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Jim Fogarty

Phila, Pa, USA
Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 1:50 pm     Reply with quote

I spend my time around the house 99% in Crocs........which are waaaaay too wide to play PSG with.

So, I've been practicing barefoot, more and more. Only a drag when your foot slips off the side of the pedal and gets scraped a bit. Ouch.

Live, I've had good luck with fairly thin-soled Hush Puppies.
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Kevin Fix

Michigan, USA
Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 6:56 pm     No Shoes Reply with quote

Jerry, Yes I play C6 on a Super Pro D 10. 5,6,7,&8 no problem. The #2 pedal rocking on to the #3 was a little touchy until I put return springs on the changer.
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Morton Kellas

Chazy, NY, Zephyrhills, Fl USA 1
Post Posted 30 Sep 2017 7:22 am     Reply with quote

Austin Stewart plays in his socks and does a mighty fine job doing so. What a fantastic young player.
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Fred Treece

California, USA
Post Posted 1 Oct 2017 12:01 am     Reply with quote

Weird topic. Perfect for me Cool

I would try to play barefoot if that's what the boss wanted, I guess. My narrow boney maroney bare foot doesn't do double pedals though. Besides, first time I saw someone play pedal steel in cowboy boots, I thought, that is so very cool.
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Henry Matthews

Texarkana, Ark USA
Post Posted 2 Oct 2017 7:23 am     Reply with quote

I can if I had to play my push pull with heavy socks but my feet are way too tender to play that way all time. Several good players play in sock feet so I guess it's what you get used too. I have to have special feeling shoes to play comfortable. I use sorta loafers. Can't play in any kind of boots. In boots I'll play out of tune because at times don't come off pedals.
Henry Matthews

D-10 1975 Emmons p/p Black Woodneck Bolt-on
LTD amp, Nashville 400 amp, Hilton pedal, BJS bar, Kyser picks, Live steel Strings. No effects, doodads or stomp boxes.
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Bryan Staddon

Buffalo,New York,
Post Posted 3 Oct 2017 4:23 pm     Sniff, Sniff, Reply with quote

This thread smells worse every day!
You are me as I am you
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Patrick Huey

Nacogdoches, Texas, USA
Post Posted 3 Oct 2017 5:41 pm     Reply with quote

I started in boots/shoes then got my Mullen pre RP and ran into Jim Lindsey who kindly gave me some lessons and convinced me to sock it. I have 12 1/2 EEE feet and shoes or boots make them just that much wider and of course hitting a single pedal is quite challenging. After Jim convinced me to go socks only I've done so ever since. My Mullen has buttery smooth action to begin with and I do so much better in just socks. And I can 1/2 pedal any pedal on it with just my big toe. 😂
Pre RP Mullen D10 8/7, Carter S-10 3/4, previous Cougar SD-10 3/4 & GFI S-10 3/2, Peavey Session 500, previous Peavey Nashville 400, Boss DD-5, Hilton Digital Sustain, '88 Les Paul Custom, Fender Stratocaster, Takamine acoustics, Marshall amps, Boss effects, Ibanez Tube Screamer, and it all started with an old cranky worn out Kay acoustic you could slide a Mack truck between the strings and fretboard on!!
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Roddy Ring

Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Post Posted 4 Oct 2017 8:41 am     Reply with quote

I've only been playing about 4 years. Spent the first several months playing in Chuck's. A musician friend came by unexpectedly one evening when I was wandering around the house in socks. He asked for a demonstration and I haven't played with shoes on since.
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William Yount

Boerne, Texas
Post Posted 6 Oct 2017 10:14 am     Reply with quote

I've played in my socks forever. I played on national television multiple times and was in my socks every time. People like to give me a hard time about it, but if I play better in my socks that's what I'm going to do!
Harrison Yount
Mullen G2 D-10
Benado Steel Dream
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Glenn Demichele

(20mi N of) Chicago Illinois, USA
Post Posted 6 Oct 2017 3:10 pm     Reply with quote

Socks only for me from the beginning
Franklin D10 8&4, NV400, Rumble 40, Twin, Carvin BX500 or Peavey MiniMax to BW1501 neo speaker in open back or TT-12 in closed back.Goodrich/Moyo pedals, homemade buffer/overdrive, GT-001 effects, and an elephant graveyard of empty speaker cabinets in my garage.
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Wayne Quinn

Cape Breton.NovaScotia
Post Posted 7 Oct 2017 11:22 am     Reply with quote

always practiced home in my sock feet. then when i started playing out .i had to take what ever i had on my feet of at the time, always sock feet now.i find i get better feel for the pedals Smile
D10 Carter, SD10 Mullen .Nashville 400,. peavey 112 Boss DD3., RV5,
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Edwin Bomer

Texas, USA
Post Posted 7 Oct 2017 5:10 pm     Reply with quote

It really depends on the guitar. I started on a Mullen Discovery and initially learned to play barefoot. When I had a Mullen G2 built I asked them to round over the edges of the pedals a bit. Total barefoot comfort. I made the same request to Gary Rittenberry when he built my Prestige and it is perfect for barefoot playing as well. The pedal shape of my MSA guitar doesn't work with barefoot playing (painful). The MSA pedals are smaller and have sharper edges that telegraph "feel" well through shoe soles. I use moccasins or boat shoes with that guitar. For me there is a definite feeling of being better connected to the guitar when playing barefoot. Fortunately I live in a warm climate and haven't had to play an outside gig when it's been really cold. Though I have had to deal with kind of icky stage floors in some bars at times.....
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