The Pedal Steel Pages
Established May 1995
Are pedal steels tuned equal tempered, or in barbershop intervals?
Buddy claimed that he used equal temperament, but it’s clear on his early E9th recordings that he flatted his thirds. He probably used equal temperament on his C6th neck and tweaked it a bit for a sweeter sound in country ballads on E9th. Most steel players use something close to just intonation (barbershop intervals). See my page about it at http://www.b0b.com/infoedu/just_e9.html
In your chart you have for example +F, – Bb, and ++c#
what do the + or – stand for, some charts show eg.
F+1 or F-1 I’m just a beginner and love the steel guitar
sound and am anxious to learn thanks.
In my copedent charts, + means raise 1/2 step, ++ means raise a full step, – means lower a half step, etc.
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