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The Complete Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar Method (Book + Online Audio)

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The Complete Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar Method by Fernando Perez (Book + Online Audio)

The Complete Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar Method is the perfect step-by-step book for beginning and intermediate steel guitar players. Fernando Perez explains in detail every technique necessary to play steel guitar in styles such as Hawaiian, Blues, Country and more. The book teaches you to apply techniques and demonstrates their various purposes. Lessons range from holding the bar efficiently to intricate slant bar harmonizing tricks. This book is an extremely well-written complete method for beginners and is a wonderful additional reference text for guitarists who can already play steel guitar. Written in notation and tablature, the examples use the G low-bass tuning DGDGBD. Includes access to online audio.


  • Introduction
  • History
  • Guitar Tunings
  • Right Hand Technique
  • Left Hand Technique
  • Holding the Bar
  • Playing Single Notes
  • The Pentatonic Scale
  • The Blue Note
  • Moving Across the Strings
  • Hammer On
  • Pull Off
  • Glissando
  • Strumming Chords
  • Blues Turnarounds
  • Playing Octaves
  • Harmonizing in Thirds
  • Forward Slant
  • Minor Chords
  • Chords with Slant Bar
  • Arpeggio Technique
  • Hawaiian Yodeling
  • Natural Harmonics
  • Artificial Harmonics
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