Demystifying the Instrument
In his first video for Homespun, multi-instrumentalist Josh Yenne methodically breaks down the basics of the pedal steel from a guitar players perspective. Yenne’s clarity as an instructor shines as he walks students through the tuning, set up of pedals, use of the bar, blocking, string grips and the phrasing ideas to help simplify this complex instrument.
Multiple camera angles allow you to clearly see what he is doing to generate the iconic sounds you hear on numerous country songs. As an added bonus, the backing tracks he is playing along with are provided separately, so you can easily practice along with the video. Josh also gives his thoughts on amplifier choices and how to use the volume pedal, which is different from how a guitar player might use it.
If you have a pedal steel that is collecting dust because you couldn’t understand how it works, or if you’ve tried to figure it out on your own and haven’t been able to crack the code, this lesson will be a great resource that will quickly get you making music.
Extra: Play-along audio rhythm tracks for a great practice session.