China Grove, NC

990 Old Beatty Ford Rd

28 March, 2015

123 days away

12 Musicians

Event talent

150 Seats

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  • Pedal to the Metal

    Sit, enjoy individual musicians as they perform. There will be food and beverages available for purchase throughout the performance. Buy a cup of coffee and refills are free.

    Get ready for a foot stompin good time!
  • Break

    There will a short break. Grab a bite to eat at the event, people watch or take the opportunity to meet our the MASGA officers and event musicians.

    Want to rub elbows with MASGA talent and Nashville talent? This is your chance!
  • The Music

    Each musician has the opportunity to individually stage a performance on their Steel Guitar and style.

    Some musicians have available CD's, gear and used equipment at every show.
  • The Band

    Each event brings together top talent and famous names into a band setting performing hits your sure to recoginize.

    Want to rub elbows with MASGA talent and Nashville talent? This is your chance!

Schedule

Tribute Jam in memory of E.R. Chandler

If you're new to MASGA you'll be glad you stopped by. If you're looking for great Steel Guitar entertainment you've come to the right place.

Our events include artist in the Mid Atlantic area inclusive of Nashville musicians.

Know someone else that may wish to attend? Spread the word, we love the company!

Musicians

Taking the stage at the next event.

Doug Jernigan

Doug Jernigan

Smyrna, TN

Mike Calaway

Mike Calaway

Salem, VA

Speaker 3

Steel Player

Your photo can be here!

If you would like to play at the next show please call Eddie Drye at 336-862-3688.

News

MASGA Official News (Established 8/12/2001)

Memorial

E. R. Chandler (Sept 2, 1932 - Aug 23, 2014)

It is with a sad heart that we inform everyone of Ellerson (E.R.) Chandlers death. E.R. passed away at the last MASGA performance. He was one of the co-founders of MASGA and was a devoted member. His compassion for the steel guitar was immeasurable.

His greatest joy was playing the steel which had a permanent setup in his living room.

His tireless dedication and efforts will be missed.
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Previous Event Video

Pedal to the Metal (08/23/2014)

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Each musician performa separately then the band performs.


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Steel Guitar Photos

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Hilights

Event photos to the right show the incredible talent MASGA searches our for events.

  • Each event is packed with top Steel talent
  • From local artists to headliners
  • Featuring Nashville artists
  • Food and Beverages always on site
  • Merchandise always available
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Officers

Keeping the art alive.

Speaker 1

Eddie Drye

President (Albemarle, NC)

eddie@avoli.com

Speaker 2

Johnny Howington

Vice President (Lillington, NC)

johnny.howington@yahoo.com

Speaker 3

Mike Calaway

Secretary/Treasurer (Salem, VA)

mikeca30@comcast.net

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Frequently Asked Questions

by Mike Calaway

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  • Peavy Amp Setup





    I would like to discuss the way to set up a Peavey Amp for Steel Guitar. This info pertains to the Nashville 400, Vegas 400, Nashville 112, Nashville 1000 and the Session 500.

    First, let’s look at the 2 most misused and misunderstood controls on all of these amps, the shift and mid controls. Both of these controls together are a parametric EQ. Look at the diagram and see that the shift control can be set between 150 and 1.5k Hertz. The nominal setting for this is 800. Now that we’ve got the frequency set to 800 on the shift control we can either boost this frequency by turning the mid control to a positive number or cut the frequency by turning the mid control to a negative number. The nominal setting for this control is -5. So what we have done is cut the 800 frequency by 5 db. For instance if you wanted a LOT of bass you could set the shift control between 150 and 300 and turn the mid control to +7 and you could hear the bass increase greatly, but you would loose control of you middle frequency. If you want to prove how this work just set the mid control to dead 0 and turn the shift control left and right and you’ll hear absolutely no change in the sound.

    I’ve included a diagram of Peavey’s suggestions for E9th. This, I’ve found to be the best settings to start with on these amps and certainly is not cast in stone as we all have different guitars and different ears. The bass, treble and presence are all controls that can cut or boost their frequency from -15 to +15 db. The treble control effects the upper end of the midrange and the lower end of the treble range. The presence control has a lot of effect on the treble range.

    A lot of people have asked me how I get my steel to sound the way it does. I have a sound that I like and when I set my steel up I start with the basic settings on my amp and go from there. I use a moderate amount of bass and then I set my mids and highs to my taste for the room I’m in, and every room has a different sound which is affected by the walls, the floor, and the type of materials used in the room. Also I’m not afraid to turn my volume up so it reaches the back of the room, and does not die 6 foot in front of the stage. If I go to all the trouble to bring my steel, set it up, and adjust everything, I certainly would like people other than myself to hear what I play. Low volume, in my opinion, is the worst thing a steel player can do to his self, play loud enough for everyone to hear you, (so you make a mistake), BIG deal. At our jams we’re there to have fun and play and I don’t think anyone would care if you’re playing loud enough for someone to hear you if you make a mistake.

  • Technique

    RIGHT HAND

    Getting the. proper right hand technique is one of the most important facts in getting licks.  Bending your picks to the correct angle and having them bent in the correct oval shape and fitting them to your finger in the correct position is very very important if you expect to play the licks correctly and have any speed and control over your picking.  Also there are picks on the market that do not lend themselves to helping you at all when it comes to picking and finger control.

    One of the best picks is the NATIONAL, be the new model or the original model, which is still available today from certain vendors.  Look closely at the illustrations and check your right hand position.  Your hand should be rolled well over to the right in order to get the right edge of your hand down on the strings for muting the strings after each pick.

    This causes your picks to contact the strings at an angle, causing you to have to play off the rounded edge of the pick and not off at the pointed “nose” of the pick.  This gives you a much better tone for one thing.  It also improves your speed since your fingers are sweeping back towards you in a sideways motion rather than straight under your hand.  The side motion lets your hand stay more stationary.  The less motion, the less time it takes to play a string of notes.

    Let the fingers do the moving and let the hand stay in one spot as much as possible.  Let the fingers bend at the knuckles in each picking motion and let the hand be the plat­form for the fingers.  The hand is not part of the picking motion.  If your hand is jumping all around during a sequence of notes you more than likely have to get rid of some bad habits.  Watch the first knuckle of the right hand while picking one of the licks.  If the knuckle moves any place other than up, learn to get it to sit in one spot.  The fingers will do the work, but you must make them by stopping the hand.

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