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  Topic: Music Theory and the Circle of 4ths
Ian Rae

Replies: 13
Views: 426

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 16 Nov 2018 1:51 am   Subject: Music Theory and the Circle of 4ths
Three-chord songs are that way for a reason. Interfere with nature and we're all doomed.
  Topic: Any Advantages to the Neo speaker?
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 448

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 16 Nov 2018 1:36 am   Subject: Any Advantages to the Neo speaker?
Another vote for Teleonics Neo 15s. If there's something that sounds better but weighs more I don't need it.
  Topic: who builds completely custom pedal steels?
Ian Rae

Replies: 7
Views: 1039

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Nov 2018 2:34 pm   Subject: who builds completely custom pedal steels?
I think it's true to say that most steels are built to order and very few are for stock.
  Topic: Bar science? Why do they differ?
Ian Rae

Replies: 4
Views: 480

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Nov 2018 2:29 pm   Subject: Bar science? Why do they differ?
One parameter Dave doesn't list is coefficient of friction, which I suspect is different between chrome and stainless. There is also the difference between dynamic and static coefficients to consider. ...
  Topic: Mixing / Mastering
Ian Rae

Replies: 4
Views: 151

PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 14 Nov 2018 2:19 pm   Subject: Mixing / Mastering
When I worked in broadcasting I always set the mix up in stereo but then did the final balance listening in mono on one speaker. (I don't know if this is easy to do on a modern DAW.) This was to give ...
  Topic: What does this pedal do? Please help
Ian Rae

Replies: 6
Views: 751

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Nov 2018 9:24 am   Subject: What does this pedal do? Please help
Eddie's P5 is what is traditionally P8. That change is much more often used for the 9th string raise in 3- and 4-string grips than for the full "boowah".
  Topic: What does this pedal do? Please help
Ian Rae

Replies: 6
Views: 751

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Nov 2018 9:08 am   Subject: What does this pedal do? Please help
A much simpler answer is that his P6 is the same as a regular P5, and his P6 is like LKV on E9 or uni and like RKL on C6.
  Topic: Entry Level Flute
Ian Rae

Replies: 8
Views: 225

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 10 Nov 2018 1:37 am   Subject: Entry Level Flute
A whistle has a more flexible tone than a recorder, which is somewhat straight-laced.
  Topic: Changing strings on an EXCEL U-12
Ian Rae

Replies: 10
Views: 577

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 6 Nov 2018 4:45 pm   Subject: Changing strings on an EXCEL U-12
I'll try that. Up till now I've used round-nosed pliers but your dowel sounds easier!
  Topic: PSG Weight Comparison
Ian Rae

Replies: 19
Views: 1289

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Oct 2018 1:07 pm   Subject: PSG Weight Comparison
You can build a guitar as light or as heavy as you please. What I find miraculous are the modern featherweight instruments that have the same sustain and tuning stability as the old battlecruisers.
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  Topic: PSG Weight Comparison
Ian Rae

Replies: 19
Views: 1289

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Oct 2018 11:27 am   Subject: PSG Weight Comparison
Greg, don't you mean the Wiliams case is heavier? I also have an Excel and a Williams but the latter does have wheels!
  Topic: U12: 8/E-D or 9/B-D?
Ian Rae

Replies: 8
Views: 386

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Oct 2018 4:39 am   Subject: U12: 8/E-D or 9/B-D?
The way I look at the universal is as a combination of E9 and B6 in one place. I say that because some see it as a more fluid setup. If you want to bring your C6 repertoire with you, you need the uni ...
  Topic: U12: 8/E-D or 9/B-D?
Ian Rae

Replies: 8
Views: 386

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Oct 2018 4:38 am   Subject: U12: 8/E-D or 9/B-D?
The way I look at the universal is as a combination of E9 and B6 in one place. I say that because some see it as a more fluid setup. If you want to bring your C6 repertoire with you, you need the uni ...
  Topic: what are they called?
Ian Rae

