Steel Guitar Lessons

If interested in a physical DVD for Night Life or All the Things You Are, please use the contact page to email Jody and he will make arrangements to ship a traditional DVD your way.

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Single string and chord solo ideas for the E9 tuning in the key of G. VI-ii-V7 changes explored.

Most of you know me from the world of steel guitar. You may even know or heard me mention my wife Darla and our children, Aaron and Julia. I'm thrilled to…

This is a package containing videos of Right or Wrong (melody head) and Overnight Male (Intro and Ending). These are both done on the E9 tuning, but in the C6…

This is is an exercise covering a chord progression in the key of D that covers most of the common chords in the key (including 6-, 2-, and 3-). It…

This is Jody's approach to how to achieve good tone from your instrument.  If you can get great tone and play in tune it will take you a long way…

This is a beginning lesson explaining how to get the 1, 4, and 5 chords on your C6th tuning.  Two pedals are also introduced to help achieve this.  These chords…

Dominant Sevenths are an important part of any style of music.  This lesson focuses on how to use dominant sevenths and extends to ninths, thirteenths, and altered chords.

The ninth string typically gives new and intermediate players some problems.  This lesson is what is taught in the live seminars on how to get the most out of your…

This is The Days of Wine and Roses done in a smooth jazz style on E9 tuning.  There is no tab available for this lesson, it is a talk through…

This is a fast, speed picking type solo for the changes to Folsom Prison Blues. It’s 12 bars in length. This solo is primarily using the Dorian and Phrygian modes…

This is a series of lessons on the modes of the diatonic scale and how to use them on the C6 tuning. Each of the 7 modes is explained and…

Heart of a Clown, an old swing tune made famous by Curtis Potter.  The lesson includes and Introduction, Playthrough, the full Lesson, Talk through Instruction.  Please note: this is a…

This is a generalized lesson on how to achieve C6 sounds on the E9 tuning.  The chords in the song Heart of a Clown lend themselves well to C6 style…

"Here's That Rainy Day" is a popular song with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke, published in 1953.  The lesson includes and Introduction, Playthrough, the full…

All the Things You Are is a jazz standard that is reinvented using the C6 voicings on the E9 tuning.  The lesson includes and Introduction, Playthrough, the full Lesson, Talk…

Night Life, traditionally done on C6 is examined here on the E9 tuning.  The lesson includes and Introduction, Playthrough, the full Lesson, Talk through Instruction, and a complete Tablature score…

Take These Chains is a traditional country song that is given new treatment play in swing style on the E9 tuning with C6 voicings.  The lesson includes and Introduction, Playthrough,…

This is an all inclusive download of all available Lessons - including videos, tablature, tone tips, gear pointers, and more.  Want to get serious and dive in?  Jody takes you…