Pedal steelers Tommy White and Paul Franklin sit down and trade licks, talk-teaching over some of the most popular and frequently-encountered chord progressions.


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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.

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Jerry Douglas

Called “The Dobro’s matchless contemporary master” by The New York Times, three-time CMA Musician of the Year award recipient Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music.

Jerry shines and soars as a solo artist, band leader for The Jerry Douglas Band and his GRAMMY winning bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, as well as a member of ground-breaking ensembles including Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek, and Strength In Numbers.

In addition to performing and recording with a who’s-who of popular music, Douglas is also an accomplished teacher, with an engaging blend of humor and to-the-point practicality that demystifies the instrument. His many years of playing and learning have further enhanced his innate ability to break down complex techniques and approaches into easily-learned lessons.

"I want to put out courses that offer some easily understood starting places for the beginner reso player, and courses that give more advanced players (and even fans of the instrument) some insight into how reso guitars are constructed, played — and how I approach making music on them." - Jerry

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Bruce Bouton

In 1978, Bruce Bouton moved from Vienna VA to Nashville with the dream of being a professional musician.

In the forty some years since then, his lap and steel guitar playing have been heard on the hit records of Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Brooks and Dunn, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Lonestar, Pam Tillis, and Lady A, among many others.

As a songwriter he has had songs recorded by artists including T. Graham Brown, Garth Brooks, George Straight, Glen Campbell and George Jones.

Bruce has toured with Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Foster and Lloyd, and Reba McEntire.

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Tommy White

Tommy White is a pedal steel child prodigy that just kept getting better.

Early gigs with Donna Fargo and The Whites led to coveted TV spots and staff band positions.

Currently holding down the pedal steel position in the Grand Ole Opry house band, Tommy divides his time with that gig and session work, with recent projects being Alison Krauss and TV appearances with Pop icon Lady GaGa.

Known for his beautiful tone, touch and vast knowledge of musical styles, honed from years learning the top songs played by visiting artist on the Opry stage, Tommy's course ( in collaboration with Paul Franklin ) showcases his technique choices and his innovative TW Split pedal configuration.

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