Cool Things on E9th Pedal Steel
GFI Custom Built Pedal Steel Guitars for the Disabled
Playing Hawaiian Music On the E9th Pedal Steel

(Here's some E9th pieces that will raise eyebrows)

I use the standard E9th pedal steel setup (3 pedals and 4 knee levers). I use the "Emmons setup" (for Buddy Emmons), i.e., ABC pedals (A raises strings 5 and 10 a whole tone. The less common setup is reversed, known as the "Day setup" (for Jimmy Day), which has the pedals arranged CBA instead.

Tommy White, Weldon Myrick, and Jeff Newman use the Day setup. I've always used the Emmons setup, as do most players, including Lloyd Green. There's a reason for the difference. Some people experience knee pain with a particular setup and switch to the other. I once spoke with Tommy White about knee pain and he told me that moderate gym exercise helped remedy the pain. I have found the same to be true. It's a good thing to remember if you play steel a lot and experience pain. The other thing you can do is change your knee lever positions. Since the knee that lowers the E's is used frequently, some players move it to the right leg.

In 1965, Johnnie Wright (1914-2011) sang a patriotic song called, "HELLO VIETNAM." Here's the original song. Here's me playing along with the song, adding E9th pedal steel guitar. The song has a great intro, but then there's no pedal steel for the rest of the song. So I played E9th pedal steel and recorded it for you to hear. I hope you like it. I'm using the "REC OUT" on my Roland MicroCube amp, going through a Lexicon USB interface, and recording on my computer with a software program called "MixCraft" (basic version). I'm only using the reverb on the MicroCube amp. Enjoy!

Here's some awesome stuff that you won't find anywhere, guaranteed. I claim no originality here, I learned most of this listening to Lloyd Green's records and live performances. Most people don't know that Lloyd is left-handed, but plays a right-handed steel. Cool, huh? Lloyd's the best!

The dash symbols “~~” in the following tablature means to let the notes ring. If there are no dashes, then stop the notes from sounding. The “~”symbol prior to a note means to slide up into the chord. There's some fairly advanced stuff in here, so don't get discouraged if you get stuck, just take a break and come back at it later. I learned from Jeff Newman that you absorb more while not playing than while playing, because that's when your mind gets rest to process everything.

I finally got around to recording most of these parts, so you can hear them, which is necessary to learn them accurately. My $500 Peavey Nashville 112 has a hum (white noise) from the "pre-amp" out. I have no idea why. I don't use it for recording anymore, but I used it for these E9th clips. I really like the amp, but NOT for recording. The $125 MicroCube is much better (and no hum) for recording, go figure. There's some really cool stuff in here to learn.

As mentioned, I have tried to include sound tabs for many of these licks...

ABC pedals are standard
E (LKL) = Lower both E's to Eb
F (LKR) = Raise both E's to F
D (RKL) = Raise string one a whole tone from F# to G#
G (RKR) = Lower string 2 from D# to C#

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I only use these knee changes below for a couple licks, so you don't have to have them for 95% of the following tabs...

H = Lower string 5 a whole tone from B to A (I use my LKL)
I = Lower string 6 a whole tone from G# to F# (I use my vertical knee)

Piece 01
F#_______*vibrato_________________________________________________
D#______*14~15~14~~~~~~~~~~12G~~10G~~9G___________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E____14__________14~12C~12F~~~~~10F~~9____________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________

	
Piece 02
F#_______*vibrato_________________________________________________
D#______*14~15~14____14~15~14G~~12~~~~~~~12G~10G~~9G______________
G#________________________________________________________________
E____14___________14~~~~~~~~~~~~~~12C~12F~~~~10F~~9_______________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
Piece 03
F#________________________________________________________________
D#____________10---11--13G--12G--10---10G_________________________
G#__10B--10___10B--11--13---12B--10B--10B_________________________
E___10C--10C______________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
Piece 04 and Piece 5 (similar) - No clip for right lick (unison sound)
F#_______________________________________|________________________
D#__10---10--8--8G_______________________|_____*8--9--8___________
G#__10B--10--8--8___8____________________|________________________
E______________________10--8C--10---10___|___8---------___________
B___________________8____________________|________________________
G#___Play the above____10--8---10B--10___|________________________
F#___quickly!____________________________|__*Forward bar slant.___
E________________________________________|________________________
D________________________________________|________________________
B________________________________________|________________________
 
