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in 1964 revolutionized the Pedal Steel Guitar.
Players today now use his style of guitar almost exclusively!
History of the Pedal steel guitar:
In the early 50's several players began experimenting
with adding pedals which raised the pitch of a
string, and in 1953, Bud Isaacs was the first
player to use a pedal steel guitar on a hit recording:
"Slowly" by Webb Pierce.
The sound quickly caught on and many steel players
converted to playing the 'pedal sound'. For over
a decade almost every steeler had his own tunings,
but in the 60's Buddy Emmons started to use a
steel guitar with two ten string necks, one tuned
to 'chromatic E9' (the 'Nashville' neck) and the
other to an extended C6 (the 'jazz' neck). This
quickly became the standard.
Buddy Emmons earned a place among Nashville's
elite as one of the finest steel guitar players
in the business. Born in Mishawaka, IN.
He first fell in love with the instrument at age
11 when he received a six-string lap steel guitar
as a gift.
At age 12, he enrolled at the Hawaiian Conservatory
of Music in South Bend, IN.
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