If you have ever heard Billy Cooper play the steel guitar (see YouTube video at the bottom of this page) you are well aware of his unique, melodic, clean style of picking. If you have not, you are in for a treat when you hear his approach to playing this wonderful instrument. You will find material in these courses that you will not only enjoy listening to but that you can learn from. They are designed to help you become a better steel player whether you have been playing for years or are just starting out. Also find herein excellent instruction from Buddy Charleton.

We also offer a comprehensive selection of instructional material by other artists such as Buddy Emmons, Jeff Newman, Doug Jernigan and others. These items are not on our website at this time but are listed in our printed catalog. Please contact us if you would like a copy.


 

 

 

BACKING UP A SINGER~VOLUMES 1 & 2

This is a course that we have been planning for a long time. We knew what we wanted to emphasize in such an endeavor but it did not really begin to come together until we found just the right singer. Bobby Estes worked with Billy in a group for many years in the eighties. They were mutually complementary as singer and musician since Bobby was partial to Billy’s steel guitar style and Billy loved Bobby’s distinctive vocalization & phraseology.

Happily, after a lengthy period of separation, their renewed acquaintance has resulted in the recording of a steel guitar album which includes Bobby on vocals. This CD, 'Memories of Steel', is the basis for the two ‘Backing Up A Singer’ courses presented here.


‘Backing Up A Singer~Popular Favorites~Volume 1’

E9th tuning. Billy Cooper on steel & Bobby Estes on vocals. Five songs from the Memories of Steel’ CD are detailed for you in 39 pages of straightforward, easy to understand tablature. Includes a standard E9th tuning chart and a basic diagram showing you how to use the tablature. Songs presented are ‘I Love You Because’, ‘Statue of A Fool’, ‘Faded Love’, ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’.

Completely tabbed songs are accompanied by a 15 track CD on which you will find for each song (1) every one played and sung just as it is on the album (2) a rhythm track with vocals (3) steel track only. In addition, Billy has assembled a full page of tips and pointers to keep in mind as you study the process of playing behind a singer. We believe this will be very helpful. #BC-BUS1. $31.50

 


‘Backing Up A Singer~Gospel Favorites~Volume 2’

E9th tuning. Billy Cooper on steel & Bobby Estes on vocals. Four songs from the Memories of Steel’ CD are detailed for you in 34 pages of straightforward, easy to understand tablature. Includes a standard E9th tuning chart and a basic diagram showing you how to use the tablature. Songs presented are ‘In Vain’, ‘When The Roll Is Called’, ‘I’ll Fly Away’, ‘Amazing Grace’.

Completely tabbed songbook is accompanied by a 12 track CD on which you will find for each song (1) each one played and sung just as it is on the album (2) a rhythm track with vocals (3) steel track only. In addition, Billy has assembled a full page of tips and pointers to consider as you study the process of playing behind a singer. #BC-BUS2. $28.50

 

 

 

'Crazy' Instrumental Instruction

Billy’s latest endeavor features his interpretation of the Willie Nelson song made so famous by Patsy Cline. The instrumental is played beautifully, keeping nicely to the melody yet rendering some very lovely and unexpected highlights. You will enjoy listening to and learning to play this rather evocative tune.

The course is comprised of a seven page book of song tabbing including basic instructions on how to use tablature and an E9th tuning chart. Also included is a CD with Billy playing Crazy in its entirety followed by the rhythm track. #BC-CZ. $15.00

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 ‘Christmas Steel Guitar~Volume 1’~E9th Tuning
Billy Cooper

Comments from our friend, Brad Corbin, Steel player with Lonestar:

“On Christmas Day as I drove back to Tennessee I listened to Billy C’s Christmas CD most of the way. To me, the mark of a great musical composition is that it can be listened to over and over again, while continuing to find new passages that breed inspiration. If I had first heard it on the radio, I would have lost money because I would have bet that the player was Buddy Emmons. Billy has inspired me to practice more in 2015. Happy New Year!!”

