New! The highly anticipated
follow-up to Paul Franklin's popular C6 Essentials Course!
I thought a lot about how to teach C6 and I decided to "do it as I know it" . . . teaching you the exact things I do when I am on that neck.
Learn to approach and master the C6 as a 'positions', and not just a 'licks' neck.
The tuning's internal logic makes harmonic and melodic playing easy and rewarding.
NO MORE FEAR
Learn where and how I get my chord voicings, single note positions, and how I combine them to create original ideas.
Hall of Fame pedal steeler
Paul Franklin guides you through his personal approach to the C6 tuning.
All the pockets, positions, and practical theory you need to master the harmonic and melodic possibilities in any style!
The C6 tuning is different than the E9 in many ways, but perhaps the most important - in my mind - is that I do not see it as a "lick" instrument to the degree that the E9 is.
The C6 lends itself to be approached as a "position" tuning, where finding multiple places to play the needed harmonies leads you to playing vey melodically when you solo, and going from "inside" to "outside" is very easy.
All of the great C6 players like Tommy White, Buddy Emmons, Curly Chalker and many more are using the same tools, just interpreting them differently. I believe the tuning itself allows for a more melodic approach.
BREAK IT DOWN
When you break any song down, you eventually get to the basic chord progression. When you break any chord progression down further, you end up going from Chord A to Chord B.
You can consolidate this concept to a few key harmonic movements:
1 chord to a 4 chord, (2 to a 5, 3 to a 6...all essentially the same move), a 4 to a 5, (aka 1 to 2, 5 to 6), a 5 to a 1 (6 to 2, 4 to b7), and 4 to 1 (5 to 2, b3 to b7).
Learning to navigate just that much: finding ways to move from one chord to the next, is the key to unlocking the C6 neck.
Every style and genre has chord changes.
If you practice playing between and over chord changes, all you need to do is inject the stylistic cliches (note choices, rhythms) into your playing to make it fit anywhere.
NO MORE FEAR
In the C6 Toolbox, I show you my choices in going from from one chord to another, and how I combine the positions to create original ideas both live and in the studio.
Mastering these lessons will remove the fear of the C6 tuning that many players have, and get you comfortable on the neck in any situation. Have fun!
YOU WILL LEARN
Breaking Down the Tuning Into Positions
Moving From Chord to Chord: The Mystery Revealed
Rich Chords and Melodic Single-note Solos
Musical Concepts That Work in Any Style or Genre
Using Altered Intervals To Add Color to Chords and Lines
“Studying with Paul Franklin is a rare chance to study with a pro master of our instrument. If you're planning to make a career from playing, look at it as a great investment in developing your knowledge and skills.”
“The C6 Essentials course really opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. Paul has always been a great teacher."
“This course has done wonders for me. I have been playing for years but didn’t really know the instrument. I highly recommend it."
MOVING FROM CHORD TO CHORD
WHAT IS THE C6 TOOLBOX COURSE?
Using lessons selected from The Paul Franklin Method course, C6 Toolbox is designed to give intermediate players a jumpstart into real-world, practical applications using the advanced techniques Paul relies on both live and in recording sessions.
NOTE: C6 Toolbox assumes you currently have the technical and theory chops as taught in the C6 Essentials course or its equivalent.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COURSE FORMAT?
Applications: C6 Pedal Steel Toolbox is a streaming video course hosted by Modern Music Masters. Your enrollment includes 12 months of access.
Unlike a private lesson, you can review the materials by watching the videos over and over, use the video player to slow things down, and print out TABs and other relevant lesson materials.
I'VE HEARD ABOUT THE C6 ESSENTIALS AND THE PAUL FRANKLIN METHOD. HOW IS C6 TOOLBOX DIFFERENT?
The Paul Franklin Method is Paul’s online academy, a virtual library that covers everything you need to know to master both the E9 and C6 tunings. As a bonus, it also offers an optional private Facebook group where Paul and enrolled students can interact.
HOW MUCH DOES C6 TOOLBOX COST?
The C6 Toolbox course is one single payment of $99. For that you get 12 months of 24/7 access to the lessons and materials.
HOW ARE PAUL'S COURSES DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS I SEE ONLINE?
Pedal Steel Guitar and Musician's Hall of Famer Paul Franklin is a master player and a master teacher. With decades of experience teaching via cassette and in person at clinics and seminars, the arrival of online teaching finally allowed Paul to reach many more players and get deeper into subjects - more than earlier methods and in-person appearances were able to do.
WHAT DEVICES CAN I WATCH THE VIDEOS ON?
The Course can be viewed on desktop computers and most mobile devices – phones, tablets, laptops – as long as they have a compatible browser on them and they are connected to the internet.
IS THERE A LIMIT ON HOW MANY TIMES I CAN WATCH A VIDEO?
You can watch the videos as often as you’d like (this is encouraged) throughout your 12 month enrollment.
WILL I NEED EXTRA BANDWIDTH FROM MY ISP OR CARRIER?
That will depend on the Service Plan you have with your Provider, of course, but we have thousands of students and no reports of bandwith being an issue.
When streaming to your device, the video player attempts to detect your device’s capability and the current quality of your internet connection. The default setting will auto adjust to deliver a quality viewing experience. If you prefer a resolution other than the ‘auto’ setting choice, you have the ability to select the resolution that is being sent to you.
WHAT KIND OF PEDAL SETUP WILL I NEED?
On the C6 tuning, the standard Buddy Emmons setup is taught.
Pedal Steel Guitar and Musician's Hall of Famer Paul Franklin brings 50 years of insight and experience to his courses.
From his teenage years playing gigs and sessions in his native Detroit to his many years in the Nashville touring and studio scene, Franklin is the go-to pedal steel guitarist of his generation.
Mentored by the early legends of the instrument like Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green, Weldon Myrick and Hal Rugg, Paul brings a sense of history to his lessons while always pushing the guitar forward. From George Jones to Megadeth, Streisand to Dire Straits, Paul's style encompasses all genres.
His ability to convey complex concepts to beginners and pros alike sets him apart from other teachers on the pedal steel guitar.