About the Course

  • Learn Pedal Steel Guitar from a Pro

    Pedal Steel Guitar Hall-of-Famer Paul Franklin shares his 50 years of playing and teaching experience with you.

  • Lessons from Beginner to Mastery

    Paul takes you from beginner to advanced . . . all the way to Mastery. There are lessons for whatever stage you are at.

  • Covers Multiple Styles of Music

    Paul’s Method is applicable to Modern Country, Classic Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Pop — all forms of music.

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Something for everyone.
Regardless of skill level.
Multi-Camera Video Lessons
TABs and Document PDFs
Audio Backing Tracks

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    Paul de-mystifies the pedal steel by breaking down concepts into easily learned lessons and gets you playing the right way, right away. No bad habits, nothing to unlearn!


    Check out Paul’s advanced lessons on chords, theory and improvisation. Learn the essential exercises and techniques he uses in his practice routine.


    If you’ve been playing a while and are stuck in a rut, let Paul guide you past the plateaus and help you break through to the next level.


    All you need is internet access and a computer or mobile device and you can start learning – at home or on the go.


    With great camera angles, TABs and step-by-step instruction, it’s like having Paul sit across from you in a one-on-one lesson.


    Paul covers the techniques and gear he uses and can help you dial up great tone no matter what amps/gear you are using.


    Paul breaks down some of his classic recorded parts and shows you alternate versions…and how to create your own!


    Let us know what you’d like Paul to cover, whether it’s new content or a more in-depth look at an existing lesson, and we’ll add it to the list of future videos.

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 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

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  • "I have been a member of the PFM for several months now and it has been a transformational experience for my approach to the PSG . . . In my experience it is vanishingly uncommon for an artist of Paul’s level of accomplishment to have the interest, generosity, and work ethic required to create a course of this depth, breadth, and quality."

  • " 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."

  • "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, & as long as Paul desires to continue sharing his knowledge I'll be there to take lessons from him. "

  • " 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."

  • "I can’t believe what a better overall musician I have become due to this course. I am finally 'getting' it"

  • "I cannot imagine a better way to learn or a better teacher than Paul. Several months in I’ve learned more than I thought I could and have a path for continued improvement. Money well spent for anyone willing to do the work whether they’ve been playing for 20 years or 20 minutes."

  • "As a second generation steel guitarist I believe this is the most important thing to happen to the future of the instrument. 25 years ago I did 10 instructional videos for steel, so know the amount of work it takes to do this.Congratulations on a masterful job, Paul!"

  • " One of the highlights of my year was discovering the PFM and joining this great community. My playing has improved more than I could have hoped, and my enjoyment of playing has increased commensurately. Too often over the years, trying to improve my playing has felt like a heavy and often-frustrating lift. Your teaching (and inspirational attitude) has made a world of difference for me.

Complete Lesson List!

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  1. 1

  2. 2
    • How To Join The Facebook Group

    • STUDENTS: Check here for the LATEST NEWS

  3. 3
    • How to Navigate The Course Player - SLIDES

    • How to Navigate New Player - PDF

  4. 4
    • The Parts of the Pedal Steel Guitar

    • Tuning Your Guitar - By Ear

    • Tuning Levers With Pedals

    • Other Ways of Tuning the E9th

    • Changing Your Strings

    • For 6-String Guitarists

    • Open Strings and Intervals

    • The Four String Groups

    • Chord Names on the Fretboard

    • The Open Strings - QUIZ

    • Fretboard By The Numbers

    • Nashville Number System - PDF

    • The E9 Tuning In Intervals

    • Why Is My Guitar Tuned Like This? - TEXT

    • Fretboard and Pedals (A&B)

    • Thinking In Intervals - PDF

    • E9 Tuning - QUIZ

    • The Four String Groups - QUIZ

    • Chord Names On The Fretboard -QUIZ

    • How to Sit Behind the Guitar

    • How to Read TAB


  5. 5
    • History Behind The E9th Floor Pedals

    • Basic E9th Pedals & Knee Levers

    • The Pedals - QUIZ

    • Pedals and Chords - QUIZ

    • Rocking The Pedals

    • Knee Lever Placement

    • Volume Pedal Basics

    • Using the Volume Pedal for Expression

    • The Emotional Sound of the Pedals

    • PF4 And Pedal Placement

  6. 6
    • Choices For Picking Techniques

    • The Picks – Why The Choice Matters

    • Mastering The Bar (Tuning And Tone)

