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Al Evans


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Austin, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 10 Nov 2019 2:26 pm    
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Is there a Society For Mediocre Pedal Steel Players?

I've been learning and playing right about 22 months, and I think I play about as well as a 22-month-old toddler thinks he walks.

So I'm ready to join....

Very Happy Very Happy

--Al Evans
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Lee Baucum


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McAllen, Texas (Extreme South) The Final Frontier
Post  Posted 10 Nov 2019 3:38 pm    
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Sign me up!
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post  Posted 10 Nov 2019 4:56 pm    
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Al, after two years I was convinced I'd never be any good, but after another four I've got a steady position in a band and some paid work.
So keep going. I believe Austin is a real musical city, too.
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Bob Bestor

 

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Ashland, OR
Post  Posted 10 Nov 2019 6:33 pm    
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I'd be chairman of the board.
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Charlie Hansen


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Post  Posted 11 Nov 2019 6:14 am    
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First vice president here.
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Danny Letz

 

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Old Glory,Texas, USA 79540
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 7:38 am    
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Do you think y’all will be needing a janitor?
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Jim Cooley


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The 'Ville, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 7:40 am    
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Second assistant night shift janitor.
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David Ball


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North Carolina High Country
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 8:58 am    
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My playing isn't good enough to qualify for membership.

Dave
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Mike Bacciarini


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San Luis Obispo, California
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 9:24 am    
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Well, they have a magazine for guitarists....



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Damir Besic


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Nashville,TN.
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 1:19 pm    
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where do I sign up?
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Don R Brown


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Rochester, New York, USA
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 2:34 pm    
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Al, they say when starting out it takes 3 years to work your way up to "suck". It took me more like 6, but I can proudly say I've made it!
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Barry Coker


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Bagley Alabama, USA
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 2:49 pm    
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Do they have a Minor League I could try out for to work my way up?

Barry Oh Well Oh Well
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Kevin Fix

 

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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 15 Nov 2019 6:20 pm    
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Put me on the list!!!!!!
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Glenn Suchan

 

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Austin, Texas
Post  Posted 19 Nov 2019 1:20 pm    
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For several decades I've aspired to reach the level of mediocre picker. Alas, I'm not there yet. Someday, if there is a "Society For Mediocre Pedal Steel Players", I hope to be added to the list. Rolling Eyes

Keep on pickin'!
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 20 Nov 2019 9:40 am    
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Mike Bacciarini wrote:
Well, they have a magazine for guitarists....



My subscription ran out but they keep sending it to me. I wrote that article on bass players as a letter to the editor.
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Tony Prior


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Charlotte NC..
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2019 3:39 am     Re: Smpsp?
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Al Evans wrote:
Is there a Society For Mediocre Pedal Steel Players?

I've been learning and playing right about 22 months, and I think I play about as well as a 22-month-old toddler thinks he walks.

So I'm ready to join....

Very Happy Very Happy

--Al Evans


I guess it all depends, where did you want to be Steel-wise, in 22 months ? Was it 22 months non stop or maybe an hour a day or every other day for 22 months ?

What was the expectation ? Maybe you are really way ahead of the curve and don't realize it ! Very Happy

Many here , it took the first 6 months ( or more) to get acclimated to a V-Pedal, a Knee lever and floor pedals. I haven't even mentioned a bar and picks yet. Exclamation

Patience...
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Al Evans


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Austin, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2019 6:35 am     Re: Smpsp?
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Tony Prior wrote:

I guess it all depends, where did you want to be Steel-wise, in 22 months ?


I'm totally not complaining! I wanted to be able to play along with country songs and sound like I knew what I was doing, and I wanted to get some idea what the C6th neck was about. I feel like I've accomplished both of those things, and am now approaching mediocrity. Very Happy

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Was it 22 months non stop or maybe an hour a day or every other day for 22 months ?

I signed up for Paul Franklin's course right after it first became available. I'm retired, and pretty assiduous about working on pedal steel. I'm occasionally interrupted by the call of other instruments.

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What was the expectation ?

Heh, well, I'm almost 74, and hoping to be able to play with reasonable proficiency on both necks before I die!

--Al Evans
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2019 8:47 am    
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You need one of these:

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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post  Posted 21 Nov 2019 8:54 am    
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My subscription ran out but they keep sending it to me. I wrote that article on bass players as a letter to the editor.

Was that really a magazine, Fred? I thought it was a put on Shocked
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