 
Piece 06 and Piece 7 (Tommy White made this chord change combination famous)
F#______________________________|_________________________________
D#______________________________|_________________________________
G#______________________________|_________________________________
E_____7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5~~3F____|_____7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~5~~~3F_____
B_____7~7A~7~7H~~~~~~~~5~~3A____|_____7~7A~7~7H~~~~~~~~5A~~3A_____
G#____7~7B~~~~~7B~7I~~~5~~~_____|_____7~7B~~~~~7B~7I~~~5~~~~______
F#______________________________|_________________________________
E_______________________________|_________________________________
D_______________________________|_________________________________
B_______________________________|_________________________________
 
 
Piece 08
F#________________________________________________________________
D#___11--10---10G--13G--10G--10---11--11__________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#___11--10B--10B--12B--10B--10B--11--10__________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 09 (Lloyd Green uses this extensively. Also 18, 19, and 20)
F#___*Reverse bar slant (place tip of bar directly________________
D#____between strings 9 and 10 (a lap steel technique)____________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_____10~~~~~~~~~~~~~10~~~~~8~~~~~~~~_____________________________
B_____10~~10A~~10~~~~10A~~~~8A~~~~~~~_____________________________
G#____10B~10B~~10B~~*9~~~~~~8B~~8B~~8_____________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D___Since Lloyd doesn't raise his 7th string a half tone, this____
B___is how he obtains the G note._________________________________
 
 
F#__________________|_____________________________________________
D#___10---11--13____|___10---11--13--11--10---10G_________________
G#__________________|_____________________________________________
E___________________|_____________________________________________
B___________________|_____________________________________________
G#___10B--11--13____|___10B--11--13--11--10B--10B_________________
F#__________________|_____________________________________________
E___________________|_____________________________________________
D___________________|_____________________________________________
B___________________|_____________________________________________
 
 
Piece 10
F#___________________8___________________|________________________
D#_______________________________________|__13--12--10--10G_______
G#___________________________6______5B___|__13--12--10--10________
E____________5___________________________|________________________
B________5A_____~8A_____6A______5A_______|____Play quickly________
G#_____5B________________________________|________________________
F#______________~8_______________________|________________________
E____5__________~8F_____6F______5________|________________________
D________________________________________|________________________
B________________________________________|________________________
 
 
Piece 11 (Jimmy Day made this lick famous. Also, Piece 17)
F#________________________________________________________________
D#______*Reverse bar slant________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________8_______________________________________
B_____8~~*8~~~~8~~~~~~____________________________________________
G#____8A~~9A~~~8A~~8~~____8_______________________________________
F#____8B~~10B~~8B~~~~~____________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________8_______________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 12 (Jimmy Day uses this piece in 'Danny Boy')
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
B______~16A~~~~~~~~16~~~____~15A__________________________________
G#_____~16B~~~~~~~~16B~~____~15B__________________________________
F#__________________________~15___________________________________
E______~16F~~~~16E~~~~~~__________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 13 (tabs aren't exact here, but you get the idea)
 
F#_______________________|________________________10______________
D#____13--11--10---10G___|___13G--12G--10---10G_______11--10______
G#____13--11--10B--10B___|___13---12B--10B--10B___________________
E________________________|________________________________________
B________________________|________________________________________
G#____Play quickly_______|____________________________11--10B_____
F#_______________________|________________________________________
E________________________|________________________________________
D________________________|________________________________________
B________________________|________________________________________
 
 
Piece 14 (tabs are exact)
F#________________________________________________________________
D#___13G--12G-------------------10G--10___________________________
G#___13---12B-------------------10B--10B__________________________
E__________________________________________10_____________________
B__________________________________________10_____________________
G#____________12--12B--10--10B_____________10_____________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E___This is really neat. Let strings 2 and 3 ring while___________
D___pumping the B pedal and sliding down._________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#___15--15---15__________________________________________________
D#___15--15---15____________________________11--10---10G--10______
G#_________________13--13---12B--10B___10___11--10B--10B--10B_____
E_________________________________________________________________
B____15--15A--15___13--13A--12A--10A___10_________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 15 and Piece 16
F#__________________________________|_____________________________
D#_____15--15*____15--13____________|_____________________________
G#__________________________________|___0B----------------________
E__________________________10_______|_____________________________
B______15--15A*___15--13___10A______|___14A--15A--14A--12A________
G#_____15--15B*___15--13___10B______|_____________________________
F#__________________________________|_____________________________
E_______*use volume pedal swells____|__Let open 3rd string ring___
D______(press up and down quickly)__|__with B pedal kept down.____
B___________________________________|_____________________________
 
