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Dobro Lessons: Closed Position D Minor

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Hey guys, let's check out a little bit of
D minor pentatonic in a closed position.
So this is going to based off of your
seventh fret position, right here.
And so, this is going to be a minor scale
based off of this,
seventh fret D position.
So, if you bar straight across and strum
everything, that's a D major scale.
We know that.
So the minor, to get minor notes, we're
talking about the third,
the third of the chord.
So, this, the lowest string is the one.
The second string is the third.
The highest string is the fifth.
And those, the one, three, five, that's
based off of scale notes.
That's actually the third note of the D
scale, fifth note of the D scale.
Also the one, three, five of the chord,
it's called.
To get a minor you need to flatten the
third from,
from here
to here.
So it looks just like the D major except
the thirds are flatted that's on the fifth
string and.
The second string, and when I say flatted
it's just one half step so
one fret so like this.
So that's the pattern right there.
This D minor pentatonic.
It looks like this.
It almost looks like an X if you think of
it visually.
And I'm a real visual person when I'm
looking at the fret board.
I like to see little patterns that help me
remember these types of things, so
if I look and I start here on the seventh
fret of the lowest string, and
then sixth fret of the second string.
Fifth fret of the fourth string and then
And then fifth fret of the third string
you see it makes like a little X pattern
And then you can continue up.
To finish out that scale,
all the way up to the high D on the 12th
fret so, we'll go through those
notes real slow and you can refer to the
music that I have here, so.
And you'll notice as I play those, it's
real clean.
You don't hear a lot of other strings
ringing or extraneous noises.
Now that can take a little while to get
the hang of.
But one way that I do it is by tilting the
bar and only playing the note.
Only having the bar on the note that I'm
[SOUND] So like that.
When I, when I move to the fifth string
from the sixth
I tilt the bar and
just get that one string.
Once again,
as I move strings,
I just have the bar on that string.
And then once I move forward.
These fingers right here, the pinky and
the ring finger,
they're just sort of loose?
Well they come into action by just resting
on the lower strings and muting them.
So when I play a high note like this, my
pinky and my ring finger are muting
all the other strings, so there's not a
lot of extraneous noise.
So not only is this a good exercise to
practice for the D minor pentatonic but
it also can be an exercise to help you in
playing a little bit more cleanly so
we've got this one.
And you can
do it up and down.
Well there's one other one that
I'll share with you here
it's the same notes.
But just a little bit different
When I'm going from high to low I actually
prefer this pattern which is like so.
And the nice thing about this pattern is
you can get it going pretty quick.
So once you get those patterns under your
belt, you can start to add a little bit of
There's one other thing I will mention.
I was adding a little Blues note on some
of these.
So, where that Blues note is,
if we go back to our first pattern
Is between those two notes, between the G,
the fifth fret or the fourth string.
And the A, the seventh fret of the fourth
So there's a little
chromatic there it happens again on the
highest string.
So that little Blues sound there can add a
lot of interest to the scale.
And you can refer to your music for
a little bit more detail.