Tuning

What’s the first thing you do when you get to a gig? Even before you grab a beer?

What’s the first thing you do when you get to a gig? Even before you grab a beer? You unpack or uncover your steel guitar so it’ll acclimate to the temperature of the room and stay in tune. You should also play it for a few minutes before you think about tuning. Keep you damn left hand on the bar, and leave the tuning wrench out in the car if you have to, but DON’T TUNE YET! Be patient, grasshoppers, let your guitar breathe. I’ve gone for a couple weeks without having to touch a Kluson. If you’re playing outside, though, screw it. Go get a beer.

Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form. http://www.caligraphicsdesign.com/contact/

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