    • Bar Pressure

  7. 7
    • The Arpeggio

    • House of the Rising Sun TAB PDF

    • Blocking

    • Pick Blocking

    • Blocking the "Picked Rake"

    • Creative Speed Picking: Permutations

    • Scale Permutations TAB - PDF

    • Applying Permutations TAB - PDF

    • Chimes

    • Chimes Exercise

    • Viewing Paul’s Right Hand Technique

    • 3 Element Blocking: Buddy Emmons

    • 3-Element Blocking: Tommy and Buddy

    • Building Speed

    • Building Speed Pt 2

  8. 8
    • Bar Precision: Playing In Tune

    • Bar Exercises

    • Controlling The Bar

    • Forward Bar Slants

    • Backward Bar Slants

    • Bar Slant Exercises

    • Viewing Paul’s Bar Technique

    • Vibrato Concepts

    • A Deeper Look Into Vibrato Techniques

    • Hammer On Exercise

    • Exercise for Bar and Pedal Coordination

  9. 9
    • The Four String Groups (Major)

    • Major Chord Piano & Click - Practice Tracks

    • The Four String Groups (Minor)

    • Minor Chords - QUIZ

    • Minor Chord Piano & Click - Practice Tracks

    • 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 - Piano & Click Practice Tracks

    • 1-4-5 Chords In Every Key - PDF

    • Major Chord Workout

    • Minor Chord Workout

    • Chord Progression Workout

    • Chord Progressions

    • Must-Know Chord Positions

    • Basic Music Theory - PDF

  10. 10
    • Pads and Power Chords

    • Dominant 7th Chords

    • Sliding Into 7ths With Pedals

    • More Positions For 7ths, 9ths & 13ths

    • Dominant 7th Workout - Practice Track

    • Dominant 7 Workout - PDF

    • The Major 6th

    • The ‘add9’ & ‘add2’ Chords

    • Using the Flat 5

    • Diminished Chords

    • Augmented Chords: Basic Positions

    • Using An Augmented Chord

    • Augmented Chord Progressions

    • Augmented Chord Progressions TAB - PDF

    • Playing The Blues

  11. 11
    • Major Scale Key Of C

    • Basic Harmony - PDF

    • Major Scale Harmonies

    • Harmonizing the Major Scale In 3rds

    • Applying the Harmonized Major Scale Pt 1

    • Applying the Harmonized Major Scale Pt 2

    • Two-Note Major Scale Harmonies

    • Thinking Simply: Major Chords

    • Thinking Simply: Minor Chords

    • E9 Minor Approach - Pt 1

    • E9 Minor Approach - Pt 2

    • E9 Minor Approach - Pts 3 & 4

    • Relative Major Licks Over Em

    • Modern Chord Voicings

    • Putting It All Together

    • Next Level Diatonics

    • Approach Chords For Diatonics

    • Major Chord Modulations

  12. 12
    • Extending Fretboard Knowledge

    • Expanding The E9 Neck

    • E9 Chord Substitutions

    • Modern E9th Chords: Diatonics & Intervals

    • Chromatic Scale Positions - E9

    • Color Chords Using Intervals

  13. 13
    • The Modes: Part 1

    • The Modes: Part 2

    • Diatonic Harmony: Danny Boy

    • Thoughts On Chords - TEXT & PDF

  14. 14
    • Setting the Amp for Tone

    • Using Compensators

    • Copedent Advice

    • Kemper Steel Amp Profiles

    • Paul's Effects Settings

  15. 15
    • Facebook Group

    • Learning

    • Filling In The Gaps

    • Nashville Session Players

    • Why A Metronome?

    • Strategies: Morphing

  16. 16
    • How To Practice

    • How To Practice Without A Guitar

    • What If?

