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I didn't get to be the first to post something. I'm surprised at the response. First things first: I use two tunings at present (A6th and E13). My A6th is (High to Low) E-C#-A-F#-E-C#-A-F#. My current E13 is E-C#-B-G#-F#-E-D-G#. It seems more common to find the lower four strings tuned (F#-D-G#-E) rather than (F#-E-D-G#) - which is what I use. I don't have a third neck, so I don't use C6th. I got this tuning from Terry Miller on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association.
C6th is a very nice tuning and makes it easier to play in the upper registers: escpecially when you're playing anything by Don Helms. I get a lot done with the current tuning. A 6th is most usefull for Western Swing and Hawaiian. E13 is great for blues and jazz tunes. I try to learn each song on both necks.
There is one website that everyone should visit: http://www.hawaiiansteel.com/ . Thi is John Ely's Hawaiian Steel guitar page. There are pages on just about everything: Tunings, chords and more. I use his website all the time.
I will be posting topics as I go. My main reason for getting into Non Pedal Steel was to add it to my Western Swing Show. Little did I know that I would get so involved with it. For more about what I do, visit my website at: http://www.guitardaninc.com/
I think my next post will be on some of the great players (They are numerous.). One more item: For anyone who has a pedal steel only, you can get A6th on strings 4 through 8 by just using your A and B pedals. Check out Herb Remington's page on this: http://www.remingtonsteelguitars.com/A6.html .
Thank you all for your interest in this topic. - Dan
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