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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 2:48 pm    
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I just posted a new video on YouTube... The Beatles tune "I Will". It's been one of my favorite Beatles songs since I first heard it in 1968. I notice that a couple of other steelers have recorded it lately, so I thought I'd take a shot at it! 8-string C6 tuning w/high G. Thanks for checking it out!

---click---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUpqHIAlPrc


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Greg Booth


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 4:20 pm    
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Sounds great Doug! Did you make the backing tracks too?
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 4:32 pm    
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Thanks Greg, yes, I made the backing track. I usually start with "band-in-a-box"... bass & drums only. Then I add (I play) guitar, acoustic and electric, usually about four tracks. Sometimes I add uke. I do a rough mix and then record the steel audio as I record the video.
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Patrick Sullivan


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 4:44 pm    
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good job, sir
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Daniel McKee


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Post  Posted 19 Dec 2018 4:48 pm    
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Very nice. I usually don't think of Beatles songs as instrumentals but I discovered a cool album a while back of Sonny Curtis playing Beatles hits on flamenco guitar and most of their songs actually sounded kinda interesting with just music. Always look forward to your videos!
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Chuck S. Lettes


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Post  Posted 20 Dec 2018 7:12 am    
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Nice job, Doug. You make that guitar sing!
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Rick Barnhart


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Post  Posted 20 Dec 2018 7:44 am    
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I always look forward to your videos. Great job, as usual.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 20 Dec 2018 10:19 am    
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Thanks for the kind comments. Much appreciated! โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽ…
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 20 Dec 2018 10:29 am    
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You really showcase what a strong melody that tune has. I so admire your whole approach to the instrument, Doug.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 20 Dec 2018 10:50 am    
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Thanks Andy, I guess I'm a melody guy! I like improv too and speedpicking, etc, but a strong melody is what draws the listener in IMO. Something I've noticed... my most popular videos on YouTube feature single note playing of the melody. Not chord style and not a lot of fills mixed in. Just the single note melody. I always felt like that was copping out because the steel guitar offers so many beautiful harmonies and chord voicings, especially the pedal steel guitar. It's very tempting to play harmonies and full chords throughout the song but I think the single note way really makes a statement and grabs the listener's attention. Wink ๐ŸŽ…
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Bob Stone


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 4:36 am    
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Nice job as always, Doug! Keep 'em coming.

Happy Holidays
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 6:12 am    
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As usual appetizing videos, sound and gear candy.

Speaking of Beatles, have you done I'll Follow The Sun?

What guitar was Send Me?

https://youtu.be/GO2Tf8KLJ14


Do you have a clip using palm levers?

Your 40's Epi has a dreamy tone. That you played it (Sleepy Lagoon) on top of your amp I think, must've added to the symphony.

https://youtu.be/11GvfD93l44
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 6:53 am    
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I love "I'll Follow the Sun". It brings back a lot of memories. The guitar I played on "Send Me the Pillow" was a Rogue Jersey Lightning, an entry level, Asian made lap steel that was on the market a few years ago.

I've never used palm levers but I do have a clip where I use a lot of string pulls (behind the bar) ---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjKdf9NJl4c
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Jack Hanson


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 7:38 am    
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Just a wild guess that Sir Paul would smile if he ever heard Doug's arrangement.

Bravo, Mr. B.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 8:47 am    
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Iโ€™d like to think so, Jack! Thanks for checking it out.
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Mike A Holland


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 12:08 pm    
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Great stuff Doug. I am a Beatles fan so anything by the Beatles is usually OK by me. Always look forward to your videos and its nice to see you playing the Fender with the high G. You have been a big inspiration to me getting to grips with the Lap steel guitar.......many thanks, Mike
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 21 Dec 2018 1:41 pm    
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Thanks Mike! I'm glad you like it. I've been enjoying your videos too. Keep up the good work! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ˜
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Joel Meginsky


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Post  Posted 22 Dec 2018 8:05 am     โ€œI Willโ€ on steel guitar
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Hi Doug,

Nice โ€œmelodicโ€ playing and great
background track. I think you are absolutely
right about working with a strong melody
that was built to last. A well constructed tune is
worth itโ€™s weight in gold. You canโ€™t copyright
a chord progression or voicing.

I posted a lap steel-clarinet version of โ€œIโ€™ll Follow
the Sunโ€ on SoundCloud about four years
ago, and still perform it live. The strength
of the melody, along with interesting
chord changes, give this song its appeal.

One of the most appealing qualities of
the steel is itโ€™s ability to โ€œsingโ€. Listeners
respond to this as much or more than pretty
voicings or flash.

Composers with melodic gifts have graced
the world for centuries. Why not take advantage
of this treasure and use these melodies?

Sincerely,
Joel Meginsky
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 22 Dec 2018 8:50 am    
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Well said, Joel. I know what you mean about the steel guitar's ability to "sing". And single note playing is a direct, "straight to the heart" way of expressing a melody. Santo Farina comes to mind! Keep up the good work. โ˜บ๏ธ ๐ŸŽ…
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Stephen Abruzzo


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Post  Posted 24 Dec 2018 8:18 pm    
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Superlative playing.........great tone.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 25 Dec 2018 8:08 am    
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Thanks Stephen! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„
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Jim Mckay


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Post  Posted 25 Dec 2018 2:46 pm    
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That's beautiful definition in the melody as will as a great sound Doug. Would fit those Shadows nomber's and a lot others.
Keep them coming Doug.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 26 Dec 2018 7:53 am    
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Thanks Jim! I'm glad you like it. Cool
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Peter Lindelauf


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Post  Posted 29 Dec 2018 5:57 pm    
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That was excellent, Doug. Your impeccable technique is always inspiring. Great shirt, too, by the way.
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Doug Beaumier


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 10:10 am    
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Thanks Peter! Cool
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