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  Topic: Top D note on C6. Buddy Emmons
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 55
Views: 7644

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Jun 2020 7:18 pm   Subject: Top D note on C6. Buddy Emmons


Truth about intervals...The wider apart strings are tuned - the more frets and pedals we need to play the notes in between those tuned intervals. To play more music we need easier access to those ...
  Topic: Outdoor venues, heat/sunshine, intonation
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 21
Views: 1370

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 15 Jun 2020 5:38 pm   Subject: Outdoor venues, heat/sunshine, intonation
I think it's very important to have a good tuner, so that you can check your tuning silently and quickly at any moment. In any show I will check open strings every half-hour or so (pedals and levers s ...
  Topic: RIP Bucky Baxter
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 20
Views: 3179

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 26 May 2020 12:02 pm   Subject: RIP Bucky Baxter
Quite a loss, I pray for his family. A few years ago I also discovered his son Rayland, who is quite a talented singer/songwriter himself. RIP.
  Topic: Which Steel Players Play The Best Licks In Just One Position
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 24
Views: 3103

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 6 May 2020 3:05 pm   Subject: Which Steel Players Play The Best Licks In Just One Position
Which of history's steel players played the best and most licks in one position without moving the bar?

My vote would be Jimmie Crawford. Due to his preference of MANY levers, he was able to do so ...
  Topic: Favorite SLOW steel solos
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 74
Views: 8056

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 29 Apr 2020 4:47 pm   Subject: Favorite SLOW steel solos
Though I have admiration and respect for slow steel solos, it is not often that one really grabs my attention. But, one exception that definitely comes to mind is George Strait's version of "So M ...
  Topic: Fender 800- What did I get myself into?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 18
Views: 2710

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 21 Apr 2020 5:04 pm   Subject: Fender 800- What did I get myself into?
The idea of tuning to A6 and dropping to E9 is valid, if not widely adopted. According to the setups listed in Winston, Ernie Hagar did that.

Sonny Curtis did too. He said that early on in learnin ...
  Topic: Pedal steel on a keyboard - new virtual instrument
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 8
Views: 1235

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Apr 2020 1:58 pm   Subject: Pedal steel on a keyboard - new virtual instrument
The only time I know of where it almost worked was on the original Restless Heart version of "Hummingbird". In that song there is quite a good pedal-steel-inspired keyboard solo... But, in t ...
  Topic: Pedal steel on a keyboard - new virtual instrument
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 8
Views: 1235

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Apr 2020 12:29 pm   Subject: Pedal steel on a keyboard - new virtual instrument
I would be much more interested in making my Pedal Steel sound like a keyboard than to give keyboard players the ability to fake our craft. There... I said it...
  Topic: Fender 800- What did I get myself into?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 18
Views: 2710

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 10 Apr 2020 5:01 pm   Subject: Fender 800- What did I get myself into?
Going off of what you say you're after, and what you already have listed, I would move your Pedal 1 & 2 changes over to 2 & 3... and then set up Pedal 1 to raise the E's to F, and Pedal 4 to l ...
  Topic: Ain't No Sunshine without Bill Withers
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 5
Views: 1848

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 6 Apr 2020 12:05 pm   Subject: Ain't No Sunshine without Bill Withers
I used to play steel with a singer/guitarist who did a lot of 60s & 70s rock. One of the ones we did often was "Ain't No Sunshine", which I loved. It allowed me to break out lots of big ...
  Topic: RIP Bucky Pizzarelli
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 15
Views: 3134

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 2 Apr 2020 7:35 pm   Subject: RIP Bucky Pizzarelli
One more thing... Doug Jernigan later did a Jazz Steel & Guitar duet album with Brent Mason. If I remember correctly, I believe Doug once told me that he had initially wanted it to be a second alb ...
  Topic: RIP Bucky Pizzarelli
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 15
Views: 3134

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 2 Apr 2020 7:19 pm   Subject: RIP Bucky Pizzarelli
RIP. Perhaps my earliest Jazz Guitar influence. Long before I played steel, I was a heavy metal guitar-playing teenager. Though I knew about and appreciated Jazz, and listened to it from time to time. ...
  Topic: Looking for Chicken Pickin' Advice
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 14
Views: 1886

