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  Topic: steel Guitar Jam @ Vista Ca Fall Jam Cancelled. .
George Biner

Replies: 3
Views: 479

PostForum Section: Event Announcements   Posted: 31 Jul 2020 2:10 pm   Subject: steel Guitar Jam @ Vista Ca Fall Jam Cancelled. .
thanks, Harvey for the update -- I'm really sad we're not getting together -- hopefully in spring
  Topic: Major chord vs. relative minor chord
George Biner

Replies: 54
Views: 2960

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 30 Jun 2020 8:23 am   Subject: Major chord vs. relative minor chord
OK, in my OP, I misstated and I was corrected: G major is Em7 (not Em6). Thanks for the correction.

The insight I discovered is that although the major and relative minor share the same notes, ...
  Topic: Major chord vs. relative minor chord
George Biner

Replies: 54
Views: 2960

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 29 Jun 2020 8:54 pm   Subject: Major chord vs. relative minor chord
Here's something I've pondered over:

The relative minor of G is Em. If I play an Em chord, that same chord, referred to G, is actually a G6. Similarly, if I play a G chord, that is an Em6.

...
  Topic: Buying a used Steel checklist (what to look for?)
George Biner

Replies: 23
Views: 1072

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 29 Jun 2020 8:40 pm   Subject: Buying a used Steel checklist (what to look for?)
My two cents

When I started playing pedal steel, I started out with a student model from GFI, bought used for $1200 on eBay. I didn't know anything, I just wanted to get started, and if it didn't ...
  Topic: John Hughey, and Dickey Betts
George Biner

Replies: 45
Views: 14250

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 22 Jun 2020 9:28 pm   Subject: John Hughey, and Dickey Betts
I saw Vassar Clements near the end of his career with the Dirt Band -- oh my god, never heard a fiddle played like that, a mystical quality, totally original, total dynamic control, not one standard l ...
  Topic: WIFI Camera..is there such a thing?
George Biner

Replies: 11
Views: 888

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 22 Jun 2020 10:42 am   Subject: WIFI Camera..is there such a thing?
try Mevo -- these guys are the king of livestreaming (wireless) cameras -- you can find them very reasonable on eBay

https://mevo.com/
  Topic: Disortion Issue
George Biner

Replies: 6
Views: 590

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 22 Jun 2020 10:15 am   Subject: Disortion Issue
Try a different, known-good amp to isolate the problem.
  Topic: Mullen Royal Precision 4x5. Excellent Condition. SOLD!
George Biner

Replies: 5
Views: 1868

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 9 Apr 2020 10:08 am   Subject: Mullen Royal Precision 4x5. Excellent Condition. SOLD!
PM sent

This is the exact guitar I've been looking for. I sent a PM to you but in the past those haven't gotten through. My direct email is maphead@ca.rr.com, please give me a shout.
  Topic: Parallax and string height
George Biner

Replies: 17
Views: 1180

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Mar 2020 5:51 pm   Subject: Parallax and string height
I'm newish to the pedal steel -- been thinking, why are the strings so high off the fretboard? I've had 1/2 a mind to shim up the fretboard to like 1/4" below the strings -- that would improve t ...
  Topic: Chord finder question!!
George Biner

Replies: 18
Views: 1852

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Mar 2020 5:44 pm   Subject: Chord finder question!!
In the past, a computer being able to detect separate notes in a recording was nigh impossible. I don't know if this is going to help you, but lately a company called Melodyne is marketing DAW softwa ...
  Topic: Pedal Steel and Piano
George Biner

Replies: 12
Views: 868

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Mar 2020 5:32 pm   Subject: Pedal Steel and Piano
I've often thought that it's possible for a capo for the pedal steel to be devised! Let's face it, you could get some great hammer-ons in certain keys if you could capo the dang thing! Just a though ...
  Topic: 7th Chord Phrases vs. Major Chord Phrases
George Biner

Replies: 26
Views: 2507

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Feb 2020 7:07 pm   Subject: 7th Chord Phrases vs. Major Chord Phrases
Sorry I'm late to the discussion, but as a moderately advanced beginner, I have an opinion on this. I know a fair amount of theory but some people don't. I've been through Jeff Newman's AB course. ...
  Topic: S10 Sierra Audio Problems
George Biner