Replies: 4
Views: 712

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 19 Oct 2018 10:40 pm   Subject: what are they called?
So they're quiet, light, and they stay put. The weird twistiness is part of the sensation of playing PSG Smile
  Topic: Lots of hype about tuning to 432 rather than 440
Ian Rae

Replies: 30
Views: 1668

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 19 Oct 2018 9:35 am   Subject: Lots of hype about tuning to 432 rather than 440
Tuned percussion instruments like b0b's tend to be built sharp as some orchestras are a bit on the "bright" side and sharpness is easier on the ear than flatness. This leeway is known as fla ...
  Topic: Lots of hype about tuning to 432 rather than 440
Ian Rae

Replies: 30
Views: 1668

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 19 Oct 2018 2:19 am   Subject: Lots of hype about tuning to 432 rather than 440
Beato hints at the "pitch inflation" which occurs over time. Orchestral players sneakily tune sharp to avoid sounding flat, and the whole thing creeps slowly up until a truce is called. Wh ...
  Topic: Lots of hype about tuning to 432 rather than 440
Ian Rae

Replies: 30
Views: 1668

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 18 Oct 2018 3:42 am   Subject: Lots of hype about tuning to 432 rather than 440
The way this thread's going shows what we already know -
that tuning is extreme politics Smile
  Topic: Easiest/Toughest Guitar to Work On
Ian Rae

Replies: 34
Views: 1847

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Oct 2018 2:38 pm   Subject: Easiest/Toughest Guitar to Work On
I'll put in a good word for the latest Excels. The first thing I had to do with mine was move a couple of things around as Mitsuo had slightly misunderstood me. Nice and easy although you need good ...
  Topic: Vertical knee Bb
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 749

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Oct 2018 11:40 am   Subject: Vertical knee Bb
It's interesting to compare that minor with the one a fret up with the Es lowered. Same chord but more interesting movement - an artistic choice!
  Topic: tuning
Ian Rae

Replies: 13
Views: 1025

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 Oct 2018 11:26 pm   Subject: tuning
What James says, plus tuning a hair sharp in general avoids being caught flat at the nut where you can't correct. The ear is more tolerant of sharpness.
  Topic: Vertical knee Bb
Ian Rae

Replies: 11
Views: 749

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 Oct 2018 1:51 pm   Subject: Vertical knee Bb
With the A pedal down it becomes the C# to C lever and enables A minor and diminished.

It's also the B to A# lever giving a 7th chord with the root on the 7th string two frets back (as Steve explai ...
  Topic: How to setup a Pull Release Finder Mod 800?
Ian Rae

Replies: 3
Views: 346

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 Oct 2018 12:26 pm   Subject: How to setup a Pull Release Finder Mod 800?
Tune the raises first then the lowers. For example, tune strings 5&6 to C# and A with the A&B pedals down, then release and tune the B and G# at the changer. If you have a lever that lowers, ...
  Topic: New player help needed on scales
Ian Rae

Replies: 12
Views: 736

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Oct 2018 3:03 pm   Subject: New player help needed on scales
I endorse what Jim says about Jeff Newman's course. Harmonised scales are much more interesting than plain ones.
  Topic: New player help needed on scales
Ian Rae

Replies: 12
Views: 736

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Oct 2018 12:20 am   Subject: New player help needed on scales
I also play brass instruments where scale-bashing is part of the daily routine. What I find different about pedal steel is that the 7 (leading) note is not as often used as the others in rock, blues o ...
  Topic: JUst Finished 6 String Keyless
Ian Rae

Replies: 10
Views: 538

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 12 Oct 2018 1:50 pm   Subject: JUst Finished 6 String Keyless
Sonny, I love to see your builds. I'm mechanically minded as you know but I don't have the skill or patience for wood. My grandfather would be ashamed of me - I'm sitting in a chair he made! Your keyl ...
 
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