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Learn Pedal Steel Guitar from a Pro

Pedal Steel Guitar Hall-of-Famer Paul Franklin shares his 50 years of playing and teaching experience with you.

Lessons from Beginner to Mastery

Paul takes you from beginner to advanced . . . all the way to Mastery. Start or stop wherever you like.

Covers Multiple Styles of Music

Paul’s Method is applicable to Modern Country, Classic Country, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Pop — all forms of music.

Watch. Listen. Learn.


Just Getting Started?

Paul de-mystifies the pedal steel by breaking down concepts into easily learned lessons and gets you playing the right way, right away. No bad habits, nothing to unlearn!


Wondering What to Learn Next?

If you’ve been playing a while and are stuck in a rut, let Paul guide you past the plateaus and help you break through to the next level.


Need a Virtual Personal Tutor?

With great camera angles, TABs and step-by-step instruction, it’s like having Paul sit across from you in a one-on-one lesson.


Need More Licks?

Paul breaks down some of his classic recorded parts and shows you alternate versions…and how to create your own!


Been Playing for Years?

Check out Paul’s advanced lessons on chords, theory and improvisation. Learn the essential exercises and techniques he uses in his practice routine.


In the Mood to Learn or Practice?

All you need is internet access and a computer or mobile device and you can start learning – at home or on the go.


Looking to Improve Your Tone?

Paul covers the techniques and gear he uses and can help you dial up great tone no matter what amps/gear you are using.


Want to Know Even More on Chords? Scales?

Let us know what you’d like Paul to cover, whether it’s new content or a more in-depth look at an existing lesson, and we’ll add it to the list of future videos.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Paul Franklin Method?

The Paul Franklin Method is a subscription streaming video lesson web site hosted by Modern Music Masters. Your enrollment covers the price of the Course and includes 12 months of access. After that, you can opt in on a monthly basis. The course will launch with over 100 wide-ranging video lessons (including several on the C6 neck), and Paul will be adding more videos regularly at no additional charge. Students can help us determine what the course covers with their suggestions and we will cover those topics in future videos.

The idea is to create an virtual classroom environment with ongoing interaction between Paul and the students. Instead of booking a flight to Nashville, paying for a hotel room, food and transportation to take an hour or two lesson from Paul whenever his schedule might allow it, you can do it 24/7 from your home on any device that can stream online video. Unlike a private lesson, you can review the materials by watching the videos over and over, take and store notes on the site, use the video player to slow things down, and print out TABs and other relevant lesson materials. You’ll have all the necessary close-up shots of Paul’s bar hand, pick hand and the pedals and levers, perspectives you simply could not get all at once at a private lesson.

This complete approach to teaching is what Paul means when he calls the Method a “living, breathing course”. Rather than offer limited lessons on DVD that cover one or two topics at a time and are dated the day the are released, online streaming allows Paul to truly create a Method, not just an hour of hot licks or techniques – though of course hot licks, solos and intros are included in the Method!

The pedal steel has never had a complete video method dedicated to it, and we are aiming to set the standard of quality and completeness. You should be able to start from scratch and come out playing at a high level. Paul has committed to keep teaching as long as students are willing to learn, so we are treating the Method as a long-term project well into the future.

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What devices can I watch the videos on?

The Paul Franklin Method can be viewed on desktop computers and mobile devices – phones, tablets, laptops – as long as you have a browser on them and they are connected to the internet.

Is there a limit on how many times I can watch a video?

You can watch the videos as often as you’d like.There are no viewing limits.

Is there a person I can contact?

Yes. You can ask us a question at any time by emailing us at info@modernmusicmasters.com or by using our contact page here.

Will I need extra bandwidth capacity from my ISP or Carrier?

That will depend on the Service Plan you have with your Provider. When streaming to your device, the video player attempts to  detect your device’s capability and the current quality of your internet connection. The default setting will auto adjust to deliver a quality viewing experience. If you prefer a resolution other than the ‘auto’ setting choice, you have the ability to select the resolution that is being sent to you. As shown below, the settings will typically range from a high of 1080p to a low of 224p.  The lower the resolution setting, the less bandwidth used.

