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Dobro Lessons: Octaves

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Well, how's it going?
We're gonna get into talking about using
some octaves.
Octaves are a great way to enhance the
sound of a note,
to beef it up a little bit.
And they're really easy to do on the
Dobro, it's really convenient for us.
Because we have octaves all over the place
right in our bar position.
So, if we go to say the C chord right here
on the fifth fret.
Make sure we're nice and in tune and
barred correctly.
Now, we've discussed the one-three, the
first three strings are the same as
the second three strings, and that's
because we have two octaves right there.
So an octave is basically just playing,
two octaves of one note.
So right here, if I were to play the
lowest string, the sixth and
the third string together.
That's an octave.
So, if I were to play this note, the C
note, I can play it on its own, but if I
wanna give it a beefier fuller sound I can
play the full octave this little pinch.
And I can do all kinds of things with that
I can move it around and play scales.
And I can do that on a variety of
different strings.
I could also do it on the fifth string and
the second string.
I've got an octave right there,
still in this C chord position.
And then I've got one more octave right
there which is on the fourth and
the first string.
So that's all an octave is.
It's just doing a pinch,
playing two of the same note at the same
time in an octave.
And so, like I say, the usefulness of that
is, it just beefs up a note.
If I were gonna say do a little lick
and end on this C note, tenth fret.
Instead of just playing it on its own,
especially these higher notes, that can
get a little thinner sounding.
I might add
the octave, the low octave.
And it gives it a lotta, a lotta beef to
So, I my, if I do a lick,
it just can really fill out the sound.
And so the scale notes are gonna be all
the same,
so you don't have to move your bar in any
weird direction.
You just keep it straight across
and pinch the two notes.
For octaves I usually use the thumb and
the middle finger.
And once you get good at it you can sort
of, you can switch strings and
do the octaves.
Creates a really nice full sound,
so I encourage you to practice a little
bit with octaves.