I wanted to touch base and let you know we’ve got some new videos up this month. I had some requests for some Major pentatonic licks and scales as well as some solos and backgrounds by Eric Heywood and Greg Liesz. Here’s what we’ve got:
Pentatonic Scales Video Lesson (Greenhorn Section): This video
outlines three positions of the Major Pentatonic
Scale and shows that by moving each scale up 3 frets you can get
equivalent Minor Pentatonic scale.
6 Major Pentatonic Licks Video Lesson: (Journeyman Section): This video describes how to play 6 major pentatonic licks in both open and closed position with insight on how to play these licks in any key. MP3 backing track available for download.
6 Minor Pentatonic Licks Video Lesson (Journeyman Section): This video describes how to play 6 minor pentatonic licks in 3 different positions with insight on how to play these licks in any key. MP3 backing track available for download.
Starlight and Static Solo by Eric Heywood (Greenhorn): Is great for the Greenhorn getting used to playing over minor chords in two different positions. Eric Heywood’s solo in this Jeffrey Foucault song is a good example of what to do over a common singer-songwriter or more folk like progression.
Leaving Winslow Backgrounds
and Pads (Journeyman): A
representation of how Greg keeps things a little more atmospheric and
not always playing a lick over the chord changes and especially
from the 5 chord, Greg shows us how to achieve this affect. A good
padding ideas and simpler Greg Liesz licks.
This January, I released a very Pedal Steel/Telecaster heavy album of mostly originals written by myself and singer Dustin Devine called, “If It’s All A Game” by my band 5 & Dimers, I’m real proud of this album, and hope you’ll check it out on Spotify, ITunes, and CD baby. We’ve gotten some great press and had some wonderful shows that I think will be telling of a great future for this band.
In February, I was part of the release of
in The Unknown” This is also a very pedal steel heavy album
it being featured on every song on the album. This is a much more
singer/songwriter type album, in the vein of alt. country classic
Ryan Adams earlier work with The Cardinals. I hope you’ll check it
Finally, I will be headed to the Dallas Steel show
week! I’ve never been to any steel shows outside of Denver and I’m
to go to one of the biggest of the year. I hope to see you there!
Hard at Work With Site Upgrades at Rady Guide HQ:
New Search Bar and Newest Videos Option: I wanted to let you know we’ve been hard at work at Rady Guide HQ. We had some quality feedback on how it was hard to find songs on the site now that there is so much material. We’ve created a Search Bar on the home page that will take you to your desired song, artist or lesson within seriously less than a second. Quite possibly the fastest “Search Bar” in American guitar website history.
We’ve also made it possible to click on all the titles in the “Newest Lessons and Videos” list on the home page, as well as the list of the “Most Popular Videos and Lessons”. Clicking on a title will take you to where the videos are located within the site’s database so you can consume all digital media immediately!
New Comments Section: Finally, we’ve made it so that you can comment on videos in case you want feedback, need to clarify questions, or have other helpful observations. The new comments section also gives you the ability to upload your own youtube video of yourself playing the song so that members or myself can help give you critiques or suggestions. Or you can just use the comments section to give pithy observations on my hairstyle and hilarious jokes or share Eastern European goulash recipes. I mean, I don’t care, just be cool and don’t be cruel or mean, and for the love of god please don’t spam it with Vietnamese energy drink advertisements and cat pictures.
If you would like to comment you need to be a paid member. I hate to do that, but next thing you know if I don’t, I have Russian KGB infiltrating my site and spamming the comments with Vietnamese energy drink advertisements, and hilarious pictures of cats hanging from trees. So, forgive.
New Guitar Tutorials!
Traveller by Chris Stapleton (Finger-style) – This is a classic, from Mr. Stapleton’s huge debut solo album. This features some challenging syncopated rhythms and some nice Bm7 and Em9 chord voicings.
Little Red Rooster by Howlin’ Wolf (Slide)- This is a great one for approaching the open G tuning. With some simple slide licks across a more or less 12 bar blues.
Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones (Rock and Roll)- Another Stones’ hit featuring Keith Richards innovate guitar work within the open G tuning. This one features all of the rhythm parts plus the intro which uses a particular right hand finger-style which involves holding your pick between your strumming hand’s index and middle fingers.
What is and What Should Never Be by Led Zeppelin (Rock and Roll) – Time to get the led out with this timeless masterpiece featuring the A13 and E9 chord plus the heavy hitting chorus and intro featuring some cool two string riffs and barre chords, plus some cool rhythmic stuff.
