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Mitch Crane


From:
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Post Posted 23 Nov 2011 6:24 pm     Reply with quote

1st tune I learned on C6 lap steel, figured it was about time I put it down. Old 'n crusty, but I love these classics. Got about 40 or more to go before I venture on to more challenging stuff I recon.

Excel JB D8 console - High C6 tuning.

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Steve Ahola


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Concord, California
Post Posted 23 Nov 2011 6:46 pm     Reply with quote

Damn- you get such a great tone (from your hands and not just from your steel!) I have a hunch that you are excited by the sounds you can get out of your lap steels after playing regular guitar all your life (I know that I am.) It's kinda like lap steel is a Bizarro-Guitar... what is easy on regular guitar is almost impossible on lap steel and vice versa. (For one thing you could never get that wide vibrato on chords on regular guitar, especially as you change the slant of the bar as you are moving it up or down the fretboard.)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Steve Ahola
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Barry Smart


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Queensland, Australia
Post Posted 23 Nov 2011 8:07 pm     Beyond the Reef Reply with quote

Thanks for another great gift Mitch.Keep turning out those Old Classics as I'm sure there are many on the forum who love your interpretations as much as I do.I just wish my hands and steel could create that sound as well on my old JB frypan.
Barry S
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Bob Russell


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North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 23 Nov 2011 10:27 pm     Reply with quote

Very nice, Mitch! You have such a sweet touch on the strings!
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Rick Stratton


From:
Tujunga, California, USA
Post Posted 23 Nov 2011 11:16 pm     Reply with quote

Another good one Mitch!
I like the jazzy cocktail arrangement. Lounge-y!
Is that a guitar synth for the sax?
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Mitch Crane


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1000 Oaks, CA
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 7:50 am     Reply with quote

Thanks guys. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND ALL !

Rick, the sax, and all other backing is Band In A Box using 'Real Tracks'.
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J Fletcher


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Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 9:45 am     Reply with quote

Hi Mitch
Your playing is so nice! What's the secret? I know you haven't played steel for long, just over a year or so, how did you get so good so fast? Like to know your practice routine...Jerry
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Andy Sandoval


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Bakersfield, California, USA
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 9:49 am     Reply with quote

Sounds great Mitch, love your tone too. Smile
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Mitch Crane


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1000 Oaks, CA
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 1:12 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Jerry / Andy !

Practice routine ? .. hmmmm.. I don't get alot of play time during the busy work week. I tend to practice whatever tune I'm learning or planning to record. I don't do exercises, scales etc. Too old for that now Laughing and my time to get to play is precious, so I just focus on the tune and experiment with different variations until I find something within my skill level that pleases me, then try to express it to the best of my ability ie dynamics, phrasing, tone etc.

Bottom line, I'm having FUN every time I sit down to play. Me, the guitar, headphones .... ahhhhh... always has been my total escape !
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Ron Randall


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Dallas, Texas, USA
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 4:04 pm     Reply with quote

WOW

Inspiring

Can you tell us about the rhythm track? Sounds great.

R2
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Mitch Crane


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1000 Oaks, CA
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 4:26 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Ron ! - The backing track is Band In A Box 2011.5 using all real tracks. I manipulate them a bit in Real Band after the steel track goes down. Beyond that, if you want specifics on the style, instruments etc. best to PM or email for the nitty gritty ? Wink
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Doug Beaumier


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Northampton, MA
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 4:44 pm     Reply with quote

Sounds good, Mitch. Keep up the great work!
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Chuck S. Lettes


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Denver, Colorado
Post Posted 24 Nov 2011 7:02 pm     Reply with quote

Very nice, Mitch. You're on a roll.
Chuck
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Dave Stewart


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Chicago
Post Posted 25 Nov 2011 7:40 am     Really Great Music! Reply with quote

Very, very nice Mitch!

I love the song "Wear A Lei," never heard it before. Great stuff, thanks for sharing!
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Mitch Crane


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1000 Oaks, CA
Post Posted 25 Nov 2011 9:53 am     Reply with quote

Thanks so much guys ! I love your site and all the great vids you've done Dave ! Yours too Doug and Chuck. You're all an inspiration to me.
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Chris Gabriel


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Post Posted 25 Nov 2011 5:51 pm     I loved it! Reply with quote

Thanks for posting, I enjoy the sound of your guitar, sounds like the islands...
Also, great backup "Band"!

Chris
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Mitch Crane


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Post Posted 26 Nov 2011 12:04 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Chris ! Yep, it's the band that makes me sound good for sure. Wink
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HowardR


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Post Posted 26 Nov 2011 10:43 pm     Reply with quote

I really enjoyed that......it's no simple matter to get the tone and feeling that you get.....

tone + feeling = expression.....
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J Fletcher


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Post Posted 28 Nov 2011 5:56 am     Reply with quote

Well I'm gonna start using headphones when I practice. Give it a year or so. Works for Mitch..Jerry
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Mitch Crane


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1000 Oaks, CA
Post Posted 30 Nov 2011 6:33 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Howard !

Yep, put on dem phones and escape it ALL ! Smile
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J Fletcher


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Post Posted 1 Dec 2011 7:47 am     Reply with quote

Well I've been using the headphones plugged into my MicroCube for the last few days. I like the change! I play every morning before going to work, for an hour or so, usually starting by 6 am. The headphones sure put the sound inside your head, and my playing doesn't disturb my wife, who is sleeping.
I notice whenever I make a change, new guitar, new amp, whatever, a couple of new licks show up. Helps keep it fresh...Jerry
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Steve Cunningham


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Post Posted 1 Dec 2011 11:18 am     Reply with quote

That sure is sweet Mitch!
I also enjoyed the Sneaker video.
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Mitch Crane


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1000 Oaks, CA
Post Posted 1 Dec 2011 12:35 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks so much Steve for listening !
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