Is there a preferred browser?

We are optimized for Google Chrome, but other popular browsers have been tested and should work as well.

Will I know when I am finished with the Course?

The great thing about the Course is that Paul will be regularly adding content to it as student requests come in asking for specific instruction on whatever topic there might be. There is plenty to get working on from day one, and the Course content will only get bigger and better over time – at no additional cost to the student.

What is Modern Music Masters support email address?

You can email comments to: Comments or reach out to Support at: Support

What Major Topics Are Covered?
  • Getting Ready To Play
  • The Pedals and Levers
  • Tools: Picks and Bar
  • Pick Hand Techniques
  • Bar Techniques
  • The String Groups
  • Basic Chord Theory
  • Scales and Harmony
  • Gear
  • Musicianship
  • Licks
  • Intros
  • Modern Steel
  • The C6 Neck
  • Steel in the Real World
Can I See a List of All the Lessons?
  • Getting Ready To Play
    • Overview From Paul
    • Open Strings: Intervals
    • The Four String Groups
    • Chord Names On The Fretboard
    • Fretboard By The Numbers
    • Fretboard And Pedals
    • How I Tune By Ear (The E9th Tuning)
    • More On Tuning By Ear (Levers With Pedals)
    • Other Ways Of Tuning The E9th
    • Changing Strings
  • The Pedals and Levers
    • History Behind The Standard E9th Floor Pedals
    • Basic E9th Pedals & Knee Levers
    • Rocking The Pedals
    • Using The Volume Pedal
    • PF4 And Pedal Placement
    • The Emotional Sound Of The Pedals
    • Knee Lever Placement
  • Tools: Picks and Bar
    • The Picks – Why The Choice Matters
    • Mastering The Bar (Tuning And Tone)
    • Bar Pressure
  • Pick Hand Techniques
    • Blocking
    • Chimes
    • Pick Blocking
    • Creative Speed Picking
    • Viewing Paul’s Right Hand Technique
    • Blocking the Picked Rake
  • Bar Techniques
    • Bar Precision And Playing In Tune
    • Bar Exercises
    • Controlling The Bar
    • Forward Bar Slants
    • Backward Bar Slants
    • Slant Exercises
    • Vibrato Concepts (w/Bar Precision)
    • A Deeper Look Into Vibrato Techniques
    • Hammer On Exercise
    • Exercises For Bar & Pedal Coordination
    • Viewing Paul’s Bar Technique
  • The String Groups
    • The Four String Groups (Major)
    • The Four String Groups (Minor)
    • Looking At The E9 Tuning In Intervals
  • Basic Chord Theory
    • Dominant Chords (No Pedals)
    • Dominant Chords – Sliding Into 7ths (Pedals)
    • The Major 6th
    • The ‘add9’ And ‘2’ Chord
    • The Minor Chord
    • Diminished Chords
    • Using The Flat 5
    • More Positions For Dominant 7ths, 9ths And 13ths
    • Augmented Chord (Basic Positions)
    • Augmented Chord (Progressions)
    • Chord Progressions
    • The Blues
  • Scales and Harmony
    • Major Scale Key Of C
    • Harmonies Found Inside The Major Scale
    • More On How To Harmonize The Major Scale
    • Using Harmonies Of The Major Scale – I
    • Using Harmonies Of The Major Scale – II
    • Two Note Harmonies Using The Fretboard
    • Putting It All Together
    • Extending Fretboard Knowledge
    • Modes Part 1
    • Modes Part 2 (Learn the Melody)
    • Applying Diatonic Harmony For Modal Arrangements
  • Gear
    • Setting the Amp for Tone
  • Musicianship
    • No Longer A Beginner
    • How To Practice
    • How To Practice Without A Guitar
    • Being Analytical
    • Buddy And “Absolutes”
    • Influences
    • Posture for Building Technique
    • How To Make Everything Your Own
    • Approach Notes
    • Expanding the E9 Neck
  • Licks
    • Lick: Resolving To G
    • Lick: G Major – Banjo Roll
    • Lick: Bakersfield Variations
    • Lick: G To G7
    • Bakersfield Hammer-On
    • A Nice Pull Off Ending
    • The Rake
    • Chordal Pull Offs
    • Cool Chord Lick
    • Ballad Lick: Great For Feet & Knee Practice
    • Pentatonic – 70’s Country Style
    • 60’s Country: 5-1 WalkDown
    • Memphis Groove
    • Western Swing Style
    • Beautiful Ballad Phrase: 1 – 1dom7
    • Rock Style With R&B Harmonies
    • Breakout Lick
    • Thinks He’s A Train
  • Intros
    • Bakersfield Style
    • Bakersfield Style 1511 Variation 1
    • Bakersfield Style 1511 Variation 2
    • Bakersfield Style 1511 Variation 3
    • 5511 Ballad
    • 5511 Ballad Variation 1
    • 5511 Ballad Variation 2
    • 5511 Ballad Variation 3
  • Modern Steel
    • Modern Steel Part 1
    • Crafting a Rock Solo
  • The C6 Neck
    • Overview of Forthcoming C6 Videos
    • Differences Between E9 and C6
    • C6 Intro and Open String Tuning
    • C6 Open Strings Explained
    • C6 Fretboard Explained
    • C6 Buddy Emmons Pedal Setup
    • C6 Chord Pockets (Maj & Min)
    • C6 Chord Pockets Key of F pt.1
    • C6 Chord Pockets Key of F pt.2
    • C6 PFM Blues pt.1
    • C6 PFM Blues pt.2
    • C6 2-5-1 Progression
    • C6 Harmonizing the Scale in 3rds and 4ths
    • C6 Turnaround Progressions 3m 6 2m 5
    • C6 2-5-1 Lick (Eb and Bb)
    • C6 Blues With Extensions Pt 1
    • C6 Blues With Extensions Pt 2
    • C6 Pedal Change
    • C6 Intervallic Improv VS Scales
  • Steel in the Real World
    • Backing a Singer Intro
    • Backing a Singer Part 2
    • Backing a Singer Part 3
    • Phrasing Part 1
    • Shuffle and Ballad Drum Grooves
    • Backing a Singer Part 4
What do I get when I enroll in the Paul Franklin Method?