 
Piece 21
F#________________________________________________________________
D#______*Forward bar slant________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_____6~~~9F~~~11~~~13~~*15____13~~~11~~~9F_______________________
B_____6~~~9A~~~11A~~13A~~14A___13A~~11A~~9A_______________________
G#____6~~~9~~~~11~~~13~~~13____13~~~11~~~9________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
Piece 22 and Piece 23
F#_____*back-raking technique (has many applications)_____________
D#____________M = middle finger__I = index__T = thumb_____________
G#__*5M___________________________________________________________
E_____5I________5M________________________________________________
B________5T______5I_______5M______________________________________
G#__________________5T_____5I_______5M________________5M__________
F#___________________________5T______5I_______5M________5I________
E_______________________________________5T_____5I__________5I_____
D_________________________________________________5T_______5T_____
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 24 (from 'Song For Sarah'... Paul Franklin plays this great!)
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E______0______0~~~~~~~~~~_________________________________________
B______3~3A___3~3A~~1A~~1_________1~~3A~~8A____11~~~11A___________
G#__________________________1B____1~~3~~~8B____11~~~11____________
F#________________________________________________________________
E______________________________________________11F~~~~____________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 25
F#_________________15~15D~15________|___13________________________
D#__________________________________|_____________________________
G#__________________________________|___13________________________
E______________________________15___|___13________________________
B_____15_______________________15___|_____________________________
G#_______15~~15B~~~~~~~~~~~____15___|_____________________________
F#__________________________________|_____________________________
E___________________________________|_____________________________
D___________________________________|_____________________________
B___________________________________|_____________________________
 
 
F#___________15--15D--15________|___3--3D_(raises a whole tone)___
D#______________________________|_________________________________
G#______________________________|_________________________________
E__________________________15___|___3_____________________________
B__________________________15___|___________~8A--5A--3A--3___3____
G#___15--15B------------___15___|___3--3B___~8---5B--3B--3B__3____
F#______________________________|_________________________________
E_______________________________|___________~8---5---3---3E__3____
D_______________________________|_________________________________
B_______This is awesome!________|_______An awesome sound._________


	
 
Piece 26
F#____2~2D_______________________________2~~~__*2_0_2_0_2_0______**Finder harmonics using____
D#_________________________________________________________________middle finger_____________
G#___________________________________2_________#bar bounce__________________________**2(14)_
E_____2~~~_______________________2___________________________2__2~~~___2___2~~~~~___**2(14)_
B_____________~7A___4A~~2A~~2________2_________________________________2____________________
G#____2B~~____~7____4~~~2B~~2B___2_______2~2B________________2__2~2B_______2B~2B~___________
F#__________________________________________________________________________________________
E_____________~7____4B~~2~~~2E________________________________________*1____________________
D_________________________________________________________________*Forward bar slant________
B________________________________2___________________________2__2~2A_______2A~2~~___________
 
 
Piece 27, 28 and 29 (I learned this from Lloyd Green and Tommy White)
**Note below that to play this requires proper timing. If you listen closely, there's a short pause after letting off 
pedal A. And then the short section that follows is played fluidly, as one lick (keep it flowing so it sounds seamless). 
 
F#___*You can use either a forward bar slant (which I use) or_______________
D#____you can use the knee levers to raise the 8th string.__________________
G#__________________________________________________________________________
E________________________________________________________________4__________
B____7~7A~9~9A~10A~~~~~~___**9A~9__7A~7~6~~4A__7~5A~4A~4_____4______________
G#_______________________________________________________4B______4__________
F#__________________________________________________________________________
E____7~~~~9~~~~*9~10~10F_____9~~~__7~~7~6F~4________________________________
D___________________________________________________________________________
B________________________________________________________________4__________
 