    • The Importance of Memorization

    • Being Analytical

    • Buddy Emmons and "Absolutes"

    • Influences

    • Building Speed Towards Originality

    • Learning By Listening - E9 & C6

  17. 17
    • Keeping An Open Mind

    • No Longer A Beginner

    • How To Make Everything Your Own

    • Focus

    • Destinations

    • Combining Knowledge

  18. 18
    • West Coast Style: Above and Beyond

    • West Coast 1511

    • Weldon Myrick Shuffle 1511

    • Advanced 1511

    • Additional Bakersfield - BACKING TRACKS

    • Farewell Party

    • 5511 Ballad

    • 5511 Ballad Advanced

    • 5511 Traditional Country

    • Additional 5511 Ballad - BACKING TRACKS

    • 5 to 1 Resolution

    • Banjo Roll

    • West Coast Country

    • 1 To 1dom7

    • Bakersfield Hammer-On

    • Pull-offs

    • The Rake

    • Chordal Pull-Offs

    • Walk Down to the 1 Chord

    • 5 to 1 Ballad

    • Pentatonic - 70's Country Style

    • 60’s Country: 5-1 Walk-Down

    • Memphis Groove

    • Western Swing Style

    • Beautiful Ballad Phrase: 1 – 1dom7

    • Rock Style

    • Speed Exercise

    • Thinks He's A Train TAB - PDF

    • My Baby Thinks He's A Train

    • C6 Sounds 1 to 4 TAB - PDF

    • 1 to 4 with C6 Sounds

    • Chromatic Fill Licks

    • Chromatics on E9

    • Hammer-On Licks

    • Bluegrass Ending Licks

    • Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

    • PF4 Licks (4)

  19. 19
    • 1) - Modern Walk Down

    • Vocabulary Study Guide

    • 2) - 60's Nashville Country Walk Up

    • 3) - Funky B&C

    • 4) - Four-chord Ending Lick

    • 5) - PF Lick

    • 6) - Chicken Pickin' In F

    • 7) - Bakersfield Whammy

    • 8) - 4 to 1 Melodic Lick

    • 9) - Chord Cluster Ending/Fill

    • 10) - Hot Wired

  20. 20
    • 11) - Diatonic Cascade

    • 12) - PF's Easy Speed Lick - 5dom7

    • 13) - Resolution Licks

    • 14) - Descending 4 to 1: Modern Harmony

    • 15) - Fast Banjo-style Lick

    • 16) - Minor Key Chord Lick

    • 17) - Aggressive Dom7th Chord Walk

    • 18) - 70's Speed Sliding in G

    • 19) - Up The Scale

    • 20) - Open String Lick

  21. 21
    • 21) - Walk Of Life: 1 to 4

    • 22) - Bakersfield, Indiana

    • 23) - Wide-Grip Lick

    • 24) - Walk Down Lick in G

    • 25) - The Infamous Rake

    • 26) - Minor Walk-down Licks

    • 27) - Blues Rock Rake

    • 28) - 90's Country Voicings

    • 29) - Jazz Up the E9th

    • 30) - G7th Chromatic: Combining 2 Licks

  22. 22
    • 31) - Nervous Breakdown

    • 32) - Loose Changes

    • 33) - Jeff Beck Whammy Lick

    • 34) 1 - 3dom7 - 6m Move

    • 35) - Ascending Train Beat

    • 36) - 90's Country Hats

    • 37) - Pickups

    • 38) - Uptempo Intro

    • 39) - Lap Steel Vibe

    • 40) - Hook Lick

  23. 23
    • 41) - Time Jumpin' Ballad Lick

    • 42) - Unison Rake

    • 43) - Easy to Play Fast Lick

    • 44) - Blues Rock Ideas

    • 45) - Get Your Mind Right

    • 46) - Liquid Lick

    • 47)- Downward Sliding Cascade

    • 48) - Bottleneck Lick

    • 49) - Minor Chord Rake Lick

    • 50) - 2-String Ballad Walk

  24. 24
    • Introduction To Backing A Singer

    • Pads: Applying The Harmonized Scale

    • Fills: Playing in The Gaps

    • Counterpoint and Connecting Phrases

    • Playing to the Lyric

    • Fills: Expanding Your Toolbox

    • Shenandoah: A Complete Breakdown of A Recording Session

    • Some Further Comments

  25. 25
    • Together Again

    • All My Exes

    • The Bottle Let Me Down

    • Don't You Ever Get Tired?

