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  Topic: What do you do when you can no longer hold the bar?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 26
Views: 1060

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 9 Jul 2018 10:15 pm   Subject: What do you do when you can no longer hold the bar?
This guy found a way....
https://youtu.be/6IrSq1rOoL4
  Topic: Steel break on Waylon's "I'll go back to her"
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 9
Views: 931

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 9 Jul 2018 9:47 pm   Subject: Steel break on Waylon's "I'll go back to her"
To cop the Moon, you have to live with everything he did with Waylon but also especially with Wynn Stewart and internalize it till you can play back his licks and solos in your mind like a tape record ...
  Topic: Pedal steel capo
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 21
Views: 5470

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 8 Jul 2018 10:15 am   Subject: Pedal steel capo
I would think any clamp-on type capo would interfere with the pedals (horizontal string movement). I used to employ a standard dobro bar placed upside down under the strings of my Sho-Bud Professional ...
  Topic: Erecting and breaking down your steel
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 26
Views: 1708

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 8 Jul 2018 10:04 am   Subject: Erecting and breaking down your steel
First step - Get the lightest single neck keyless guitar you can find. No false back neck dead weight "loafers" allowed. Hey live with it. In my case an Excel Superb U-12 with 8+9 which weig ...
  Topic: Any Steel Players near Santa Clarita, CA?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 601

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 1 Jul 2018 4:05 pm   Subject: Any Steel Players near Santa Clarita, CA?
What style and tuning are you wanting to play?
  Topic: Sell me on A6 tuning
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 1311

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Jun 2018 10:05 am   Subject: Sell me on A6 tuning
What I do is tune the low string up a half-step to G and then you got Junior Brown's tuning except in A and as such it has more balls than the same tuning in C and renders having a C6 tuning on anothe ...
  Topic: Constructing a fast solo
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 23
Views: 1836

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 27 Jun 2018 7:47 pm   Subject: Constructing a fast solo
I wonder what percentage of the world's steel players are at that level. To have a head full of original licks and just be able to execute them!

Some obvious few are closer than the rest of us but ...
  Topic: Constructing a fast solo
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 23
Views: 1836

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 24 Jun 2018 5:12 pm   Subject: Constructing a fast solo
Ideally a player strives to develop the technique and musical theory so he can dream up good ideas from an encyclopedic bag of styles he's developed over many years and get to those ideas on his instr ...
  Topic: Hands
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 11
Views: 1057

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 19 Jun 2018 4:55 pm   Subject: Hands
Dickie's hands...

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  Topic: U12 LKV: lower 5 & 9 or 5 alone to Bb?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 7
Views: 440

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 7 Jun 2018 10:05 pm   Subject: U12 LKV: lower 5 & 9 or 5 alone to Bb?
If you want to add something really useful to a E9/B6 U12, raise your 9th and 10th strings three half steps. I've had it on RKR and on a zero pedal. It works best for me on a zero pedal. Seems like lo ...
  Topic: Ed Black ZB Custom
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 53
Views: 14645

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 1 Apr 2018 10:07 pm   Subject: Ed Black ZB Custom
A lot of the Eddys album was recorded at my studio in North Hollywood but on those recordings, Ed played a push pull. I remember when just about everybody in town had one of his handmade guitar straps ...
  Topic: Chapman Stick 10 String Grand - Rosewood SOLD
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 955

PostForum Section: For Sale: Other Instruments   Posted: 14 Mar 2018 4:28 pm   Subject: Chapman Stick 10 String Grand - Rosewood SOLD
I also play Stick and I invented and manufacture the Lap Dawg Stick accessory which consists of an aluminum bracket that bolts onto the back of the instrument using existing holes and has folding padd ...
  Topic: Nokie Edwards The Ventures
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 17
Views: 3920

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 13 Mar 2018 7:00 pm   Subject: Nokie Edwards The Ventures
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R.I.P Nole "Nokie" Edwards
He used to hang out on the set of Deadwood so they finally dressed him up as an undertaker and ...
  Topic: What Was The Best Compliment You Received
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 31
Views: 1944

