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

THE TUNING

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.

PRACTICAL THEORY

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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 TUNING

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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.

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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

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 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
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  • 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

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“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."

Lesson Clips

 

Purchase Plans 

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$99.00

Non-Tennessee

  • One Payment
     

  • Instant Access to 41 lessons
     

  • 1 Year Enrollment
     

  • $99 Off Upgrade to The Method

$109.00

Tennessee (taxed)

  • One Payment
     

  • Instant Access to 41 lessons
     

  • 1 Year Enrollment
     

  • $99 Off Upgrade to The Method

COURSE SYLLABUS

BASIC TOOLS


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




FINDING POSITIONS


Exploring C6 Common Tones How to Access Minor Chords




MOVING FROM CHORD TO CHORD


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




LICKS


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




FINAL THOUGHTS


Final Thoughts




RESOURCES


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





FAQ

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. The course is composed of video content, downloadable pdfs, and Practice Tracks. The course videos are available to stream online 24/7, and can be paused, fast-forwarded, or slowed down.




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. C6 Essentials, using lessons selected from The Method, covers the necessary skills you'll need to get comfortable on the C6 tuning. It is highly recommended that you have the skills taught in C6 Essentials mastered before you begin the C6 Toolbox lessons. NOTE: Optional private Facebook Group access is only available when enrolled in The Paul Franklin Method.




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. Should you decide to continue your studies with the complete Paul Franklin Method, we will send you a discount code to apply 100% of the $99 towards any of The Method's payment plans. We can be reached at: info@modernmusicmasters.com




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. Paul draws on his five decades of live and studio playing with a who's-who of musical titans, from Country legends like George Strait, Alan Jackson and many others to Barbra Streisand, Harry Connick, Jr. and Megadeth. He is expert on both E9 and C6 tunings and has an encyclopedic knowledge of classic steel styes from the early masters of the instrument. Paul was mentored by legends like Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green, Pete Drake, Weldon Myrick, Hal Rugg, John Hughey, all fellow Hall of Famers. His guitar dominated the charts during the Country boom of the '80's and '90's, he toured the world with Dire Straits and continues to be the first-call pedal steel player in the Nashville studio scene. From ripping Rock, to twangy Country, to Jazz, to Western Swing and all points in between, Paul honors the past and keeps pushing the instrument forward. It is his desire to share all of the knowledge he has acquired for future generations to study and carry the pedal steel guitar torch into the future.




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. You will need to keep your OS and browser current as how browsers display items changes over time. For example, in the Mac world, you will need iOS 11.x or higher.




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.





Paul Franklin

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.