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  Topic: Which Country has the most Guitar players per capita?
David Matzenik

Replies: 4
Views: 190

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Jul 2019 12:56 pm   Subject: Which Country has the most Guitar players per capita?
If strumming a few first portion chords qualifies one as a guitar player, it is going to be very hard to ascertain.
  Topic: "Waikiki"
David Matzenik

Replies: 4
Views: 181

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 19 Jul 2019 8:56 pm   Subject: "Waikiki"
Can't log into FB without creating an account which requires my phone number. And we all know what will happen to that info.
  Topic: 49th State records catalog
David Matzenik

Replies: 10
Views: 361

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Jul 2019 1:20 pm   Subject: 49th State records catalog
Why does FB need my phone number? So they can sell it?
  Topic: Can anyone give me an idea how old this Rickenbacker is?
David Matzenik

Replies: 10
Views: 535

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 9 Jul 2019 1:47 pm   Subject: Can anyone give me an idea how old this Rickenbacker is?
Looks to be post 1950 Model B. You can go to this site and scroll to the bottom of the Rickenbacker page:

http://guitarhq.com
  Topic: Europa by Carlos Santana - Lap Steel Guitar
David Matzenik

Replies: 6
Views: 559

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 29 Jun 2019 2:13 pm   Subject: Europa by Carlos Santana - Lap Steel Guitar
Great stuff. Santana's music works well on steel. I just got his new CD, Africa Speaks. The guy just never quits.
  Topic: “Wave” by Jobim
David Matzenik

Replies: 18
Views: 901

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 29 Jun 2019 2:03 pm   Subject: “Wave” by Jobim
Hi Nelson, very nice playing. Obviously, blocking is necessary in this type of tune. If I may ask, which method do you use?
  Topic: A Blue Maori Moon - Danny Kuaana And His Islanders
David Matzenik

Replies: 5
Views: 308

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Jun 2019 2:29 pm   Subject: A Blue Maori Moon - Danny Kuaana And His Islanders
I like the instruction on the label, just to the right of the hole:

"Start outside"
  Topic: Any Idea of what this is?
David Matzenik

Replies: 24
Views: 1040

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Jun 2019 12:32 pm   Subject: Any Idea of what this is?
Its a metaphor.
  Topic: Roy Junell and His Hawaiian Novelty Orchestra
David Matzenik

Replies: 4
Views: 296

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Jun 2019 12:54 pm   Subject: Roy Junell and His Hawaiian Novelty Orchestra
I bought his CD some years ago. He is an excellent interpreter of that pre-electric style. By the way, it Rol, not Roy. Probably an abbreviation of Roland, I suppose.
  Topic: Billy Williamson with Bill Haley
David Matzenik

Replies: 7
Views: 552

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 17 Jun 2019 11:57 pm   Subject: Billy Williamson with Bill Haley
I have only just revived my interest in Bill Haley, and like most people in the pre-internet days, I only heard his major hits. That also meant that we only saw Billy Williamson in a few clips doing r ...
  Topic: Billy Williamson with Bill Haley
David Matzenik

Replies: 7
Views: 552

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Jun 2019 10:31 pm   Subject: Billy Williamson with Bill Haley
I always wondered about the steel guitar player with Bill Haley (the real King) and the Comets. Here they are in the Saddlemen, circa 1950, once billed as The Cowboy Jive Band. Williamson plays a tast ...
  Topic: New Fingerpick Discovered in Las Vegas Airport
David Matzenik

Replies: 10
Views: 888

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 7 Jun 2019 1:37 pm   Subject: New Fingerpick Discovered in Las Vegas Airport
I have never tried them, but I think the sound would be really . . . crumby.
  Topic: Hilo Hanakahi - Video - A-Tuning
David Matzenik

Replies: 12
Views: 592

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 2 Jun 2019 3:01 pm   Subject: Hilo Hanakahi - Video - A-Tuning
Top stuff, Sebastian!
  Topic: Ain't This The Truth!
David Matzenik

