Backing A Singer

Backing A Singer

Backing A Singer Becoming a good backup musician depends on knowing where the “holes” are located. We either pad or layout until those holes appear. The spaces between the lyrics are our only shot, and the simpler we play, the more we get hired. The old...
A New Era

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...
Copedent Coping

Copedent Coping

COPING WITH COPEDENTSThe secret to finding logical copedents is to understand how chords and single note phrases are created. We do that by having a complete understanding of altering intervals and what problems they may cause on certain levers or in a specific...
Diminished Chords

Diminished Chords

From The Paul Franklin Method Facebook Group:  Student: I was taking another look at your diminished chords lesson and I found that I can get another diminished chord option. For example, barring the 1st fret and playing strings 7, 6 and 5 with the A pedal halfway,...
Speed Trap

Speed Trap

A question about the challenges of playing fast was recently posted on the Paul Franklin Method Facebook Group. Many students joined the thread, with plenty of great comments and observations. Here is the initial question and my response. SPEED TRAP Student: Question...
C6 Essentials Course

C6 Essentials Course

Thanks so much to all the players who attended Paul’s seminar at the¬†Texas Steel Guitar Association Jamboree. Paul covered a lot of material that day, but one surprising thing stuck out…the amount of players wanting to learn the C6 tuning.Back when Jeff...