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What's the first step to learning the pedal steel

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Steelman36, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    I'm shopping for a lap steel, myself.

    I don't know if I'll ever continue down the path toward pedal steel, but I am looking forward to taking that first step and exploring the world of tone bars and C6 tuning. :D
     

  2. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    I played lap steel for a few years first. Getting a lap steel will move you towards understanding the pedal steel quite a bit - getting the hang of blocking and damping and bar techniques.

    Then all you have to do is get used to the 2 (or 4) extra strings, and the pedals and knee levers. Simple. :D

    - D
     

  3. steve v

    steve v Tele-Holic

    512
    Jun 18, 2009
    Eagle Mills, NY
    I've been playing about two years now. Before I bought a steel (Stage One E9, three pedals, four levers) I watched a bunch of introduction-style videos on YouTube so I was kind of able to conceptualize some things. There's a few basics that can carry you a long way, kind of like learning the cowboy chords on guitar. I also found a guy locally who let me try out his steel and he gave me a few pointers
     

  4. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I was lucky. A friend took up pedal steel. I got him to do the heavy lifting and I got to play guitar!

    I play pretty good lap steel, but pedals and knee levers make my brain smoke.

    My current band has a pedal steel player. He's still kind of new to it, but adds a lot and gets better all the time.
     
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  5. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Age:
    61
    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    Yep, that's all!
    :lol::lol:

    I'm thinking pedal steel could be one of my "retirement projects."

    Still have a few years to go, so I can spend some time with the lap steel and work my way up.
     
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