Steel guitar players have become something of a cult following in recent years.
The instrument’s ability to take on new shapes and sounds and perform with a distinctive tone that has been dubbed “steel” has seen it reach a critical mass.
In the past decade, there have been a number of notable releases, including the Steel Guitar Solo, a collaboration between The Mountain Goats and Steely Dan, which won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
In this week’s episode of MTV News’ The Guitarist podcast, host Michael Steele discusses the evolution of the instrument and the challenges it presents to players who want to pursue their own guitar soloing.
“I think the key is that you have to be flexible,” Steele says.
“If you’re not, then you’re just playing it to yourself.
If you’re playing it as part of a studio, you’re probably not doing it right.”
The show also includes a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular steel guitar brands, as well as a look at the origins of the steel guitar, as Steele and his team continue to develop their new instrument.
“The thing about the steel instrument is that it’s an extension of the guitar, so you can use it in different ways,” Stacey says.
But to really understand it, you have have to go into it.
“There’s a lot of different ways to play it.
There’s also a lot more possibilities than you think there are.
So, there’s really a lot to learn about this instrument and how it can be used and how to create new sounds that you can play.”
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The Guitar, The Mountain, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame: In 2004, Steel guitarist Jason Newsted was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
It’s a milestone for anyone involved with metal, but it was a surprise for Stacey and the Mountain Goat.
“It was sort of an out-of-the way way event, but when it came up, we were all blown away,” Stacia says.
In his new memoir, The Guitar’s First Guitar, Stacey talks about how the induction helped shape his guitar career.
“We’re still going strong as a band,” he says.
“[Newsted] has a huge influence on us.”
Stacey’s wife, Michael Stacey, has been a part of the band for 20 years.
She was a founding member and a founding guitarist of The Mountain and Steel, the two original steel guitar players.
The pair met when they were teenagers in Chicago, and Stacey began working with Michael while he was touring with his band.
In 2006, he began working at a recording studio with his wife and son, and they eventually formed a studio in his basement.
“Our studio was very unique,” Staci says.
The studio was full of gear, and each day Michael would be working with a different guitarist, so Stacey was able to keep up with what the others were doing.
“He would get in the car and drive around the studio, and then he would get back in the truck and drive back to Chicago and we’d sit there and watch him,” Stacys son recalls.
“Michael would be in there with his amps, and I’d be sitting there with my amps.
So he would have a set of amps, I’d have a piece of gear.”
“There was always a real sense of urgency for me and Michael to try to keep things going,” Stacy says.
After a while, Michael started taking guitar lessons from Stacey.
“As time went on, it just became a lot easier to see where his chops were coming from, and how his fingers could play with different materials, and we would practice a little bit more,” Staca says.
Stacey started to develop a guitar playing style that became more and more influenced by his wife.
“My wife, I think, was the catalyst for that,” Stace says.
While Stacey developed a sound and a style of playing that would make the band feel comfortable and at home, Stacie was a major force behind the guitar’s evolution.
“When I met Jason, I knew that I was going to be playing for a while,” Stechers son says.
He also saw the potential in Jason’s sound.
“At that point, he was really coming into his own.
He loves new things and he loves music, and he’s just really a really smart guy. “
I think the thing about Jason is that he’s a very open-minded guy.
Jason has also been instrumental in helping Stacey develop his own guitar playing and writing style. “Jason is”
So he just really encouraged us to try new things,” Steely says.
Jason has also been instrumental in helping Stacey develop his own guitar playing and writing style. “Jason is