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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 27 Jun 2020 10:10 am    
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Hi Everyone.

I'm a new member from the UK. I've been playing for a long time, but more seriously nowadays. I have millions (well a lot) of recorded songs/pieces produced over the years. I've joined the Forum in the hope of sharing some of this stuff with other players: it can be a solitary lifestyle playing steel (especially in the UK). My music ranges from straight country to the weirdest things imaginable, although always 'true' to the PSG I hope. At its heart is always improvisation, a subject I've written 2 books on by the way. Anyway, it would be great to get some feedback and start talking to some other steelies. My music can be heard/seen in the following places:

Fairly straight country-ish material

https://soundcloud.com/user-581188416

Videos of pedal steel improvisations:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCleUkW5bB_AeiXRp_VIVwwg

Much more experimental material, from avant-garde to free-improvisation and electronica...all with steel of course:

https://soundcloud.com/peterspeters

And my Bandcamp site which has everything from country to bluegrass to atonal music...etc. I'm not expecting anyone to buy anything, just have a listen. I can provide any track you like for free anyway if you message me...obviously, I'm not expecting a sudden rush!

https://garypeters.bandcamp.com/

I hope some of you find something of interest, be great to hear from somebody (anybody!!!)

Gary
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Richard Nelson

 

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Post  Posted 27 Jun 2020 5:08 pm    
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Hi Gary, sounds good. Any jazz standards.
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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2020 1:02 am     New Member Recordings
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Hi Richard

No, should I?

Actually, I came across your (very fine) playing just over a year ago when I sold my Nashville 400 amp to a guy called Colm Murray who steered me in your direction, I think he may have bought an S10 C6 off of you (?). Anyway, seeing you play jazz standards was a sobering experience, so I quietly forgot that idea. Ironic, as my Band (Stinky Winkles) were voted 'Young Jazz Musicians of the Year in 1979 (I know!!), and even weirder, appeared on the front page of Jazz Journal in April 2020 (see link)

https://jazzjournal.co.uk/2020/04/30/jj-04-80-london-news-and-views-stinky-winkles/

In fact, Stinky Winkles did a very strange version of Misty, which helped us win the above accolade, but that is the only standard I've ever learnt.

I Bought the Williams U12 rather than a D10 for my long-promised retirement present to myself, the reason being that I play neither western swing nor jazz, but wanted a more extended harmonic palette to play with. That said, I would still love to be able to make the B6 approximate the classic C6 sound that you've got off to a tee. So, yes, maybe I should try a couple of standards: any suggestions?

Thanks for listening

Gary
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Dan Kelly


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2020 12:43 pm    
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Welcome! And nice stuff, Gary!

Your perspective and interpretation on a number of pieces really is appealing and refreshing.

Thanks for contributing.
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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 28 Jun 2020 1:42 pm     New Member Recordings
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Hi Dan

Love your signature! When I was a full time academic, one of my favourite things to say to 1st-year students, in their first class was: 'I really hate it when people say to me "Hey you! Get out of my garden!"' Obviously, they thought I was nuts, which is a good way into academia...but I digress.

Thanks for your response, yes I think some refreshments are definitely in order in the world of steel playing...I do (and will continue to do) my best. Not many people agree with me or listen to me though, but Hey! You did.

I appreciate it.

More to come...

Gary
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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 29 Jun 2020 5:20 am     Jazz Standards
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...thinking on about the idea of playing jazz standards, in response to Richard, I remembered a couple of things I put together a little while back that, while not standards, are definitely 'jazzy' to my ears. The steel is more accompaniment, but I think they (and it) work quite well.

https://soundcloud.com/user-581188416

Now I need to learn some standards I guess.

PS: I've also added an improv to my YouTube Channel, which, thanks to adjusting my new camera's mic settings, seems to sound a bit better than the other ones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqsBLnW5-hc

Enjoy

Gary
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Tucker Jackson

 

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Post  Posted 29 Jun 2020 8:50 am    
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Good stuff, Gary. I love how you play in so many styles... takes taste and musicianship play differing genres and convince in each one.
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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 29 Jun 2020 9:08 am     Recordings
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Thanks Tucker...much appreciated.

Yes, floating in limbo between different genres can be a little alarming at times (I think it's a predicament rather than a choice), one always worries about the 'Jack of all trades, master of none' label sticking. But I think the refusal to settle down comfortably within any given genre has kept me curious over the years and certainly motivates me to continue working on my playing on a daily basis rather than worrying too much about the context.

Thanks Again.

Gary

PS: I love Portland, I was out there visiting and doing a bit of teaching at PNCA in about 2011. Best IPA I've ever had! And I spent a fortune in Powell's bookshop.
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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 29 Jun 2020 11:00 am     The Delines
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Hi (again) Tucker

Have just checked-out The Delines. Beautiful band and beautiful playing man: Congrats!

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Post  Posted 29 Jun 2020 5:31 pm    
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Thanks! Let me know if you're ever in these parts again and we can hang.
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Richard Nelson

 

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Post  Posted 30 Jun 2020 5:14 pm    
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What about Blue Bossa. It’s your usual 300 chord trick? Ha,no it’s handy enough.
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Gary Peters


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Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 12:02 am     New Member Recordings
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Hi Richard

I remember reading a while back of a young (and very good) steel player having some lessons with Susan Alcorn. He remarked that she knew more chords than he knew notes! I think we might be getting into that kind of territory here. But if I can get a version of Blue Bossa together with the 3 chords I know, then everyone will be happy. I'll get back to you!

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