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Faking Steel Guitars: The Key to Lifelike Parts

Unless you’re one of the few that actually plays this magnificent instrument (or one of the even fewer with a friend that does), you’re probably going to have to fake it.

But if you’ve ever tried it, you know exactly how hard it can be.

But if you understand one simple rule about faking any instrument in your home studio, you’ll be able to create lifelike steel guitar parts with whatever tools you have.

So what’s the rule of faking instruments?

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It’s that simple. You just have to know – inside and out – what instrument you’re trying to emulate. For example, you can’t create realistic drum parts using MIDI if you don’t know how a drummer plays the instrument. The same thing goes for steel guitar parts.

Here’s a brief overview of how a steel guitar gets the sound. There are strings that are played with a slide bar. The player uses frets (that don’t touch the strings, but are used for reference) to know what notes are being played. There are a series of bars underneath the main part of the instrument. The player uses his knees to push these bars out. These bars bend certain strings a half or whole step, depending on the instrument.

By using a combination of sliding the bar over the frets and using the knee bars, a steel player can keep one note the same while bending a different note.

With just that piece of knowledge, we know that we must use multiple tracks to create these parts. Keep one note steady while the other one “bends” around.

Using a clean electric guitar tone and a glass slide, you can create this effect with great realism.

We did it in Secrets of the Hits v2: In the Style of Taylor Swift. If you want to get even more in depth as to how to create this effect, check it out in Secrets of the Hits today!

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