 

‘Christmas Steel Guitar~Volume 1’ offers detailed instruction on how to play the first five songs in Billy’s ‘Christmas Steel Guitar’ recording. The songs offered in this course are ‘O Holy Night’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Beautiful Star of Bethlehem’ and ‘Away In A Manger’. These songs are tabbed in complete detail including timing. Also included in the book of tab is an E9th tuning chart and tablature instructions. Each song is played on the accompanying 10 track CD followed by the background rhythm. Suitable for beginner to advanced players. #BC-CSG1. $29.50

 

 

 ‘Christmas Steel Guitar~Volume 2’~E9th Tuning
Billy Cooper
 

‘Christmas Steel Guitar~Volume 2’ offers detailed instruction on how to play the last five songs on Billy’s Christmas CD. The songs are ‘I Wonder As I Wander’, ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’, ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’, ‘What Child Is This’ and a medley of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful/The First Noel/O Little Town of Bethlehem’. The tablature book includes an E9th tuning chart and tablature reading instructions. Each song is tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD. The 10 track CD has Billy playing each selection followed by background rhythm of same. Suitable for beginner to advanced players. #BC-CSG2. $29.50

 

 

 


Those Were The Days~Volume 1’~E9th Tuning
Billy Cooper

‘Those Were The Days~Volume 1’ offers detailed instruction on how to play the first five songs in Billy’s ‘Those Were The Days’ recording. The songs are
‘The Same Two Lips’, Ghostriders In The Sky’, ‘I Really Don’t Want To Know’, ‘Mansion On The Hill’ and Greensleeves. Songs are tabbed in complete detail which includes timing. Also included in the book of tab is an E9th tuning chart and tablature instructions. Each song is played on the accompanying 10 track CD followed by the background rhythm. Suitable for beginner to advanced players. #BC-TD1. $31.50

 


‘Those Were The Days~Volume 2’~E9th Tuning
Billy Cooper
 
‘Those Were The Days~Volume 2’ offers detailed instruction on how to play the last five songs on Billy’s ‘Those Were The Days’ instrumental CD. The songs are
‘Nature Boy’, A Way To Survive’, ‘Carla’, ‘Lily Dale’ and ‘Those Were The Days’. Tablature book includes an E9th tuning chart and tablature reading instructions. Each song is tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD. The 10 track CD has Billy playing each selection followed by background rhythm of same. Suitable for beginner to advanced players. #BC-TD2. $31.50

 

Sounds of Steel~Volume 1’ ~ E9th Tuning ss1cover
Billy Cooper
‘Sounds of Steel~Volume 1’ offers detailed instruction on how to play the first five songs in Billy’s ‘Sounds of Steel’ recording. The songs are ‘Touch My Heart’, ‘Ramblin’ Rose’, ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘Wandarin’ and ‘Faded Love’. Songs are tabbed in complete detail, including timing, in a 33 page book of tablature.

Also included in the book is an E9th tuning chart and tablature instructions. Each song is played through on an accompanying ten track CD followed by the background rhythm. Suitable for beginner to advanced players.
Ramblin’ Rose (mp3)
#BC-SS1. $31.50.  .
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ss2coverSounds of Steel~Volume 2’ ~ E9th Tuning
Billy Cooper

‘Sounds of Steel~Volume 2’ offers detailed instruction on how to play the last five songs on Billy’s ‘Sounds of Steel’ instrumental CD. The songs are ‘Invitation To The Blues’, ‘You Needed Me’, ‘April’s Fool’, ‘On The Banks of The Old Ponchartrain’ and ‘Time Out’.

The 38 page book of tablature includes an E9th tuning chart and tablature reading instructions. Each song is tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD. The ten track CD has Billy playing each selection followed by background rhythm of same. Suitable for beginner to advanced players.

Hear samples:
April’s Fool (mp3)
Time Out (mp3)
#BC-SS2. $31.50.  .
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courses-minors‘A Course In Minors’, E9th Tuning
Billy Cooper

This course is a comprehensive study of the use of the minor scale and minor chords. You will learn how valuable minors can be even when playing in a major key. For example, many times a minor chord may be used as a ‘passing’ chord in place of a seventh.
In addition to discovering other innovative ways in which minors may be used, you will also learn how familiarity with minors can be of great assistance when playing lead parts.

