A Nice C6th Pedal Steel Piece by Stu Basore
By David J. Stewart
This is a beautiful piece I learned from Stu Basore on the
C6th pedal steel. Stu plays a mostly standard C6th, but does
something very unique which I really like. He eliminates the
high G or D on the first string and uses a high E instead
(which is the 2nd string for most players). Jimmy Day and
Bobby Seymour use a high G. Buddy Emmons uses a high D.
I like both myself and go back and forth
between them from time to time. I prefer D mostly. G is more
for western swing stuff (giving a nice 13th chord, which is
exactly what Herb Remington's A6th tuning is). D is nice for
passing between chords. Stu Basore puts the D on his 9th
string instead and moves the F up to the 8th string and so
forth. The 10th string is still a low C. Very interesting.
Anyway, I love this musical piece which
you can hear him play in the song Honky Tonk Angel (but
this ad lib piece would work anywhere in any similar country
song). Stu is a musical blessing and had a unique sound that
God gives individually to each person. I believe God gives a
gift to each person, and no matter how hard you try you'll
never be able to be that person, and neither will they be
able to be you. So don't try to play exactly like someone
else. Learn from those you admire as much as you can and
then be yourself musically. You'll be much happier that way
developing your own style and sound. This is not exact, but
the chords are pretty close I think and you'll get the idea
once you play the chords. I love the diminished chords in
here using the 5th and 6th pedals. I'm using the standard
C6th tuning which most players use, not Stu's tuning with a
P = Pedal (standard C6th pedals)
R = Raise
L = Lower
You get the basic idea. It's a great run.
Watch the video and you hear how great Stu sounds.
He didn't play it in this particular music piece, but Stu
also only raised his A's to Bb instead of A like most
players do. Raising strings 4 and 8 from A to B is the
standard setup for C6th pedal steel. Jeff Newman only raised
them to Bb, like Stu. I like both changes, depending on what
I'm playing. I really like raising string 8 only a half tone
because it gives you an awesome 7th chord if you pick
strings 7,8 and 9; like strings 6,8 and 9 on the E9th tuning
with no pedals or knees. It comes in handy a lot when
working out song arrangements. So I actually raise 4 a whole
tone and 8 a half tone on my guitar. I don't know anyone
else who splits the changes like that, but it works for me.
Don't you just love the steel guitar, how you can change
this and try that, move this and experiment with music!
There's no musical instrument like the steel guitar,
especially the pedal steel. Still, I'll always love the
profound simplicity of a simple 6 string lap steel, from
which Hawaiian music has become legendary. In particular,
the C6th tuning is really awesome.
Try to Find all These C6th Lap Steel Chords on Your
C6th Pedal Steel
Work at the C6th Scales On Your C6th Pedal Steel
Beyond the Reef Using a C# on the 6th
C6th Pedal Steel Simplicity and
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
C6th Tabs And Theory
More Song Tabs
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