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Joseph Carlson


From:
Grass Valley, California, USA
Post Posted 1 Jan 2018 5:00 pm     Reply with quote

My 8 year old son has expressed an interest in learning pedal steel. Rather than start with him on 10 strings and pedals I thought it would be better to get him a 6 string lap steel and see if he likes it first.

Any tips on what would be a decent starter instrument for not a lot of money?

Also interested in any methods geared towards a young beginner as well as suggested tunings. I'm thinking C6 would be a good choice.

Thanks!
Joe
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Robert Allen


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 1 Jan 2018 7:54 pm     Reply with quote

Perfect age. I started taking lessons when I was 8 years old. Depends on what you mean by "Not a lot of money". My first lap steel was an old Stella brand guitar. The strings were so high I didn't need the raised nut. My dad paid only a couple dollars for it.
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Stefan Robertson


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London, UK
Post Posted 2 Jan 2018 3:54 am     Reply with quote

A cheap Chinese make.There are loads online around $100.

An amp get him a cheap practice 5w amp

a bullet bar

MOST important some Headphones.

Decide if you want him to take lessons/you will teach him (harder)

OR

get him a 10 string pedal steel and insist/force lessons upon him as most classical parents do.

OR let him mess around with it and get him some tabs.
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Stefan Robertson


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Post Posted 2 Jan 2018 3:56 am     Reply with quote

oops of course fingerpicks and a thumbpick. Laughing

Lots of luck to you I am teaching my 3 kids and getting them to focus is hard at that age but usually with an external teacher it is easier.
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Chase Brady


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 2 Jan 2018 8:04 am     Reply with quote

Did you look at the classified ads here? I see Skip Ellis has a couple for $100 each. I don't know him, but personally, I'd put much more faith in a homebuilder that advertises here than I would in an E-Bay seller.
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Ron Ellison


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D.C.
Post Posted 2 Jan 2018 9:06 am     Reply with quote

http://www.kekulamele.com/
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Joseph Carlson


From:
Grass Valley, California, USA
Post Posted 5 Jan 2018 3:07 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks all for the replies so far. I located a good first instrument in the forum classifieds. We should have it next week some time.

Still looking for a good method to use to get him started.

Would love to find a teacher locally rather than teach him myself, but I doubt there is anyone around here that teaches steel.

Thanks!
Joe
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Paul Honeycutt


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Colorado, USA
Post Posted 7 Jan 2018 6:23 am     Reply with quote

I think that one of Andy Volk's C6 books would be a good place to start. Maybe some of the other guys who do video lessons might be good as well. Also, get your kid listening to steel guitar. He needs to get that sound stuck in his head and want to create it himself. If the borderline obsessive desire and passion isn't there he may as well go play baseball with his friend.

My old friend Richard Sinkler who plays pedal steel (and hangs out on the pedal steel part of this site), when he was first starting out, played an acoustic guitar with raised strings and a panhandle for a bar, followed by a two or three neck National console and then a ZB Custom PSG.

I remember going to to a park in the Oakland hills where we drank gin and 7up (don't tell our parents!) and played songs on cheap acoustic guitars and watching his brain smoke figuring out how to play licks that sounded like music. He also used to sit at his steel for hours with a stack of country albums wearing out the grooves figuring out licks and solos.

My point is that it's a process. All along the way he'll be picking up things that will be the foundation of what he becomes as a musician. I wish him the best.
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