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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 11:45 am     Reply with quote

Having a nostalgic day again. Remembered the first song I learned on steel guitar in 1949.
Red River Valley on my 1949 Silvertone Lap Steel. My memory is that I learned from an old
tab version which my dad had made. Later, in 1950, my brother, Joe, and I played Red River
Valley at a high school talent show before an audience of maybe 1,000. We were pretty
nervous, didn't win, but had a lot of fun. I don't ever remember playing before that large an
audience again.



Photo of me, left, and Joe, right, on stage at the talent show. Joe is playing a 1948 Silvertone Lap steel.
Notice we both played with round bullet-nose bars. I still have my bar which is 2 3/4 x 3/4 chrome plated steel.

C. E. Very Happy
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William Hoff


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Missouri, USA
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 1:18 pm     Reply with quote

A very crude attempt at Mercury Blues, David Lindley version. Very inspiring piece.
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David Knutson


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Cowichan Valley, Canada
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 1:30 pm     Reply with quote

"I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes", on an old, black Stewart arch-top with a raised nut, in standard Dobro tuning. I was hooked on day one.
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Nic Sanford


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Oklahoma
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 2:34 pm     Reply with quote

Believe it or not, a very simple version of Red River Valley. I also took some open E bottleneck stuff I was trying to learn and transferred it to the lap. Such as, a horrible attempt at Ry Cooder's cover of Vigilante Man, and the vocal lines from Sam Cook's Bring It On Home. Never got those right, but I still warm up with them before practicing.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 2:51 pm     Reply with quote

Wabash Cannonball.
On a brand-new OMI 60-DS.


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Joe Snow


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Argyle,Texas, USA
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 2:57 pm     Reply with quote

Home on the Range. Oahu lesson #1.
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 2:58 pm     Reply with quote

"Panhandle Rag" on a double Stringmaster, in about 1991
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Michael Maddex


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Northern New Mexico, USA
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 4:31 pm     Reply with quote

'John Hardy' on a Silvertone Flattop tuned Spanish with a nut riser and a Stevens bar. I have played that song on guitar for as long as I can remember so I just picked it out in the new tuning with the 'new gear'. I started out with visions of the bar flying across the room and denting a wall or breaking a window, but I was doing pretty good it seemed to me in a couple of hours. The thumb-pick and finger-picks were not new to me either. I still play that one from time to time, often as a part in a Carter Family Medley.
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Joe Burke


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Toronto, Canada
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 7:16 pm     Reply with quote

You Are My Sunshine
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Joe Elk


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 8:00 pm     Reply with quote

The Bells of Saint Mary's I May have to revisit that I have not played in years!
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Levi Gemmell


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New Zealand
Post Posted 4 Jun 2017 9:05 pm     Reply with quote

I second "You Are My Sunshine."
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Lee Holliday


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 12:02 am     Reply with quote

it may have been little Red Rooster but Rolling in my sweet babys arms seems more likely.

Lee
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Andy Volk


From:
Boston, MA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 1:26 am     Reply with quote

Everything Is Gonna Work Out Fine by Jerry Douglas, worked out by ear. Love the photo of you and your brother, C.E.
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 1:32 am     Reply with quote

Sleepwalk for me. Although, I am still working on it. Seems I can never play it the same twice! It maybe a life long endeavor. Sad
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Scott Duckworth


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Etowah, TN Western Foothills of the Smokies
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 2:38 am     Reply with quote

Amazing Grace
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 5:27 am     Reply with quote

"Steelin the Blues" in 1968 on a Fender quad...sounds crazy but that was my first steel and tune...I was 21 and teaching guitar in the studio where I learned to play guitar and heard the owner teaching that tune to a steel student...that was it ! I had to learn that ! I STILL cant do that tune justice after all of these years ! Sad
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 6:17 am     Reply with quote

First song I learned on steel guitar?

"Aloha Oe" in A low bass.
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Stephen Abruzzo


From:
Philly, PA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 6:19 am     Reply with quote

Elmore James.....It Hurts Me Too.........Open E
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Andy Henriksen


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 6:56 am     Reply with quote

Other than a few originals played with a technique that only slightly resembled anything remotely proper, I think Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors" was probably the first.

Of course, Merle's version is PSG (Mooney, I think), but there are plenty of great melodic licks that translate fairly well to non-pedal, including the intro and solo break. It's still one of my favorites to play with a band - I love the trade-offs between steel and armpit guitar.
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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 7:25 am     Reply with quote

Sleep Walk was the first song for me, about 1970.
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 7:31 am     Reply with quote

Doug Beaumier wrote:
Sleep Walk was the first song for me, about 1970.


Good to know. Hope everything else falls into place Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 7:54 am     Reply with quote

"Beginner's Waltz" in A high bass on an acoustic Oahu guitar.
One like this:

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Butch Mullen


From:
North Carolina, USA 28681
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 8:59 am     Reply with quote

steel guitar rag
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Wally Pfeifer


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 9:15 am     First Song Reply with quote

Very Happy In 1939 on my brand new acoustic Hawaiian guitar with the pink & yellow cowboy scene on the front,- it was a single sheet of Bronson music titled "Nearer My God To Thee". Played it a couple times in church. Then went on to
bigger and better things. Didn't get my first Fender (6 string) Champ until about 1951. Those were the days.
Wally Very Happy Very Happy
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 5 Jun 2017 4:13 pm     Reply with quote

Doug Beaumier wrote:
Sleep Walk was the first song for me, about 1970.


I say we get Doug to do a "Sleepwalk" video for Youtube and post it. Anybody with me? I for one would love to hear him play that song. Very Happy
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