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Puamana Hawaiian Steel Guitar Lesson

by Joel Katz on January 8, 2014

I’ll be doing quite a bit more work on my steel guitar lessons. I am going to teach in a C6 tuning with a High G string. This tuning has an advantage over the standard C6 tuning, in my opinion, for accompaniment and chord solos for Hawaiian style. You can adapt this to a standard C6 tuning by moving everything over one string. Pairs of notes played on strings 1 and 2 can be found seven frets higher on strings 2 and 3 in standard C6. Herein lies the advantage of the High G tuning. We sacrifice the low C for the higher notes we need 95% more of the time, and we get them without having to jump up 7 frets.

Here’s Puamana. It’s short and simple and good for beginners. You can hear a demo on my main website

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Tomas April 6, 2014 at 2:48 am

Greetings from Czech Republic
Your site is really like. Also, use a C6 tuning highG.

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john soon September 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hello coming from Czech Republic
Your web site is absolutely just like. In addition, make use of a C6 tuning highG.

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Joel Katz January 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Very good tuning

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Dom October 18, 2014 at 12:34 am

It was great help dude. I was looking for this Puamana lesson like crazy. It will add something new to my ability. :)

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Dominic Fraser June 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

That pdf file was a great share. C6 tuning is something that attracts me a lot and I am trying to learn it for a very long time. :)

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Len December 28, 2017 at 10:07 am

Hey Joel,
I hope you had a Mele Kalikimaka and are looking forward to the new year.
I used to play steel when I was a kid back in the early 60s and just recently picked up a 60s vintage National Chicagoan.
Would you have a resource where I could obtain the tabs for ‘Harbor Lights’ and ‘Beyond the Reef’.

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Joel Katz January 26, 2018 at 8:31 am

I do have a tab for beyond the reef. I have a newer arrangement that is better than my first cd arrangement. The key of D puts it in s better range.

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