E9 Blues Emotion

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. From the...
Message From Paul

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 some...
Office Hours

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. Here’s an...
My Tab Symbols

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...
The Blues on E9

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 sound,...
Tackling Blocking

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...