The 25 page instruction book includes an E9th tuning chart, tablature instruction, minor/major scale comparisons and 15 different minor chord exercises. Also presented is complete tablature for ‘Sonora Trail’ and ‘Just A Minor Thing’, the two original compositions played in the minor key found on Billy’s first album ‘Billy Cooper-Steel Guitar’.

Billy demonstrates all instruction on the accompanying 30 track CD. Also included on the CD are the two songs played in their entirety followed by the complete rhythm track for each one. Appropriate for beginner to advanced players.
#BC-CM. $28.50.   ORDER FORM -(FAST PDF DOWNLOAD


 

courses-SAinst1‘Steel Away~Volume 1’ ~ E9th Tuning
Buddy Charleton & Billy Cooper

‘Steel Away~Volume 1’ presents a 52 page book of tablature for five songs from Billy and Buddy’s gospel album, ‘Steel Away’. The songs are ‘How Long Has It Been’, ‘It Is Well With My Soul’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘When The Roll Is Called’ and ‘Beyond The Sunset’. Songs are tabbed in complete detail with timing.

On the accompanying 20 track CD you will hear Billy and Buddy playing each song, which is then followed by the rhythm track for that song. Suitable for beginner to advanced players.
Hear clips from the CD:
All is Well With My Soul (wma) (mp3)

#BB-SA1. $36.50.
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‘Steel Away~Volume 2’~E9th Tuning
Buddy Charleton & Billy Cooper
‘Steel Away~Volume 2’ presents a 54 page book of tablature for five songs from Billy and Buddy’s gospel album, ‘Steel Away’. The songs are ‘What A Friend’, ‘Steal Away’, ‘Sweet Beulah Land’, ‘I’ll Fly Away’ and ‘This Is My Father’s World’. Songs are tabbed in complete detail with timing.

On the accompanying 20 track CD you will hear Billy and Buddy playing each song, which is then followed by the rhythm track for that song. Suitable for beginner to advanced players. #BB-SA2. $36.50.  .
Hear a clip from the CD:
This is My Father's World (mp3)
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'A-11'~E9th Tuning
This course uses the classic sixties tune ‘Please Don’t Play A-11’ as a beautiful instrumental to explore some of the scales with which you, as a steelpicker, will want to be familiar. It is appropriate for beginner to advanced players. The course contains complete tablature for ‘A-11’, an explanation of how to use the tab, E9th tuning chart, instructions on building phrases from the basic material in the ‘A-11’ song, several pages of scales and more.

Also included is a CD featuring Billy playing ‘A-11’, the ‘A-11’ rhythm track for you to play along with, Billy playing ‘C’ Major scales descending and ascending, mixolydian scale descending and ascending, an intro/ending using the ‘G’ mixolydian scale and a ten string practice exercise. Each of these exercises is followed by a practice rhythm track. 17 page book & CD.
Hear clips from the CD:
A-11 Intro (wma) (mp3)
A-11 Exercise (wma) (mp3)
#BC-A1. $22.50.
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'Born to Lose'~E9th Tuning
This instruction focuses on chord theory. Don’t let the ‘theory’ word alarm you. You may be surprised to learn that understanding even basic theory will help your playing tremendously. This instruction teaches you how to build chords, how to locate them, how to execute them and when to execute them. The 19 page book of tablature is filled with intros, exercises and progressions using chords. It also includes the complete tab to ‘Born To Lose’, done instrumentally. It is suitable for beginner to advanced players

The accompanying CD has Billy playing the full instrumental version of ‘Born To Lose’, about 2 ½ minutes of pure steel. The complete rhythm track for the song follows, and then all the intros, progressions and exercises are played, followed by their rhythm tracks. 19 page book & CD.
Hear clips from the CD:
Born to Lose Intro (wma) (mp3)
Born to Lose Exercise (wma) (mp3)
#BC-BL. $22.50.
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Crazy Arms~E9th Tuning
This course develops the classic Ray Price tune, ‘Crazy Arms’ as a splendid instrumental to teach you how you may improvise or ‘ad lib’ when you are playing any song. It is suitable for the beginner to advanced player. The course has 23 pages and contains complete tablature for ‘Crazy Arms’, an explanation of how to use the tablature, E9th tuning chart and many exercises that illustrate how improvising may be done.

