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So let's talk about
the key of d a little bit more.
The key of D is, is one of my favorite
keys to play in.
I think the Dobro sounds great in an open
D position.
So, I want to expand on that a little bit
with you guys.
And help you get accustomed to, to
expanding this key of D.
let's look at our D sort of
home base position, and open position,
which is this right here.
This is.
You're basically only fretting one note.
A note which is the second fret of the
third string.
And then playing the open D strings.
So you get the fourth, third, and
first strings involved here.
And you're fretting just that one note,
the A note.
Everything else is open.
So from that sort of home base, let's talk
about, the D pentatonic major.
Now, pentatonic, means five notes.
This scale, is actually more like a
six-note scale, so it's not officially
a pentatonic, but it's not the major, the
full major scale, either.
This little pattern I'm going to show you
is really, really useful, and
actually it's, it's moveable as well, but
even though it's in an open position.
So let me just show it to you.
So starting on the low A note, second
fret, sixth string, it looks like this.
and then going back the other way.
So what we're doing is we're
playing the low six string second fret and
then just rolling forward.
Then open B, open D, so, that's really
And then second fret.
Fourth string slide up fourth fret fourth
Then I play an open G to connect these,
and then now that we're on the second fret
of the third string it looks just like the
lowest three strings.
With that forward roll included.
See that
So what I would say is just practice this
little pattern.
You don't necessarily have to do it with a
metronome right now.
that open D
Is going to give you a lot of what you
need to learn to play most
melodies in the key of D major.
The, the one note that that's missing is
the C-sharp note.
So if you weren't gonna do the pentatonic
as we're calling it.
And you were gonna do the full major
scale, you'd just be adding one note.
Which is the second fret of the fifth
That one.
Then you've got the full D major scale.
But for now, we're just going to stick to
this, this, this one without that note.
And you can even connect that to your
seventh fret D home position.
So, seventh fret barred straight across is
also D.
And so you can connect this lower position
with that.
I've gotten this written on some music so
you can check it out on your own when you
Well let's talk
a little bit about D minor.
Just like we've used D major pentatonic,
it lends itself really well to some open
Well so does the D minor position and D
minor pentatonic.
So let's just talk a little bit about
that, and the differences there.
The nice thing is, you've still got your
same home base position,
that's been discussed, which is
second fret of the third string and
the open D string.
So you've got this home base.
Cuz this right here doesn't have any
thirds in it.
You know,
the third of a chord is what gives it its
quality whether it's major or minor.
So if you have a chord with no thirds, it
can sort of go either way.
So this is your home base for this
Now, [COUGH] the minor, for D minor
pentatonic, is, is pretty simple.
It sounds something like this.
So it still has these open D notes.
It's got a couple more fretted notes, but
it's still pretty simple to get your hands
It starts on the lowest string, the second
That's how you know.
And this time you're gonna fret
the first fret of the fifth string, and
then the open D string.
So it's, with your right hand it's, it's
still just a forward roll.
Just like that.
Then you just wanna jump the bar from the
second fret,
lowest string to the first fret, fifth
That's the only real tricky part.
So it's like that.
And then you fret the third fret of the
fourth string to get the minor third,
that's that right there.
Open G, second fret of the third string.
And then, it looks the same as it did on
the lowest three.
So you got that second fret to first fret
on the neck string.
And open D and a forward roll with your
right hand.
And then you can end your highest note is
gonna be this third fret of the highest
string right there.
That's the minor third in D, right there.
It's an F note.
And so, what I do to practice these is I
just practice going forward and
backward with these, with these scales.
And so I might go forward, just straight.
One note after the next but
you can also sort of mix it up like I was
just doing.
Those are little four note sequences.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four, one, two,
So, you can make up your own sorta
patterns with these scales but
the main thing is to get all the notes
familiar and be able to play them.
So I've got a couple of exercises.
I'll just show you how they sound.
Well I've got the D minor pentatonic here.
And then I've sort of got one that leads
up the neck a little bit.
It sounds like this.
So that gets you all the way up to your D
note on the high string on the 12th fret.
And I've got it, in tablature right there.
One other way, you can sort of add to this
is by adding
sort of like a blues note to this.
So, listen to what this blues note sound
like it.
It gets put in between the A note
here and the G note here.
It's a chromatic.
Like that.
Kind of a bluesy sound so.
With that note included,
you get quite a lot of variety with this D
minor pentatonic.
So, listen to this.
So that D minor pentatonic, you've got
this chromatic note, A, A flat, G.
And you can use it going up as well in the
opposite direction so you might play G.
G sharp.
And so as I, I'm naming the notes too as I
go and
this is just like this [SOUND] F here,
this [SOUND] D.
It's just to encourage you to sort of
continue your quest to learn the fret
board and try and learn some note names.
But try out this D minor pentatonic, tell
me what you think.