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Submitted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 - 11:41

Hi Friends,

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:

Major and Minor 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 it’s 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 strong representation of how Greg keeps things a little more atmospheric and modal. By not always playing a lick over the chord changes and especially staying away from the 5 chord, Greg shows us how to achieve this affect. A good mixture of 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 Patrick Dethlef’s album “Beauty in The Unknown” This is also a very pedal steel heavy album with it being featured on every song on the album. This is a much more ambient, singer/songwriter type album, in the vein of alt. country classic records like Ryan Adams earlier work with The Cardinals. I hope you’ll check it out!

Finally, I will be headed to the Dallas Steel show next week! I’ve never been to any steel shows outside of Denver and I’m super excited to go to one of the biggest of the year. I hope to see you there!

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