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Dobro Lessons: Slants: Two Note, Forward Slants

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All right.
Well now let's dive into a technique that
gets used somewhat somewhat seldom,
but for other players it gets used quite a
It's slants.
This is a technique that was devised
to overcome some of the limitations of
just using a, a straight slide.
And a slant is just when you're going to
turn the bar one direction or
another to get a unique combination of
So for example, a basic slant would look
like this.
And so
you notice the sound of those slants,
particularly the ones on the higher
have kind of like an old timey sound.
So, you know, if you're going for more of
an old school kind of Dobro sound,
slants are gonna be something you're gonna
want to use.
Now, there's also types of slants that
don't quite have as much of the old time
sound that I'll show you here in a little
bit that can be even more versatile.
But it's really good to get some of these
slant exercises under your belt.
So, so let me show you what you do with
the left hand to get these slants going.
So, let's go to the key of C, right here.
Fifth fret.
We'll just use this as our example key.
[SOUND] And what you're gonna want to do
is just have your bar in its
regular position over C chord.
And we're gonna use these two fingers to
pluck the top two notes at the same time.
And then what we're trying to do is get
this slant.
So we're going from the fifth fret on both
strings to the seventh fret of the highest
string and
the sixth fret of the second string.
[SOUND] And so usually what I do is I put
my middle finger
into the bar like this, and that really
helps turn it.
So, you've got your bar flat like this,
this middle finger comes in and
kind of pokes the bar and then it turns
like this and
it pivots really between the thumb and the
middle finger of this hand, so.
then you slide the bar up just a little
Once you're in this position with your
left hand,
now you're in a forward slant position,
you can move that.
[SOUND] And then to get back from here
back to string,
[SOUND] you just take this middle finger
place it back, straight along the bar.
So, from this,
it takes little bit of practice but
that's the idea,
and you can go from this fifth fret
to the seventh fret slant, and go back and
forth a little bit.
So that's slants on two adjacent strings.
Now there's also slants where you'll be
skipping a string.
And the most common one here is the root
and the, and
the major third note
right here.
So you're playing the tenth fret, or the
highest string.
And you're playing the ninth fret of the
third string,
leaving the second string just mute.
You're not using it.
So you get this nice little major chord
right here.
And then what you can start to do with
these slants is I can change this major
chord, a C major right here,
I can straighten that bar out and go right
to my four chord which is an F.
So you can start to get these, like, pedal
steel, almost,
sounds with the bar in these slants.
So the basic scale for slants goes
something like this, if you're on the
fifth fret.
And then.
Two frets up on the high string.
Two frets up on the high string.
And then this slant here.
And then from here you've got a number of
slants that can work skipping
the second string.
So you've got ten on the high string, nine
on the third string, and
then 12 on the high string, ten on the
third string.
And then you can move that up to the 14th
and 12th.
[SOUND] So that's the basic idea with
these slants.
And I've got some examples here that I'll
just go over with you.
We've sort of done this, this first few
[SOUND] on the C.
Then we've also got these
ones of the first and third string.
Then you can also take this first and
third string slant and go down.
So there's quite a few slants you
can do in that regard.
And these are all forward slants, meaning
the bar is, is angled in this direction.
I recommend just practicing some of those
Now when you get lower on the lower
strings like these two, you can also do
some forward slants.
And the lower ones to me have sort of a
less old timey sound.
[SOUND] For instance, check these ones
And what these are, I'm using
the third string and the fifth string
to do some forward slants.
So from the C chord, you've got your third
and fifth strings,
where you take the third string up to the
seventh fret and
the fifth string to just the sixth fret.
So, you can do that scale, right there.
Once you get to your four and five chords
on the F and G chord here,
they're just straight across, they're not
You're really just using the slants for
the minor chords.
So that's a number of forward slants that
you can use to help give you sort of a
different sound and some different chords.