Steel guitar chords

Steel guitar became visible outside of Hawaii in the early 20th century as Hawaiian steel guitarists such as Frank Ferera and Sol Hoʻopiʻi brought the instrument to North American theaters and nightclubs. On commercially records released through the 1920s and early 1930s, Hawaiian steel guitarists such as Ferera, Ho’opi’i, “King” Bennie Nawahi, Sol K. Bright and others recorded a mix of Hawaiian folk music standards, such as “Wahine Ui” and “Tu-Tu-E-, Tu-Tu-Hoi”, and North American popular songs, which often had Hawaiian- or tropical-themed lyrics. These guitarists performed on either traditional acoustic guitars played as lap steel guitars, or on acoustic resonator guitars, which were prized for the extra volume they could produce. As electric lap steels became widely available in the mid-1930s, some artists like Ho’opi’i switched to the new electric instruments.