Pedal Steel Guitar - Keeping the Bar Straight

Keeping the Bar Straight When In Position

Unless you are intentionally slanting the bar to achieve a desired interval, or to adjust slightly for major thirds and certain chord inversions, the bar usually should be kept straight when in a position.  This straightness is the same straightness of the fret lines; when straight in a position the bar should be parallel to these lines or markers. This will entail accurate intonation, control of the bar for vibrato, as well as peace of mind.  When moving the bar between positions, the bar should usually be kept as straight as possible so that no extra movement is needed when it lands in position.  This is efficient, and utilizes physics to a player’s advantage.

Keeping the Bar Straight for Pedal Steel Guitar

Keeping the Bar Straight - Pedal Steel Guitar Fretboard and Bar Hand

Click below to learn more about the other ingredients of bar control…

Movement Between Positions


Bar Pressure

Covering Intended String Groups

Also, check out the Visual Tour of Bar Control…

Bar Control Picture Gallery