 
Piece 30 (Lloyd Green plays this in 'Cold, Cold heart.' Original recording.)
F#________________________________________________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________________________________________________
G#______________________________________________________________17~16~17___15~~14~~15~~14B___12B~~~~~_____
E_____10~13F___13F____13F____15_____15A____17A____17A___~18F______________________________________________
B_____10~13A___13A____13A____15A____15_____17_____17____~18A____17~16~17___15A~14A~15A~14____12~~12A~_____
G#____10~13________13____________15___________17________~18_______________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 

Piece 30 Continued
F#_______________10_______________________________________________________________________________________
D#____________________11~~10~~10G_______________________________11~~~~~~10G~10~~11________________________
G#___~11B~~10B____________________________________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________12C~12___10C~10_________________________________________________
B____~11~~~10A______________________10____________________________________________________________________
G#____________________11~~10B~10B___10B___12B~~~___10B~~~___*10~~~~12B~~10B~~~~~10________________________
F#________________________________________________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
D______________*use bar slant. I learned this awesome piece from Lloyd Green in 'Cold, Cold heart.'_______
B_______________Although awkward at first, with practice it becomes second nature. _______________________
 
 
Piece 31 (a great Lloyd Green lick)
F#________________________________________________________________
D#____13~~10~~~10G________________________________________________
G#____13~~10B~~~~~________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Piece 33 and 34(two ways to obtain a G note. Lloyd doesn't raise string 7, nor 
does he lower string 6 with a knee. So here's two alternative ways to get a G
(note: I'm not playing at the 12th fret, so it's technically not a G).
 
F#_______________5~~~~______________5~~~~~~~~~____________________
D#_______________5~~~~______________5~~~~5G~~5____________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_____7~~~~_______________________________________________________
B_____7~~7A_______________________________________________________
G#___*6~~~~______5~~5B______________5~~5B~~~~~____________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_____*use a forward bar slant. The trick is to place the tip_____
B______of the bar exactly between strings 4 and 5__________________
 
 
Piece 35 (classic Lloyd, from 'Storms Never Last.' Original recording.)
Note: my recording is a bit out of pitch. Believe it or not, the original recording 
of Lloyd from 1995 is out of pitch, because my old tape player was off. So I learned 
to play the piece between the frets, and subsequently recorded it that way without 
realizing what I did. I didn't realize it until I went to tab it. 
 
Anyway, if you can learn these very unique chord changes, it will forever change your 
playing with some new ideas. This is so cool stuff!)
 
F#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
D#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
G#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
E_____22~~~~____22~~~~~~18F___18F~~*17____17~~~15~~~14~~~13___11F___10~~~~~~8~~8~8~~8~~~6C___________
B_____22~22A____22~22A~~18A___18A~~~16A___16A~~15A~~14A~~13A__11A___10~10A~~8A~8~8A~8~~~6C___________
G#____21~~~_____22~~~~~~18____18~~~~15____15~~~15~~~14~~~13___11____9~~~~~~~8B~8~8B~8~~~6____________
F#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
E____________________________________________________________________________________________________
D_______*Use forward bar slant.______________________________________________________________________
B____________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Piece 36
F#______*slide down into the fret from a few frets higher_________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________9____M9~~9B_____________________________
E____*~6~~7_________9~9F~~~_______________________________________
B_____~6A~7A____9A~~~~~~~~~_______________________________________
G#____~6~~7_____9~~~~~~~~~~______________M = Middle finger________
F#_______________________________________I = Index________________
E______________________________I9~~~~____T = Thumb________________
D_______________9~~~~~~~~~~_______________________________________
B______________________________T9~~9A_____________________________
 
 
Piece 37 (a classic Lloyd Green ending using harmonics)
F#______________________________________________________________________________________________
D#___*chime all notes at 15th fret (12 frets higher). I use my ring finger, laying it flat______
G#____across the strings). Every note in this piece is chimed.________3(15)_____________________
E_____________________________________________________________________3(15)_____________________
B____*3(15)_____________________________________________________________________________________
G#____3(15)___3~3B~~~~~~~~~~~~~~________________________________________________________________
F#____________3~~~____3~~~~(after releasing knee lever, block 7th string with same ring finger)_
E_____________________3D~~~3~~~_________________________________________________________________
D_______________________________________________________________________________________________
B___Note: you have to block the 7th string or it will sound sour._______________________________

