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Bill Hatcher

 

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Atlanta Ga. USA
Post  Posted 12 May 2020 10:23 am    
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this song was posted here a few weeks ago. i thought i would work out a version for my 14 string lap steel. it is one of the standards for sure and the iconic version is by jazz guitarist johnny smith and stan getz on sax.

the melody of the song is very legato so it lends itself to having fun with harmony wise and playing moving lines under it. the bridge is mostly one note so all around it is space to create. i managed to get in some block chords, some moving bass lines, some harmonics and even one section turned into a bit of a tango. there are three song snippets so see if you can find them....one is just one bar of an elvis tune.

guitar is direct, no amp and no vol pedal. tuning from low to high is F Bb C# E G A B C D E F G G# A. the two lowest notes tend to change depending on the key of the song i am working on.

i didnt use any picks...just nail and fingertips. the bar is just a SP1 pearse. it does not cover all the 14 strings, but i have found that i dont need really need a bar to do that. hope you enjoy this adventure. i like to find some interesting things and most of all have some musical fun. click on the link and then the download icon. its media fire and a safe site. http://www.mediafire.com/file/cuxtsb7y7xksvs5/moonlight_in_vermont_14st_lap_steel.mp3/file
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Earnest Bovine


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Los Angeles CA USA
Post  Posted 12 May 2020 1:44 pm    
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Gorgeous, exciting, satisfying to listen to, and of course impossible to play.
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Mike Neer


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NJ
Post  Posted 12 May 2020 3:20 pm    
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That’s fantastic, Bill. Sounds like an angel’s harp. A hip angel.
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Anthony Locke

 

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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 23 May 2020 6:06 am    
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That is a beautiful rendition, Bill.

Are you using the Alkire tuning?
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Bill Hatcher

 

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Atlanta Ga. USA
Post  Posted 23 May 2020 6:33 am    
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Anthony Locke wrote:
That is a beautiful rendition, Bill.

Are you using the Alkire tuning?


anthony. i started out with 6 string leavitt tuning because of the wonderful chords you can play on it. i extended it out to 8 then 10 then 12 and lastly 14. i looked at alkire and added some of that in the upper strings. i found that alkire helps you with the melodic lines, and the leavitt helps with the chords. i pitched it all down some as when you add upper strings, you dont have to play so high up on the neck. you play more "across" the neck.

its all just a big experiment and a journey of finding things with all the non pedal steel tunings.
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Russell Adkins

 

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Louisiana, USA
Post  Posted 19 Jun 2020 9:27 am    
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AMAZING
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