" Keeping The Steelin' Going Strong "

 

This site has been designed to provide tabs for steel guitar players looking for an easy way to play the melodies of Old Time Bluegrass, Country & Western, Gospel, Hawaiian, and Western Swing WITHOUT THE USE OF PEDALS. All my tabs include chords and words, if available. I do these tabs mainly to help those who do not have ready access to the music or instructors.

For over 63 years now I have been hand transcribing music into steel guitar tabs. To date, I have digitally converted over 10,350 tablature transcriptions in various tunings mainly in A6, G, C6, E6, C#m, E7, E9 and E13 in over 1,670 TITLES .  

I have over 12,500 tab requests entered into my request database. Due to a heavy backlog of requests, I accept tab requests via email or regular mail; however, the tabs are sent via regular mail NOT email because I use a special program that MY printer is set to print in special format and I try to send a few at a time because of the postage expense.  Therefore, please send your name, mailing address and e-mail address, IF possible, so I can make sure to get the tabs to you.

No tabs are sent if you do not provide the information requested above. I do this to keep a complete database of all tabs requested and that I send out.  I will never give out this information to any other source. 

ATTENTION - I am always on the lookout for old music material that can be transcribed into steel guitar tabs, and any and all steel guitar trivia. Please feel free to call me or e-mail me if you have any trivia or music.

Text Box: Bill Chaviers 
Steel Guitar Tab Site
(non-pedal) est-1996

TAB LIST

JUST CLICK ON THE LETTER THAT THE TITLE STARTS WITH (example “ANYTIME”, JUST CLICK ON “A” TO GET THE “A” TITLE LIST)

MY HISTORY IN MUSIC

 

Hello, I am Bill Chaviers (Shavers); I started playing steel guitar in 1946. A lot of us in those days raised the strings on our  arch-top or flat-top guitars. Above is a replica of my first Fender Champion (a very special note of thanks to Brad Bechtel for letting me use his picture). I wanted to learn to play Hawaiian Music. My main Hawaiian Music influences were Dick McIntire, Sol Hoopi, and Tau Moe to name a few.  Then on the scene came JERRY BYRD .  I finally got to meet him while attending Scotty’s Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis in 1978 when Jerry, Leon McAuliffe and Alvino Rey were inducted into the STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME.

 

I would listen to WSM radio and Hawaii Calls on the short wave and try to learn by ear. I then decided to seek out a mentor to help teach me how to play. I had many teachers and the last one was Herb Remington. He finally told me "Not to give up my day job" because I was much too lazy to practice so I could try and play professionally.

 

I can sit and listen to most of today's music (with cotton in my ears) but my favorite music is Hawaiian. My all time favorite bands include Spade Cooley, Hank Thompson and The Brazos Valley Boys, and Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. My all time favorite Hawaiian Steel Guitar players are Jerry Byrd, Sol Hoopi, David Kelii, Tau Moe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Herb Remington, L. T. Zinn, Ken Ufton, and Rudy Wairata to name only a few.

 

I started seriously transcribing music while I was studying with Herb Remington. He tutored me in this area and I really took a liking to it. He showed me the chords and keys and how to properly arrange the sheet music into steel guitar format.

  

I am still transcribing music today and will be adding more Digital Tabs as I finish them. If you see a title that you might want I probably have that title in the tuning you need. It has taken over 63 years and over 80,000 man hours to produce these tablatures and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do creating them.

 

ATTENTION - I am always on the lookout for old music material that can be transcribed into steel guitar tabs, and any and all steel guitar trivia. Please feel free to call me or e-mail me if you have any trivia or music. 

Mahalo and enjoy the tabs -

 

Bill Chaviers

1516 Bay Area Blvd # U3

Houston Texas 77058

bill@billchaviers.com

 

(281) 474-2433

  

SAMPLE TABLATURE

This is just a exercise we wrote up over 60 years ago and I have

posted it here to show what the tabs you request will look like.

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Updated

12.24.13