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Mastering the Lap Steel Guitar (Book and Online Video)

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Mastering the Lap Steel Guitar by Rob Haines (Book and Online Video)

Mastering the Lap Steel Guitar will take you from beginner basics such as tuning, right hand blocking, and holding the bar, to advanced techniques including bar slants, harmonics, string pulls and more. Licks, songs and the Nashville Number System are covered, with additional tips and tricks Rob Haines has acquired in over 40 years of playing professionally. The book is written in standard notation as well as tablature and includes access to online video.

Haines uses a standard 8 string C6th (Am7) tuning with a high G throughout the book.  Low to high: A C E G A C E G. 

Included in the book:

  • Introduction/Parts of the Lap Steel Guitar
  • Volume Pedal and Strings
  • Tuning and the Bar
  • Picks
  • Standard Notation, reading music
  • Time Signatures
  • Right Hand Blocking/Vibrato
  • The C Major Scale Using Open Strings in the First Position
  • The G Major Scale
  • E Natural Minor Scale
  • E Harmonic Minor Scale
  • Chord Basics
  • Playing Swing Eighth Notes
  • Joyful, Joyful (Ode to Joy) in the key of G
  • Joyful, Joyful (Ode to Joy) in the key of C
  • Don Helms-Style Intro and Outro
  • The Nashville Number System
  • Don Helms-Style Intro and Outro Nashville Number Chart
  • Right-Hand Technique, Alternating Thumb/Middle
  • Lick Using Alternating Thumb/Middle
  • Chromatic Lick
  • 5 5 5 1 Intro
  • Yodel Lick
  • Natural Harmonics
  • Tuning with Natural Harmonics.
  • The Forward-Bar Slant (F-Slant)
  • The Backward-Bar Slant (B-Slant)
  • Don Helms-Style Intros
  • Minors Using Bar Slants
  • G7 String Pull
  • The A6 to A7 Lick
  • Effects Pedals
  • Blues Scale
  • Ave Marie
  • Advanced Bar Slant
  • Jazzy-Sounding Lick
  • Hammer-On/Pull-Off Licks in D
  • Hammer-On/Pull-Off Licks in C
  • Chromatic Chord Ending Lick
  • Fake Pedal Steel Intros
  • Jerry Byrd-Style Ending Lick
  • Ending Using Harmonics Only
  • Intro Using Full Sixth Chords
  • Lick Using 6th to 7th
  • Volume Pedal Technique
  • Boogie Woogie Lick
  • Backward Rake
  • Forward Rake
  • Playing Rhythm
  • Palm Harmonics
  • Harmonics Using the Third Finger
  • Licks that Include Open Strings
  • Midnight Ride
  • Lost Love
  • Final Advice: Continue Learning
  • About the Author



Product Number: 30524M
Format: Book + Online Video
Difficulty: Beginning-Intermediate
Pages: 72
Binding: Saddle Stitched
Size: 8.75 x 11.75
ISBN: 1-5134-6207-5
ISBN13: 978-15134-6207-3
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published: 8/27/2018


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