All the Things You are practice voicings – Lap Steel Guitar

Here is a short practice video

Just practicing some voicings on All the things you are. Thinking about using some flat 9ths in there as well for more dissonance.



add9 Chords and simple 9ths

So continuing the E13th Discovery.

That integral add9 if we look in the key of C. At the 8th Fret C, D, E, G is our Cadd9

Add9 Chords

An Add9 chord is simply a triad with the 9th degree added in. Unlike a standard 9th chord. add9 chords typically don’t include a 7th scale degree.

Now What makes it so interesting is that an  add9 chord can be substituted for any diatonic triad in a major or minor key and still be diatonic (aka sound correct). If used with a major triad it adds some ethereal color to the chord. When used with a minor triad it adds a bit of dissonent tension.

To take it a step further to convey a 9th Chord:

I quite prefer to drop the Root note C entirely and simply play the remaining notes in Major/Minor. So

Major: One of my fav inversions E, G, D

Minor: Eb, G, D

In a Jazz context a simple add9 can thus also convey a M9 or a m9


Dissonance in your Dominant 7th

So recent love of dissonance has led me to play with a tension filled dominant 7th.

Voicing For a 7th (standard Drop 2) – Root – b7 – 3rd.

Try sharpening your Root so example C would become C# – Which in a dominant chord would imply a b9 sound. Tense.

So b9 – b7 – 3rd. Enjoy your new voicing and hear other say what is that chord??? Feels like its going somewhere and it works. Now every time you want some tension add that b9 voicing and enjoy.


In the Key of C it would be.

Db – Bb – E

Happy Playing.



Sit Down!!!

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We use chairs and all sorts and from my experience of long practice hours just as concert pianists and pros know a good Piano seat and seating position allows optimum performance plus avoids injury further down the line.

So after spending countless hours reading reviews I decided to order one and take this seriously. My two cushions and foldable chair is hurting my lower back so F@&K that.

I found an affordable but reputable seat and lower back ache gone. Playing position improved. Happy as a lark.

Doesn’t your bum deserve better?


Triads Exercise C Major Chord Scale

So after countless hours of study. I decided to take a methodical approach and go back to basics and start from fresh. As triads are the building blocks of chords and more advanced voicings. Discovering my  E13#9/F Bebop tuning has been a challenge but is rewarding after I discover little gems for practice like this.

I have been meticulously cataloging and creating my E13#9/F Book to help me along this lonely road. With Universal thoughts on my mind – i.e. one tuning that has all I need.

So here is a snippet with Notation and TAB to give you a glimpse as to what is to come.

Triads – Major Chord Scale

Basic Music Theory – The Necessary Evil

Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 13.07.12So many non-pedal and pedal steel players refer to chords as grips and string groups. Many also rely heavily on tab alone. Others pick notes out by ear.

So in my humble opinion these approaches though they offer one the basic ability to get songs done and teach you about “pockets” and licks. True freedom on the instrument can only come if you understand some basic music theory but MOST importantly get it under your BAR.

TIP: Learn the Treble Clef inside and out.

Lines for the treble clef starting below the (Middle C)

Below – main lines – Above

F, A, C,  – e, g, b, d, f,   – A, C, E



Below – main spaces – Above

G, B, D,  – f, a, c, e, – G, B, D, F


There are countless books so use them to assist you in understanding the basics. REMINDER learn it at your instrument and it will become easier.

E13 – reverse slants just a taste

Some of the most powerful voicing inversions for:

  1. augmented chords
  2. Dom7
  3. M7
  4. m6
  5. 6/9

and many more can ALSO be found in easily playable reverse slants. Here’s how E13 does it. Let’s look in the Key of C. Open my tuning or your equivalent E13 tuning and look for your Root note C.

Reverse slant a 3 note voicing skipping a string in between and there you go.

Can you find the Cm (C, Eb, G)

See if you can find Caug (C, E, G#)

How about its inversion a few frets higher.

Let’s try another one a little more tricky find the reverse slant for Cm6 (C,Eb, A) That’s a stretch. But that grip is the same as the Cm7 (C, Eb, Bb) or the C7 (C, E, Bb) did you find them.


Great news All the reverse slant voicing you have done can also be achieved in straight bar lower down. Whew so why learn them at all. Because Proximity on non-pedal is key.

Don’t travel too far or it’ll become a drag.