    • When I Call Your Name

  26. 26
    • Approach Notes

    • Applying Approach Notes

    • Pivoting / Pedal Tones

    • Counterpoint

    • Connecting: The Volume Pedal

    • Connecting: Pedal Squeezes

    • Connecting: Vibrato & Slides

    • Technique Options: Drum Rudiments

    • Technique Options: Piano Licks

    • Technique Options: Hal Rugg Licks

    • Knowing Intervals in Any Tuning - TEXT

    • Permutations As Shapes: Pt 1

    • Permutations As Shapes: Pt 2

    • Open String Licks

    • Pulling Tone

    • Creative Arrangements

    • Applying Intervals - Pt 1

    • Applying Intervals - Pt 2

    • C6 Sounds on the E9: Turnarounds

    • Translating C6 Sounds to E9

    • Putting Improv Concepts Together

    • How to Build New Licks

    • Buddy's "Donna Lee" Chromatics

    • Jazz Blues on E9

    • Steel Drum & Marimba Muting Effect

    • E9: Mapping The Fretboard

    • Jamming Using PFM Concepts E9 & C6

    • Targeted Muting

    • Bringing Out The Upper Voice

    • Modernize Your Fills

    • Intervallic Playing: Adding Approach Notes

    • Intervals Over Chords

  27. 27
    • Introduction To Phrasing

    • Phrasing Part 1

    • Phrasing Part 2

    • Chord Structure for a Modern Groove

    • Swinging Over a Modern Groove

    • Grooves & Feels With Billy Thomas

    • Train Beat Groove

    • Cajun/Zydeco Groove

    • Half Time Feels

    • Buck & Ray Shuffles

    • Ballads

    • 3/4 Time

    • Blending Styles

    • Bo Diddley/Clave Grooves

    • Flat Tire Shuffle

    • 90's Shuffle

    • Boogaloo

    • Waylon Groove

    • Billy's Pocket & Conclusion

  28. 28
    • Sounds and Techniques

    • Crafting a Rock Solo

    • Joe Walsh Style

    • Americana Music

    • Ambient Pedal Steel

  29. 29
    • The C6 Neck: Overview

    • C6: Tuning The Open Strings

    • C6 Open Tuning - QUIZ

    • C6: Fretboard Explained

    • C6: Open Strings Explained

    • Chords in Open Tuning - QUIZ

    • C6 Essentials Etude #1 - PDF

    • Differences Between E9 and C6

    • E9 to C6: The Difference (for Toolbox Students)

    • Thoughts on the Tuning & Buddy's Setup

    • C6: Buddy Emmons Pedal Setup

    • C6: Tuning the Emmons Pedal Setup

    • C6: Paul's Pedal Setup

    • C6: Chord Pockets (Maj & Min)

