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  • Trust your ears?

    Posted January 13 by Hank Ruf

    Paul Baggott Music Producer at Paul Baggott Music Productions Trust your ears? 'Trust your ears’, a phrase often used in connection with the creation of music. Thing is, our ears can be fooled. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has adjusted eq on an element in a mix ...

  • Sho-Bud, the Jackson family and the “Nashville Sound”

    Posted December 30, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    History Sho-Bud, the Jackson family and the “Nashville Sound” 1940’s In 1943, Harold “Shot” Jackson began playing the steel guitar on the Grand Ole Opry with such legends as Johnny and Jack and the Queen of Country Music, Kitty Wells. He ev...

  • A Brief History of the Resonator Guitar

    Posted December 28, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    A Brief History of the Resonator Guitar  By Joe Stoebenau     Spurred on by the popularity of Bluegrass and acoustic Blues music, the resonator guitar is enjoying a renewed popularity. While the Gibson Musical Instrument Company currently owns the copyright to the Dobro&r...

  • Ralph Mooney

    Posted December 26, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    RIP Ralph Mooney – The Best Steel Guitar Player Ever   Ralph Mooney was the best steel guitar player ever. Period. End of story. And anybody who disagrees with me, I will come to where you are and personally kick your ass. And beyond the steel guitar, he was one of the most important...

  • Recommended oil for lubricating pedal steel guitar

    Posted December 24, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    What, when, and where? Home Lubrication   Lubrication is an important part of steel guitar maintenance. Your steel guitar is a musical instrument containing a mechanical system for operation. This mechanical system typically consists of various metals and plastics....

  • Don Helms' and Hank Williams' enduring musical legacy

    Posted December 4, 2016 by Hank Ruf

      By James Beaty | Managing editor   Shown above are Hank Williams, center, and The Drifting Cowboys, including bassist Hillous Butrum, standing at left; steel guitarist Don Helms, standing at right; fiddler Jerry Rivers, bottom left, and guitarist Bob McNett, bottom r...

  • Adorable Elf On The Shelf

    Posted December 1, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Dad-Of-Six Turns His Baby Into Adorable Elf On The Shelf 642Kviews 11 months ago by​ Julija Televičiūtė Utah’s dad-of-six Alan Lawrence decided to take the famous Elf on the Shelf Christmas tradition to the next level by turning his own 4-month-old baby boy Rock...

  • Bucking the Nashville sound

    Posted November 6, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    I’ve always agreed with Willie Nelson. Once, when asked what kind of music he prefers, he said he likes “good music.” Me too. I like all kinds of music — as long as it’s “good.” That said, one of my favorite types of music has always been country music...

  • Recording the pedal steel guitar

    Posted November 4, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Recording: The magazine for recording musicians Recording the Pedal Steel GuitarUnderstanding a sometimes misunderstood instrument...By Bruce Kaphan I once played at the Reading Festival in England. A review of the show referred to my pedal steel as a “knitting type contraption.” From ...

  • A Short History of the Pedal Steel Guitar

    Posted November 4, 2016 by Hank Ruf

      Modern pedal steels typically have 10 or 12 strings and come in single- and double-neck models. Photo by Andy Ellis For many, pedal steel guitar is synonymous with country music. The instrument’s sinuous string bending and crying sound has long distinguished the songs coming ...

  • 14 Reasons You Should Join a Social Network

    Posted October 30, 2016 by Hank Ruf

      The Steel Guitar Network is a social network so these 14 reasons fit why join our website   Meet New People, Find New Friends and More  Join a Social Network. Caiaimage/Sam Edwards/Getty Images by Linda Roeder Updated October 07, 2016 Social networks hav...

  • Field Guide to Sho-Bud Pedal Steel Guitars

    Posted October 30, 2016 by Hank Ruf

      Compiled by Duane Becker The following lists briefly the different models of pedal steels that Sho-Bud produced through the years. The dates given for one particular model sometimes overlap into the dates of another model. For example, the Permanent model was continued to be built and sold...

  • JP Parsons and his band to channel Buck Owens at Bristol Brewer

    Posted October 28, 2016 by Hank Ruf

      CONTRIBUTED PHOTO   JP Parsons and the American Bandwagon will become JP Parsons and the American Buckaroos for one night in homage to late country legend Buck Owens. Catch their performance Oct. 29 at Bristol Brewery in Bristol, Virginia. If You Go » W...

  • Fake Book

    Posted October 22, 2016 by Michael

    I’m looking for an app for the Microsoft Surface Pro4 similar to the android app called FAKEBOOK Pro. Where I can add, modify, organize charts in various forms. The FakeBook pro (used by some friends) seems to be a nice app but won’t load on my new Surface Pro4. Any recommendations? ...

  • Iowa Academy Will Teach You Steel Guitar, For Free

    Posted October 19, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    a pedal steel guitar FRANK KOVALCHEK / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS     Listen Listening...   17:30 Hear the conversation Just about a decade ago, Roger Miller, along with some fellow steel guitar players, started to worry abou...

