There’s nothing like a nice, full, big-sounding chord that is played on the C6 neck: Combine with sustain from the volume pedal, some reverb, and a touch of vibrato and you’ve got the ingredients for some killer chordal recipes.
Below is a diagram for some big sounding chords on the C6 neck…
These all have their root notes on the 10th string (7th string as well), allowing a player to move up and down the fretboard to change chords within a progression. I have included the Nashville numbering system for these chords to help a player better understand how these chords relate to each other.
To pick these, I suggest using the thumb for the 10th string, and the index and middle fingers to grab notes on the other strings: better yet, hit the 10th string note first, then use the thumb to pick strings 7-5, and the index and middle fingers for strings 4&3.
Experiment with these chord voicings, and enjoy the benefits of the C6’s frequency range. These voicings can sound like an organ or keyboard, and can really add some sizzle to a tune!
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This is one of my favorite picking techniques, and is wondrous on the C6 neck. Its main function is to use the thumb to quickly strum multiple notes and provide a thicker chordal sound. When done correctly, the group of notes should sound similar to a guitar player strumming a chord with their pick.
This technique is best utilized with a note played on top with the middle finger, or the middle and index fingers. The combination of the thumb and other fingers allows a large chord voicing that can really expand a player’s chord arsenal.
The thumb will begin on the lowest string, and then will pick the group of notes simultaneously by strumming forward. At the same time this done, the other finger(s) will pluck its appropriate note.
Here is a diagram that displays a few chord voicings on the C6 neck with this technique:
Further enjoy the benefits of this picking style by letting the thumb’s notes sustain, and using the middle finger and knee levers to add melodic texture for higher notes above this, in the same position. This concept can be a gateway into the world of chord-melodies on the pedal steel!
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