    • C6: Single Note Pockets - Pt 1

    • C6: Single Note Pockets Pt 2

    • C6: PFM Blues Pt 1

    • C6: PFM Blues Pt 2

    • PFM Blues Backing Tracks - MP3s

    • C6: Blues With Extensions Pt 1

    • C6: Blues With Extensions Pt 2

  30. 30
    • C6: 2-5-1 Progression

    • C6: Harmonized Scale in 3rds and 4ths

    • C6: Turnaround Progression 3m 6 2m 5

    • E9 Sounds on C6

    • Translate C6th to Lap Steel

    • C6 Thinking Simply - Majors & Minors

    • C6: Big Band Turnaround Changes

    • All My Exes

    • Lenny's Lesson

    • C6 Finger-Style Creative Concepts

    • C6 Triads Over Bass Notes

    • C6: Applying Intervals to Build Chords

    • How to Access Minor Chords

    • Exploring C6 Common Tones

    • C6: Alt Dom7 Chords: The #5 Interval

    • C6 Altered Dom7: The #9 Interval

    • C6 Moving From 1 to 4: Diminished to Min7

    • Moving From 1 to 4: Sus Chords

    • C6 Moving From 4 to 5: #9 Sounds

    • C6 Moving From 4 to 5: Counterpoint

    • C6 Using 2-5 to the 4 Chord Pt 1

    • C6 Using 2-5 to the 4 Chord Pt 2

    • Moving From 4 to 5: 13th Interval

    • Moving From 4 to 5: Maj9 & Diminished

    • Moving 4 to 5: Strategies

    • Moving From 4 to 1: Diminished Sounds

  31. 31
    • C6: 2-5-1 Eb and Bb

    • C6: Pedal Change

    • C6: Intervallic Improv VS Scales

    • Soloing Advice - Pt 1

    • C6 Giant Steps Pt 1

    • C6 Giant Steps Pt 2

    • C6 Giant Steps Pt 3

    • C6 Giant Steps Progression and TRACKS

    • Intervalic Improv - Resolving 7ths Into Minors

    • C6 Intervallic Improv: Resolving Chords

    • C6 Jazz & Swing Chromatic Pockets

    • C6: Jazz Blues

    • Lick 1: Bluesy Pull-Off

    • Lick 2: Blues Roll

    • Lick 3: Jazzy Blues

    • Lick 4: Funky Horn Section

    • C6: Minor Chords Using Permutations

  32. 32
    • How To Create A Facebook Account

    • Improvisation

    • Applying The Basics

    • Bluegrass Backup and Soloing

    • Right or Wrong

    • Interval Memorization Application

    • E9 Blues

    • Difficult Is Good

    • Applying Your Interval Knowledge

    • Chord Tones and Extensions

  33. 33
    • How to Maximize the Paul Franklin Method - PDF

    • Lesson Notes Template

    • PFM Course Outline & TOC

    • Paul's Copedent 2020

    • TAB Basics - PDF

    • Basic Harmony - PDF

    • Basic Music Theory - PDF

    • Chord Formulas - PDF

    • Major Scales and Triads - PDF

    • Cycle Of 4ths and 5ths - PDF

    • Browser Settings for PDF files

    • Thoughts On Chords - TEXT & PDF

    • Suggested Listening - LINKS

    • Some Pedal Steel Resources - LINKS

    • Background Drones In Various Keys - DRONES

    • Drumbeat Practice Tracks - Shuffle and Ballad - DRUMBEATS

    • II-V-I Practice Tracks In All Keys

    • Blank Tab Sheet - PDF

    • Paul's Christmas Collection

    • All Our Courses

  34. 34
    • Lloyd Green Part 1

    • Lloyd Green Part 2

    • Lloyd Green Part 3

    • Lloyd Green Part 4

    • Lloyd Green Part 5

    • Lloyd Green Part 6

    • Lloyd Green Part 7

    • Tommy White Part 1 of 2

    • Tommy White Part 2 of 2

    • Dann Huff Part 1

    • Dann Huff Part 2

  35. 35
    • Tuning

    • Chimes and Picks

    • Buddy Emmons

    • Tilting the Pedal Steel

    • Bar Issues

    • Jerry Reed

    • Chorus Effect

    • Vibrato Skills

    • Change The Learning Mindset

More Testimonials

" I'm constantly amazed at the bits of the lessons I get carried away by, often far from the "point" of the lesson -- or are they? Maybe a subtlety of timing, maybe how the note sounds when a pedal goes down, maybe just a group of strings I never thought of for a chord. Every lesson is like a master class for me! "

"Great stuff for players of any level. To have this kind of access to the way Paul thinks about stuff is priceless."

"The learning platform is so well done, with any effort on the students part they greatly improve their skills. I love playing out now and working on the new things I've learned."

"This is an in-depth, thought-provoking study of pedal steel techniques which will enhance anyone's ability, no matter what level you think you're on regarding the instrument."

"The content in these lessons will shorten your learning curve dramatically. It would have saved me years if I had had access to this material when I was learning to play. It's a great refresher course on some of the more basic topics, and the pro level material is second to none."

"The private Facebook Group page is an extremely valuable add-on to the course enrollment, as you have the opportunity to interact directly with Paul (and others), posting questions about the course material, getting direct responses, hearing how others are handling it, etc. It really supercharges your enrollment in the course."

"There are a lot of great players out there, but just because you can execute flawlessly and understand what you are playing doesn’t mean you can teach it well or provide meaningful instruction. Paul eclipses both of those AND comes across like the kind of genuine guy I’d like to have a beer with."

