An 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.
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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.
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