E9 PEDAL STEEL TOOLBOX
WITH PAUL FRANKLIN
Backing a Singer, Licks, Phrases, and Solos
Now that you've learned the basics, what's next?
The next step in your pedal steel journey is to APPLY all your skills by putting them to use making music.
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About This Course
West Coast Style: Above and BeyondFREE PREVIEW
West Coast 1511
Weldon Myrick Shuffle 1511
5511 Ballad Advanced
5511 Traditional Country
5 to 1 Resolution
West Coast Country
1 To 1dom7
Walk Down to the 1 Chord
5 to 1 Ballad
Pentatonic - 70's Country Style
60’s Country: 5-1 Walk-Down
Western Swing Style
Beautiful Ballad Phrase: 1 – 1dom7
1 to 4 with C6 Sounds
My Baby Thinks He's A Train
Rock Guitar Licks
Bluegrass Ending LicksFREE PREVIEW
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Together Again Solo
Intro to the Permutations
Forward Bar Slants
Backward Bar Slants
Know Your Intervals: Ear Training
Practice Towards Originality
Introduction To Backing A SingerFREE PREVIEW
Pads: Applying The Harmonized Scale
Fills: Playing in The Gaps
Counterpoint and Connecting Phrases
Playing to the Lyric
Foundational Fills: Intro
Foundational Fills #1
Foundational Fills #2
Foundational Fills #3
Foundational Fills #4
Foundational Fills #5
Foundational Fills #6
Foundational Fills #7
Foundational Fills #8
Foundational Fills #9
Foundational Fills #10
Fills: Expanding Your Toolbox
Setting the Amp for Tone
Paul's Effects Settings
Bill B - " I have never had an instructor like Paul. He tells, explains, demonstrates, and inspires. No teacher I have ever had in any subject has done that."
Paul C - "Having struggled . . . to gain what knowledge of this amazing instrument that I have, and worked hard to do it, I only wish I had had this when I started out.
I've seen most all of the instruction materials that have come over my playing life. This is by far the absolute best and as long as Paul desires to continue sharing his knowledge I'll be there to take lessons from him. "
Joseph N - " It's like having Tiger Woods help you with your golf game. I can't think of any other profession or hobby or avocation where regular folks have this kind of access to the best on the planet.
When I explain this to my friends they are dumbfounded."
Using lessons selected from his The Method course, Toolbox is designed to give intermediate players a jumpstart into real-world, practical applications using the basic techniques taught in courses like Foundations: E9 Pedal Steel Basics, or learned elsewhere.
Applications teaches you licks, phrases, and solos and has an in-depth study on how to back a singer.
Applications: E9 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, TABs and practice backing tracks.
The course videos are available to stream online 24/7, and can be paused, fast-forwarded, slowed down.
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 students and teacher can interact.
Foundations: E9 Pedal Steel Guitar Basics, using lessons selected from The Method, covers the necessary skills you'll need to play music on the E9 tuning.
You can refer to each Course's syllabus on there own landing page to see the difference in Lessons taught.
NOTE: Optional private Facebook Group access is only available when enrolled in The Paul Franklin Method
The Applications course is one single payment of $99. For that you get a 12-month long enrollment, 24/7 access to the lessons.
All Paul Franklin courses are available online 24/7 on any device with an internet connection. 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 that earlier methods and in-person appearances cannot rival.
Paul draws on his five decades of live and studio playing with a who's-who of musical titans, from Country titans 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 '90=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.
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 fairly current as how browsers display items changes over time. For example, in the Mac world, you may need iOS 11.x or higher.
You can watch the videos as often as you’d like throughout your enrollment.
We have over a thousand students and no reports of bandwidth 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.
Paul teaches using the standard pedal setups as used by Buddy Emmons, Jimmy Day, Lloyd Green, Rusty Young, Tom Brumley, etc. Pedal placement is your personal preference, so Paul refers to them as “A”, “B” or “C” pedals. Wherever you have those changes on your guitar is your call.
On the E9 tuning, you should have the two basic knee levers that raise and lower the 4th and 8th strings a half-tone (E to F and E to Eb)
The Foundations videos are not available for download. However other items like PDFs and MP3s are. Your enrollment allows you access to view the videos online 24/7 for 12 months.
About Paul Franklin
Paul Franklin began playing steel guitar at age 8. Taking lessons from a Hawaiian guitar master, he quickly progressed and when pedal steel guitars came about, he got one immediately.
Paul was already gigging in local clubs at 11, and a member of the Musician’s Union. Soon calls came to the house asking for a pedal steel player for sessions in the thriving local music scene.
Not only were Pop, Motown and Jazz popular, but the “Hillbilly Highway” of Southerners heading North to build cars fueled a burgeoning Country music scene.
Paul got his first taste of national success as a teenager on Gallery’s “It’s So Nice To Be With You”, a #1 hit single. He also guested on Parliament’s “Country Boy” track and worked with Motown producer Dennis Coffey (of instrumental hit “Scorpio” fame).
The pedal steel was being embraced by Country music, and Nashville was the place for this young prodigy to be, so he headed to Tennessee as a senior in high school to join Barbara Mandrell’s band at the invitation of her father, Irby. He also toured with Dottie West, Lynn Anderson, and Donna Fargo.
Session steeler Pete Drake hired Paul to play on jingles and a few recordings. Franklin joined Jerry Reed’s band and recorded solo albums of original pedal steel instrumentals and Jazz standards. A long stint with Mel Tillis’ Statesiders playing classic country and honky-tonk with an excellent road band was next.
After leaving Tillis, his studio career took off and he was featured in many of the albums of the 1980’s-2000s. In 1991 he took a call from Mark Knopfler that led to playing on The Notting Hillbillies album and eventually with Dire Straits, touring the world and recording On Every Street with them.
In recent years, besides his busy studio schedule, Franklin is a member of Vince Gill’s touring band (and recorded the CMA- nominated "Bakersfield" album as a duo with Vince) and holds down the pedal steel seat with the Time Jumpers who showcase Western Swing and classic Country every Monday night at a local Nashville club.