	
Piece 38
F#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
D#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
G#__________________________________________________________________3~4~~5~~6~~~~10B~9B~8B___8_______
E_____~6F~~5F~~4F~~3F__3~~~~_______6F~~~~~~~~~5F~~4F~~3F__3~~~~_____3~4F~5F~6F~~~10C~9C~8C___8_______
B_____~6~~~5~~~4~~~3___3~~3A_______6~~~6A~~6~~5~~~4~~~3___3~~3A_____3~4~~5~~6~~~~10C~9C~8C___8_______
G#____~6~~~5~~~4~~~3___3~~3B_______6~~~~~~~~~~5~~~4~~~3___3~~3B______________________________________
F#___________________________________________________________________________________________________
E____________________________________________________________________________________________________
D____________________________________________________________________________________________________
B____________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
 
 
F#________________________________|_______________________________
D#________________________________|__Lloyd loves to play this.____
G#________________________________|________(me too)_______________
E____8--8---8--8---*8----8---8____|___10---10--*10---8---8---8____
B____8--8A--8--8A--*9A---8A--8____|___10--10A--*10A--8A--8---8____
G#___8--8B--8--8B--*10B--8B--8____|___10--10B--*9----8B--8B--8____
F#___________*Reverse bar slant.__|_______________________________
E______Jimmy Day used this a lot._|___*Bar slant technique._Make__
D______So does Lloyd Green._______|___sure tip of bar is exactly__
B______This is awesome!___________|___between strings 4 and 5.____
 
 
F#_______________________|__Use middle finger on 6th string. 1st__
D#_______________________|__finger on 7th string. Then strum______
G#_______________________|__9 and 8 with your thumb afterwards.___
E_______5________________|__This all must be done very quickly.___
B____________5A--6A--5A__|__Only 9 and 8 are allowed to ring._____
G#_______________________|__5_____________________________________
F#_______________________|___5____________________________________
E____5____5______________|____5____This is an awesome sound_______
D________________________|____5____once you get the hang of it. 9_
B________________________|_________and 8 give a dissonant sound.__
 
 
F#___Use the back-rake technique here.____________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E___*5M__________7~~5~~~5_________________________________________
B_____*5I_________________________________________________________
G#________5T~~7B~~~~5B~~5_________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E___Same technique as above. Use middle finger on string 4, and___
D___first finger on string 5. The strings are picked separately___
B___but VERY close together. Thumb picks string 6.________________
 
 
F#_______________________________|___________9____________________
D#_______________________________|________________________________
G#_______________________________|________________________________
E_____10--13F--10C--10--10_______|_____________9__________________
B_____10--13A--10C--10--10A______|___8A--9A_______9A--8A__________
G#____10--13---10B--10--10B______|___8B--9B_______9B--8B__________
F#_______________________________|________________________________
E____Played moderate speed.______|___8---9E_______9E--8___________
D________________________________|________________________________
B________________________________|________________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E________13F--13F___12F--12F--*12___13C--12C--10C_________________
B________13---13A___12---12A--*12A__13C--12C--10C___10____________
G#___13__13---13____12---12---*11___13---12B--10B___10B___________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_____________________*Forward bar slant technique._______________
D______________________Make sure tip of bar is exactly____________
B______________________between strings 4 and 5 on fret 12.________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#___3--2---2G_____*2--3--2--2G___________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E________________2-------------___2--5---6F_______________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#___3--2B--2B____________________2--5B--6________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E______________*Forward bar slant.________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#________________________|_______________________________________
D#________________________|___15G--15G--15G__13G--13G--13G________
G#________________________|___15B--15B--15B__13B--13B--13B________
E_________________3C--3___|___15---15C--15___13---13C--13____13___
B_________________________|__________________________________13___
G#___3--5B--3--3B-----3___|__________________________________13___
F#________________________|_______________________________________
E_________________________|__Keep 2nd string lowered entire time__
D_________________________|__and B pedal pressed. Pump C pedal.___
B_________________________|_______________________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________~6______________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E______5____________________________________________12---10---10__
B___________~8A--10__________________10___________________________
G#___________________~12B--10B--10___10___10---12B__12B--10B--10__
F#________________________________________10---12_________________
E___5_____________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#____Playing C6th licks on the E9th neck (just drop E's)_________
G#________________________________________________________________
E________8__7__6____________________________________3____1________
B____3____________6______________________________3_________2__3___
G#___3_______________5__4__3__2_____3__2_______3_______1______3___
F#___3___________________________3_______3__2________1________3___
E____3E_______________________________________________________3E__
D_________________________________________________________________
B_______________________This is a popular Hawaiian run.___________
 
