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Dean Gray


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Post  Posted 29 May 2020 9:17 pm    
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Hi all, I was a somewhat active member here several years ago, and after a long absence for various reasons (life/work/divorce/stuff) I am back to seriously working on my steel playing.

In the interim I have been playing and studying various instruments, a big jazz guitar phase which really helped my understanding of harmony/chord construction, a brief stint on pedal steel, a semester on theorbo/bass lute (I will never complain about keeping a steel in tune again!), and classical mandolin.

I am a complete jack of all trades, master of none! After recent soul searching, and the absence of gigs, I realised that the instrument that is the most fun, rewarding and challenging is the straight steel.

So I am packing everything else in it's case, have ordered the Jerry Byrd course from Scotty's and lined up a guitar playing friend to work on American Songbook tunes, so when gigs start happening again we have a new challenge to work on.

Sorry for the long post, just wanted to say hi and get reacquainted, I have been checking in here a lot and feel like I know many of you already. Mike Neer, your studies have been especially interesting/inspiring to me!

I also printed out Threadzilla years ago, and refer to it often for new ideas. The next challenge is working on sight reading for steel. I think it comes up in the Jerry Byrd course too.

Ok, enough from me, thanks everyone.
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 30 May 2020 5:18 am    
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Welcome back, Dean! I wish you much musical happiness with the steel.

I was intrigued by your statement that you had ordered the Jerry Byrd course from Scotty's. Are they still shipping product? I thought all operations had ceased, no?
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Dean Gray


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Post  Posted 30 May 2020 1:41 pm     Scotty's
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Hi Jim, thanks for the welcome. Scotty's is definitely open for mail order business. I sent an email and was answered very quickly.
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Joel Bloom


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Post  Posted 30 May 2020 5:13 pm    
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Hi Dean & welcome back from another Aussie.
I can relate..years away at times, and with a finger fracture not healing, I'm not fretting anything these days.. so enjoying only playing the lap slide guitars.
All the best to you.
Joel
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David Matzenik


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Cairns, on the Coral Sea
Post  Posted 30 May 2020 11:25 pm    
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Aloha, and G'day Dean, from Cairns, where the Trade Winds caress the coconut palms, and you can hear the crocs snapping at sunset.
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Dean Gray


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Post  Posted 30 May 2020 11:45 pm    
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Hey Joel and David! Nice to meet you here. Joel, those finger injuries are terrible..... I dislocated my left hand ring finger a couple of years ago. Luckily physio got me playing again. Hopefully yours will heal in time.
David, Cairns sounds great except for the midgies, box jelly fish and salties!
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post  Posted 31 May 2020 3:09 am    
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Dean Gray wrote:
Hey Joel and David! Nice to meet you here. Joel, those finger injuries are terrible..... I dislocated my left hand ring finger a couple of years ago. Luckily physio got me playing again. Hopefully yours will heal in time.
David, Cairns sounds great except for the midgies, box jelly fish and salties!


I know you guys speak English?????????, but crikey! Midgies, box jelly fish????? I do know what a saltie is. I'm surprised you didn't tell us you dislocated your finger on your kack hand.
I have a Mate in Vic. and a while back his sent me a book of Aussie slang words......so I guess I have to go find it now!
Anyway glad to have you back on the forum.

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Charlie McDonald


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Post  Posted 31 May 2020 6:00 am    
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Welcome back, Mate. Some Vegemite will fix you up in no time. (All the Aussie I know.)

The American Songbook sounds like a good way to go.
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Dean Gray


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Post  Posted 31 May 2020 1:39 pm    
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Thanks Charlie and Bill! It's great to be back on the forum.
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David Matzenik


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Post  Posted 31 May 2020 10:01 pm    
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Dean,I had my ring finger badly injured in a sailing accident. It slowly got better, and now it forecasts the weather.
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Danny Roy

 

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Alberta, Canada
Post  Posted 1 Jun 2020 9:30 pm    
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Welcome Back!
I was considering finally getting the Byrd material as well, but I wondered if they were still open. Hopefully you get a response and your course soon!
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Dean Gray


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Post  Posted 1 Jun 2020 10:09 pm    
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Danny Roy wrote:
Welcome Back!
I was considering finally getting the Byrd material as well, but I wondered if they were still open. Hopefully you get a response and your course soon!


Hi Danny, yes the course is on the way. I got a quick reply from Michael (I think he may be Scotty's son?). Anyway, great communication and service, it's a matter of waiting now, I guess delivery will take a little longer than notmal.
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