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Alex Kidd


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California, USA
Post  Posted 17 Feb 2019 11:23 am    
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Hi all -

After searching the forum I realized there isn't much conversation happening around the Jim Lill pedal steel guitar course. I realize the Franklin Method is the most comprehensive collections of instruction and information out there (I'm a happy subscriber myself) but I wanted to share that I have had excellent success as a telecaster player turned steel player with the Jim Lill fast track course prior to using the PFM.

Within only ~3 weeks of receiving my steel guitar - I was able to get on stage and pad my Americana band (1-4-5 6m progressions mostly) and give them the quintessential steel guitar bends at key moments (intros, turn arounds, outros). As simple as those moves may be - both the band and the crowd love to hear it.

If you're a guitarist looking to get on stage as soon as possible and already have a basic understanding of chord theory - I think Jim does a great job in getting you prepared for just that. Has anyone else out there tried this course?

https://jimlillmusic.com/product/pedalsteel/
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Gordon Hartin


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Durham, NC
Post  Posted 25 Feb 2019 12:56 pm    
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Brian Daste and Jim talk about it on one of the pedal steel podcast episodes.

https://www.facebook.com/pedalsteelpodcast

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Paul McEvoy


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Vermont, USA
Post  Posted 25 Feb 2019 6:56 pm    
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Is be interested in a comparison of that and the PF intro E9 course. Which is like $100 I believe?
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Alex Kidd


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California, USA
Post  Posted 8 Mar 2019 5:33 pm    
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Paul McEvoy wrote:
Is be interested in a comparison of that and the PF intro E9 course. Which is like $100 I believe?


Yes - that is correct. I took Jim's course prior to Paul's E9 intro course. They do cover very similar material and Jim's $49 price allows for you to retain the videos permanently rather than renew each year. Jim's intro is pretty thorough for the guitarist who is looking to switch to steel. The curriculum is as follows:

SECTION 1 – GETTING STARTED
Chapter 1 – Set Up
Chapter 2 – Seat Height
Chapter 3 – Gear
Chapter 4 – Bar
Chapter 5 – Tuning

SECTION 2 – FUNDAMENTALS
Chapter 1 – Open Chords
Chapter 2 – Picking+Blocking
Chapter 3 – Palm Blocking
Chapter 4 – Pedals Up
Chapter 5 – Pedals Down
Chapter 6 – Mixing Up/Down
Chapter 7 – 6 Minor Chord
Chapter 8 – 2 Minor Chord
Chapter 9 – 3 Minor Chord
Chapter 10 – b7 Chord

SECTION 3 – LICKS:
Chapter 1 – Swells
Chapter 2 – The Steel Lick
Chapter 3 – Resolve Pedals Up
Chapter 4 – Resolve Pedals Down
Chapter 5 – Doublestop Lick
Chapter 6 – Outro

It was exactly what I needed to get in front of folks with my band and play along to 1-4-5-6m progressions with a few little tasty licks and the classic 'steel lick' in key locations in the song.
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John Spaulding


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Wisconsin, USA
Post  Posted 8 Mar 2019 5:51 pm    
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FOUNDATIONS: E9 Pedal Steel Basics

GETTING READY TO PLAY
A Message From Paul
The Parts of the Pedal Steel Guitar - VIDEO
For 6-String Guitarists - VIDEO
Open Strings/Intervals - VIDEO
The Open Strings - QUIZ
Thinking In Intervals PDF
E9 Tuning - QUIZ
How To Sit Behind The Guitar - VIDEO

TUNING UP
Tuning Your Guitar By Ear - VIDEO
Tuning Your Knee Levers - VIDEO
Tuning Your Guitar With A Tuner - VIDEO
The Jeff Newman Tuning Charts PDF

THE PICKS AND THE BAR
Choices For Picking Techniques - VIDEO
How To Wear Your Picks - VIDEO
Choosing And Holding The Bar - VIDEO
Bar Pressure - VIDEO
Bar Exercises - VIDEO
Vibrato Concepts - VIDEO

THE PEDALS
Introduction To The Pedals - VIDEO
The Intro To The Pedals - QUIZ
TAB Basics - PDF
Intro To Pedals TAB PDF
The Volume Pedal - VIDEO
Adding Expression With The Volume Pedal - VIDEO

INTRODUCTION TO CHORDS
Intro To The Four String Groups - VIDEO
The Four String Groups - QUIZ
Chord Names On The Fretboard - VIDEO
Chord Names On The Fretboard -QUIZ
Timing: Working With A Metronome - VIDEO
Practicing The String Groups - VIDEO
The 1-4-5 Progression - VIDEO
More On 1-4-5 Progressions - VIDEO
Goodnight Ladies TAB PDF
1-4-5 Chord Progression - PRACTICE TRACKS
1-4-5 Chords In Every Key PDF

PICKING AND BLOCKING
Picking Exercises: The Arpeggio - VIDEO
How To Practice H.O.T.R.S. TAB PDF
Intro to Blocking The Strings - VIDEO
Pick Blocking - VIDEO

CHORDS: MAJOR AND MINOR
Using The Pedals To Make Chords - VIDEO
The Pedals - QUIZ
The Four String Groups - Major Chords - VIDEO
Beginner Chord Etude TAB PDF
Major Chord Practice Tracks - VIDEO
The Four String Groups - Minor Chords - VIDEO
Minor Chords - QUIZ
Minor Chord Practice Tracks - PRACTICE TRACKS
Pads & Power Chords - VIDEO
Power Chord TAB PDF
Chord Progressions - VIDEO

DOMINANT 7th CHORDS
Open Position Dominant 7th Chords - VIDEO
Pedals Down Dominant 7ths - VIDEO
Dominant 7th Extensions - VIDEO
Playing The Blues - VIDEO

SCALES AND HARMONY
The Major Scale - VIDEO
Basic Harmony PDF
Adding Harmonies to the Major Scale - VIDEO
The Harmonized Major Scale - VIDEO
Harmonized Major Scale TAB PDF
Major Scales and Triads PDF
Putting It All Together - VIDEO
Drones In Various Keys - DRONE TRACKS

STYLES AND LICKS
Western Swing and Blues Rock - VIDEO
Western Swing and Blues Rock TAB PDF
5511 Ballad Intro - VIDEO
5511 Ballad Intro TAB PDF

WHAT'S NEXT?

No Longer A Beginner - VIDEO
Thanks From Paul!

RESOURCES
Tips On Practice Routines - VIDEO
Suggested Listening
Basic Music Theory - PDF
Thinking In Intervals - PDF
Paul's TAB Symbols Explained
The Nashville Number System - PDF
Links to Some Pedal Steel Resources
Chord Formulas - PDF
Cycle Of 4ths and 5ths - PDF
Major Scales and Triads - PDF
How To Read TAB - VIDEO
How To Read TAB - PDF
Blank TAB 10 String - PDF

The Foundations course is comprised of selected lessons from The Paul Franklin Method. Should you want to continue on to the Paul Franklin Method, the $99 cost is applied to the Method enrollment fee.
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