Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar, a workshop for beginners

This is the title of a pretty small book I've written about how to play Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar, a.k.a. Hawaiian guitar. It's intended for really beginners on the instrument and I plan to use it in the workshops I'm organizing in the Benelux area. It's not a thick book, just around 40 pages, but that's fair enough as an introduction to the instrument and for the lessons I give.

I'm thinking about publishing it through lulu.com or some other print-on-demand service. Would you be interested? Is there such a service here in Europe? I just wonder. I would offer it as pdf and on paper for just almost nothing... but I'm still working on the idea.

Je travaille aussi à la traduction en français du livre. Dans quelques semaines il sera pret et je le ferai verifier par quelquien competent. Mon français n'est pas mon point fort, je dois admettre. :-)

Zou ik ook met een Nederlandse versie aan de slag moeten gaan? Ik denk van niet, want jullie mensen beheersen het Engels vrij goed. Zou ik moeten? Zeg maar.

Anyhow, I'll give you a hint about how the book looks like. Here you can take a look at a few snapshots: the cover, the contents and a randomly chosen page. Hope you like it!

Ah! I almost forgot it: there's a video disc together with the book, where I play all exercises and songs. It's homemade and, once again, nothing fancy, but I think it's fairly useful for the student. Here you can watch a couple of the clips included, and that I've uploaded to YouTube: one of the first lessons and one of the songs the student would be able to play at the end of the lessons.


  1. Ahí, ahí...

    dando caña!.

    Ya verás como vas a tener éxito con este método.

    Si te interesa "publicitarte" en mi "afamado" blog (ji ji ji), no tienes más que pedirlo, ok??.


  2. Hola Gustavo!!!

    Pues toda publicidad es poca, así es que tu oferta se acepta. Hace!


  3. Hi this is Daniel from Luxembourg.I love all things Blues. really interested in acoustic slide myself. i would definitely be interested in the book (or a live workshop would even be better). also,what instruments are you playing and where do you acquire them? i myself have ling sought to ohave a Weissenborn. any concerts here in Lux soon? anyway,great playing!

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  5. Hi, I came across this book in lulu.com. I am a beginner, trying to learn this lap steel instrument to play music from a particular culture. Bought so many different books, materials. They are rich materials indeed, but they could not address a lap steel as a lap steel. Instead they fall towards some kind of specific tunings, restrict themself to certain music etc.

    I can say, your book is a GEM. It is 40 pages, does not have any music other than 'how to play' notes, but it does solve my problems.

    Sorry, I could not understand the language in this site, love to read more about you, but thats ok.