ROCKIN' LAP STEEL

WITH BRUCE BOUTON

" Turn up the gain, grab your bars,
and let's get this place rockin'! "



" It was Bruce Bouton who single-handedly brought the Lap Steel to prominence in the Nashville studio scene.

Straight steels or lap guitars were always assumed to be stylistically limited. A lap steel was the guitar known for playing the sound of Hank Williams Sr. and Eddy Arnold recordings.

Bruce changed all of that, playing it aggressively, rocking out.

With his signature tone on a few hits, lap steels became a mainstay in our road cases. Bruce made the lap steel a part of every steeler's arsenal.

Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn Bruce's approach to lap steel! " - Paul Franklin



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Learn to master the exciting and expressive sound of the
Lap Steel guitar!


From the legendary Hawaiian virtuoso Sol Hoopi' in the '20s to Larkin Poe 100 years later, the versatile sound of the lap steel adds a great flavor to any style of music, from Gospel to Blues to Rock.

Rockin' Lap Steel will get you quickly playing tons of ideas and phrases that will work in any genre.


Learn Lap Steel Guitar!

  • RESO PLAYERS

  • STEEL PLAYERS

  • GUITARISTS

Reso Players



Bruce teaches the G-B-D-G-B-D Dobro tuning and Open D.

Learn the phrases and techniques to get great Rock and Blues sounds that will transfer to the Reso, too!


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Steel Players



Looking for a way to get more Rock and Americana gigs, or cover the slide guitar parts in classic Rock and Blues songs?

Adding some lap steel chops to your steel guitar skills can make the difference.


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Guitarists



Already play guitar?

Add a new dimension to your bag of tricks with the portable and expressive lap steel.

You already have three of the six strings of the Dobro tuning on your standard guitar. . . you're half-way there!


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Watch. Listen. Learn.

Something for everyone.
Using simple Blues and Rock phrases, Bruce gets you started out playing lap steel with great tone and easy to learn licks.
Regardless of skill level.

Essential right and left hand techniques and lots of cool licks to get you onstage quickly!
Multi-Camera Video Lessons
You can see and hear it all, slow it down and study it at your own pace.

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  • OVER 2 HOURS OF VIDEO INSTRUCTION

  • MINIMAL THEORY REQUIRED

  • LICKS AND TECHNIQUES

  • GETTING GREAT ROCK SOUNDS

  • TABS, DRONES, AND PRACTICE TRACKS

  • SUPPLEMENTAL PDFs ON THEORY, NASHVILLE NUMBER SYSTEM . . . AND MORE!

About 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 pedal 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 Antebellum, among many others.

As a songwriter he has had songs recorded by artists including T Graham Brown, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Glen Campbell and George Jones. Bruce has toured with Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Mel Tillis, Foster and Lloyd, and Reba McEntire.

You can see more of Bruce’s music credits on allmusic.com and discogs.com.


Here's a Clip From the Solos Section of the Course



The Full Course Curriculum

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  • 1

    GETTING STARTED

  • 2

    GEAR

  • 3

    RIGHT HAND TECHNIQUE

    • Strum

    • Rolls

    • Muting

  • 4

    LEFT HAND TECHNIQUE

    • Common Tones (Unisons)

    • Hammer Ons and Pull Offs

    • Perfect 5ths

    • Double Stops

    • Vibrato

  • 5

    SOLOS

    • 12 Bar Blues Lesson

    • 12 Bar Blues Solos

    • Boot Scootin' Boogie

    • Little Wing

  • 6

    LICKS

  • 7

    ANOTHER TUNING

    • The D Tuning

  • 8

    RESOURCES

    • Influences

    • Chord Formulas

    • The Nashville Number System

    • The Lap Steel Fretboard

    • Major Scales and Triads

    • Cycle Of 4ths and 5ths

    • Drones In Various Keys

    • Practice Tracks

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Course FAQ

  • WHAT IS THE ROCKIN’ LAP STEEL COURSE ALL ABOUT?

    The course is designed to give beginner and intermediate players a start-from-scratch method to learn how to play the Lap Steel guitar in a Rock and Blues style. All of the basics you need to play Rockin’ Lap Steel are here.

    Bruce shows you the essential skills, techniques and musicianship needed to get a great Rock sound on your GBDGBD-tuned Lap Steel as well as some examples in Open D tuning.

  • CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COURSE FORMAT?

    Rockin’ Lap Steel is a streaming video course hosted by Modern Music Masters. Your enrollment includes unlimited access with no expiration date.

    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.

    You’ll have all the necessary close-up shots of Bruce's bar hand and pick hand, perspectives you simply could not get all at once at a private lesson.

    The Course is comprised of video content, downloadable PDFs, TABs and practice backing tracks. The course videos are available to stream online 24/7 and the online streaming format allows the flexibility for any lesson to be updated in the future.

  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

    The Rockin’ Lap Steel course is one single payment of $149.

    For that you get unlimited access to all of the Course materials 24/7/365 anywhere you have an internet connection.

    This course has no expire date.

  • IS THIS COURSE JUST FOR BEGINNERS?

    Rockin’ Lap Steel is great for beginners just starting out on Lap Steel, but players at all levels can benefit from the materials presented.

    Reso players will be able to readily adapt the material, as Bruce uses the “Dobro” tuning, GBDGBD...and some Open D.

  • HOW DO I ACCESS THE LESSONS?

    You create an account with Modern Music Masters and are then given access to the Course via your account’s email and password settings.

    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 can watch the videos with no limitation as often as you’d like throughout your enrollment.