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  Topic: Multiple steels instead of multiple necks
David M Brown

Replies: 3
Views: 204

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Sep 2018 7:50 am   Subject: Multiple steels instead of multiple necks
I have used a steel on a stand and another in my lap.

I have not seen the U-shape setup, though, usually more of the console and multiple neck idea, sort of like organ keyboards.

Your U-shape id ...
  Topic: Can this tuner gear be fixed?
David M Brown

Replies: 5
Views: 219

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Sep 2018 7:41 am   Subject: Can this tuner gear be fixed?
Another option would be to replace the tuner, keeping the original of course. There are a number of modern machine tuners that would be good options.

https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuni ...
  Topic: Steel Guitar Goes George Harrison
David M Brown

Replies: 16
Views: 1942

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Sep 2018 7:01 am   Subject: Steel Guitar Goes George Harrison


In my case I'd have to say it was Steve Howe of Yes...his use of steel guitar on tracks such as "And You and I" and the ethereal "Soon" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGtjr-U ...
  Topic: wasting my time in this E tuning?
David M Brown

Replies: 7
Views: 464

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 18 Sep 2018 10:43 am   Subject: wasting my time in this E tuning?
Sheesh...I'm first.....

Well, any tuning you really learn to play and use is good.

However, I am not familiar with your E tuning. That's OK, I certainly do not know every tuning.

I've seen t ...
  Topic: Stating the obvious
David M Brown

Replies: 11
Views: 910

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Sep 2018 7:05 am   Subject: Re: Stating the obvious

A balanced approach of playing across the strings and up and down the strings is required.


Up and down the string is the other big issue.

We talk so much about tunings and yet so much of w ...
  Topic: Short scale dobro/resonator guitar?
David M Brown

Replies: 13
Views: 536

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Sep 2018 6:04 am   Subject: Short scale dobro/resonator guitar?
As David noted:

Epiphone made an early (ca. 1996) Chinese D-reso with a short neck. Honest Ron's Guitars in Oklahoma City has one I have on consignment there if anyone's curious--not expensive. (My ...
  Topic: Short scale dobro/resonator guitar?
David M Brown

Replies: 13
Views: 536

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Sep 2018 6:28 am   Subject: Re: Short scale dobro/resonator guitar?
Do these exist? Would like to know if any builder ever made a 24 inch or even a 22.5 inch scale resonator guitar? Would be ideal for higher tunings without needing thinner strings.

I recall unboxi ...
  Topic: Three Songs I Played In The Late 40's And Early 50's
David M Brown

Replies: 18
Views: 823

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 4 Sep 2018 6:19 am   Subject: Three Songs I Played In The Late 40's And Early 50's


After studying and using many different tunings, I finally settled on A6 tuning. With A6,
I can continue to play all old songs I learned in "A" MAJOR, and new songs in A6 or C6,
sinc ...
  Topic: practicing arpeggios
David M Brown

Replies: 17
Views: 1066

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 1 Sep 2018 6:20 am   Subject: practicing arpeggios
Great as far as it goes. But what if you see an E sus chord? what scale do you play? If you know your modes, you would immediately recognize this as E Phrygian in the key of C and that an Em7th chord ...
  Topic: Aluminum Bass Lap Steel
David M Brown

Replies: 12
Views: 934

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Aug 2018 6:36 am   Subject: Re: Aluminum Bass Lap Steel
This is a bass lap steel guitar.
.... It is designed to play open string, however, a tone bar can be used if desired. Build upon special request of one of my customers, something small enough to tra ...
  Topic: practicing arpeggios
David M Brown

Replies: 17
Views: 1066

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Aug 2018 6:33 am   Subject: Re: practicing arpeggios
I'm curious if any of you fine players spend time practice arpeggios on a 6th tuning or E13th tuning? I'm particularly interested in using them to help my soloing on western swing. Any tips or links ...
  Topic: Aluminum Bass Lap Steel
David M Brown

Replies: 12
Views: 934

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Aug 2018 8:32 am   Subject: Re: Aluminum Bass Lap Steel
This is a bass lap steel guitar.
.... It is designed to play open string, however, a tone bar can be used if desired. Build upon special request of one of my customers, something small enough to tra ...
  Topic: China made lap steel s
David M Brown

Replies: 27
Views: 1742

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Aug 2018 8:14 am   Subject: China made lap steel s
I have a Rogue, that Bobby Ingano sent me, for my grand daughter to learn on. Very short scale, and doesn't sound very good. Wasn't aware that they are made in China. I wonder why the scale wasn't 2 ...
  Topic: 8 String Lap Steel Jazz Tuning
David M Brown

Replies: 27
Views: 1867

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 17 Aug 2018 7:24 pm   Subject: 8 String Lap Steel Jazz Tuning


I appreciate your position David...but I'm pretty sure nothing can top pedal steel in its complex development and layout with pedal and levers but it still happened.

