Tag Archives: c6 tuning

Harmonic Mechanisms for Steel Guitar

Back in the late 1980s, I was lucky enough to have a guitar lesson with Mike Stern. I would also see him play fairly regularly and have a talk over a cup of coffee (Sheridan Square Diner (r.i.p.) ). Mike … Continue reading

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A Speedy West classic arranged for C6

This is a classic tune by Speedy West called Skiddle-Dee-Boo. This particular arrangement was one of the first of Speedy’s tunes that I transcribed–I may have started with a few easier ones. But this particular tune had some real meat … Continue reading

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Joaquin Murphey’s solo on Yearnin’ transcribed

Hi everyone! With all this excitement over the Joaquin Murphey solos book by John McGann and Andy Volk, which is sold here, I’ve got the itch to dive back in and do some more transcribing. I think there’s enough great … Continue reading

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Playing the Part: transcribing music from other instruments on the steel — Raphael McGregor

This month, I am very pleased to present a contribution from friend and fellow steel guitarist, Raphael McGregor, of NYC. Raphael has been busy cutting new trails with his steel guitar for years, and his first CD as leader, Fretless, … Continue reading

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Mike Stern’s “Upside Downside” for C6

This is a great tune from Mike Stern’s Upside Downside LP (yes, I still have the vinyl) from about ’87. Mike has been a big influence on me and even on lap steel guitar I find his compositions very fruitful. … Continue reading

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Super-Charged Picking with Octave Displacement

WARNING: This post may contain material that makes you want to bang your head against the wall! You may or may not be familiar with Pat Martino’s 12 Chromatic Forms for Guitar, a series of octave displacement patterns famously adapted … Continue reading

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New book: “Steelin’ Scales & Modes”

I finally finished what seemed to take forever just to conceptualize–and that is my latest book, “Steelin’ Scales & Modes” for C6 tuning. This is Volume 1 of what should a 2 volume set–there is no way I could have … Continue reading

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Do the Math–use intervals to learn the fretboard, Part 2

In the first installation, we took a look at identifying intervallic shapes or patterns as we move up and down the length of our strings. I refer to this as vertical, since it implies moving up and down. I think … Continue reading

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Do the Math–use intervals to learn the fretboard

OK, so you play steel guitar. One of the things you find out first is that there are a multitude of tunings and most steel players are pretty fluent in several of them. This is one of the moments when … Continue reading

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Steel Guitar Fundamentals – the Major Scale in C6 tuning

One of the essential building blocks in all of Western music is the Major scale. It is the basis for our melody and harmony–yet if you ask many lap steel players to play a major scale in any key, you … Continue reading

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Conversation with Jeremy Wakefield

“Jeremy Wakefield is more like Speedy West fused with Jerry Byrd. And a little bit of Noel Boggs.” Those are the words used by Wayne Hancock to describe Jeremy Wakefield’s playing, and he isn’t far from the truth. Throw in … Continue reading

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The subtle nuances of style

I’ve spent a lot of time working my way up to snuff on the steel guitar by going back to the beginning and working my way up through the styles of the times. Taking what I like from the players … Continue reading

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Unravelling the mysteries of steel guitar tunings, part 2

Warning: I spell all of my steel guitar tunings from high to low. After several years of playing (the first few being laden with frustration and confusion), I’ve arrived at the point where it’s all starting to make sense to … Continue reading

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New book in the works!

I’m really excited about a book I’m almost through with: Bebop Heads for C6 Lap Steel Guitar. It is exactly what it says it is: I’ve taken 12 very popular Bebop heads and painstakingly arranged them for C6 lap steel, … Continue reading

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Swing your honey to the Sugarfoot Rag

A few months ago a great guitarist in NYC asked if I would be available to sit in with him and his band. I was ecstatic, of course. He sent me several charts and “Sugarfoot Rag” was one of them. … Continue reading

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Some “Dos and Don’ts” of Lap Steel Guitar

Here are a few tips for those who are learning to play the steel guitar. Some of them may seem obvious; some of them not so much. 1. Don’t be discouraged by the difficulty of getting your chord grips together … Continue reading

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Better late than never….

OK, so my wife is right about me: I don’t like to stop and ask for directions. I always wind up taking the long, scenic route. Is that so bad? Hey, I read Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance. … Continue reading

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