Explaining The TrailwayThe Trail-way is a system that helps you advance your musical skills from beginner level to a more expert level. The Rady Trail allows you to build your skill level incrementally, so that you don't feel overwhelmed or lacking in knowledge as you progress. Advance from beginner to intermediate to expert with a curriculum designed to increase your Guitar and Pedal Steel skills through an extensive repertoire of songs licks, solos, and lessons!
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David Downs, Longmont, CO
"Jeff seems pretty diverse in what he is able to teach. He creates an atmosphere in which you want to push your own personal envelope."
Todd Whalen, Denver, CO
"Jeff's the best! He meets you at your level and patiently brings you along til the light turns on and the fingers find the right progression. Jeff is a lot fun to learn with and he has light a hearted approach... yet he keeps you progressing. I'll give him full credit next time I'm rocking it at Red Rocks."
Elexis Mariash, Denver, CO
"We've all heard the saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, in Jeff's case he's figured out a way to do just that. Picking up guitar as an adult can be intimidating and frustrating at times. But, with Jeff's perfect balance of joking encouragement, patience, and steady instruction, I'm amazed at what I've learned in a year. Jeff is an amazing teacher and I'd highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn how to jam!"
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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Absolutely need to learn a special song, solo, or riff?
If you need a specific tab or video or both that is not on Rady Guide, you can request a custom order from Jeff. On average a custom tab and video takes about 8 hours to complete and costs about $150 in labor. Depending on its potential Rady Guide popularity, we might be able to cut you a deal! Email Jeff@radyguide.com to get a quote.