New! The highly anticipated
follow-up to Paul Franklin's popular C6 Essentials Course!

C6 Pedal Steel Toolbox

 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.


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.


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.


 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!

  • 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."

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  • 1 Year Enrollment

  • $99 Off Upgrade to The Method


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  • One Payment

  • Instant Access to 41 lessons

  • 1 Year Enrollment

  • $99 Off Upgrade to The Method



Intro to the Course E9 to C6: The Difference Harmonized Scale in 3rds and 4ths Thinking Simply - Majors & Minors 2-5-1 Progression Jazz Blues


Exploring C6 Common Tones How to Access Minor Chords


Altered Dom7: Adding the #9 Interval Altered Dom7: Adding the #5 Interval Moving From 1 to 4: Diminished to Min7 Moving From 1 to 4: Sus Chords Using 2-5 to the 4 Chord Pt 1 Using 2-5 to the 4 Chord Pt 2 Moving From 4 to 5: #9 Sounds Moving From 4 to 5: 13th Interval Moving From 4 to 5: Maj9 and Diminished Moving From 4 to 5: Counterpoint Moving 4 to 5: Strategies Moving From 4 to 1: Diminished Sounds


Lick 1: Bluesy Pull-Off Lick 2: Blues Roll Lick 3: Jazzy Blues Lick 4: Funky Horn Section


Final Thoughts


How to Use the Course Voice Leading the Band Paul's Copedent 2020 TAB Basics - PDF Chord Formulas - PDF Basic Harmony - PDF Basic Music Theory - PDF Major Scales and Triads - PDF Cycle of 4ths and 5ths - PDF Browser Settings for PDF files Blank Tab Sheet - PDF Background Drones In Various Keys - DRONES Toolbox Course the Practice Tracks


What is a giclee?

A giclée is a printed reproduction of an original piece of art. It generally uses dyes or fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based), and archival substrates primarily produced on large-format printers. These printers use the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) color process as a base but may have other added color cartridges for better color or black and white rendition (such as light magenta and light cyan, light and very light gray, even orange and green inks in addition to regular cyan, magenta yellow and black inks); these improve the apparent color gamut and allow smoother gradient transitions and more accurate colors. A wide variety of substrates on which an image can be printed with such inks is available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, pre-coated canvas, or artist textured vinyl.

What is gouache?

Traditional watercolors are somewhat transparent and this has meant that traditionally watercolor paintings are painted from light colors to darker colors. That does not always fit what I am painting and gouache, an opaque watercolor, allows me to paint darker colors and work in lighter colors.

What type of paper do you use for your watercolors?

That is a great question I usually use Arches 140 lb cold press water color paper. If you do not see anything else written in the piece's description that is what I have painted on. In some case you will see I have painted on Khadi cotton rag paper. All watercolor paints, pen, and ink are acid free archival quality materials.

Do you do commissions?

I do accept commissions. You can look at the Commissions page on my website to see some that I have completed. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in commisioning a paining.

Paul Franklin


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.