 
F#________________________________|_____________10-----8__________
D#________________________________|_______________________________
G#________________________________|____8__________________________
E_________________________________|______10--10C___10C--8C________
B________3________6A________10A___|_______________________________
G#_____3________6________10B______|_______________________________
F#________________________________|_A lot of unison sounds here.__
E___3_______6F_______10___________|_______________________________
D_________________________________|_______________________________
B______speed picking._____________|_______________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#____5--6---7---8____8B--8B--12B--16B--20B_______________________
E_____5--6F--7F--8F___8F--8F--12F--16F--20F_______________________
B_____5--6---7---8____8---8A--12A--16A--20A_______________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#____5--6---7---8____12B--11B--10B--8---8--8____5B--5B___________
E_____5--6F--7F--8F___12C--11C--10C--8E--8--8F___5-----___________
B_____5--6---7---8____12C--11C--10C--8---8--8____5---5A___________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#________________________|_______________________________________
D#________________________|_______________________________________
G#________________________|_______________________________________
E_____14C-14__12-12C__12__|_______________________________________
B_________________________|_______________________________________
G#____14B---__12B---__12__|_____3____6____10B_____________________
F#________________________|____3____6____10_______________________
E_________________________|___3____6F___10________________________
D_________________________|_______________________________________
B_________________________|_____quickly___________________________
 
Lloyd Green kindly shared the following run with me, from the first song on his 
REFLECTIONS album, BLUE BONNET SPRING. The goal Lloyd says is to play as 
"seamless" as possible...
F#__________________________________________|__T = Thumb___________
D#__________________________________________|__M = Middle__________
G#__________________________________________|__I = Index___________
E___6--8---9F--11F--13---15---16F--18--20___|______________________
B___________________________________________|______________________
G#__6--8B--9---11---13B--15B--16---18--20B__|__3M__________________
F#__________________________________________|___3I_________________
E___________________________________________|_____3T_______________
D___________________________________________|_Pick 6 & 7 quickly.__
B___________________________________________|_hold thumb note______
 
Here's a similar run as above, except I've included the 5th string here...
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E____6--8---9F--11F--13---15---16F--18--20________________________
B____6--8A--9A--11A--13A--15A--16A--18--20A_______________________
G#___6--8B--9---11---13B--15B--16---18--20B_______________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
Here's a beautiful Lloyd Green style harmonics ending...
F#____*These are all harmonics played_____________________________
D#____12 frets above the bar position.____________________________
G#____Bar rests on 3rd fret entire time.__________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
B___*15~____________Lets notes ring_______________________________
G#__*15~_*15-15~__________________________________________________
F#_______*15-15B~__*15--15__silence 7th string while raising 8th__
E__________________*15E-15~__to eliminate sour note.______________
D_________________________________________________________________
B___*use 3rd finger to play chimes and mute 7th string at end.____
 
 
F#____________________|___________________________________________
D#____Cool lick_______|___________________________________________
G#____________________|___________________________________________
E_____________________|___________________________________________
B_____________________|______________________3__3-3A-3_____3______
G#___3--2B--1B--1_____|__3--2B--1B--1_____~3__________________3B__
F#_________________1__|________________1__________________________
E_____________________|_________________________3-3F-3__3_____3___
D_____________________|_________________________________3_________
B_____________________|_______________________________________3A__
 
 
Here's an awesome country music piece I learned from Tommy White. This is a 
great lead-in chord run...
 
F#___7~~~8~~~9~~~10_______________________________________________
D#___7~~~8~~~9~~~10______*Pump A pedal going into fret 10. I'm____
G#________________________not sure if Tommy pumps A or A and B.___
E_________________________They both sound great. I use A only.____
B____7A~~8A~~9A~~10A______________________________________________
G#___7B~~8B~~9B~~10B_____*Rake across strings 6 and 5 with thumb._
F#________________________________________________________________
E____*Slide down into the first chord. I do it by feel, not an____
D____exact number of frets. I'd say about 3 or 4 frets.___________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
Here's a great thing to play that I learned from Tommy White. It's a lead-in chord 
progression. You can see and hear Tommy play the piece on Part 6 of "The Legends Of 
Steel Guitar" on YouTube. The tabs aren't exact, but close. You might prefer to pick
strings 5 and 6 together on string 10 (raking both notes with the thumb)...
 
