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John Spaulding

 

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Post  Posted 19 Jul 2020 9:45 am    
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Hi Everyone -


I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. I'm very pleased to announce a brand-new course I've just launched called Paul Franklin's E9 Pedal Steel Vocabulary.


For many years I have received requests from players to do a "Licks" course, where I demonstrate some of the classic sounds that have made the pedal steel guitar so beloved to us and to the public. I have hesitated to do so because I believe that just learning a bunch of licks is not a great way to learn how to play our instrument. There needed to be more to it than just a series of unconnected licks with no guidance on how to use them.


I wanted to find an approach that shows the vocabulary, but also teaches a bit of pedal steel history as to where these licks came from, shows you how to adapt and change any lick to fit other styles, and how I use this process to generate endless licks. To reach that goal, I recorded 50 lessons where I break the licks down into small components and make them easy to combine and alter. I cover some of the trademark sounds of the early greats and many of my own licks taken from my 50 years of live and studio playing.


These are the "pedal steel cliches" that artists and producers will often reference when you get a gig with a band or on a recording session. The marketing copy says "50 Licks", but there are many more than that as I dive deep into modifying them. As you work through the course, you can hear how I have absorbed the key playing styles of the early greats and added - or subtracted - to their ideas to create more. The ability to create an original part based on a style or genre is not magical...it comes from being familiar with this vocabulary and studying and analyzing it...learning how and why it works. Once you have done that, you now know how to generate your own new licks at will.

To learn more about the course, watch a trailer and read the FAQs, click here: E9 Pedal Steel Vocabulary


I hope you find the course as fun and inspiring as I did making it.


Paul

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John Spaulding

 

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Wisconsin, USA
Post  Posted 26 Jul 2020 6:29 am     Student Reviews
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Early Reviews:

"Great stuff Paul. It’s already got me looking for ways to expand on them to make them my own. Just killer stuff"

"These licks are making me circle back to the songs and hearing them in context then pulling them apart and putting them into action."

"It’s great to be able to learn and relearn these moves with the enhanced technique and awareness learned from the basics of this course. Part of the fun for me is taking a few of the licks and tying them together."

"As I watch these lick videos, I can see exactly what Paul has used to build each one of them and Im able to understand why each of them work".

"To have these licks now after going through the course allows me to view and analyze them in various situations and add or subtract to make more on my own. Bravo y’all!!"
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Mike Holder


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 1 Aug 2020 9:15 am    
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I bought this to use my pandemic time wisely and finally got through the entire course spending about 10 minutes per lick. This gave me time to investigate each scenario and now I'll go back to each one to learn them more confidently then try to re invent them if I can and make them mine somehow or figure out an easier way to play them. Paul has demonstrated many styles and captured modern and classic idioms and delves into the finer details of the mystery's of Weldon, Rugg, and Lloyd plus his own special idiosyncratic stylings also. Classic Emmons counter point, Mooney and tons of B & C pedal possibilities. All in all, a great consortium of pedal steel knowledge in a well presented package. I recommend it highly!!
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John Sluszny

 

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Brussels, Belgium
Post  Posted 1 Aug 2020 10:15 am    
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Does it come with tabs ? Thanks.
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Mike Holder


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Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 1 Aug 2020 11:15 am    
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No it doesn’t, Paul guides you through each phase of the lick telling you what fret, pedal, string group etc. to use, replay each lesson as often as it takes to learn the lick.
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