Experimenting with this excellent emulator set up as pedal steel/Telecaster (in guitar rig 5) using the Mix dial to switch between the two in real time. Problem is that the pedal steel is not sounding as it should. I’ve tried legato and pitch bend but it never sounds correct. Any tips?
Pedal steel guitar is typically used in a song as a background instrument and lead instrument.
As a background instrument a pedal steel guitar player typically will play hold chords and slides that act as pads in a song. The player will use a foot controlled volume pedal to create a swell at a chord beginning. The volume pedal will be used to create a sustained hold and either the volume pedal or palm mute is used to end the chord.
As a lead instrument a player typically either plays all notes or a mixture of notes and chords. Notes follow the song melody or zoom off to wherever the player desires. Notes generally have a fast attack and a percussive feel to them (Steel Guitar Rag for example) or a long ringing sound (Sleepwalk). The chords are generally not held for very long and are sometimes lightly palm muted.
Some Telecaster players achieve the bending, steel guitar, string sound by using a modified Telecaster. The Telecaster is modified with a mechanical linkage called a b-bender. The b-bender raises the pitch of the b string from b to c. The b-bender linkage terminates at the front guitar strap button. This allows the player to control the linkage by moving the guitar neck up and down. That not only sounds cool but looks cool!