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Daniel Morris


From:
Westlake, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 6 Feb 2017 11:06 am     Reply with quote

Tom has just expanded his CHORD CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PEDAL STEEL GUITARIST at his website.
The chapters can be viewed and/or printed out, and there are sound files to boot.
Stop on by, check this out, and see what's new at his site.

My reason for wanting to promote this (and Tom) is that he has been - and continues to be - an invaluable asset to the steel guitar community. Especially for those of us who learned pedal steel well before the internet, he was promoting the instrument, and he hasn't stopped since.
http://www.songwriter.com/bradshaw/chord_construction.php
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Mark Eaton


From:
Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 6 Feb 2017 11:23 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip Daniel, I just sent my request to Tom.
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Jeff Garden


From:
Center Sandwich, New Hampshire, USA
Post Posted 6 Feb 2017 1:25 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks, Daniel...great reference. Tom gets credit for getting me started on pedal steel - I bought my first steel from him 30+ years ago.
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Tom Bradshaw


From:
Walnut Creek, California, USA
Post Posted 18 Feb 2017 3:24 pm     It's a Freebie!!! Reply with quote

Just saw this post. It should be mentioned that this paper/article is free to view, read and download. Unfortunately, the topic is over 90 pages long. So, have a lot of paper on hand. However, maybe it would be best to read it first, then decide if my effort is worth the paper!!! ...Tom
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Jonah Turner


From:
Nebraska, USA
Post Posted 18 Feb 2017 8:16 pm     Reply with quote

Tom, I read a lot of the paper and it seems extremely useful for a beginner like me. Thanks for all of the time and effort you put into it, I can tell it took a lot.
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David Gertschen


From:
Phoenix, Arizona
Post Posted 22 Feb 2017 3:54 pm     Reply with quote

Wow, what a wealth of information! Thanks Tom, for the time and effort to create this.
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Tom Bradshaw


From:
Walnut Creek, California, USA
Post Posted 22 Feb 2017 5:29 pm     Reply with quote

Hey David and Jonah: Thanks for the compliments. However, I find it interesting that over 1,000 have read this posting, but only about 200 have actually opened and read the paper/article. I know it is over 90 pages long, but still, I can't understand why so few choose to open the web page and read it. Anyone with an idea, let me know since I wrote it for everyone.

Incidentally, it isn't just for beginners. Some hard-nosed pro's and advanced musicians have told me they learned a thing or two from reading it.
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Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 23 Feb 2017 3:17 am     Reply with quote

I've looked over several pages of the outstanding article. However, it would be nice to download it.
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Tom Bradshaw


From:
Walnut Creek, California, USA
Post Posted 23 Feb 2017 10:57 am     Downloading and Copying Reply with quote

Downloading and copying the paper is accomplished by following the directions that follow. However, the site was designed to take advantage of linked files. Printing it results in the loss of some of the formatting.

Downloading is the same procedure as is done for any screen or web page you are looking at on any Internet site. Once a section (chapter) of the paper is opened, observe in the upper left portion of your screen the words: "File Edit View Favorites Tools Help". Open the "File" option. A pop-up should provide a list of options. One option is listed as "Save As". Click on it and proceed to save the paper to whatever particular file you prefer (documents, downloads, etc). It will be stored there. I just gave the page a name and downloaded it into one of my "Document" files. Each section of the paper must be downloaded the same. It takes a bit more time than being able to download the whole paper at once, but I chose to break up the 90+ page paper into chapters, so as not to be overwhelming to a reader. Once done, I can access any chapter of the paper any time I want.

If you want to copy all 90+ pages, you do so using the same procedure as you would anything else you've used to copy whatever you're viewing from the Internet. Whatever you’re viewing (whether after you’ve downloaded it or not), observe at the top (left) of your screen a number of words. The first one is "File". The second one is "Edit." If you click on "Edit", a window will open that includes "Select All". Click on it. The whole page will become highlighted. Following that, promptly click on the "File" option, then click "Print". I just did it and the whole topic was printed out for me. You would need to open each chapter of the paper and proceed to copy it in this manner. If you want to eliminate the references to my web site and the listing of items I offer for sale, you will need to highlight (with your mouse) the text of the paper. Once done, proceed to copy it as explained in the first portion of this paragraph.

Unless you have the proper application (App) for downloading the audio files, you can't hear them unless you always open my web site. To provide that option to everyone who doesn’t have the audio app in their computers, I would have had to offer CD's of all the music. I chose to give this paper away, even though it has proven quite expensive to do so. I can't afford to offer that option too, and, I’d need a lot of people telling me they would pay for it in order to justify the expense of having the CD’s manufactured and mailed to them.
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Steven Husting


From:
Germany
Post Posted 25 Feb 2017 7:11 am     Reply with quote

Tom, as a new steel player (but an old six-string player with a good solid understanding of chords and theory) I want to thank you for this document as it answers a lot of questions I had. It presents a lot of useful information organized in a way that suits the way I learn easiest.

Steven
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Dave Stankoski


From:
Vermont
Post Posted 27 Feb 2017 8:04 am     Reply with quote

I just want to extend my thanks as well to Mr Bradshaw for making this available. I'm also a long time (amateur) guitar player just learning PSG and realizing that improving my vague understanding of some of the basics of music theory is the only way to break my tendency to learn by rote.
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Norman Watson


From:
Broken Arrow,Ok.
Post Posted 30 Mar 2017 8:17 pm     chord construction Reply with quote

Great work! Thank you, for sharing.
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Bruce Bjork


From:
Southern Coast of Maine
Post Posted 31 Mar 2017 6:21 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Tom for a great resource, I've copied all 14 chapters to my iPad for future in depth study, muscian for many years with a pretty good handle on theory, your explanation of slight changes to 3rds and 5ths is an eye opener.
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Bryan Staddon


From:
Buffalo,New York,
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 6:09 pm     Thank you very, very much, Reply with quote

Thank you Mr Bradshaw, slowly downloading it all to my Dropbox, all seems to be working well, what a wonderful gift, I'm going to take your advice and finally get this stuff down! Thank you
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steve takacs


From:
beijing, china via pittsburgh
Post Posted 5 May 2017 3:05 pm     Tom Reply with quote

No doubt about it, Tom has been the best for decades now. Stevet
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Jim Reynolds


From:
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Post Posted 15 May 2017 10:31 pm     Reply with quote

I have downloaded it, and printed the entire book. I print on both sides, which most printers do, and it is well worth the cost of the paper, and ink. Thank you Tom, you are one of the greatest.
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Mark Greenway


From:
Lake Kiowa, Texas
Post Posted 16 May 2017 3:16 pm     Reply with quote

Great information. I know that was a lot of work.

Thank you so much for doing that and sharing it with us. That work is a treasure chest of knowledge.
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