F#_____________~7~~~8~~~9~~~10~~~~________________________________
D#_____________~7~~~8~~~9~~~10~~~~________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_____10~~~_______________________________________________________
B_____10~10A________________10~10A________________________________
G#____10B~~~___~7B~~8B~~9B~~~~~~~~________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
 
F#________________________________________________________________
D#________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
G#________________________________________________________________
F#________________________________________________________________
E_________________________________________________________________
D_________________________________________________________________
B_________________________________________________________________
 
A technique that will revolutionize your steel playing, opening a whole new world of 
possibilities is to rake across the strings. There are a few ways to do this. 
You can pick with your thumb first, then the next string with your forefinger and
then the last string with your middle finger. 
 
Lloyd uses this technique very much. You're playing triads of notes instead of picking 
them all at once. It's really beautiful and expressive to rake across the strings, 
playing them almost instantaneously, yet individually. This technique involves simply 
forward raking the strings, but picking them each with a different pick. 
 
Another way is to rake your thumb pick forward across the strings, which is 
extremely popular with non-pedal steelers. Jimmy Day used this technique a lot. Not 
enough steel players today use this technique anymore. It is common in Hawaiian on the 
C6th tuning, and on the A6th. 
 
The third method is to back rake one of the metal finger picks on the strings, ending 
on one particular note. Tommy White does this a lot. It comes naturally with experience, 
when you master control over pick blocking, picking patterns, and learn all the cool 
things you can do with timing. 
 
Lloyd stands out from all other steel players in my mind for one main reason, he has 
mastered impeccable timing and tone. It's a great challenge to try to learn some of his 
new ideas. I hope some of these E9th tabs have been helpful to you, increasing your 
repertoire of things to play. Jeff Newman taught that you need to play something over 
and over about 20-times before it absorbs into your mind. So the key to incorporating 
some of these new ideas into your playing is repetition. 
 
I've noticed that Lloyd has always played unison notes on strings 3 and 6, and on strings 
5 and 10, which you'll hear in his playing, old and new. It is a permanent part of his 
playing repertoire that he learned in his early career that has defined his playing. I 
hear very few steelers play strings 3 and 6 together. The sound is very unique and pretty. 
I play these notes trying to imitate Lloyd's awesome version of Mona Lisa. 
 
Don't forget to do some string muting at the bridge (but not on the bridge itself). To 
mute, just place your palm as close to the string bridge as possible without deadening 
the strings. Touching the bridge will deaden the string. Turn up your volume pedal while 
muting to compensate for loss of volume due to the nature of muting. It really popular 
in Hawaiian, and done at the right place is awesome for country music too.
 
Don't forget to do some chicken-pickin. This is a different technique than muting, 
and requires a bit more work to get it right. To chicken-pick, you pick your strings, 
say 5 and 6, and then lift up the bar off the strings as soon as you pick them. In fact, 
you're lifting the bar so close after the picking that it feels the same to me. Just 
lift the bar as soon as you pick, simultaneously. You'll hear the sound and then can 
master it from there. You'll be making authentic chicken sounds like Sol Hoopii before 
you know it. Lloyd is famous for popularizing the chicken-pickin technique on thousands 
of Nashville albums.
 
Lastly, but far from exhaustive, use harmonics in your playing. Jerry Byrd said using 
harmonics says, "I have a secret to tell you." Some guitars , like Fender Champs, don't 
play harmonics well. Rickenbacher (pre-war) are the best (or spelled, Rickenbackers, 
post-war). A Ricky has awesome harmonic, as do Jerry Byrd Frypan from Fuzzy Guitars in 
Japan, and CANOPUS are great. There a lot of junk out there, so be careful. You need 
to feel good about the instrument that your playing. Alan Akaka told me that in 2010. 
I recently met with him again in 2011 and he's doing fine. He just released his 
first album, SIMPLY STEEL.
 
Cold, Cold, Heart by Lloyd Green (partial) |  For the Good Times by Lloyd Green

Here are Several different Rhythm Track versions for Beyond the Reef:


Here me play When They Ring Those Golden Bells on E9th pedal steel


Concerning Steel Guitar Tone

C6th Pedal Steel Simplicity and Variations

Beyond the Reef using a C# on the 6th string

More Song Tabs

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