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Dobro Lessons: Open and Closed G Minor

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Well let's talk about one of my favorite
scales and one that I use quite often, is
the G minor pentatonic scale.
Obviously key of G is a very popular key
and we've done a lot of stuff with may,
G major.
Well let's talk a little bit about the
It's an awesome-
It's an awesome scale because you've got
all this open string stuff you can do and
it's a fairly simple scale.
It sounds a little bit like this.
So, in Bluegrass,
you'll notice a lot of people
solo using that particular scale.
It's really common.
So, you listen to, you know, Tony Rice
play guitar or other people play, that's
really what a lot of the playing is based
off of, these minor pentatonic scales.
So it's definitely something you wanna try
and get familiar with.
And we'll go over it here, slowly.
So, let me just show you one more time
this G minor pentatonic in the open
[SOUND] Starts on the low G string.
[SOUND] And then it plays the third fret.
That's your G, that's the minor note in G.
It's a B-flat.
And then, the only hard part is this
little leap from the third fret of
the lowest string, to the first fret of
the fifth string [SOUND].
So you get a little, a little jump there.
And then the open D string.
An F note, which is the third fret of that
D, and then open G.
So from G to G in one octave,
it's just this right here
You can just practice that much, if you
And you can go up, you can go back.
And then you can continue that onto the
higher strings for two full octaves of
this G minor pentatonic, which would sound
and look like this.
So that's two full octaves ending on this
high g note, fifth fret of the top string,
so you can do it up, you can go back.
So you're probably familiar with that
sound, I would imagine.
As far as right hand fingering
When I play two notes in a row on the low
I usually do two thumbs.
And then it's like a forward roll.
So I got that, and
some music you can check out.
So that's an open G minor pentatonic.
Now you can do something to give a little
more color to it, which is add one of
those blue sort of notes, the chromatic
note, which is this here.
So you're adding one more note to it.
So, what that note is,
is it's like a sharp four in between the
four and the five.
So, it's like this.
[SOUND] Open [SOUND] third fret.
[SOUND] First fret of the fifth string.
[SOUND] Second fret of the fifth string.
[SOUND] Then open D string [SOUND] third
fret of the D [SOUND] open G and
again on the highest strings look the
Open, third fret, first fret, second fret
open high.
High D.
Third fret on the fifth.
And you can use that coming down as well.
So that gives you a really cool kinda
bluesy minor pentatonic scale that you can
So give that a try, and then what you can
do is, you can go all the way up to
the 12th fret,
and you can do some of this stuff up
there too.
On this octave G 12th fret.
So up here, that scale.
Looks and sounds like this.
We're getting pretty
high up on the neck here.
We're going all the way up to the 17th
[SOUND] For a really high G note.
But we've got all this space and
all these frets.
So you may, we may as well use it use all
the frets and, and
sound space that we have.
So, this starts on the lowest string on
the 12th fret.
[SOUND] Then you gotta play that minor
Which is one fret below on the fifth
[SOUND] And then 10 fret on the fourth
[SOUND] 11th fret.
[SOUND] 10 on the third string.
[SOUND] 12 on the third.
11, 10, 11, 12, all the way up to 17.
So, you can practice that I've also got
the, notation for that.
And so that's
a totally closed position.
Pentatonic minor scale.
So, we know that can be moved to any key.
You can take that and move it down three
you'd have that same scale in E on the
ninth fret.
So this pattern, if ya get it under
control, you can move that to any key.