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Chuck Lettes CD CoverAn Introduction to the Non-Pedal Six String Steel Guitar

By Chuck Lettes

This column was inspired by conversations with many players that I met at different conventions. We often talk about various tunings for the non-pedal steel. Having just six strings limits the options, but I'm enjoying using a modified a C6th tuning.

Unlike most steel guitarists, I started out on the pedal steel guitar but then worked backwards and began learning the six string lap steel. I developed a modified C6th tuning (highest G,E,C,A,G,F lowest) which helped my learning curve since I was already familiar with this type of tuning on my pedal steel guitar. Having the low F opened up some possibilities. For example, I was able to create two types of triads for my major chords, without using those pesky bar slants. Enclosed are some exercises and patterns to help you get started.

Downloadable MP3 Files: Download the following MP3 audio files to hear this lesson in action!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

LapSteel_Part1.pdf  LapSteel_Part2.pdf

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Chuck Lettes is a leading steel guitar enthusiast and player who has played at many of the Rocky Mountain Steel Shows and elsewhere. Check out some of Chuck's CDs by clicking HERE.

Check back again soon! We will be offering more free tips and lessons in this column in the near future.


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