  • Mississippi & Scott counties: A great place to keep the music g

    Posted October 14, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Friday, October 14, 2016 By Robyn Gautschy ~ The Bridge Jeff Wamble plays the steel guitar. Laura Simon Order this photo Jeff Wamble was raised in St. Louis and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1994 to follow his music career. In 1996, he started playing steel guitar for Canadian country...

  • Getting Gigs: A Powerful Technique

    Posted October 12, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Getting Gigs: A Powerful Technique   Dave RuchFollowDave Ruch Musician, Educator, NY Public Scholar, Canal Street String Band founder, Artist Consultant & Writer Here’s a tried-and-true tactic I’ve been using for years to build my stable of good paying gigs. You can ...

  • How do you come up with the right chords for your song?

    Posted October 7, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    7 Useful Chords  May 11, 2016  Black Belt Songwriting How do you come up with the right chords for your song? This is the first blog post on this topic, and here we’ll tell you about the most basic approach: making use of diatonic chords. Diatonic chords support the v...

  • Query

    Posted September 28, 2016 by Daniel Van Orden

    Does anyone know anything about Pam Tillis ???   A friend asked me about her & I havent heard her mentioned since KFDI radios staion quit country music.   I looked her up and she has a lotta Gigs lined up in Texas.  Far as I went.     Dont know about differe...

  • How Important is Music Theory

    Posted September 26, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    How Important is Music Theory for Music Producers Music theory is the understanding of music and its content. It includes chords, triads, scales, harmony etc. Music theory is huge, there is no limit on what you can learn about it. Also see: Also see: Chords, Harmony and Melody Tips ...

  • 5 Female Steel Guitar Players Every Country Fan Should Know

    Posted September 18, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    BY GILLIAN TURNBULL3 DAYS Photo courtesy of Chuck Holley There are some fantastic women steel guitar players out there, even though the instrument is often a male domain. Backing bands from the Bluebird to the Opry, from the 1930s to the 2010s, have consistently featured men on the ...

  • How to adjust your steel

    Posted September 17, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    How to adjust your steel Here's how to tweak your steel guitar and adjust the pedals and knee levers for proper and comfortable operation. There is also information on how to change the action (shorter, longer, easier, etc.) of the pedals and knee levers. Trouble shooting guides are provided to ass...

  • Dunard, of ‘Duane’s Music,’ reflects on career

    Posted September 15, 2016 by Jack R Harrison

    Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:32 am 3   Duane Dunard behind a steel guitar that he has in his shop The outside of “Duane’s Music” located on Main Street in Troy Anyone who has been interested in playing music in the Troy community, w...

  • Become a Good Steel Player

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    I believe one of the most important factors in becoming good at anything is - Motivation. How do you get motivated? How do you stay motivated?    1 - Set your goals        2 - Make a plan on how to reach them    3 - Look at your plan often - let i...

  • Steel guiltar player of the year Ed Ringwald honoured

    Posted September 12, 2016 by Jack R Harrison

    Country Music Week: Steel guiltar player of the year Ed Ringwald honoured By James Reaney, The London Free Press Sunday, September 11, 2016 10:15:57 EDT PM Ed "Pee Wee Charles" Ringwald wipes tears from his eyes as he accepts the award for Steel Guitar Player of the Y...

  • Steel Guitar History

    Posted September 10, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    The Steel Guitar - A Short History THE STEEL GUITAR was invented in Hawaii in the late 1800's. By the end of WWI it had worked its way into country music and though it appears in other settings, these are the two types of music where it is most often heard. Steel guit...

  • Life Lessons

    Posted September 9, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 1. When it comes to chocol...

  • Biography Paul Franklin

    Posted September 9, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Biography Paul Franklin   Paul moved from Detroit to Nashville in 1972 to play the pedal steel guitar with Barbara Mandrell. Later in the 70’s, he recorded and toured with Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis. In 1981, Paul decided to quit the road and focus strictly on session work in Nashvi...

  • steel guitar player of year

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Brantford musician nominated as steel guitar player of year Doug Johnson is a multiple CCMA nominee Doug Johnson Submitted Brantford's Doug Johnson has been nominated for CCMA's Steel Guitar Player of the Year. Brant News By Colleen Toms  Multiple Canadian Co...

  • Steel guitar jam evokes an earlier era

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    Photo: Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News     MC Joe Rouse (center) speaks during the pedal steel guitar jam Feb. 8 at the American Legion Post 593 in Converse. Take it on faith and go to the end of Legion Drive, a tiny road off of FM 78 in Converse. It dead ends at Amer...

  • ROSE SINCLAIR BIO

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Hank Ruf

    BIO * Steel player for WAYNE HANCOCK* 2016 Runner Up Player of the Year – Texas Steel Guitar Association* 2016 Nominee for MUSICIAN – Ameripolitan Music Awards* 2015 Nominee for INSTRUMENTALIST – Academy of Western Artists* 2014 Nominee for INSTRUMENTALIST – Academy of W...

  • Nashville Number System

    Posted August 14, 2016 by Jack R Harrison

        Sam Jones is musical ninja and worship leader in Houston, TX. He has been on our worship team for about 3 years at the Downtown Campus of Houston's First. So proud of him and what he is doing. You will soon find out, he knows his stuff. Some of you might have incorporated...