Replies: 26
Views: 1513

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 4 Feb 2020 6:59 pm   Subject: S10 Sierra Audio Problems
Yeah, you can indeed bypass everything and go direct from the pickup to the amp, that would be a good test of the pickup if you're OK with soldering and unsoldering. Then if that works you can concei ...
  Topic: S10 Sierra Audio Problems
George Biner

Replies: 26
Views: 1513

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 3 Feb 2020 10:00 pm   Subject: S10 Sierra Audio Problems
I've repaired a fair amount of music equipment -- some thoughts:

Dumb question: have you tried a different amp? It may not be the guitar. An amp is much more complicated than a guitar and much ...
  Topic: To music theory , or not to music theory ?
George Biner

Replies: 52
Views: 6634

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 30 Jan 2020 8:33 pm   Subject: To music theory , or not to music theory ?
You need to know theory in order to communicate to the people you are playing with. (If your jam partners don't know theory, you need to get better players.) Once you start learning it and using it, ...
  Topic: sus chords.
George Biner

Replies: 8
Views: 1733

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 30 Jan 2020 8:23 pm   Subject: sus chords.
I think there should be no rule of which notes to play in a chord except to listen to what needs to be played and play that. Depends on context of the song, what the other instruments are doing and t ...
  Topic: speed picking with strings 8,7,6 on E9
George Biner

Replies: 8
Views: 1488

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 25 Jan 2020 11:15 am   Subject: speed picking with strings 8,7,6 on E9
Appreciate the responses, I need to study and try them out!
  Topic: speed picking with strings 8,7,6 on E9
George Biner

Replies: 8
Views: 1488

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Jan 2020 2:58 pm   Subject: speed picking with strings 8,7,6 on E9
I've been playing E9 for about 2.5 years and there's something I'm still not clear about.

I see these guys out there doing the really fast picking -- as far as I know, if you're playing strings 8 ...
  Topic: Thanks SWSGA! GREAT STEEL GUITAR SHOW!!
George Biner

Replies: 16
Views: 2064

PostForum Section: Event Announcements   Posted: 13 Jan 2020 10:26 am   Subject: Thanks SWSGA! GREAT STEEL GUITAR SHOW!!
Norm Hamlet and his excellent younger piano/trumpet sideman Mario Carboni -- totally awesome. Norm sticks with what he knows, does it well, and it's real country.

Larry Toliver with the Infinity ...
  Topic: Wow, has bass playing changed.
George Biner

Replies: 17
Views: 2542

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 8 Jan 2020 6:14 pm   Subject: Wow, has bass playing changed.
Fred Treece, give me a call, I'm in LA.
  Topic: Chris Hillman
George Biner

Replies: 13
Views: 4975

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 8 Jan 2020 6:12 pm   Subject: Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman told us at a show that he was a mandolin player when his agent told him a band called the Byrds was looking for a bass player and asked him if he was interested - "Sure", he sa ...
  Topic: Slow hand.... Conway Twitty?
George Biner

Replies: 3
Views: 1327

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 8 Jan 2020 5:55 pm   Subject: Slow hand.... Conway Twitty?
In general, the key of the song is the chord that the song resolves to - like at the end of the chorus or the end of the song. Or the chord that is played when all the tension is resolved.

Alon ...
  Topic: Top 10 irritating sounds in music
George Biner

Replies: 42
Views: 5614

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 8 Jan 2020 5:41 pm   Subject: Top 10 irritating sounds in music
- UB-40's singer -- he should've been murdered a long time ago
- repetitive, one-idea modern songs with insipid lyrics that just repeat that one idea for 5 minutes
- soprano sax played by anybody
- ...
  Topic: Bending strings on acoustic guitar
George Biner

Replies: 18
Views: 2520

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 8 Jan 2020 5:14 pm   Subject: Bending strings on acoustic guitar
I've played a ton of lead acoustic guitar at shows -- I have to be able to bend strings -- I use strings with an 11 on top: 10's can be bent easily, but when you are strumming the guitar, there's no b ...
  Topic: SWSGA Show in Mesa Az. Jan. 2020 - Are U going ??
George Biner

Replies: 62
Views: 7198

PostForum Section: Event Announcements   Posted: 2 Jan 2020 10:31 am   Subject: SWSGA Show in Mesa Az. Jan. 2020 - Are U going ??
Hey Mark Epstein:

1) Are there guitars for sale? Is there a room/venue where people have stuff for sale?
- yes, it's not a huge show, but lots of vendors show up, some with separate rooms, some ...
 
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