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Submitted on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 - 13:05

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.

 

Other News!

 

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!

 

·      Cd Baby

·      ITunes

·      Spotify

 

Also check out our full gig schedule here!

 

Finally, if you are a Free Member and would like to have access to all of my Pedal Steel content use the Promo Code: SteelNews. Find out how to sign up in the FAQ section.

 

As always refer a friend and get a free t-shirt. Watch as Blueberry Man demonstrates how.

 

Thanks everybody!

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