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  Topic: Remembering Al Bruno, Archie Francis, Rod Culpepper & many
John Alexander

Replies: 18
Views: 1812

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 20 Aug 2018 8:27 pm   Subject: Remembering Al Bruno, Archie Francis, Rod Culpepper & many
One of you California steel guitarists of that era, or one of your colleagues, came to Jackson Wyoming as part of Larry Booth's band in 1978 or 1979, and spent an afternoon visiting with me at my pla ...
  Topic: Another short jazz tune - Body and Soul
John Alexander

Replies: 13
Views: 487

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 23 Jul 2018 1:19 am   Subject: Another short jazz tune - Body and Soul
Nice going!
  Topic: Your Biggest Early Influence (redone)
John Alexander

Replies: 77
Views: 3521

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 2 Jul 2018 8:42 pm   Subject: Your Biggest Early Influence (redone)
Red Rhodes

Same here, watching him on Cal's Corral, Sunday afternoons in what year - 1965?
  Topic: The Forum can make you feel Insignificant
John Alexander

Replies: 48
Views: 3192

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 23 Jun 2018 7:31 pm   Subject: Re: The Forum can make you feel Insignificant
After a few years on the Forum I felt more and more insignificant and decided in view of this I would just give up on the Forum, Steel guitar and do things that I enjoyed!

Welcome back Bo - it is g ...
  Topic: Giant Steps by John Coltrane video on YouTube
John Alexander

Replies: 13
Views: 1041

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 27 Apr 2018 12:03 am   Subject: Giant Steps by John Coltrane video on YouTube
Very good!
  Topic: Herb at Austin Steel Co-Op, Feb 2015
John Alexander

Replies: 12
Views: 1426

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 21 Feb 2018 1:48 am   Subject: Herb at Austin Steel Co-Op, Feb 2015
Very nice set, good playing all around, the sound is easy on the ears, the tune selections are nice. Where do I ever hear In a Mellow Tone or I Can't Give You Anything But Love, let alone on steel gu ...
  Topic: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
John Alexander

Replies: 5
Views: 779

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 4:29 pm   Subject: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
Bud Carter played a modified version of Bb6 because of a problem rotating left foot. That may very well be one of his old guitars,,,last one I saw that he had was black.

That's interesting - if th ...
  Topic: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
John Alexander

Replies: 5
Views: 779

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 1:09 pm   Subject: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
Much of it (maybe all) could make sense as a Bb6 tuning. For example, if the changes on V and RKL are all half steps, those are standard Maurice Anderson Bb6 knee levers. Same with LKR, at least the ...
  Topic: Playin' with Myself: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
John Alexander

Replies: 9
Views: 790

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Jan 2018 12:49 am   Subject: Playin' with Myself: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Lotsa nice stuff going on there! Very well done - thanks for posting it.
  Topic: Blue Bayou Steel Solo
John Alexander

Replies: 4
Views: 1292

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 19 Nov 2017 11:03 pm   Subject: Blue Bayou Steel Solo
i enjoyed it Smile
  Topic: Instructors input desired regarding Ext. E9
John Alexander

Replies: 15
Views: 1289

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 31 Oct 2017 11:32 pm   Subject: Re: Instructors input desired regarding Ext. E9

My music back ground is classically trained piano (some horns, no guitar). I read music (weak on chords but studying) and am constantly translating the tabulature in these books to piano keyboard in ...
  Topic: Please help me improve!
John Alexander

Replies: 18
Views: 1787

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Oct 2017 12:05 pm   Subject: Please help me improve!
Very nicely done!
  Topic: Dissertation finished
John Alexander

Replies: 33
Views: 4573

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 23 Oct 2017 3:39 pm   Subject: Dissertation finished
Me too!
  Topic: Melody
John Alexander

Replies: 12
Views: 1981

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Oct 2017 11:34 am   Subject: Melody
Thanks for the reply so fast , take this song (take these chains from my heart) e g c c d e g f e d according to what im thinking here is that to make this melody into traids you would use the c ...
  Topic: Modes
John Alexander

Replies: 9
Views: 1702

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 10 Oct 2017 5:55 pm   Subject: Modes
Much in-depth information on modes and practically every other musical topic is available (free) on Rick Beato's YouTube site. He's done a video on each of the usual modes, and some I've never heard ...
  Topic: Any One use ear protection?
John Alexander

Replies: 31
Views: 3414

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 3 Sep 2017 2:25 pm   Subject: Any One use ear protection?
Unfortunately, by the time the hearing loss/tinnitus sets in at a noticeable level, it's already irreversible, although not too late to protect what what you still have left.

The fact that I've nev ...
  Topic: Age related question re speed picking
John Alexander

Replies: 17
Views: 1989

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 3 Sep 2017 1:45 pm   Subject: Re: Age related question re speed picking
anyone here over 50 able to make any progress with fast staccato picking . . . . ?

Yes. At age 60 I started playing steel again after a 28-year break. This time I switched from palm blocking to ...
  Topic: Jazz/Fusion Pedal Steel
John Alexander

Replies: 13
Views: 2929

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 15 Aug 2017 12:23 pm   Subject: Jazz/Fusion Pedal Steel
Good!
  Topic: WTB: Peavey LTD 400 amp
John Alexander

Replies: 6
Views: 992

PostForum Section: For Sale: Amps and Accessories   Posted: 20 Jul 2017 11:54 am   Subject: WTB: Peavey LTD 400 amp
Private message sent.
  Topic: C6 -- P5, P6, P7 Together
John Alexander

Replies: 8
Views: 1200

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 29 Jun 2017 4:27 pm   Subject: C6 -- P5, P6, P7 Together
Thinking of P5 and P6 as making a diminished 7th chord on strings 3 to 8, P7 provides harmonic color tones or melodic tones that can be used with the diminished chord, much as P7 is used with the no-p ...
  Topic: Explain this Emmons move
John Alexander

Replies: 8
Views: 1589

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 May 2017 4:25 pm   Subject: Explain this Emmons move
I hear a VIaug7 and see his left thigh move up and down again. Then the II13.

Yes. Up three frets (not two) from the no-pedal position with the 5th string lowered a half step gives the VIaug7 on ...
  Topic: Good rhythm exercises?
John Alexander

Replies: 14
Views: 2179

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 May 2017 11:45 pm   Subject: Good rhythm exercises?
Two together at the most. And that is exactly how I would start using an exercise schedule like this.

I agree - that's the kind of approach I would take, and have taken. As Jim Palenscar explained ...
  Topic: Good rhythm exercises?
John Alexander

Replies: 14
Views: 2179

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 15 May 2017 1:11 am   Subject: Re: Good rhythm exercises?
Does anyone here have any good rhythm exercises?

Yes, below are some rhythmic phrases that you can use in practicing scales and arpeggios, to learn to shift back and forth between triplets and stra ...
  Topic: Good rhythm exercises?
John Alexander

Replies: 14
Views: 2179

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 May 2017 4:24 pm   Subject: Good rhythm exercises?
What I'd like is to be able to "internalize" all the different rhythm combinations that exist . . .

My suggestion: Get a copy of Rhythmic Training by Robert Starer (under $10 via Amazon) ...
  Topic: lonnie bells big country show 1982??
John Alexander

Replies: 11
Views: 3828

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 25 Apr 2017 8:29 pm   Subject: lonnie bells big country show 1982??
Just a few days ago my wife and I were talking about Homer Simon. This is sad news indeed. Sad
 
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