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First Lessons Lap Steel Guitar by Jay Leach (Book and Online Audio)

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First Lessons Lap Steel Guitar by Jay Leach (Book and Online Audio)

is a fun and easy approach to learning the lap steel guitar. Author Jay Leach explains the basics of the instrument including bar control, picking, and string groups, with fun exercises to play. This book also includes several catchy tunes and access to online audio with play-along tracks.

Author Jay Leach is a well-known studio musician from Los Angeles, California.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter One
  • How to Tune
  • Good String Gauges
  • The Picks (Hot water to adjust thumbpick)
  • Chapter Two
  • Holding the Bar/Using correct pressure
  • Right Hand Position with Picks
  • Picking String Groups
  • Chapter Three
  • The Slide
  • Slide Exercises
  • Slide Exercises with different string groups
  • Chapter Four
  • Simple Slide Phrases
  • Slide Phrases with different string groups
  • Chapter Five
  • Beginning to Make Music
  • What does (I), (IV), (V) mean?
  • Playing I IV V Chords in different keys
  • Octaves
  • Octave Slides
  • Chapter Six
  • Now the Fun Begins!
  • Chapter Seven
  • Slide Exercises to practice playing in tune
  • Chapter Eight
  • Vibrato
  • Chapter Nine
  • Simple tuning change to play the blues
  • Chapter Ten
  • The “Modified Blues”
  • Chapter Eleven
  • Back to C6th
  • Chapter Twelve
  • Harmonics
  • Chapter Thirteen
  • “Three Blind Mice”
  • Chapter Fourteen
  • “Wichita Sunrise”
  • About the Author
Product Number: 22183M
Format: Book + Online Audio
Skill Level: Beginning
Pages: 40
Binding: Saddle Stitched
Size: 8.75 x 11.75
ISBN: 0-7866-8752-5
ISBN13: 978-07866-8752-7
Series: First Lessons
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published: 7/24/2015

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