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On the other hand, a minority of Blues players, and many Rock players, use a conventional flatpick.Tut Taylor is one of the few Dobro players that use a flatpick.The Wichita, Kansas-based musician had an electric Hawaiian A-25 (frypan, lap-steel) and a standard electric Spanish from George Beauchamp of Los Angeles, California.Brewer publicized his new instruments in an article in the Wichita Beacon of October 2, 1932 and through performances that month.
The performer changes pitch by pressing a metal or glass bar against the strings as opposed to a traditional guitar where the performer's fingertips press the strings against frets.
This method of playing greatly restricts the number of chords available, so lap steel music often features melodies, a restricted set of harmonies (such as in blues), or another single part.
The steel guitar, when played in Hawaiian, country, bluegrass, or western swing styles, is almost always plucked using a plastic thumbpick affixed to the right hand's thumb, and metal or plastic "fingerpicks" fitted to the first, second, third, or even all four fingers of the right hand.
The Lap steel guitar is not tuned in standard guitar tuning (E–A–D–G–B–E, low to high).
Rather, it is usually tuned to an open chord, often an extended chord like a 6th, 7th, or 9th.This allows the player greater control when picking sets of notes on non-adjacent strings.