Explaining The TrailwayThe Trail-way is a system that helps you advance your musical skills from beginner level to a more expert level. The Rady Trail allows you to build your skill level incrementally, so that you don't feel overwhelmed or lacking in knowledge as you progress. Advance from beginner to intermediate to expert with a curriculum designed to increase your Guitar and Pedal Steel skills through an extensive repertoire of songs licks, solos, and lessons!
PEDAL STEELTrailblazer (expert)
Ed Wiese, Denver, CO
"Jeff makes everything fun. I learned more from him in one class than I learned on my own in decades. He's always positive and encouraging. I recommend him to everybody."
Jessica Vastiola, Lakewood, CO
"The first time I met Jeff was the first time I ever picked up a guitar. Jeff's relaxed and fun teaching style made me forget that I had no idea what I was doing! And more importantly I was having such a great time that I wasn't focused on being frustrated with something that I'm not familiar with. Jeff's obvious musical talent and knowledge, along with his patience, is amazing. I left my first lesson, and every lesson after, feeling confident and anxious to return."
David Downs, Longmont, CO
"Jeff seems pretty diverse in what he is able to teach. He creates an atmosphere in which you want to push your own personal envelope."
1. Keep your volume rolled off during the Teacher’s demo first 15-20 minutes of class or so
2. No noodling during demo time, keep all your attention focused on what’s happening up front, this practice of holding your attention will serve you in other areas of being a musician as well as just being an aware human-being in the world.
3. Point your amp towards your face so that you can hear yourself, that way you don’t have to compensate with volume if pointed outwards.
4. Turn your volume up during your solos about 15%; go back to your normal volume when done soloing.
5. Keep your head up as much as you can so you can be aware of what’s happening in the band.
6. Don’t be afraid to give cues or communicate with your band-mates, they are probably just as lost as you are.
7. Listen to whomever is soloing and either don’t play or barely play. If you choose to play, make sure what you’re playing is lifting up the soloist and not getting in the way.
8. You don’t need to always be playing something; it’s okay to be silent for a little while.
9. Don’t solo over people; if you don’t know that you’re soloing over people refer to rule 5, 7, and 8.
10. Find your role in the band, maybe you are the one who adds ambience, comes up with different arrangement ideas, adds good rhythm guitar, gives cues, sings well, shreds solos, there is a role for everybody, knowing what your role is in a particular situation is a real asset to a band
11. Party on! Have fun!