My Story

Chuck Lettes has shared the stage with many touring artists including LeRoy VanDyke, Doug Kershaw, Asleep at the Wheel, Vince Gill, Johnny Lee, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  He was the staff steel guitarist for Denver’s longest running musical, “Always… Patsy Cline.”  Chuck performs locally, often with Lannie Garrett. In addition to musical performances, Chuck has written for The Pedal Steel Guitar Association’s Newsletter since l984 and has earned the magazine’s Reader Appreciation award for his column, “New Instrumentals for the Steel Guitar.” Already a member of the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame, Chuck is a new inductee into the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame.  Chuck has presented steel guitar seminars and concerts at many of the steel guitar conventions across the United States.  He continues to love and to further learn the steel guitar, but since his retirement as a high school English teacher, Chuck recently has taken up the tenor saxophone.  Who says there are no second acts in life?


Chuck Lettes' Pedal Steel Guitar Seminar

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 I’ve divided my two hour E9th seminar into three parts:

 Part 1: Intros/turnarounds

 Every steel player should have a few intros available to kick off different tunes. They can also do double duty as turnarounds.  I’ll demonstrate some of my favorites.

 Part 2 Sears and Roebuck (Generic) fills and licks.

 Like the section on intros, these fills/licks work with many different tunes and can spark your own creativity. I also will illustrate some open string effects that I enjoy.

 Part 3 The Old Switcheroo-E9th to C6th

 Creating C6th sounds on E9th is easier than lugging around the second neck. I’ll demonstrate some ways to create these sounds.


When - Saturday, Aug 28, 2021, 1 – 3 pm

Where - Dougie G’s Lounge

             10217 Quivas St.

 Thornton, CO 80260


Bring your steel and some headphones.  I’ll provide mp3s of the rhythm tracks and some steel tablature of the exercises that I will illustrate. Please contact me to reserve a spot.

Cost for the 2 hour Seminar: $40, with $5 going back to the Denver Steel Guitar Club