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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 7:29 pm     Reply with quote

Hey... it's not that kind of video! Surprised

"Penetration" is a 1960s surf guitar tune by the Pyramids. The tuning I'm using (high to low): D, C, Bb, A, G, F. I created the tuning specifically for this song. The song did not lay out well on the standard tunings so I retuned the strings to match the melody of the song. I posted a thread a while back about retuning strings to play certain songs. After I recorded the song I started to analyze the tuning, and I think it would be called Gm9/11. Hope you like it. Surfs up!

---click it---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1WTjvf8hG8


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Steffen Gunter


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Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 9:41 pm     Reply with quote

Behave! Great surf sound here!
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Ron Ellison


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 1:10 am     Reply with quote

That tuning sounds like it would work for just about every surf tune ever..
Sounds great! I gotta try it, thanks Doug!
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Mike A Holland


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 5:12 am     Reply with quote

Excellent Doug. I love the fact that you play a lot of your music on a 6 string Lap Steel.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 5:48 am     Reply with quote

Thanks all. Yes, I like 6-string lap steels a lot. I like the challenge of working out arrangements on only six strings. Thanks for listening!
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Andrew Roblin


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 5:54 am     Reply with quote

What a pleasure to hear your excellent music and see how you do it. Thank you for sharing the tuning. And thank you for another inspiring performance.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 6:11 am     Reply with quote

Very cool, Mr. B.

I agree with Mike that what Doug does with only six strings is truly amazing.

That old black Gibson Century-6 is one fine sounding instrument. Realizing that my opinion is indeed in the minority, every 6-string Gibson lap steel I have ever played* knocks the boobs off every 6-string Fender lap steel I've ever played. And they sell for considerably less money nowadays. Gibson lap steels are truly one of the few bargains in the vintage guitar market.

* With the notable exception of the Skylark, which was basically Gibson's answer to Fender's Champ. Skylarks are possibly the most overpriced 6-string lap steel in the vintage market, in my opinion.
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Frank James Pracher


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 6:16 am     Reply with quote

That's awesome! I think I might have to try that. I love surf music.
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Stefan Robertson


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 6:23 am     Reply with quote

I think the tuning is actually

Gmadd9/11

rather than Gm9/11

as there is no b7 as is crucial when suggesting a m9
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 6:50 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for the positive comments. Regarding the Gibson Skylark, I once did a side by side comparison of a Skylark and my Century 6, and the Skylark had much less sustain. The notes died out quickly. Vintage guitar dealers ask sky high prices for the Skylark because the body is Korina wood, which is something special in the world of vintage Gibson guitars. The original Flying V and Explorer were Korina. And the Skylark has the same headstock Logo that was on the Flying V. Guitar collectors and dealers have driven the prices up, but the Skylark was Gibson's student model lap steel back in the day. Hence the fret numbers on the fretboard.

Stefan, wouldn't the F be the b7?

I retuned C6 up to this tuning. That means string 6 (C) has to go all the way up to F! And string 5 (E) has to go up to G. I use a .036 for the C, on a short scale lap steel. Tuning up to F was doable. If you're using a .038 you might want to change that string for this tuning.
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 7:11 am     Reply with quote

Hey Doug...I had forgotten all about that tune "penetration"...I used to play that back in the 60s on guitar and still have the 45 original recording of it by the Pyramids...very cool playing ! I am anxious to give that a try...I dig surf music alot ! Thanks for sharing your talents with us !
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 7:38 am     Reply with quote

I like it!
And that old Gibson sounds great. Very Happy
Erv
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 7:43 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, Larry, Erv, and others. Below is the "retune" from C6... if you're brave enough to tune that low C all the way up to F! Cool

Tab:
E ----> D
C
A ----> Bb (A#)
G ----> A
E ----> G
C ----> F


The backing track is on YouTube. The poster plays the song in the first half of the video, and the background track is in the second half of the video. Give it a try.

----> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgNOpNrMea8
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Andy Volk


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Boston, MA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 9:08 am     Reply with quote

Love surf music on steel! Excellent playing and concept, Doug. Surf music seems to fit our instrument so well.

Here's an original Redd Volkaert surf tune called "Tubin" I always loved and thought was a natural for steel and - low behold - there's video of Cindy and Redd playing it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E69WAp6pd9c
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 9:27 am     Reply with quote

That's an interesting original from Redd Volkaert. I've only heard him play faster/swing/jazz/chicken pickin', so this is kind of refreshing to hear. He's a Tele God, for sure. Cindy sounds great too. Long live surf guitar!

Someday I want to learn "Wonderful Land" by the Shadows. It's beautiful melody and it conjures up memories 1962, the beach, hot rods, space age, girls, stratocasters, etc. -----> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1dmBUBu9P4
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Andy Volk


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Boston, MA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 9:36 am     Reply with quote

Thanks also for introducing me to this one, Doug. For some reason, I think I'm genetically pre-programmed to love that one to flat seven chord change you hear in surf and often, in Celtic music. I wish my own summer could have been endless.

Just perfect touch, tone and feel here, Doug.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W82dYp-odi4
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C. E. Jackson


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Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 9:42 am     Reply with quote

Nice as usual, Doug. I like the finger harmonics.

C. E. Smile
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 9:46 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Andy and C.E.
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Jim Hinds


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Lancaster, California, USA
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 10:31 am     Reply with quote

Sounds great Doug.
Thanks for posting.
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Stefan Robertson


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London, UK
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 11:06 am     Reply with quote

LOL Apologies its Gm11/F

D - 5
C - 11
Bb - b3
A - 9
G - Root
F - b7


I made a glaring mistake before apologies.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 12:19 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks, Jim. Stefan, no worries. I've done similar things here many times!
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Scott Thomas


Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 8:02 am     Reply with quote

I wonder if Penetration is an inversion of Pipeline. It sounds like it could be.

Anyway, this surf music fan enjoyed that!
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 8:31 am     Reply with quote

Quote:
I wonder if Penetration is an inversion of Pipeline


Both songs are in a minor key, as a lot of surf instrumentals are. Many surf melodies are built on the harmonic minor scale and the Phrygian mode, which gives them an exotic, mysterious sound. By the way, Dick Dale, one of surf guitar's early pioneers was of Arab descent on his father's side. He heard quite a bit of middle-eastern music in his youth, and that no doubt played into his shaping of the surf guitar sound.
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Chuck S. Lettes


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Denver, Colorado
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 4:12 pm     Reply with quote

Great job, Doug. Nice touch and tone, as always! Hope to see you at the PSGA show in November.
Chuck
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 5:51 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks, Chuck! I'm glad you like it. I have a gig here in western Mass. on Nov. 12 so I won't be able to make the show, unfortunately.
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