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Foundations:E9 Pedal Steel Basics with Paul Franklin

"A firm grasp of the basics is the first step towards Mastery."

Hall of Fame pedal steeler Paul Franklin guides you through the techniques, mechanics and practical theory you need to make real music on the pedal steel guitar - right away!

BEGINNERS

Start your E9 pedal steel journey with our acclaimed
Foundations course.

Learn the essential skills you'll need to play in any style.

STEEL PLAYERS

Lost in the weeds and can't seem to find your way forward? Revisting the basics will put you back on the right path.

GUITARISTS

If you already play standard guitar, Paul demystifies the E9 tuning and shows you the similarities between the two instruments.

You Will Learn:

TECHNIQUE
  • Picking

  • Blocking

  • Pedals

  • Levers

CHORD THEORY
  • Major

  • Minor

  • Dom 7

  • Harmonized Scale

MUSICIANSHIP
  • Vibrato

  • Pedal Dynamics

  • Nashville Number System

  • Thinking In Intervals

FROM THE PRACTICE ROOM TO THE STAGE

Go from the practice room to the stage! Foundations: E9 Pedal Steel Basics gets you playing the right way, right away.

FIND AND FIX YOUR BAD HABITS

If you have been playing for awhile, you may have developed bad habits. This course will help you find and fix them.

learn a musician's PeRSPECTIVE

Paul will teach you to be not just  a pedal steel player, but a Musician who plays the pedal steel guitar.

A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH

Concise, easy-to-follow lessons that take you all the way from tuning to gigging.

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.”

“I started the course this week. Paul is great at explaining things so they instantly click in my head."

“You get to choose which technique fits you. My right hand technique improved dramatically in about a month's time."

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Course Enrollment
Plans 

$99.00

Non-Tennessee

  • One Payment
     

  • Instant Access to 90+ lessons
     

  • 1 Year Enrollment
     

  • $99 Off Upgrade to The Method

$109.00

Tennessee (taxed)

  • One Payment
     

  • Instant Access to 90+ lessons
     

  • 1 Year Enrollment
     

  • $99 Off Upgrade to The Method

COURSE SYLLABUS

GETTING READY TO PLAY


A Message From Paul The Parts of the Pedal Steel Guitar For 6-String Guitarists Open Strings/Intervals The Open Strings - QUIZ Thinking In Intervals PDF Why Is My Guitar Tuned Like This? E9 Tuning - QUIZ How To Sit Behind The Guitar




TUNING UP


Tuning Your Guitar By Ear Tuning Your Knee Levers Tuning Your Guitar With A Tuner The Jeff Newman Tuning Charts PDF




THE PICKS AND THE BAR


Choices For Picking Techniques How To Wear Your Picks Choosing And Holding The Bar Bar Pressure Bar Exercises Vibrato Concepts




THE PEDALS AND LEVERS


Introduction To The Pedals The Intro To The Pedals - QUIZ TAB Basics - PDF Intro To Pedals TAB PDF More on Pedals and Levers The Volume Pedal Adding Expression With The Volume Pedal




INTRODUCTION TO CHORDS


Intro To The Four String Groups The Four String Groups - QUIZ Chord Names On The Fretboard Chord Names On The Fretboard -QUIZ Fretboard By The Numbers Timing: Working With A Metronome Practicing The String Groups The 1-4-5 Progression More On 1-4-5 Progressions Goodnight Ladies TAB PDF 1-4-5 Chords In Every Key PDF 1-4-5 Chord Progression - PRACTICE TRACKS




PICKING AND BLOCKING


Picking Exercises: The Arpeggio How To Practice H.O.T.R.S. TAB PDF Intro to Blocking The Strings Pick Blocking 3-Element Blocking: Tommy and Buddy Picking and Blocking Exercises




CHORDS: MAJOR AND MINOR


Using The Pedals To Make Chords The Pedals - QUIZ The Four String Groups - Major Chords Beginner Chord Etude TAB PDF Major Chord - PRACTICE TRACKS The Four String Groups - Minor Chords Minor Chords - QUIZ Minor Chord - PRACTICE TRACKS Pads & Power Chords Power Chord TAB PDF Chord Progressions Chord Progressions - PRACTICE TRACKS Major and Minor Chord Workouts - PRACTICE TRACKS Major Chord Workout Chart -PDF Minor Chord Workout Chart - PDF




DOMINANT 7th CHORDS


Open Position Dominant 7th Chords Pedals Down Dominant 7ths Dominant 7th Extensions Dominant 7th Workout - PRACTICE TRACK Dominant 7 Workout - PDF Playing The Blues Simple Blues Progression - PRACTICE TRACK Simple Blues - PDF




SCALES AND HARMONY


The Major Scale Basic Harmony PDF Adding Harmonies to the Major Scale The Harmonized Major Scale Harmonized Major Scale TAB PDF Major Scales and Triads PDF Putting It All Together Drones In Various Keys - DRONE TRACKS




STYLES AND LICKS


Western Swing and Blues Rock Western Swing and Blues Rock TAB PDF 5511 Ballad Intro 5511 Ballad Intro TAB PDF




WHAT'S NEXT?