The Paul Franklin Method is a streaming online video course. Your initial enrollment includes over 100 videos and 12 months of viewing access. You can view all of the videos and content 24/7 when connected to the internet.

Am I allowed to download the videos?

The Paul Franklin Method videos are not available for download, though other items like PDFs, are. Your initial enrollment allows you access to view the videos online 24/7 for 12 months. After that there will be affordable monthly subscription plans that will maintain your access to the site.

Do I have to be connected to the internet in order to watch the videos?

Yes, you must have an internet connection and a web browser (e.g. Chrome or Firefox) to view The Paul Franklin Method.

What format do the courses take?

The Course is comprised of video content, lesson previews/highlights, downloadable PDFs,TABs and practice backing tracks. The course videos are available to stream online 24/7, and can be paused, fast-forwarded, slowed down.

What kind of pedal setup do I need to take this Course?

Paul teaches using the standard pedal setups as used by Buddy Emmons, Jimmy Day, Lloyd Green, Rusty Young, Tom Brumley, etc.
Pedal placement is your personal preference, so Paul refers to them as “A”, “B” or “C” pedals. Wherever you have those changes on your guitar is your call.

Will this Course work if I am using the Universal U-12 tuning?

Yes. All that’s required is that you understand how to get the “Country” 9th sound and the “Swing/Jazz” 6th sound out of your tuning (e.g. using the Jeff Newman E9/B6 tuning) using your own pedal setup.

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