Guitar style, open tunings, and stringband music in Papua New Guinea

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Abstract

Acoustic guitar an ukulele based ensembles, known as stringbands, developed in Papua New Guinea in the second half of the twentieth century. A variety of regional stringband styles are evident, differentiated through language, singing style, ensemble texture, and rhythm. This book examines some unique stringband guitar styles, exploring different open tunings, playing styles, and how these contribute to regional style differentiation. The study offers an insight into the innovative use of introduced instruments, overseas popular music forms, and provides and example of musical adaptation to societal change through the development of relevant, vernacular styles.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBoroko, Papua New Guinea
PublisherInstitute of Papua New Guinea Studies
ISBN (Print)9980680482
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameApwitihire : studies in Papua New Guinea musics
PublisherInstitute of Papua New Guinea Studies

Keywords

  • Popular music--Papua New Guinea
  • Guitar music--Papua New Guinea
  • Stringed instruments--Papua New Guinea
  • Music--Social aspects--Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea--Social life and customs

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