Danny and the Champions of the World Autumn Tour 2017

26th Aug 2017 HASSOCKS, Mid Sussex Americana & Ale Festival

31st Aug 2017 LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club

“After the last of the encore numbers has melted away … I glow like that kid in the 70s Ready Brek commercials: Danny and the Champions of the World, Purveyors of Marvellous Medicine…”

REVIEW | Danny & The Champions of the World (Brudenell Social Club)

13th Sep 2017 NOTTINGHAM, The Maze

14th Sep 2017 SHEFFIELD, Plug

15th Sep 2017 MANCHESTER, Soup Kitchen

16th Sep 2017 GATESHEAD, Caedmon Hall

18th Sep 2017 BRISTOL, Lantern

19th Sep 2017 CAMBRIDGE, J2

20th Sep 2017 LONDON, Scala

“Danny and his Champs are slick, polished and give a superb live show. If there’s a better live band I’d like to know. “

https://buildingourownnashville.com/2017/10/19/danny-and-the-champions-of-the-world-conquer-london-with-high-energy-scala-show/amp/

http://www.bluesandsoul.com/live_item/403/danny_and_the_chandions_of_the_world_scala_london_20917/

 

21st Sep 2017 CARDIFF, Globe

22nd Sep 2017 OXFORD, Bullingdon

“..another classic performance from a band in perfect tune with their surroundings, audience, intent and motives. It was a case of the best of British..”

http://www.threechordsandthetruthuk.co.uk/2017/09/danny-champions-of-world-william.html?m=1

23rd Sep 2017 TUNBRIDGE WELLS, The Forum

 

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German pedal steel blog, good for sale section!

Zu Verkaufen: MSA Semi Classic 4+4 (UK)

Zu Verkaufen: WILCOX S-10 (UK)

Neues von Schild

 

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Mike Neer’s blog another huge resource for lap steel players

Mike Neer released an album last year called ‘Steelonious‘ – a bunch of Thelonious Monk tunes arranged for lap steel. I think it’s one of my favourite steel guitar albums ever. Great band and great steel playing!

 

These are excerpts from his blog, it is chocabloc with information

http://www.lapsteelin.com/2014/07/30/old-steel-guitar-chord-charts-in-various-tunings/

http://www.lapsteelin.com/2014/07/22/the-mother-of-all-slants-slantzilla-for-c13/

http://www.lapsteelin.com/2012/01/28/thelonious-monks-pannonica-arranged-for-c6a7-lap-steel/

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ILapsteel – Jazz arrangements for lap steel guitar

This guy, Bilal Khalif  is writing some really great blog posts on getting complex chord changes out of the lap steel. He’s been tackling a bunch of jazz standards and working out how to play the melodies and chords..

Basic Music Theory – The Necessary Evil

E13 – reverse slants just a taste

E13 – Lap Steel Guitar Setup

Autumn Leaves revisited

Cherokee – Lap Steel Guitar practice

Lap Steel Guitar – Major Scale Harmonised

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Lap Steel Guitar

 

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Vibrato – Yet Again

Developing vibrato is a never ending quest on the pedal steel. I find I keep going back to it to work out what I’m doing wrong. It’s a frustrating process.

What I’ve been concentrating on recently is how I hold the bar – I’ve known for years that I haven’t been holding it right but couldn’t work out what was wrong.

Recently after I’d stopped playing I’d found my bar hand thumb had got sore, and that had me thinking.

What I’ve been trying out now is just using the the ends of my first and second fingers to control the round end of the bar. Keeping it straight then requires minimal force from either your hand or your thumb depending on if you’re going up or down the neck.

This feels right:

  • The focus of the bar control is right on the end of the bar. The is producing a more natural vibrato.
  • My hand is much freer, less tense. This again helps with the vibrato.
  • My thumb is not constantly pinching the bar so not having to do so much work. I think this also helps as my thumb is relieved of vibrato duty.
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