Say It Ain’t So by Weezer (Rock and Roll)- An acoustic arrangement that gives some insight onto some Jimi Hendrix like riffs featuring barre chords and some double stop melodies.
Jesus, etc. by Wilco (Trailblazer)– An indie rock classic, this song almost has a “hipster-bossa-nova” like feel to it, this is great one to try out at the campfire, neighborhood wine and cheese party, or high school wrestling match?
New Pedal Steel Tutorials!
100 Years From Now Background/Pads by Sneaky Pete (Journeyman)– This one is a great example of Sneaky’s steel work with some crazy licks using 6th intevals over the V chord, plus some super cool psychedelic licks over a long chord progression. I transcribed this off of the Burrito Bros, “Authorized Bootleg” record, in which Sneaky is turned way up and is totally in his element.
You’re Running Wild Solo By Sonny Garrish (Trailblazer)- This was kind of an out of left field request. This version is sung by Nicollette Larsen and Linda Ronstandt. Nicollete Larsen was probably best known for the adult contemporary hit of “Lotta Love” in the 70’s. Anyway she knocks it out of the park, so does Sonny with one of the most astounding V chord licks I’ve ever heard in my life, I’m serious! So awesome that I’ve dubbed his lick, “The Swedish Massage”
Killin Time Verse Pads by Jeff Petersen (Journeyman)- Another nice, not too challenging example of some nice country licks over some 1-4-5 chords in the key of G. These feature some cool chromaticisms and fun two note harmony licks.
Killin Time Chorus Pads by Jeff Petersen (Journeyman)- This lesson features a great harmonized lick you can use in any major chord closed position!
I hope you get to chance to check out all the new rad features and tutorials!
Thanks for your support!
As always I'm trying to keep content fresh and exciting not only for you but for myself. I took it upon myself to take a good hard look at "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down" by the Band to see if I could create a solid guitar arrangement. I watched videos of other people doing it on YouTube in the Key of C and thought that it didn't translate so well. The problem I ran into is that the key of C seemed to be better for the piano and Levon Helm's voice but not so good as far as translating some of the piano licks as well as the cool guitar licks in the chorus to the guitar. So I listened to the song closely and heard that Robbie Robertson seemed to be capoing up on the fifth fret and playing as though he was in the key of G, (therefore remaining in the key of C). This seemed to unlock the arrangement and make both the guitar licks and the piano licks compatible for a solo guitar/voice arrangement. It seemed to make singing and playing this song much easier and more fun. Give it a try, it's in the Trailblazer section.
Next, I had some requests for Townes Van Zandt's epic and ever morose song, "Marie". I scoured some of Townes' versions, but found that the guitar was either too buried by other instruments or his playing was a little off on the live recordings I had found. I looked to Steve Earle's version and found that he had a super blues-y, yet authentically Townes-esque interpretation of the song. That's the one posted up in the Fingerstyle section now! See what you think!
Finally, after having a very strange show opening up for a semi-obscure artist named A.A Bondy this summer, I quickly became a fan, and decided to do a finger-style arrangement of his song, "Mightiest of Guns”. Before the show my friend, Patrick Dethlefs, and I had dinner with A.A., and found that his unusual and somewhat existentialist outlook in his songs was ever present even in the smallest tidbits of conversation we shared over corn dogs and PBR. If you like Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, and the Delta Blues with a sprinkling of Cormac Macarthy you'll love A.A Bondy!!! Find it in the Fingerstyle section now!
Happy Holidays music lovers! I always look forward to your requests for songs or lessons you are interested in learning. Send me a message via the contact form on the website!
He is probably one of the greatest steel players you never heard of. Recently, I did a transcription per request of a Whitey Morgan and the 78's song, "Goin' Down Rocking". Not only did I hear a plethora of scorching licks that harkened back to Mooney and the Bakersfield sound, but I heard a long solo break over two chords that was packed with original licks that flowed seamlessly together.
This is a great one for combining Major and Minor Petatonic licks, transitioning between scale positions, pick blocking, and creating some kooky chromatic chordal licks, all at a very quick tempo!
Another recent tutorial to check out if you are looking for some more practice over the aforementioned skills, is the Waylon Jenning's classic, "Lonesome On'ry and Mean". In the tutorial I go over all of Ralph Mooney's licks in the 2nd chorus, breaking them down and explaining how they work over each chord. This is some great foundational work for "Goin' Down Rocking".
I hope everyone has a great holiday and hopefully gets some good quality time in with your ever loving companion, the Pedal Steel. Stay warm and don't forget to turn off your amp at night! Ha!