Practice Tips

Mastering an instrument takes time so be patient and always practice with a metronome and start off SLOW.

Tips for Practice To Remember :

  • Schedule regular practice time.
  • Use your time for practice efficiently.
  • learn your fretboard notes
  • learn how to construct chords
  • ALWAYS use a metronome
  • ALWAYS practice slowly and only increase speed once mastered at a slower tempo
  • warm up with a combination of scales and chords
  • Practice chords and their inversions in different positions
  • Practice scales up and down the neck
  • Practice a song
  • Free-Play to just improvise along your fretboard. This is important as it helps also train the ear. Be patient.
  • The information contained on this site can take a lifetime to master but most importantly Have fun.
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12 String Lap Steel Guitar with Inlay

So I added some inlay style to my 12 string and I’m quite liking the finished look.

I put this Lap Steel Guitar together with the help and craftsmanship of Bill Hatcher, an absolute legend. Need to get a better camera. But fine for now.

Full view Lap Steel Guitar bridge view tone and volume side inlay stickers Pool table felt to stop slipping George l's -E66 pickup

 

Who Are Your Lap Steel Guitar Heroes?

The best that ever did it in my opinion. RIP.
The best that ever did it in my opinion. RIP.

Who Are Your Lap Steel Guitar Heroes? Or Inspiration?

  • Maurice Anderson
  • Billy Robinson
  • Bobbe Seymour
  • Jerry Byrd
  • Herb Remington
  • Darrick Campbell
  • Mike Neer
  • Ben Harper
  • Bill Hatcher

These are just the few that pop out of my head but I know there are many other legends that I have left off.

Lap Steel Guitar Stand With Adjustable Legs

Lap Steel Guitar Stand
Lap Steel Guitar Stand

Playing Lap Steel Guitar on one’s Lap Steel Guitar although looks good can cause all sorts of neck and back ache after long hours of practice. Plus playing using a stand placing your Lap Steel Guitar at an adequate height is the way forward. This reduces any causes 0f wrist, neck or back injury in the long term.

A Projector stand is a great affordable solution to place your Lap Steel Guitar on.  Portable, adjustable legs and light enough also includes carry handle and easily removable telescopic legs etc. Essentially exactly what you want.

been using one for years.

Here is the exact model I use however there may be newer versions which do the same thing.

Da-Lite Project-O-Stand Model 203

The 7 Modes with One Shape

So after doing some research and hearing MANY Berkelee guitarists who shred and believe in the CAGED system. I started theorising there must be a similar connectivity in repetitive shapes on the Lap Steel Guitar.

So I started with the modes in my Theory Tuning and realised that I can play all 7 modes using the same shape. If I study the Ionian scale in all it’s shapes that means I can play all the modes in all the shapes up and down the neck.

Really cool. So I am trying to find the name to give this technique as on the steel depending on your tuning it is obviously a different shape but I believe this to be revolutionary research or if any of you have prior experiences please share.

Collective knowledge achieves a solution much faster.

Check out my fretboard layout on my blog and you’ll see what I mean. It has the notes if the Ionian scale highlighted. Move two frets down it’s the Dorian. Enjoy.