Hello Fellow Steel Players!
I’ve got some great new tutorials I think you are going to like. I hope you are able to check them out, I had as much fun learning them as I did recording them, my personal favorite of this this recent batch is Pete Drake’s parts and solo to an old George Harrison deep cut, “I Live for You”. Which by the way, this song’s intro, verse, and bridge tutorial is now up in the free section for you to enjoy!
Here’s what’s new!
I Live for You Intro, Verse, and Bridge by Pete Drake: This tutorial features one of Pete’s coolest intro licks using the A Pedal and both Left Knee Levers, a funky chromatic lick that will blow your audience’s mind should you ever release it on the general public. Please do not attempt this lick if you are currently under prescription medication or have a pacemaker. This one also features some great intermediate licks that are simple and yet effective for both major chord transitions and minor chord phrases.
I Live for You Solo by Pete Drake: this one has a lot of Pete’s cool legato approach, where he really creates an atmosphere with his minor licks and then launches into his melodic and sometimes chromatic major licks in multiple positions. This is definitely my favorite Pete Drake solo!
Together Again 1st Verse Pads by Paul Franklin: A great tutorial for working on some great legato (weepy) licks in the lower register using strings 8 and 5. This one also has a great crying bar slant slick over the V chord. This version is off of Paul Franklin and Vince Gill’s killer album, “Bakersfield.”
Let The Sad Times Roll On Intro by Tom Brumley: To me, Tom produced some of the greatest crying steel parts on the planet, this intro shows he’s true to form producing a great melodic intro almost exclusively on strings 3 and 6. Try this one out for learning some great moves you can use in a lot of classic country songs.
Devil in Disguise 1st Verse and 2nd Chorus Background Licks and Pads: I don’t why I keep torturing myself to learn every steel lick there is in this song. I think maybe because for me this song represents all of Sneaky’s greatest psychedelic steel playing concepts in one 3-minute package. I can’t get enough of his playing and all the discoveries I make when transcribing this tune. This song has opened up the pedal steel for me in unusual and wonderful ways. I hope it does the same for you.
I had a daughter on May 31st, her name is Gloria, she is a blast and we are so happy she is happy and healthy! A future steel player? Let's hope so.
Also my band 5 & Dimers, is opening up for Clint Black on Aug.19th at the Arvada Center, in Arvada, CO. We are very stoked to be able to play with such a legend and can’t wait to get on stage and share our latest record!
If you haven’t heard our new record, go here!
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Here are my early fall guitar jams on Rady Guide!
“I’ll Be Here In The Morning” by Townes Van Zandt (Finger-Style): One of his most popular finger-style tunes from the iconic “Kitchen album” this one features a cool quirky intro, some measures of 2/4 to navigate, and a simple way to employ a G/F# in the chorus.
“Hello In There” by John Prine: (Finger-Style): This track has endured as one of John’s most famous and beautifully written tunes. It features a Gmaj7/D used to create a nice ambient effect. Once you learn the intro, the verse is pretty much the same minus a few embellishments.
“Spanish Pipedream” by John Prine (Greenhorn): A great tune for learning how to do a country/bluegrass alternate bass strum pattern featured in countless songs across the Americana spectrum.
“6 Am Pentatonic Licks” (Trailblazer Lessons): A lot of beginning soloists ask me how one starts the path to being able to solo fluently. I believe the best way to start soloing is to learn a few licks and begin to phrase them or place them within a 12 bar blues context. This video gives you 6 easy two measure Am Pentatonic licks you can start using to build your solo repertoire.
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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!