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 3 Feb 2018 7:29 pm   Subject: What Was The Best Compliment You Received
Two come to mind. One time I was playing with Jo-El Sonnier when he lived out here in L.A. He told me in his Cajun manner of speaking: "Hey man I love da way you play - real economic. You leavin' ...
  Topic: String bends behind the bar - - HELP!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 25
Views: 1792

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Jan 2018 10:33 pm   Subject: String bends behind the bar - - HELP!
I tried it for a while but could never get my fingers in and out from between the strings smoothly enough and still maintain precise bar control to be worth messing with. I'd have to plan out what I w ...
  Topic: Sara Jory
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 156
Views: 19141

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 17 Nov 2017 5:47 pm   Subject: Sara Jory
Late to the game but my view is: If it entertains people (not just steel players) and it doesn't affect the entertainer's execution of the music, I gotta give it a pass. Hendrix was a genius and I kne ...
  Topic: Show us your Fender triple necks-or other brands too !
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 46
Views: 4513

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 4 Nov 2017 6:53 pm   Subject: Show us your Fender triple necks-or other brands too !
1956 pushbutton. 24" scale. Top down - E13 (Morrell style), G11 (G Dobro w/extra hi C & E at the bottom), B6/A13 (Joaquin's tuning except in B instead of C)
http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/us ...
  Topic: ZB C6 pedal 5
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 1000

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Oct 2017 12:32 pm   Subject: ZB C6 pedal 5
On that guitar,that pedal with those changes is pretty much always gonna feel like a truck clutch. Ask me how I know.....
Live with it and enjoy the tone.
  Topic: R.I.P ISGC, Missing you this weekend
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 27
Views: 5624

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 15 Sep 2017 3:29 pm   Subject: R.I.P ISGC, Missing you this weekend
I went to that thing 7 or 8 times from 1984 to about 2007 and sat at the feet of the masters (and partied with a lot of them). It was the inner sanctum of steel guitar. Those experiences can't be repl ...
  Topic: Bobby Black
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 10
Views: 2277

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 21 Jul 2017 8:02 pm   Subject: Bobby Black
Yep great guy and great player. We've been good friends for years. I'll never forget when he drove down to L.A. to play at Joaquin Murphey's funeral in 1999 and we spent a couple days together. A high ...
  Topic: Bill Collings RIP
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 2503

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 15 Jul 2017 8:59 pm   Subject: Bill Collings RIP
I've played his mandolins and they're second to none. Tricky instrument to build correctly. More like making a violin. Wow. World class luthier no doubt. I hope the company keeps going somehow.
  Topic: Kayton Roberts
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 48
Views: 12304

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 14 Jul 2017 10:25 am   Subject: Kayton Roberts
One of the strongest,sure-footed most authoritative players I've ever seen. He never seemed to hesitate for a split second and was on his game at all times. Part of it may have been that he always jus ...
  Topic: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 35
Views: 6979

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 16 Jun 2017 11:54 am   Subject: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
No I meant regular cassettes. The last car I had with a cassette player was a 1977 Audi I bought from Don McGinnis. I did have a "hang down" 8-track player in my 66 Mustang. I used to hate h ...
  Topic: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 35
Views: 6979

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 11 Jun 2017 1:38 pm   Subject: NRPS - Live album in entirety.. B Cage at his best!
Boy that album brings back a lot of memories. I had and probably still have somewhere a cassette version that I kept in my car back when cars still had cassette players and played it over and over eve ...
  Topic: L.A. Drummer Steve Hunter
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 3
Views: 1674

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 8 Jun 2017 7:16 pm   Subject: L.A. Drummer Steve Hunter
Sad to report my brother in arms Steve Hunter has shed his mortal coil and headed out to northern climes. Steve was a drummer from Houston who spent many years in L.A. before heading back to Texas a f ...
 
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