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Aiello kindly rewound the pickup's for me with 38-guage wire and
rejuiced the magnets. Nice!
Here are my D9th tabs for the beautiful Hawaiian song, Moon of Manakoora. Guitar Center simply because they offer FREE shipping). My preference is to buy a used classic from The Golden Years of music and pre-WWII. Albeit, please don't get me wrong, the tone of a long-scale 24 1/2" Jerry Byrd Frypan is MUCH better, but you'll pay 8 times more! Compare the sounds for yourself and you'll hear why the Byrd Frypan costs so much more... Bali Hai
Billy Hew Len
(Cool: plays with a missing left hand!)
One of my favorite artists...
(playing 'E Aloha No Honolulu')
I am a grateful
I am a grateful
As strange as it may sound, steel guitar is associated with Hawaiian music everywhere except in Hawaii. Anywhere in the world, when people think about Hawaiian music, they think about the steel guitar. But in Hawaii, the ukulele is the official State instrument.
There is still much anger and resentment amongst Hawaiians against the United States for stealing their land and turning all their beautiful beaches into hotel developments. Now there's talk of building a train system in Honolulu, which would be good to reduce traffic, but it is ruining paradise. Many of the themes in Hawaii's music centers around the destroying of their homeland.hundreds of homeless people living on the streets. So much for paradise.
The steel guitar is an awesome instrument that's a legendary part of American history. In the 1930s thru 1950s, everyone wanted to learn to play lap steel guitar. It is a different story today, but that makes it even more rewarding to play steel as a rare novelty that few people can do. Guitar and bass players are dime-a-dozen, but steel players are rare indeed.
My name is David J. Stewart. I've been playing steel guitar since 1992. I want you to learn to play Hawaiian steel guitar. That is my desire. I don't want your money and have nothing to sell. I link to some websites that do sell things, but only because I want you to know all that's available to learn the steel guitar. My website is packed full of instruction and helps to get you started. God gave me the gift of music, and I want to share it with others freely.
There's tons of tablature already available for the pedal steel E9th and C6th tunings; but hardly anything for us non-peddlers, so I decided to publish this website to help those who want to learn the beautiful lap steel. Although I use B11th, D9th, and the Bill Leavitt tuning, most of what I play is C6th, which offers the most chord possibilities.
Of course, if you play E9th pedal steel, you can just drop your 4th and 8th string (E notes) down to Eb and you have a C6th on the 1st fret. Strings 10, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 are respectively: C, E, G, A, C, E. Just avoid the 9th string. You can't beat playing C6th on an old ShoBud! That's what Jerry Byrd played... a ShoBud with no pedals.
And if you play C6th on the pedal steel, you have an extended C6th tuning to play everything on my website. So whether you play E9th pedal steel or C6th pedal steel or C6th non-pedal steel, this website will offer many helpful things.
Here's some great background music for around the house—the song Paradise
(This is just one of those songs that sounds great being played over and over.)
The steel guitar is a great instrument for disabled people (with either missing fingers/hand to learn). The reason is because with a few adaptations and a determined spirit, anyone can play the steel guitar. Some of the most beautiful playing is just playing in single note style. Here's another single note style instrumental: His Name Is Wonderful.
RECORDING YOUR OWN MUSIC
You don't need an expensive recording studio with all the bells and whistles. Here's a recording I made, playing the pedal steel E9th, using just a small handheld ICD PX720 recorder (there are many similar nice recorders, like the PX312). A digital recording studio, like the Boss BR-600 is great, but you can record with much less, like I did here. My favorite means of recording is with desktop software, using MixCraft.
Here's another one, Harbor Lights, played on a S-6 long scale Frypan using the C6th tuning.
Watch me play Sweetnin' in A6th (treble to bass: E - C# - A - F# - E - C# - A - F# ), same as C6th, just 1 1 /2 tones lower in pitch. The high E is the same as a high G on C6th. Here's the track I used (more tracks available here. Here's some tabs for Sweetnin'.
Here's 2 favorites Hawaiian songs, Mapuana and Hana, which I recorded playing a $99 Artisan lap steel tuned to B11th. $149 Morrell. You get what you pay for, so don't expect any decent tone from a cheap steel guitar, but their fun to mess with, trying different pickups, et cetera.
Here's My Yellow Ginger Lei. I backed-up the singer using a 1936 S-6 Rickenbacher Bakelite, C6th. Rickenbachers are worth every penny for their great warm tone (both pre and post war bakelite model guitars. The Silver Hawaiian sounds metallic and hollow to me).E Mama E Tabs and Rhythm Track for E9th lap steel.
Here's Song of the Islands which I played live at a public gathering.
Here's Paper Roses that I played on the E9th pedal steel. Here's several more E9th songs from my heart. You may freely share them: