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PAUL AT TSGA!

Paul Franklin brings his popular online instruction course, "The Paul Franklin Method" to the TSGA Jamboree in a LIVE version on Friday, March 8! Paul's clinic at the Texas Steel Guitar Association Jamboree! Join Paul at the Doubletree Hotel for an all-day...

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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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Soloing Options

Play The Melody...Or Improvise? I don't limit myself to one side or the other. If I did my career would have ended years ago. There are many valid approaches to recording songs, neither negates the other. In new and old music when someone improvises a...

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Progress

One of the best things about The Paul Franklin Method is the students-only Facebook Group that gives active students the ability to have access to Paul on near-daily basis to ask questions, post videos for critique and hang out with their fellow players....

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E9 Blues Emotion

Paul replies to a student on the The Paul Franklin Method private Facebook Group, who as a regular guitar player is accomplished at playing slide blues, but is having some difficulties duplicating their expertise on the E9 neck of the pedal steel guitar....

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A New Era

Look Into The Future The pedal steel guitar as we know it has been played in the "modern" manner ever since Bud Isaacs recorded his famous intro on Webb Pierce's "Slowly" in 1953. That unique and familiar sound is still what most people reference when they...

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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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Right Or Wrong?

Many of our students tell us the private Facebook Group is their favorite part of the Method. Here's an edited excerpt from a question a member posted about why certain chords can sound "right or wrong". Q: In the section about Harmonized Scales, Paul said that you...

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Slow Down-Speed Up

Lick Your Chops The key to unlocking great technique is to find the fingerings that work best for you. Some players who are having issues playing clean and fast (with blocking proper note values) get hung up on the misconception that fast players "must be using...

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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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Lloyd Green – PT 3

In this latest installment, Lloyd and Paul continue their wide-ranging discussions, here talking about tuning the guitar, using technology in the studio, getting tone from your bar, and various blocking techniques....

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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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CHORD CADENCES

Learning where all of your chords are on the neck is an essential skill for all musicians on any stringed instrument. Applying that knowledge by practicing real world examples of how chords are often used helps solidify it in your memory. We can build up a...

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Tipping The Scales

SPEED LIMIT The difference between a pedal steel and guitar has to surface for students to realize a one-size-fits-all approach is not necessarily the best way to learn the neck for all stringed instruments, especially triadic tuned ones like the pedal steel. This is...

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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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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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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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