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  Topic: Testing for shock hazard
Dom Franco

Replies: 10
Views: 383

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 28 Jun 2020 9:06 pm   Subject: Testing for shock hazard
I used to always get shocked on the lips when singing and playing electric guitar (steel too) Years ago most amps only had two prong power plugs and the blades were both the same size so you could eas ...
  Topic: Testing for shock hazard
Dom Franco

Replies: 10
Views: 383

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 28 Jun 2020 9:05 pm   Subject: Testing for shock hazard
I used to always get shocked on the lips when singing and playing electric guitar (steel too) Years ago most amps only had two prong power plugs and the blades were both the same size so you could eas ...
  Topic: Mp3 players
Dom Franco

Replies: 7
Views: 441

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 23 Jun 2020 8:03 pm   Subject: Mp3 players
I play lots of solo gigs on steel guitar with backing trax.
I 1st used cassettes, then CD's My Laptop and then Mp3 players.

My favorite has been ZUNE players by microsoft, but they are now obsol ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 15 Jun 2020 10:38 am   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
Erv, I never meant to imply that using music was "unprofessional" I just don't think it looks great. The producers of his television show would not have wanted him to sit down behind mic sta ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 11 Jun 2020 9:44 am   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
Is there even such a thing as Pedal Steel Specific Sheet Music? Yes I know there is tablature, but actual lines and staff notation?

I guess if someone wanted to they could take the time to learn p ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 11 Jun 2020 8:05 am   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
Erv, I loved the big bands! I played armpit Guitar in our High School Jazz band... But I never really learned to read music. I faked it by asking the Piano player to demonstrate the notes, and I just ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 9 Jun 2020 8:39 pm   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
I know that Music stands and charts have their place even in a professional setting... but I started this thread because I am not a fan of Large Music stands. For these reasons:

It takes away from ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 9 Jun 2020 9:15 am   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
What we may be discussing is more about entertainment than just playing music. If I paid good money to see a concert, I would expect to see a professional well rehearsed show. And perhaps club gigs wh ...
  Topic: Outdoor gigs!
Dom Franco

Replies: 24
Views: 2876

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 8 Jun 2020 1:49 pm   Subject: Outdoor gigs!
I needed larger wheels to stroll around the uneven pavement and blacktop found at the facilities where I play. I found these big wheel casters at Harbor Freight for only $9.99 ea. on sale!


htt ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 7 Jun 2020 1:33 pm   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
Rich Upright, You got that RIGHT! On bass you have to be there on the RIGHT note at the RIGHT time...

I can fake most songs on the steel guitar because I don't have to land on the downbeat. I can ...
  Topic: Memorization VS Music Stand
Dom Franco

Replies: 63
Views: 4207

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 7 Jun 2020 5:31 am   Subject: Memorization VS Music Stand
I played in many bands where we never used music stands, we practiced and memorized all of our songs. I always thought it looked unprofessional to have singers and musicians performing on stage readi ...
  Topic: Little saying to remember strings on E9 tuning ..10 string
Dom Franco

Replies: 18
Views: 1451

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 4 Jun 2020 7:18 am   Subject: Little saying to remember strings on E9 tuning ..10 string
I just wrote it down on a sticker with the string gauge (.011, .014 etc.) on the underside of my steel guitar. It's still there going on 50 years now.
  Topic: How Often Do You Change Strings?
Dom Franco

Replies: 14
Views: 1179

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 May 2020 2:55 pm   Subject: How Often Do You Change Strings?
All steel guitars will benefit from new strings to a certain extent. But is it worth the cost of re-stringing often?

So I usually opt for only changing strings to avoid breakage... (but also within ...
  Topic: How Often Do You Change Strings?
Dom Franco

Replies: 14
Views: 1179

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 May 2020 8:12 am   Subject: How Often Do You Change Strings?
I am not playing my pedal steel very much these days. (I play non-pedal mostly now) So I just leave the old strings on for weeks/months and I only change them when I have a gig that requires pedal ste ...
  Topic: 1 Body, 10 Strings, Re-Entrant, 2 Tuning Madness?
Dom Franco

Replies: 4
Views: 722

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 20 May 2020 9:28 pm   Subject: 1 Body, 10 Strings, Re-Entrant, 2 Tuning Madness?
I have done a similar thing on my 13 string lap steels (E on low strings and A on top)

YES you need to file the nut and bridge string slots so the tops of all the strings are level. (When you have ...
  Topic: Best setup for outdoor playing w/o outlet
Dom Franco

Replies: 16
Views: 1307

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 17 May 2020 6:50 pm   Subject: Best setup for outdoor playing w/o outlet
Here's another vote for the Roland Cube Street! Great sounds, but the volume might not be enough for playing with a group (especially with drums)

Roland also make the Cube Street XT which is much ...
  Topic: Practice Satisfaction?
Dom Franco

Replies: 13
Views: 1478

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 12 May 2020 7:56 am   Subject: Practice Satisfaction?
I am rarely if ever satisfied with my practice times.

It is hard work and progress is slow.

(Bear in mind I have been playing steel guitar for almost 60 years, and pedal steel for 50 years.
...
  Topic: Is anyone enjoying this QUARANTINE? (stay home order)
Dom Franco

Replies: 23
Views: 2176

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 3 May 2020 8:37 am   Subject: Is anyone enjoying this QUARANTINE? (stay home order)
I hate to admit it but I am starting to enjoy being home a lot more!

I am getting things done that I never had time for.
1. Planted a garden
2. Fixed the backyard fence
3. Weeded the yard (Roote ...
  Topic: Moonlight in Vermont mystery tuning ?
Dom Franco

Replies: 5
Views: 830

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 1 May 2020 2:00 pm   Subject: Moonlight in Vermont mystery tuning ?
It is probably A6th or C6th with pedals. There are lush chords but with one or two notes moving while the rest ring out in place... That requires some sort of "pull string" device or finger ...
  Topic: Moonlight in Vermont mystery tuning ?
Dom Franco

Replies: 5
Views: 830

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 1 May 2020 7:42 am   Subject: Moonlight in Vermont mystery tuning ?
that sounds like a pedal steel to me...
  Topic: Persistant Noise In Two Amplifiers
Dom Franco

Replies: 13
Views: 1550

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Apr 2020 9:46 pm   Subject: Persistant Noise In Two Amplifiers
does the noise increase or decrease with your hand touching the strings?
  Topic: 4 outlet electrical box with hum eliminator circuit
Dom Franco

Replies: 10
Views: 884

PostForum Section: For Sale: Amps and Accessories   Posted: 25 Apr 2020 5:10 pm   Subject: 4 outlet electrical box with hum eliminator circuit
how does it eliminate hum? floating ground or active circuit?
  Topic: Outdoor gigs!
Dom Franco

Replies: 24
Views: 2876

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 25 Apr 2020 10:32 am   Subject: Outdoor gigs!
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The Roland Cube Street sounds amazing (5 watts) grea ...
  Topic: You Make Me Feel So Young
Dom Franco

Replies: 1
Views: 529

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 24 Apr 2020 6:31 am   Subject: You Make Me Feel So Young
https://youtu.be/o_2P7sDZjWQ

I had fun playing this one...
  Topic: Outdoor gigs!
Dom Franco

Replies: 24
Views: 2876

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 16 Apr 2020 2:42 pm   Subject: Outdoor gigs!
Well said Fred;
What's going to happen to all the nightclubs and restaurants that feature live music?

Many places I have played have very small stages... no room for 6ft between bandmates.
 
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