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Dobro Lessons: "Cluck Old Hen"

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Well I've been looking forward to this.
We're gonna go ahead and learn a song that
I like to play quite a bit on the Dobro.
It's one of my favorite tunes to pick,
And it's an old time song called Cluck Old
And, you can hear a lot of old time
versions of it.
You can also hear some more modern
versions of it.
I've developed a pretty cool Dobro style
way to play this song,
it's based off of the minor pentatonic
Now, I've got my capo on.
I'm capoed on the second fret cuz we're
going to play this out of A but
since we're capoed too here, we can use
all of our open string type licks
that we might use in G so
make sure your capo's on and
in position and, and tight and you're in
[SOUND] Right there.
So I'll go through step by step one time
through the song.
And just give you an idea of where some of
the trouble points might be.
You can refer to your music, and then
we'll go ahead and
play it at a couple different speeds with
some backing tracks.
But for now, we'll go ahead and just go
through the first couple of phrases.
And it basically is based off of a roll.
I, I'll play you the first phrase so you
just get an idea of where we're going
so, that's the first few phrases, so
the way that works is, it's a forward roll
with one note coming back so.
So thumb, index, middle and then index
And then for
the first fretted note on the third fret,
I use my thumb.
It's a real strong note there so
I wanna use my thumb for it to be strong
And then a big four chord right there,
fifth fret.
Now when I say fifth fret, I mean, it's
actually the seventh fret, but
we're sort of imagining the capo as
starting us over so this is, we'll refer
to this as the fifth fret for right now
so you got this four chord.
Big four chord, and
then the second half of it is
So that's a pretty cool sort of ending
a minor pentatonic sort of ending lick.
And what it is is
So it starts on the open string, the open.
Third string.
Fret and
third fret at fourth string open fourth
And then, this is really the only tricky
part you do a little lead
from the first fret of the fifth string
to the third fret of the sixth string so
so you can practice that like,
sort of on it's own
and what I do for fingering is middle,
thumb, pull off, index, thumb, pull off or
well, I strike that one so, there you go.
So, one more time on those first few
You do that twice.
That's the whole A part.
Now the B part is, is pretty simple.
It starts on the middle two strings and
sounds like this.
So you're just sort of going back and
forth between the middle two strings.
Playing a big flat three chord and then
[SOUND] That's sort of a flat seven chord.
then your last lick is very similar to the
A part.
High string first fret of the second
string, third fret of the third string in
So the B part won't.
One more time.
that's the whole thing in the lower
Let me just show you the upper register
version one time here so
it's pretty much the same type of thing
it's a forward roll I'll play it for
you one time, so you can hear
that's all it is so
you wanna get your root note going
fifth fret and do this forward roll.
Go back and forth from the third fret into
the fifth
big four chord.
Does that twice.
And then the very last part of the B part
starts to go up the neck
even higher and it sounds like this
And it, it ends all the way up here on
this A chord, so.
So that's an overview of Cluck Old Hen
in two octaves let's give it a try with a
backing track.