"The Paul Franklin Method is the most comprehensive study in and of pedal steel that has ever been available. It is literally an online university. To be able to study Paul’s mastery in such a frank and detailed way is amazing. Paul provides the gateway and insight to so much information in playing and about the instruments capabilities, whether a new player or professional. I only wish I’d had this available to me so many years ago."

"I’m about 6% into the lessons and already got my money’s worth. Not only am I understanding the instrument better, but I’m seeing things much differently and haven’t been this inspired to play in a few years. I run the lessons through a laptop onto a 32”HD monitor so it really is like he’s sitting there two feet in front of me."

Since I started the course January 1st I hear a difference in my playing, both in sessions and on stage, which is really pleasing. Bottom line, the course has helped me make noticeable improvements.

I get excited about playing and practicing (the right stuff) every day…that is LARGE. If that’s not enough, the access to Paul’s advice on the Facebook Group page is going way above & beyond the call of duty IMO, more so than any course I am aware of."

"All I can say is this course is fantastic! Even though I have been playing for decades (self-taught), I learned so much new stuff from the first beginning lessons! Thank you Mr. Franklin and Modern Music Masters for doing this – it is unprecedented in the music business, the notion of getting lessons from one of our acknowledged current masters!"

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Course FAQ

  • What is The Paul Franklin Method?

    The Paul Franklin Method is a streaming video course brought to you by Modern Music Masters.

    Your enrollment covers the price of the Course and includes 12 months of access. Launched in Jan of 2018, the course library now contains hundreds of wide-ranging video lessons and Paul continues to add to them on a regular basis.

    The idea is to create an virtual classroom environment. Instead of booking a flight to Nashville, paying for a hotel room, food and transportation to take an hour or two lesson from Paul whenever his schedule might allow it, you can do it 24/7 from your home on any device that can stream online video.

    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 Paul’s bar hand, pick hand and the pedals and levers, perspectives you simply could not get all at once at a private lesson.

    This complete approach to teaching is what Paul means when he calls the Method a “living, breathing course”. Online streaming allows Paul to truly create a Method, not just an hour of hot licks or techniques – though of course hot licks, solos and intros are included in the Method!

    The pedal steel has never had a complete video method dedicated to it, and we are aiming to set the standard of quality and completeness. You should be able to start from scratch and come out playing at a high level. Paul has committed to keep teaching as long as students are willing to learn.

  • How is this different from Foundations: E9 PSB?

    Foundations: E9PSGB is Paul's starter course for pedal steel guitar. All of the material in F:E9SGB is contained in TPFM. TPFM continues on from the basics and goes deeper into all aspects of the PSG.

  • What do I get when I enroll?

    The Paul Franklin Method is a streaming online video course. Your initial enrollment includes well over 200 videos and 12 months of viewing access. You can view all of the videos and content 24/7 when connected to the internet.

  • How is this course different than other pedal steel courses I see online?

    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.

  • What devices can I watch the videos on?

    The Paul Franklin Method can be viewed on desktop computers and mobile devices – phones, tablets, laptops – as long as you have a supported 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.

  • Will my enrollment be automatically renewed?

    It’s our policy to not automatically renew enrollments. We send out two notifications 8 and 2 days before your expiration date with info on how to take advantage of our discounted renewal offers.

  • The Paul Franklin Method videos are not available for download, though other items like PDFs and TABs, are.

    Your initial enrollment allows you access to view the videos online 24/7 for 12 months. After that there will be affordable monthly subscription plans that will maintain your access to the site.

  • Will I need extra bandwidth capacity from my ISP or Carrier?

    This should not be 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.

    The settings will typically range from a high of 1080p or 720p to a low of 224p. The lower the resolution setting, the less bandwidth used.

  • What kind of pedal setup do I need to take this Course?

    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). On the C6 tuning, the standard Buddy Emmons setup is taught.

    Universal or Extended tuning users can benefit from the Course, just apply the concepts to your own tuning/copedent.

  • Is there a way to try before I buy?

    Yes. We offer a free Test Drive of this course, containing a select sample of Paul Franklin Method lessons. Just scroll down to bottom of this page.


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Not ready to buy yet? We offer a free Test Drive containing a few selected lessons from the full course

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The $99 price of this introductory course can later be applied towards enrollment in the full Paul Franklin Method