This is an arrangement of the famous lullaby Hine E Hine with a structural adjustment from the original format. The song was composed by Fanny Rose Porter (1868–1916), a versatile contralto singer whose stage name was Te Rangi Pai (‘The Beautiful Spirit’). In December 1900 she went to England where she studied with the baritone Charles Stanley and also gave many concerts. Returning to New Zealand in 1905 she became famous in 1907 for her composition Hine e Hine.
The guitar is tuned in altered dropped-d tuning as follows:
1 = E nat
2 = B nat
3 = G nat
4 = E nat
5 = A nat
6 = D nat
For those who find the sharpened 4th string too tight and uncomfortable to play, try a lower tension string.
An alternative option is to tune all strings down a tone (1=D, 2=A, 3=F, 4=D, 5=G, 6=C). This gives a deeper, richer sound but can be less practical in concert situations if re-tuning mid-performance.
Difficulty : Moderate to advanced
Also available in the following combined publication with three other Maori Folk Song Inventions.
Maori Folk Song Inventions