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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

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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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Steelgrimage! New pedal steel blog from Matt Allwright

Steelgrimage!  Is Matt Allwright‘s new blog about his ventures into pedal steel guitar land! Great to have someone with such a profile putting the pedal steel into the limelight!

This is where it begins Opening Bars ..

He’s certainly done his homework, and bought into the well held tradition of pedal steel puns!

2.The First Lap

4.Call Me C6 Steve

9. Pedals and Pedagogues

Thank you Matt!..

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