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01/13/2008 11:47:23 PM · #1
Is it hard? How does it compare to playing a regular 6 string or bass?

I'm thinking about getting an acoustic lap steel guitar. Would love to learn to play.
01/13/2008 11:50:12 PM · #2
It's hard... and shiny and magnetic ;-)

or alternately, "I used to play, but I'm a little rusty... "

Edit to add: sorry I can't be of any serious help.

Message edited by author 2008-01-13 23:50:37.
01/13/2008 11:51:13 PM · #3
My dad was very big in music in his day. He could play all kinds of stuff. He had a pedal steel guitar that he said was one of the most difficult instruments that he ever played. Don't know about the kind that you are talking about though...
01/13/2008 11:51:33 PM · #4
You're on a roll tonight? Here all week? :-D

Originally posted by kirbic:

It's hard... and shiny and magnetic ;-)

or alternately, "I used to play, but I'm a little rusty... "

Edit to add: sorry I can't be of any serious help.


Message edited by author 2008-01-13 23:55:21.
01/13/2008 11:52:53 PM · #5
Its not easy, heck a regular acoustic is not easy. :P
But with some practice you can do it. I love playing guitar its fun.
01/13/2008 11:53:39 PM · #6
Originally posted by TooCool:

Don't know about the kind that you are talking about though...


Something like this: //cooldiscountinstruments.com/shop/p73/Mahogany-Weissinborn-Style-Steel-Slide-Guitar-Laminated/product_info.html
01/13/2008 11:55:31 PM · #7
OMG if you get that I need you to get into a Robin Hood outfit for a minstral self portrait 10 all the way from me!
01/13/2008 11:55:48 PM · #8
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by TooCool:

Don't know about the kind that you are talking about though...


Something like this: //cooldiscountinstruments.com/shop/p73/Mahogany-Weissinborn-Style-Steel-Slide-Guitar-Laminated/product_info.html


LOL... Looks a lot simpler than the one dad had...
01/13/2008 11:57:37 PM · #9
Originally posted by Mike_Adams:

OMG if you get that I need you to get into a Robin Hood outfit for a minstral self portrait 10 all the way from me!


LMAO!!! I'll consider it :-D

We're men, we're men in tights.
We roam around the forest looking for fights.
We're men, we're men in tights.
We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that's right!
We may look like sissies, but watch what you say or else we'll put out your lights!
We're men, we're men in tights,
Always on guard defending the people's rights.

01/14/2008 12:02:12 AM · #10
I've played some slide blues, which is tuned not much more difficult than a standard 6 string. A lap steel or a dobro-style is tuned differently, but shouldn't be hugely more difficult... The pedal steel (think country western) has a reputation for being extremely difficult. I've never done more than sit down and play around, but there's a lot to do there.

So I'd say go for it.
01/14/2008 12:07:35 AM · #11
Evan, is it tuned in an open E tuning or do you know?
01/14/2008 12:25:57 AM · #12
Originally posted by Mike_Adams:

OMG if you get that I need you to get into a Robin Hood outfit for a minstral self portrait 10 all the way from me!

"Where's my Robin Hood outfit" (Deep Purple, Machine Head album about 1967)
Lap steel isn't all that difficult. It's very much like slide guitar or dobro tuned to a chord. Go for it.
01/16/2008 06:57:38 PM · #13
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Evan, is it tuned in an open E tuning or do you know?


Slide blues guitars are generally either tuned to open G or open E; I think bluegrass and country dobro players generally use open G (GBDGBD) but that's not my area of expertise...

Here's way more info than you could ever want.
01/16/2008 07:06:47 PM · #14
Originally posted by eamurdock:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Evan, is it tuned in an open E tuning or do you know?


Slide blues guitars are generally either tuned to open G or open E; I think bluegrass and country dobro players generally use open G (GBDGBD) but that's not my area of expertise...

Here's way more info than you could ever want.


Hey, cool thanks... sweet info.
01/16/2008 07:55:29 PM · #15
it really is the same as any other 6 string, just with a different sound.

and as far as tuning goes it depends on what you play. blues is generaly open D
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