Akaka falls

by Joel Katz on March 20, 2016

Akaka Falls Full lyrics 3

This is a beautiful song. I hope you like this arrangement. Note the time signature and High G tuning. I don’t think I used the first string so those of you in standard C6 can ignore the top line of the tab.

Akaka Falls Full lyrics 3.

Think of it in 3/4 or 6/8.

This is my bar position sheet. The fret numbers under the chords give an elementary approach to playing a simple accompaniment if you are singing. The positions tab is NOT in the order of the chord progression. Please experiment with the alternate chord positions to create accompaniment variations.

Akaka Falls lyric bar positions

I have a backing track to play it to with a sample on my first CD. I hope to work on my book this summer.


Sand for C6 tuning Lap Steel. Modified for D11 tuning

by Joel Katz on February 23, 2016

This is a work on progress. Please try it out and let me know what you think. I’ll make a video demo once it’s done. This is similar to what I played on my first CD, Probably better because I was really a beginner then.
I adapted my standard C6 tuning with a high G. I use an 8 string and add a few notes on my 7th string when I play it but I tabbed this for 6 string and it will give you all you need.
Just tune the lower G string ( my 5th string) down a half step to F# and you have the essence of the B11 tuning but 3 frets higher. This should get you started on the locations to get a sweet sound. Enjoy and let me know how it goes. I have a backing track for it too. Aloha, Joel
Sand in D D11 rev 2


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