The CD features Billy playing an instrumental version of ‘Crazy Arms’, with an accompanying full rhythm track to play along with. There are also nine different exercises that can be substituted in certain sections of the song and three Blues/Swing exercises, each followed by a practice rhythm track. 23 page book & CD.
Hear clips from the CD:
Crazy Arms (wma) (mp3)
Crazy Arms Exercise (wma) (mp3)
#BC-CR. $22.50.
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Going On Home~E9th Tuning
Billy has played and tabbed four unforgettable gospel songs. Three are familiar old favorites, ‘Old Rugged Cross’, ‘Softly & Tenderly’ and ‘Beulah Land’. The title song ‘Going On Home’ is Billy’s original, up-tempo arrangement that will surely get your feet tapping.

The tablature book has 27 pages which includes an E9th tuning chart and instructions on how to use the tablature. Each hymn is tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD and includes timing. The material is suitable for beginner to advanced players.

The CD has eight tracks. Each song is played and is followed by the complete rhythm track for you to use for practice or as a backup in live settings. 27 page book & CD.
Hear clips from the CD:
Going on Home (wma) (mp3)
Old Rugged Cross (wma) (mp3)
Softly and Tenderly (wma) (mp3)
Beulah Land (wma) (mp3)
#BC-GH. $28.50.
 
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‘Precious Memories’~E9th Tuning
This gospel course presents four traditional hymns songs from Billy’s CD entitled ‘Gospel Steel Guitar’. The four songs are ‘Precious Mem’ries’, ‘Jesus Loves Me/A Mighty Fortress’ medley, ‘Lily Of The Valley’ and ‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’.

Each song is tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD. The instruction book also includes an explanation of how to read tablature and an E9th tuning chart. The material is suitable for beginner to advanced players.

Each song is played on the eight track CD just as it was done on the ‘Gospel Steel Guitar’ CD. Each rendition is followed by a practice rhythm track.Hear several clips-- SONGS ON CD
27 page book & CD.
#BC-PM. $28.50.
 
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courses-gospel3‘Family Bible’~E9th Tuning
Four traditional hymns played in Billy’s remarkable style, so complementary to the gospel sphere. The songs are ‘Family Bible’, ‘Where The Roses Never Fade’, ‘In The Garden’ and ‘Blessed Assurance’.

The tablature book has 25 pages which includes an E9th tuning chart and instructions on how to use the tablature. Each hymn is tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD and includes timing. The material is suitable for beginner to advanced players. The CD has eight tracks. Each song is played and is followed by the complete rhythm track for you to use for practice or as a backup in live settings. #BC-FB.   $28.50.
 
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'E9 Country Volume 1'~E9th Tuning
This course offers instruction on how to play four songs taken from Billy’s first pedal steel CD, ‘Billy Cooper—Steel Guitar’. The songs are Healing Hands of Time’, ‘I’ll Be There’, ‘Lonely Street’ and ‘Farewell Party’. The 25 page book of tablature includes an E9 tuning chart and instructions on how to use the tablature. The songs are tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD with timing included.

The eight track CD presents Billy playing each song just as it occurs on his recent recording, followed by a rhythm track of the song. Suitable for beginner, intermediate or advanced players.
25 page book & CD.
#BC-EV1. $28.50.

 


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'E9 Country Volume 2'~E9th Tuning
This course offers instruction on how to play four songs taken from Billy’s first pedal steel CD, ‘Billy Cooper—Steel Guitar’.  The songs are ‘I Don’t Believe I’ll Fall In Love Today’, ‘Crazy Arms’, ‘Born To Lose’, and ‘Please Don’t Play A-11’.  The 27 page book of tablature includes an E9 tuning chart and instructions on how to use the tablature. The songs are tabbed in complete detail just as it is played on the accompanying CD with  timing included.

