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Message From Paul

First off, let me say thanks to the hundreds of students who have already signed up for the Course!  Throughout the length of this method, I intend to share my deepest insights into making music with the pedal steel guitar. Let's get right into it with...

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Lloyd Green – Pt I

As I promised from the announcement of the Method, I would have guest teachers to share their perspectives with the class. The legendary Lloyd Green is our first guest professor, and I am so excited to bring the interview to you. A Conversation With Lloyd...

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Lloyd Green – Pt 2

This is the first truly in-depth and extensive interview ever captured with Lloyd that's focused entirely on the pedal steel guitar. Lloyd is a true genius and innovator and I am honored that he allowed me to bring this long overdue concept to fruition. In...

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Threes and Fours

From a Paul Franklin Method Facebook Group post: Threes and Fours I improvise thinking in 3 and 4 note combinations. I learn everything this way. Thinking in small amounts frees my mindset to rearrange any of those note choices as I combine them into...

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Church In A Box

I had the pleasure of meeting the great Daniel Lanois at a video shoot I did recently for D'Addario's "Guitar Power" YouTube series. Daniel is an 11-time Grammy winner as a producer and composer for some of the most beloved and influential Rock albums ever...

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Paul On The Web

Paul's been all over the web lately in podcasts, video interviews and of course the Lloyd Green interviews here on the blog. We're dedicated to bringing the pedal steel guitar to new players by talking to the legends, encouraging the new crop of young...

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Office Hours

When you enroll in the Paul Franklin Method, you will also have access to a private Facebook Group, just for students. This is a place to hang out, ask questions, post videos of your progress, and most importantly, have direct access to Paul himself....

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Christmas Past

The Christmas album I recorded many years back, began as a test of sorts. I had three DA-88 digital recorders (24 tracks) and a 32 channel board that I wanted to learn how to use. I was determined to do a one-man band concept, so I purchased a list of gear...

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Thinking In Intervals

It’s great to know all of the names of the notes on every string and fret and you should strive to do so for completeness’ sake. It’s more practical to recognize the interval relationships between notes and chords. Since notes relate to each other the same...

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Modern Steel

The pedal steel guitar can perform in place of synths and is often the choice of many producers looking for unique bending textures. I thought I would show how those sounds in Modern Steel can be applied to a Pop/Country track. In 2016, I recorded this Tim McDonald...

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Handling Tension

A Method student recently asked for comments on a common practice and gig issue: tension felt in his neck and shoulders after playing for awhile. Here are some of my thoughts on this. Stress can cause me to be more physically uncomfortable. I find that if...

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My Tab Symbols

I use + and - for sharps and flats. One + indicates a 1/2 tone raise. Two ++ indicates a whole tone raise. One - indicates a 1/2 tone lower. Two - - indicates a whole tone lower. Three of either symbol indicates three 1/2 tones and so on. I use these raise...

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Do It Right

Here's the late great Dawn Sears, backed by Time Jumpers Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Joe Spivey, Ranger Doug, Paul Franklin, Rick Vanaugh, Dennis Crouch, Jeff Taylor, and Larry Franklin. "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong, Do It Right" Solo TAB Note: Video will...

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The Blues on E9

Here is the way I view the E9th as a Blues-based tuning... In the pedals down position (A and B pedals activated), I move back two frets and lower strings 4 and 8 a half tone. At that position every string except the 9th string establishes a Dominant 9th...

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Tackling Blocking

I was 17 when I moved to Nashville. The great Hal Rugg named my blocking technique for controlling the length of notes "Pick Blocking" because I do use the picks a lot for muting. Although that name has stuck, it's not the best description of what is...

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Starting Slowly

In the first Course Section called "Getting Ready To Play", Paul introduces several things you will need to know (and commit to memory) before getting started playing. Paul covers concepts like "Open Strings", the "Strings as Intervals" and "String Groups" in the...

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PRACTICE!

They say “practice makes perfect”, but what they mean is “perfect practice makes perfect”. We’ve all been there: we’re working on a new lick or idea and we want to play it at speed...so we stumble through it before we really get it ingrained. The desire to...

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To The Student

MIND GAMES Several students have asked about my constant emphasis on memorization. It's my belief that internalizing these concepts is vital to growing as a player. Relying on printed materials, while handy at the outset of grasping new material, is not a...

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