Replies: 8
Views: 824

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 23 May 2019 7:26 pm   Subject: Ain't This The Truth!
A banjo joke, modified from a Bodhran joke.
  Topic: Aluminum Weissenborn, 22 1/2", C6
David Matzenik

Replies: 6
Views: 409

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 23 May 2019 2:32 pm   Subject: Aluminum Weissenborn, 22 1/2", C6
Nice work, Wayne. It is an interesting concept. The sustain is excellent. If anything, I miss the lower string tones. It leaves me wondering what a long scale, 8 string instrument would sound like.
  Topic: Geeking about weissenborn wood
David Matzenik

Replies: 2
Views: 345

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 20 May 2019 11:00 pm   Subject: Geeking about weissenborn wood
Great video. Lovely wood. When you brace the guitar, how do you avoid the traditional Weissenborn bridge bulge?
  Topic: David Keli'i with a Dobro
David Matzenik

Replies: 1
Views: 236

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 20 May 2019 1:21 pm   Subject: David Keli'i with a Dobro
This is the only other pre-war photo of a Hawaiian steel guitarist using a dobro, that I have seen. It is a snap shot taken at Lalani Village, a very well presented Hawaiian culture centre that once o ...
  Topic: 1940 Ricki 8 string needing neck repair
David Matzenik

Replies: 19
Views: 1053

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 May 2019 3:04 pm   Subject: 1940 Ricki 8 string needing neck repair
For bakelite Rickenbacher repairs, I used West System epoxy dyed with black epoxy dye from West Marine. For chip fill, I made the epoxy into a thick paste with Cabosil filler, a powdered silica. If an ...
  Topic: Best 3 laps ??
David Matzenik

Replies: 34
Views: 2879

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 May 2019 9:17 pm   Subject: Best 3 laps ??
I already have three electric steel guitars that I am happy with. But to make a really objective analysis, I would require more experience with different playing situations and venues. I would guess n ...
  Topic: Do you use Reverb when playing Hawaiian style?
David Matzenik

Replies: 36
Views: 1848

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 8 May 2019 3:47 pm   Subject: Do you use Reverb when playing Hawaiian style?
At the risk of running off topic, for me this subject is related to amplified music in general. It is often said that its getting hard for musicians to make a buck in the recorded music industry becau ...
  Topic: Honolulu Bound - Video - A-Tuning
David Matzenik

Replies: 21
Views: 948

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 4 May 2019 3:08 pm   Subject: Honolulu Bound - Video - A-Tuning
You make it look easy, and that ain't an easy thing to do. Lovely tone too. Those Nationals can clang in the wrong hands.
  Topic: Any Bix Beiderbecke fans? In A Mist for steel duet
David Matzenik

Replies: 8
Views: 659

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 1 May 2019 2:50 pm   Subject: Any Bix Beiderbecke fans? In A Mist for steel duet
Both my wife, Marianna, and I are Bix fans. I don't hear anything in this piece that precludes steel guitar. Its great music. I think I hear a bit of its influence in Hoagy Carmichael. Mike's sample g ...
  Topic: Hawaiian steel guitar podcast from the Smithsonian
David Matzenik

Replies: 9
Views: 685

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Apr 2019 9:49 pm   Subject: Hawaiian steel guitar podcast from the Smithsonian
No offense to anyone, but ……………ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz……….that 30 minute sound file hits every possible social/cultural cliché, complete with the earnest narration and sound bites from academi ...
  Topic: Hawaiian steel guitar podcast from the Smithsonian
David Matzenik

Replies: 9
Views: 685

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Apr 2019 3:05 pm   Subject: Hawaiian steel guitar podcast from the Smithsonian
Thanks Norman for the link.

The general idea, that country music blues historians have overlooked the Hawaiian influence, is well enough presented, but there is one factor that was not discussed by ...
  Topic: Jr Brown - Coconut Grove
David Matzenik

Replies: 12
Views: 680

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Apr 2019 3:04 pm   Subject: Jr Brown - Coconut Grove
Another one of Harry Owens' great songs. But like Mike says, Juniors voice is fabulous. I love his baritone with the Beach Boys. Oh yeah, and the steel isn't too shabby either:

Giddy-Up 409!

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