___6~5___4~3_________________________G#___9____8____8___8~7____7~6___6~5___4~3___~9~10___8__9__10______F#__________________________________________________8__9__10______E______________8__________________________________________________D_________________________7~6_______________________8__9__10______E_____*10_____7____7___~8___7~~5_______2~_______2~3___3__2__1__0__B____*10________________________**2~3_____1__3________3__2__1__0__G#_________6____6____6________________________________3__2__1__0__F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D____*Finger Harmonics____________________________________________**ABOVE: It is very important to do a reverse bar slant here or this piece will likelylack the sound you want. By slanting the bar, you eliminate the time it takes to move thebar from fret 3 to fret 2, thus making your playing more smooth, which in this particularmusical piece is critical. Try it and you will see that you'll feel much more natural andrelaxed by slanting the bar. If you don't slant the bar, you can still play the part, butit isn't the same to me. I have to do a bar slant to feel comfortable playing this. Dowhat you feel comfortable with as a musician.E_________*12________________________**5_________9__~10__~12___10___B________*12____4~~5___4___7~6____5_____5______________________10___G#______*12_____4~~5___4__________5______5_______8__~10__~11___10___F#_____*12_________________6~~______________5_______________________E_____*12_______4~~5___4_____________________5______________________D____________*Finger Harmonics (use pinky)____5_**triplet back-rake_E_________________________7___11~12__________________12_____9___9_B_______10~~15~14________7____11~12_________________12____________G#_____10~~~14~13_______7_____11~12________11___12________8___8___F#____10~~~~13~12______7________________12~~~___12________________E___*10~~~~~12~11_____7______________12~~~~~~_____________________D____________________7_______________12~~~~~~___12________________*ABOVE: This is such an amazing chord spanning across 4 frets.E_____~10___9~~7________4~_______4~5___5____*5________9~__________B__________________4~5_____3__5________5___*5____9~10_______5_____G#__8__________________________________5 *5_____________6________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D______*Palm Harmonics____________________________________________E___4~5____5~~17______END_________________________________________B__________5~~17__________________________________________________G#_________5~~17__________________________________________________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D_________________________________________________________________
A COUPLE DIFFERENT WAYS TO PLAY SOME THINGSE____~15___13___13~~12~~11~~10_____|__**3_________You can hear____B_______________13~~12~~11~~10_____|_____3________this E9th back-_G#___~14___13___13~~12~~11~~10_____|______3_______rake technique__F#______________13~~12~~11~~10_____|_______3______here.___________E_______________13~~12~~11~~10_____|________3_____________________D_______________13~~12~~11~~10_____|_________3____________________**ABOVE: Here's a triplet back-raking exercise that simply moves up the E9th neck from fret3, one fret at a time. This requires excellent picking coordination and is great practice.This technique sounds great in E Mama E on the E9th tuning.E_____14~15____3___5~~6___*7~~~~15_______12____12____~13__12~~10__B_____14~15_______________________________________________________G#____14~15____3___4~~5___*6~~~~15____11____11____11______________F#________________________________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D_____*Do a nice long slide and take your time.___________________E___________________7__________________4___5______________________B________________7_________________5_______5______________________G#____5___6___7~~~~~~____5___5~6___________5______________________F#____5___6___7~~~~~~_____________________________________________E_________________________________________________________________D_____5___6___7~~~~~~____5___5~6__________________________________BELOW: One of the great things about the E9th tuning is that you can strum it all theway across and it sounds fantastic. Play this on any beach and people will think they'rein Hawaii if it's not already Hawaii.E_________4~3_________3~~14~15______This can be used as an _______B________4~~3________3~~~14~15______intro for E Mama E in the_____G#______4~~~3_______3~~~~14~15______key of C._____________________F#_____4~~~~3______3~~~~~14~15____________________________________E_____4~~~~~3_____3~~~~~~14~15____________________________________D____4~~~~~~3____3~~~~~~~14~15____________________________________
Here are a Few Excellent Rhythm Tracks for E Mama E...
- E Mama E (This is the track that I used to record my song. It has a pleasant slower tempo, the way I recorded it and like it. Key of C, with birds and waves. The song later modulates to the keys of G and then A. I personally recorded these waves on the island of Kauai at about 11 p.m. in May of 2011. They were recorded at 192 kbps quality. 128 kbps is CD quality. Add these to some of your tracks and it will really create some atmosphere to your music and recordings. Share them freely.)
- E Mama E (same as above; but with no birds or waves)
- E Mama E (same as first track, but with a gentle guitar intro; this track has birds and waves)
- E Mama E (same as first track, but with a gentle guitar intro; NO birds or waves)
Faster Backing Tracks...
- E Mama E (same song and key, with birds and waves; but FASTER and with a gentle guitar intro)
- E Mama E (same song and key, no birds or waves; but FASTER and with a gentle guitar intro)
I recorded 'E Mama E' from the "REC OUT" on my Roland MicroCube into MixCraft ($75 basic, version 5.2) onto my computer via a USB interface. It works really nice.
Once you've loaded your USB device drivers, look for the USB driver (device) in MixCraft after arming the recording button. There's a drop down menu next to the "ARM" button where you can select your recording input source.
I simply used the reverb on the Roland MicroCube, which I set at about 4 o'clock on the amp's knob. I prefer a moderate amount of reverb in this song. When playing country music on my pedal steel guitar (through my Peavey Session 400 or Fender Princeton Reverb), I only set my reverb at about 4, but for Hawaiian I set it at 7-8 (with exceptions). On some faster Hawaiian songs (like Lovely Hula Hands) I might set it to 5-6. For slower dreamy songs like Moon Of Manakoora and Bali Hai, it want a lot of reverb.
You are welcome to use these tracks for your music projects and share with others.
'E Mama E' played by David J. Stewart (high quality MP3)
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