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  • What's the first step to learning the pedal steel

    Written to older men:

    First, you MUST have the desire and stay with it attitude to learn how to play the pedal steel. Ask yourself if you are willing to do that before you continue. If you are, then look for help to decide what kind of steel guitar is best for you to buy or borrow and, if buying, how much money you are comfortable spending. There are many types of pedal steel guitars; single neck, double neck, 6 or 10 strings, and many manufacturers. It is very important for a beginner to find someone, a knowledgeable friend or teacher, to help you select the guitar that’s best for you and whether to buy a new guitar or a used one. If you decide to purchase a used guitar, sight unseen, you are taking a risk of buying someone else’s problems. Being a beginner, you will more than likely not be able to correct problems on your own. If you do decide to buy a used guitar, it’s best to take along a knowledgeable friend and try out the guitar before purchasing. Of course, that’s not always possible. Unfortunately, there aren’t many guitar stores that carry or know much about pedal steel guitars. Here on the Steel Guitar Network website you have access to many knowledgeable people who actually play/teach and can answer your questions and provide guidance. You are beginning a new and exciting journey; enjoy it!

     

    I am currently writing another article that is targeting school age kids and the pedal steel. These kids are the future. I haven't named the article yet. I will post it soon.

     

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4 comments
  • Hank Ruf
    Hank Ruf I will be writing a follow up article. If we want more young people involved the cost is the most important factor.
    January 30, 2017
  • Hank Ruf
    Hank Ruf I don't recommend buying a used steel unless you get help from a seasoned player. You may buy a piece of junk and may not know it. Think before you jump and get help. Also, most music stores generally don't know much about Pedal Steels, so don't ask them.
    February 2, 2017
  • James Williams
    James Williams I agree with Hank on used steels. I have owned several a few years back when I first started to learn to play, and honestly the frustration of having to work on something every time you play it is just not worth what you might save over a new student gui...  MORE...
    June 20, 2017
  • James Williams
    James Williams I recently decided to give psg another try, and bought a new GFI student model. It works fine, stays in tune and when something doesn't sound right, I have no doubt that it is my playing! :)
    June 20, 2017