Right hand pinky

Some guys stick their little finger out, or even hook it around the first string, and other guys tuck it under their hand. I never gave this a thought when I started on steel, and after a few years I noticed in a picture someone had taken that I held mine out, and even curled it around the first string and tugged sometimes. I’ve tried playing with a closed fist and can’t hit anything.

right hand steel guitar technique
Me (L) and Lynn Owsley (R)

Buddy Emmons is a sticker-outer and I’ve seen Buddy Charleton play both ways.

Buddy Emmons

Buddy Charleton

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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  1. When I took lessons from BC in 77-9 he had just started sticking his pinky out like BE. About the same time he started tuning his high G on the C6 down to D. I didn’t follow suit except when in an actually lesson to humor him. Now I do it both ways at times. I don’t know why, but I gragvitate to curling it under. -Eric West=

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