STEELIN' THE CHIMES - BY JERRY BYRD /ARRANGED BY BYRD

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STEELIN' THE CHIMES - BY JERRY BYRD /ARRANGED BY BYRD

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ARRANGED FOR LAP STEEL IN TABLATURE + STANDARD NOTATION (audio sample below)

STEELIN’ THE CHIMES is a steel guitar instrumental composed by Jerry Byrd, perhaps the most influential non-pedal steel player of all-time. Somewhat of a novelty tune, Steelin the Chimes combines open string harmonics with barred notes and full, rich dominant chord sounds - a hallmark of the B11th tuning. The tune is somewhat similar to Les Paul’s 1940s recording titled Swiss Woodpecker, but Byrd claimed never to have heard Paul’s recording. Steelin The Chimes first appeared in 1946 by Jerry Byrd With The String Dusters on Mercury 78rpm # 2619. Byrd recorded it several times over the years and included it in his 1970s instruction book.

B11th (Low to Hi)

B, D#, F#, A, C#, E

The B11th tuning is one of the most beautiful tunings used in non-pedal steel guitar playing.  its lush, closely-voiced intervals offer a palette of sounds and moods that few other  tunings can match.  The B11th is essentially a detuned version of the A6th tuning popularized by Leon McAuliffe and other Western Swing players beginning in the 1930s. The top four open strings are identical to the A6th tuning. However, B11th can be difficult to conceptualize because it combines two different tonalities: A major and B dominant - in two different keys: A and B.  We have a major 6th in the key of A on top, and in the middle and lower register, beautiful voicings of B dominant 7th, 9th and 11th chords. 

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Note: Midi audio usually sounds closer to a keyboard than a steel guitar but it is useful for demonstrating the melody, rhythms, feel and overall intent of an arrangement or musical passage. Make this music come alive on your steel guitar!