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JERRY BYRD - Rickenbacher 6-string steel guitar

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Thanks for dropping in.

Whether you're a professional steel guitarist/musician or merely curious about the intriguing world of "steel guitar", we're confident you will find the following pages to be both musically entertaining and educational.

This web site was established in January, 2004, to  honor one of the greatest Icons in music.....
"JERRY BYRD".  It is hoped that we might be able to perform the same high standard of honoring and promoting Jerry's life of music as did Millie Annis, President of Jerry's original fan club, dating back to the early 1950's - 1970's.

Jerry Byrd                         
March 9, 1920 - April 11, 2005   

In the close-knit, international world of steel guitar, Jerry Byrd will forever be recognized as the "Master of Touch & Tone".   Jerry was the first person to be installed in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1978.

If you're not a steel guitarist or musician, you're certain to discover all kinds of interesting details about this little known, beautiful sounding instrument.  The steel guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to learn how to play and/or eventually master.  Yet, the personal rewards for doing so are nearly limitless.

If you're just curious about what a steel guitar looks like, where it got its name, what kind of sounds it makes or what artists play them…….. you've come to the right place. This web page was designed with you in mind.
 

And for those of you who are already acquainted with the fantabulous music artistry of JERRY BYRD but are anxious to learn still more about this gentleman as well as hear more of his great playing from
 ……….Nashville to Honolulu, this site is for you.

For additional enjoyable JERRY BYRD steel guitar music, go to the jerrybyrdchannel on You Tube. Hundreds of different vocalists are posted on the site which has Jerry Byrd playing steel guitar....lots of photo's and music from the 1940's, 50's and 60's for you to enjoy. Your host on that site is Stein-frederic from Norway. Please let him know how much you enjoy the site.

There are no fees involved to enjoy this web site, however non-tax deductible donations are always welcome in order to assure continued, uninterrupted operation of this site.

Just select the pages you want to view by "clicking" on the index along the left side of each page.  To listen to the music posted here on an irregular basis, just "click" on the player window located at the bottom of the "3" pages where music has been installed.

 Do come back often as the musical and written content will be forever changing. Please feel free to send us an email if you would like. THANK YOU.



SOME HISTORY about the Steel Guitar

  In 1896, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the Hawaiian Steel Guitar was born.  According to legend, Joseph Kekuku, discovered and went on to develop the instrument as we have learned to recognize it.

  He eventually toured Canada and the United States with his "Bird of Paradise Review" during 1905 and his new instrument was a sensation.  By 1910, steel players were growing in numbers by leaps and bounds.

  Early recordings by Pale K. Lua and others initiated the spread of Hawaiian Music to virtually every corner of the world.  Public acceptance of this beautiful and romantic music was almost immediate. Some 1,000 titles were available by 1928, of which, most were steel guitar instrumentals.

  Starting with the "A" Major tuning then progressing to the E7th, and C#minor......as more versatility was being demanded of the instrument by the many new steel guitar enthusiasts, the list of tunings ultimately soared to more than one hundred.  Everyone wanted to invent "the perfect" tuning.

  Starting with just six strings, the instrument has now found many different and distinct new formats; single necks, double, triple and four neck instruments are now in place.  The number of strings has currently expanded to 14.  Some models have foot pedals and others have knee levers; some have both. These items make it possible for the artist to achieve almost any combination of notes and chord.

  For steel guitar lovers........there's one out there that has your name on it.

Play
"Blue Bird Island"

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Steel Guitar: Jerry Byrd