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[MUSIC]
What we're gonna do here is
discuss a little bit about how to reduce
excess,
extraneous noise when you're trying to
play.
The Dobro is sort of infamous for.
The silverware drawer being thrown down
the stairs,
all kinds of derogatory [SOUND] sort of
ideas related to,
to the Dobro because it's, it's hard to
get it to sound clean.
And so what I'm gonna try to do here is
help
help you understand how to create a really
clean sound.
And we'll use the example that I have used
for chord back up,
the same music to sort of show you some of
the ways I might do this.
So and, as I've practiced and played over
the years,
this is one area that I've really tried
to, to focus on and.
There's not really an exercise for this
per se,
it's more something you just need to keep
in mind.
If you're wanting to play cleanly and
without a lot of excess noise, it tends to
just happen, you know?
Your, your hands sort of tend to do the
right thing, they figure it out.
So, what you wanna do is just keep this in
mind when you're learning exercises,
or learning songs.
Just keep in mind, when you, before you
even start to say,
I wanna play this cleanly and, a lot of
times, some of these things
will fix themselves but we'll use the
example of this chord backup.
And I'll just do it, sort of, out of time,
here.
[MUSIC]
So
it starts with a slide up to these seventh
notes.
Even just getting that.
Clean, there's a few things to keep in
mind
[MUSIC]
one thing is left hand pressure you want
to give it enough pressure so it's not,
[MUSIC]
hear those rattles.
We probably want to avoid those.
They can be used for effect at certain
times but
generally you're wanting it to just be a
nice, clean chord.
So you want to put just enough pressure in
the left hand.
[MUSIC]
Now the other thing I'm doing is,
this is some of this is reminder stuff
that you probably already know but
it's good to, to go over once again.
The fingers on the left hand that aren't
being used to hold the bar,
these are essentially used to mute they
should.
And they don't, you don't have to do
anything with them,
they should just be relaxed but
they just drag along the strings
[MUSIC]
and mute.
Now the ring finger really works well
depending on
the size of your hand and the size of your
bar.
My ring finger goes out past the end of
the bar
[MUSIC]
so what it does is it mutes any strings in
front of the bar like for instance on this
I'm using the second, third, and
forth, strings so my bar isn't touching
the top string cuz I'm not using It but,
my ring finger does touch it.
It shoots out ahead of the bar,
[MUSIC]
and mutes it.
[MUSIC]
So I'm,
I'm not gonna get an excess rattling.
Now, the strings below, that I'm not
playing, get muted by my thumb, here.
Now, theoretically, I'm not playing any
other strings.
But, because your bar is sliding on them.
Without using your extra fingers, they're
all going to sort of rattle.
So I keep that thumb on their and also I
might have my
right hand sort of resting on some of
these lower strings that I'm not playing.
Again, this is thinking a lot about it.
You don't have to get
too analytical about this
[MUSIC]
just stuff to keep in mind.
[MUSIC]
You can also use your right hand to mute.
You can use your picking fingers.
Not just your palm.
You can use your palm.
[MUSIC]
If I wanna do a few different chords
I might use my right hand to mute them
[MUSIC]
by just placing it down and
muting the note, or, I might use my
picking fingers to mute strings.
[MUSIC]
Just by placing them back down on
the strings.
[MUSIC]
So
it's sort of a dance where you use both
hands and, and
you're using maybe your palm of your right
hand, your picking fingers.
And on the left hand to just use the bar
where you need it and
just let what notes you want to hear ring.
So, I'm going to play this whole example
once.
And just notice how the only thing that
you're hearing are the notes that,
uh,are written and the notes that I want
to play, hopefully, we'll see.
[MUSIC].
So, it's a combination, you know?
When I play a single note,
[MUSIC]
I tilt the bar forward.
And then when I play a chord,
[MUSIC]
I lay the bar flat.
So it's just this combination of stuff.
Like I say, I don't want you to get too
analytical about it.
It's just something to keep in mind,
regarding excess noise.
[MUSIC]