I guess just like that I ne ...
  Topic: Nice article about Santa Cruz's Patti Maxine
David M Brown

Replies: 13
Views: 696

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Aug 2018 7:05 am   Subject: Nice article about Santa Cruz's Patti Maxine
Does anyone know what guitar Patti was playing?

Bill Rosen
Seattle

It looks like a cruztone in the youtube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8eO6KfwZS4

Not sure about the other one. ...
  Topic: Received my SX lap steel
David M Brown

Replies: 10
Views: 760

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Aug 2018 7:00 am   Subject: Received my SX lap steel
Mine has a stud mounted intonatable bridge which is for a standard guitar. I think it would sound a little stronger with a solid bar type stud tailpiece but all the ones I have found have an arch to ...
  Topic: 8 String Lap Steel Jazz Tuning
David M Brown

Replies: 27
Views: 1867

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Aug 2018 6:56 am   Subject: 8 String Lap Steel Jazz Tuning
...
Chords are not the only thing important in jazz.

Hmm... I have seen A6 and C6 and B11 and they look pretty shitty for loads of scales so not sure what scales you are using but please share.
...
  Topic: Jerry Byrd's course book 1 finished, video Sweet Lei Lehua
David M Brown

Replies: 11
Views: 660

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Aug 2018 7:01 am   Subject: Jerry Byrd's course book 1 finished, video Sweet Lei Lehua
I suggest making an effort to get used to fingerpicks - they are part of the traditional Hawaiian sound and style of playing steel.

Sure you see the occasional mainlander playing with a flatpick or ...
  Topic: sx lap steel made in China....our wood or theirs?
David M Brown

Replies: 15
Views: 1006

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Aug 2018 6:59 am   Subject: sx lap steel made in China....our wood or theirs?
The Rondo site states the SX material is "american swamp ash", FWIW.

My 8 string says "American Swamp Ash" on the back of the neck. It sounds pretty good fro an under 200 buck ...
  Topic: 8 String Lap Steel Jazz Tuning
David M Brown

Replies: 27
Views: 1867

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Aug 2018 6:55 am   Subject: 8 String Lap Steel Jazz Tuning
I can play all the jazz I want to on A6 - and if I retune to B11, even more options.

Other tunings are great, but I can get all the chords and more importantly melodic runs on A6.

Chords are not ...
  Topic: Some people think Richie Valens played Sleep Walk!
David M Brown

Replies: 19
Views: 828

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Aug 2018 6:54 am   Subject: Re: Some people think Richie Valens played Sleep Walk!
Lately I've been getting a lot of comments on my youtube video of Sleep Walk. A few people have said things like: "RITCHIE!!!" and "I love this song, God Bless Ritchie Valens!!!" I ...
  Topic: Anyone using Levitt tuning on an acoustic resonator?
David M Brown

Replies: 5
Views: 456

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Jul 2018 5:42 am   Subject: Anyone using Levitt tuning on an acoustic resonator?
"Those of us who aren't theory-fluent probably look at the notes and have no idea how it would sound"

Well, I don't think you have to be a theory maven to recognize that the tuning gives ...
  Topic: 8-string A6th, with B-on-Top
David M Brown

Replies: 16
Views: 1426

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Jul 2018 7:02 am   Subject: 8-string A6th, with B-on-Top

David can you post a vid showing some of your playing on your chosen tuning?


I have not made any steel guitar videos yet, sorry.
  Topic: 8-string A6th, with B-on-Top
David M Brown

Replies: 16
Views: 1426

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Jul 2018 9:25 am   Subject: Re: 8-string A6th, with B-on-Top

It opens up some nice single note pockets that I am used to from PSG.

PSG - Oh, that explains it!

I never understood how you pedal steel guys can play those re-entrant tunings.

Anyway, if ...
  Topic: Going from 6 to 8 strings ...
David M Brown

Replies: 15
Views: 1225

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Jul 2018 5:06 am   Subject: Going from 6 to 8 strings ...
Lots depends on the music you are playing. For the style I play (Hawaiian) I would actually consider that low F#, tuning to G, if you want, giving you the equivalent of the C13 tuning in A. .

Bil ...
 
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