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 31 Mar 2020 11:57 am   Subject: Looking for Chicken Pickin' Advice
I don't know for sure in Buddy Cage's case, but he seems to have followed the same path as Jay Dee Maness, who was admittedly directly inspired by Lloyd Green's playing in the late 60's and early 70's ...
  Topic: Suggestions for backing the singer/song course material?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 10
Views: 811

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 20 Mar 2020 12:03 pm   Subject: Suggestions for backing the singer/song course material?
The best thing I ever did for my playing, particularly as a backup player, was buy a Tascam digital recorder. I recorded many live performances of mine with various groups, and on some occasions perso ...
  Topic: Suggestions for backing the singer/song course material?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 10
Views: 811

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 19 Mar 2020 1:16 pm   Subject: Suggestions for backing the singer/song course material?
Perhaps this book:
https://www.melbay.com/Products/94716M/backup-pedal-steel-guitar.aspx

I haven't used it myself, but anything by Scotty is usually great. I have worked out of several of his othe ...
  Topic: Amp Questions
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 25
Views: 1762

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 19 Mar 2020 1:12 pm   Subject: Amp Questions
I don't have experience with Quilter amps, but I have some less-expensive solutions that may be all you need.

First... the pickup. I don't know what the Discovery is equipped with, but I know that ...
  Topic: Looking for Chicken Pickin' Advice
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 14
Views: 1886

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 18 Mar 2020 3:49 am   Subject: Looking for Chicken Pickin' Advice
I recommend Joe Wright's Pick/Palm Blocking Video:

http://www.pedalsteel.com/ashop/index.php?product=144

Joe vividly demonstrates both techniques. You will get a good look at pick-blocking (Paul ...
  Topic: Programmable tuner?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 10
Views: 899

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 18 Mar 2020 3:42 am   Subject: Programmable tuner?
Ditto on the Sonic Research Turbo Tuners. I believe that the ST-200 that I use has been replaced by newer models. But, all should work great and be more than enough for us steel players. Instant respo ...
  Topic: In search of Herby Wallace CD tribute to Leon Rhodes & Buddy
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 4
Views: 455

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 12 Mar 2020 3:46 am   Subject: In search of Herby Wallace CD tribute to Leon Rhodes & Buddy
I heard at one point that his wife was still selling his products. Not sure if that's still the case or not.
  Topic: Lead guitar versus Pedal Steel
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 83
Views: 6126

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 11 Mar 2020 8:48 am   Subject: Lead guitar versus Pedal Steel
If his "arpeggiated" lines are repeated and fairly predictable, then you could develop a harmony line or counter-melody to compliment them. I have done this in many different bands. In the e ...
  Topic: Pedal 4 on C-6 tuning
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 21
Views: 1920

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 19 Feb 2020 10:51 am   Subject: Pedal 4 on C-6 tuning
I removed the standard Pedal 4 change several years ago... But, I found that I missed the dissonant sound of having the Maj 7 on string 4 ringing with the root on string 3. So, I later brought back th ...
  Topic: RIP Lyle Mays
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 11
Views: 2206

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 11 Feb 2020 7:27 am   Subject: RIP Lyle Mays
I was heavily into the Pat Metheny Group back in the mid 90's. Some great music came out of those two. I particularly remember Lyle from watching the concert VHS they had out back then. RIP.
  Topic: To music theory , or not to music theory ?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 52
Views: 6644

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Jan 2020 4:31 am   Subject: To music theory , or not to music theory ?


...Only way theory may hurt you is if it cuts into your time of practicing your playing and you just keep reading books/instructional material and think you know how to play because of it.

Bing ...
  Topic: To music theory , or not to music theory ?
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 52
Views: 6644

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 21 Jan 2020 5:28 am   Subject: To music theory , or not to music theory ?
I would say definitely learn theory, but I caution you to NOT get lost in it. I wasted many years thinking too much about the mathematics, and not enough time actually listening. In the end, the mor ...
  Topic: Any thoughts on Magnum D10
Jeff Harbour

Replies: 10
Views: 1513

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Jan 2020 12:41 pm   Subject: Any thoughts on Magnum D10
When I first visited Bobbe's store, I tried out several new Magnum's and GFI's, which Bobbe had priced the same at the time. I personally feel that the Magnum's were priced a bit high when they were n ...
 
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