Convert your steel-string 6-string guitar to a lap steel, or bring your acoustic Hawaiian or resonator guitar. Two or three guitars are usually available to use during the workshop, so come give it a try. It’s fun to not have to put your left hand fingers down on the fretboard. Instead, we get to use what’s called a tone bar, or steel (hence the name “steel guitar”). Some bars may be available to borrow, but I recommend the Shubb SP-2 bar in stainless steel, available in many music stores and online. We’ll take advantage of your transferable skills to play traditional tunes, and a few by the Beatles and Rolling Stones. We use open D tuning: D A D F# A D. If you’re familiar with conventional G tuning, you’ll discover how easy it is to apply what you know to open D, and you’ll find that its extended range over G tuning allows for greater freedom in alternating bass fingerpicking, accompanying other instruments, playing blues and rock, and harmonizing on melodies. All levels welcome – courageous beginners, too!
Acoustic Lap Steel & Dobro Guitar I
Advanced, Beginning, and Intermediate