Steel Guitar Passion Blog Posts

  • Happy New Year
    on Jan 2, 2014
    Happy New Year!It is a new year and time to recap where I am learning the pedal steel guitar and what is planned for the new year. I have spent the last six months learning the Jimmy Day arrangement of Coconut Grove. While I have learned the basics o...
  • Merry Christmas!
    on Dec 25, 2013
    From our family to you and yours we wish you a Merry Christmas. Especially during this time of year it is important to be thankful for the blessings we have been given. I am thankful for my girl friend, family and friends. I want to extend our apprec...
  • C6 Journey continued -- Jerry Byrd
    on Sep 7, 2013
    I have been continuing my practice with Jerry Byrd's How D'ya Do. It is slow going as this is a hard song. I have been struggling with the picking patterns. It may be in part I am still learning the C6 neck.
  • Music Theory Part III -- Chord Construction
    on Sep 7, 2013
    In my first two posts on Music Theory I focused on Major and Minor scales and how to build them using the circle of fifths as a visual guide. In this post we will tackle building chords for major and minor scales.Read more »...
  • How NOT to clean your Steel Guitar.
    on Jul 26, 2013
    I just had to share this with you. If you have seen it before it is time to enjoy again.www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H-I7Jv9Aww...
  • Changing Strings
    on Jul 8, 2013 in changing strings
    I look forward to changing strings because it is a time to reflect on what progress I have made since the last time I changed strings. Also it is a time to clean and lubricate some parts on your guitar. I will detail how I change strings on my Mullen...
  • Reinforcing My Learning
    on Jul 6, 2013
    Today I spent all day relearning Walking After Midnight. After I got done with How D'ya Do I forgot Walking After Midnight. With my instructors help, I learned it over again. I spent today polishing it up. At the same I was working on Kansas City als...
  • Milestones -- October 2012 to June 30, 2013
    on Jun 30, 2013 in Learning
    Tine to change strings on my guitar so it is time to reflect on what I have accomplished since the last time I changed strings.I have learned the following songs:Kansas City (C6)Walking After Midnight (C6)How D'ya Do (C6)The Last Date (E9)Aloha Oe (E...
  • C6 Jerry Byrd - How yD'ya Do
    on Jun 6, 2013
     I have been practicing after work 2 to 3 hours a day plus an hour lesson. With this schedule I have not been able to post anything till now.Well, I finally got the mechanics down of the entire song! Modified C6 tuning no pedals or levers. Now i...
  • Buying a Pedal Steel Guitar II
    on May 21, 2013 in Buying a Pedal Steel Guitar
    Here is my second post on Buying A Pedal Steel Guitar. In case you missed Part I follow the link to Buying a Pedal Steel Guitar Part I  In this post I cover wood choices, cabinet drop, pickups, and more.Read more »...
  • Tuning A Steel Guitar
    on May 18, 2013 in Setup and maintenance
    How do you tune a steel guitar? Here is a little post on how I tune my guitar and train my ear at the same time. Maybe some day I will be able to tune my guitar by ear.Read more »...
  • Steel Guitar Tunings - Pedal and Non Pedal
    on May 15, 2013 in tunings
    The pedal steel guitar that we know today is generally seen with two tunings E9 and C6. However, there are many different tunings that are used. Which tuning do you use? In my opinion, when starting out stick with E9 and C6. As you learn the pedal st...
  • Observations and Blog Direction
    on May 9, 2013
    I am a relatively new blogger and have been blogging since December of 2012. As a blogger you are a writer with an immediate public presence. As in any writing the author must keep write to his or her audience. Since the initial launch of my blog I h...
  • C6 Journey Continued -- Jerry Byrd
    on May 7, 2013
    Well I finished Walking After Midnight and my instructor and I took a different path for my next song. We decided to tackle How D'ya Do. Jerry Byrd is known to be the Master of touch and tone and as I started learning this song it is easy to see why...
  • A Special Thanks
    on May 7, 2013
    I think most of you will agree my photos I use are pretty darned good if I say so myself. However, I am not patting myself on the back or taking credit for these amazing photos. The credit goes to my girlfriend Andrea Ratcliff. Girl, you are amazing!
  • Steel Guitar Seats -- Followup
    on May 6, 2013 in steel guitar seat
    In my last post on steel guitar seats I mentioned that I was ordering a lighter weight seat than the one I originally ordered. Well, it arrived! I thought I would share some pics of it. I like it very much as it is about half the weight of...
  • Music Theory Part II -- Minor Scales
    on Apr 30, 2013 in Music Theory minor scales
    Minor ScalesI am going to describe how to find the natural minor scales and their corresponding notes. This will be detailed but without as much as I did in my post of Major Scales. So if you have not read the post on Major scales and the discussion...
  • E9/C6 Tuning Copedants (Pedal/Knee Lever) Arrangement
    on Apr 29, 2013 in Copedant Learning
    I have been seeing requests for the tuning and copedant arrangement for both the E9 neck and the C6 neck. While I described these in Description of a steel guitar, I thought I would break them out separately.For those of you interested in the Univers...
  • Music Theory -- The Major Scales
    on Apr 28, 2013 in Music Theory Major Scales
    Major ScalesI said in previous posts not to worry about Music theory as what is important right now is learning techniques of how to play the steel guitar. However, I am insanely curious and needed a break from practicing, so I thought I would take a...
  • Music Theory Part I -- The Major Scales
    on Apr 28, 2013 in Music Theory Major Scales
    Major ScalesI said in previous posts not to worry about Music theory as what is important right now is learning techniques of how to play the steel guitar. However, I am insanely curious and needed a break from practicing, so I thought I would take a...
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