The eight track CD presents Billy playing each song just as it occurs on the recording, followed by a rhythm track of the song.  Suitable for beginner, intermediate or advanced players.
27 page book & CD.
#BC-EV2. $28.50.

 

'Learning To Play Harmony'~E9th Tuning
Buddy Charleton & Billy Cooper
This innovative course has been designed by Buddy Charleton and Billy Cooper to help steel players hear harmony parts.
For this course, Billy and Buddy have worked up some beautiful harmonies on the pedal steel. This instruction will help you develop your own harmonies with the guitar player or other lead instrument in your band.
The instruction is very thorough, organized and easy to understand. The course is comprised of a 23 page book of teaching and a 22 track CD which demonstrates each page of the tablature. You will hear Billy playing all the lead parts and Buddy playing all the harmony parts.
The tracks are arranged so that you may play along with either lead or harmony.
#BB-HC. $34.50
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‘Steel Together’-Volume 1’
~E9th Tuning

Complete tablature and rhythm tracks to five songs found on Buddy’s and Billy’s first recording, Steel Together. The songs are ‘Fraulein’, ‘Waltz Across Texas’, ‘Don’t Touch Me’, ‘Let’s Say Goodbye...’ and ‘Ashokan Farewell’.
The 36 page book tabs each song in detail and includes an E9th tuning chart and basic tabbing instructions. The accompanying CD has twelve tracks. Each song is played in its entirety with the steel guitar, and is then followed by the tune’s rhythm track. #BB-SG1. $34.50 . See order form. ORDER HERE .

‘Steel Together’-Volume 2’
~E9th Tuning

Volume 2 has the same format as Volume 1 above. The songs are ‘Another Bridge To Burn’, What A Way To Live’, ‘Half A Mind’ ‘Shenandoah’ and ‘Forty String Swing’.
Forty page book of tablature and rhythm CD to all five songs. #BB-SG2. $34.50.
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'Learning To Play C6th Tuning'
For those who desire to learn the C6th tuning, this is excellent foundational teaching from Buddy Charleton and Billy Cooper. It will also be of great benefit to pickers who already play the C6th neck but who may not know exactly what they are playing or why. This course will give a more in depth understanding of the theory behind the C6th tuning.

The 22 page book offers tabbed exercises detailing chords that are most commonly used in the C6th tuning. In addition, you will find photos illustrating proper seating position as well as pedal, bar and right hand techniques. Also included are basic instruction on the use of tablature, a C6th tuning chart and a valuable chart of major scales. Lastly, Buddy and Billy have tabbed two exercise songs that employ the chord progressions presented in the course. The 14 track CD begins by showing you how to tune your guitar. On tracks 2 through 9 you will hear Buddy playing chords and then using them with an accompanying rhythm. You then have the opportunity to practice each chord following the same rhythm track. Buddy completes the CD by playing the two exercise songs which are then followed by practice rhythm tracks. Suitable for beginner to intermediate players.
22 page book & CD
#BB-C6. $34.50. ORDER FORM -(FAST PDF DOWNLOAD



courses-50'50 Intros/Turnarounds'~E9th Tuning
Here are 50 valuable intros and turnarounds from Buddy Charleton. You will find 21 classic country intros and turnarounds. Some are taken from well known Ernest Tubb hits such as ‘Another Story’, ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’, ‘Thanks A Lot’. Others are well known country songs, ‘Danny Boy’, ‘Take Me As I Am’, etc. The remaining 29 are original Charleton-style intros and turnarounds that can be of great benefit to the steel player who wants to augment his repertoire of creative compositions. There is a mixture of selections in Up Tempo, 4/4 and 3/4 time.

This is a 31 page course for the E9th tuning with timing. The accompanying CD has 50 tracks. On each track you will hear Buddy playing the selection, followed by the rhythm track for that particular intro. This instruction is suitable for beginner to advanced players.
#BC-IT. $34.50.  ORDER FORM -(FAST PDF DOWNLOAD

 

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