No Longer A Beginner Thanks From Paul!




RESOURCES


Tips On Practice Routines Suggested Listening Basic Music Theory Thinking In Intervals - PDF Paul's TAB Symbols Explained Nashville Number System Links to Some Pedal Steel Resources Chord Formulas - PDF Cycle Of 4ths and 5ths - PDF Major Scales and Triads - PDF How To Read TAB How To Read TAB - PDF Blank TAB 10 String - PDF





FAQ

GETTING READY TO PLAY


A Message From Paul The Parts of the Pedal Steel Guitar For 6-String Guitarists Open Strings/Intervals The Open Strings - QUIZ Thinking In Intervals PDF Why Is My Guitar Tuned Like This? E9 Tuning - QUIZ How To Sit Behind The Guitar




TUNING UP


Tuning Your Guitar By Ear Tuning Your Knee Levers Tuning Your Guitar With A Tuner The Jeff Newman Tuning Charts PDF




THE PICKS AND THE BAR


Choices For Picking Techniques How To Wear Your Picks Choosing And Holding The Bar Bar Pressure Bar Exercises Vibrato Concepts




THE PEDALS AND LEVERS


Introduction To The Pedals The Intro To The Pedals - QUIZ TAB Basics - PDF Intro To Pedals TAB PDF More on Pedals and Levers The Volume Pedal Adding Expression With The Volume Pedal




INTRODUCTION TO CHORDS


Intro To The Four String Groups The Four String Groups - QUIZ Chord Names On The Fretboard Chord Names On The Fretboard -QUIZ Fretboard By The Numbers Timing: Working With A Metronome Practicing The String Groups The 1-4-5 Progression More On 1-4-5 Progressions Goodnight Ladies TAB PDF 1-4-5 Chords In Every Key PDF 1-4-5 Chord Progression - PRACTICE TRACKS




PICKING AND BLOCKING


Picking Exercises: The Arpeggio How To Practice H.O.T.R.S. TAB PDF Intro to Blocking The Strings Pick Blocking 3-Element Blocking: Tommy and Buddy Picking and Blocking Exercises




CHORDS: MAJOR AND MINOR


Using The Pedals To Make Chords The Pedals - QUIZ The Four String Groups - Major Chords Beginner Chord Etude TAB PDF Major Chord - PRACTICE TRACKS The Four String Groups - Minor Chords Minor Chords - QUIZ Minor Chord - PRACTICE TRACKS Pads & Power Chords Power Chord TAB PDF Chord Progressions Chord Progressions - PRACTICE TRACKS Major and Minor Chord Workouts - PRACTICE TRACKS Major Chord Workout Chart -PDF Minor Chord Workout Chart - PDF




DOMINANT 7th CHORDS


Open Position Dominant 7th Chords Pedals Down Dominant 7ths Dominant 7th Extensions Dominant 7th Workout - PRACTICE TRACK Dominant 7 Workout - PDF Playing The Blues Simple Blues Progression - PRACTICE TRACK Simple Blues - PDF




SCALES AND HARMONY


The Major Scale Basic Harmony PDF Adding Harmonies to the Major Scale The Harmonized Major Scale Harmonized Major Scale TAB PDF Major Scales and Triads PDF Putting It All Together Drones In Various Keys - DRONE TRACKS




STYLES AND LICKS


Western Swing and Blues Rock Western Swing and Blues Rock TAB PDF 5511 Ballad Intro 5511 Ballad Intro TAB PDF




WHAT'S NEXT?


No Longer A Beginner Thanks From Paul!




RESOURCES


Tips On Practice Routines Suggested Listening Basic Music Theory Thinking In Intervals - PDF Paul's TAB Symbols Explained Nashville Number System Links to Some Pedal Steel Resources Chord Formulas - PDF Cycle Of 4ths and 5ths - PDF Major Scales and Triads - PDF How To Read TAB How To Read TAB - PDF Blank TAB 10 String - PDF





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.

You Can Also Enroll As A Free Preview Student

Several complete course lessons can be accessed for free!