now we're gonna cover something that I'm
quite fond of,
and is sort of the foundation of all
modern Bluegrass Dobro playing,
which is what I like to call old school
So and a lot of this is sort of based off
of the Uncle Josh style Dobro,
and Bashful Brother Oswald.
So we're gonna use some of those slants in
this section that we've learned.
And I'm gonna give you a little bit of
some Uncle Josh vocabulary.
And eventually in a way the lessons gonna
lead us to a really cool tune.
So the first thing that I'd like to cover
is related to these slants, and
it's a classic sound, and it's basically,
you can call it making the Dobro cry.
And so this is used probably in real
when you have the call for an old school
sort of Dobro sound.
So, what I'm talking about when I say
making the Dobro cry is this type
So, you can tell that sound really sort of
takes you back to to a,
a time long ago, but [SOUND] but I've
actually used this in recording sessions,
various things, when people want a
specific sound it can be really useful.
So, basically all you're doing is,
you're gonna take some of the slants that
And you're just gonna [SOUND] do sort of a
tremolo back and
forth between two strings.
[SOUND] And you slowly just sort
of slide from one slant to the next.
And you might even
use a little vibrato on the left hand.
So you can just try a little bit of that.
Something like that right there might be
how Bashful Brother Oswald would have,
would have ended a song.
So [SOUND] just for example, if we go to
the 17th fret way up here on this C chord.
[SOUND] And slowly go down to the 14th and
13th frets in a forward slant.
[SOUND] So that's something you don't have
to spend a ton of time on,
but it's kind of a nice trick to add to
your overall repertoire.
And I think there's something really nice
in having some understanding of
the traditional Dobro styles.
You may not use that exact lick, but
having familiarity with it and being able
to see how the sound is evolved, I think
can really help your playing.
Another really sort of integral sound is
the yodel lick.
And it's sort of similar to that making
the Dobro cry, but
this actually has a lot more practical
value in your playing.
So, the yodel lick is
based off of a, a vocal yodel.
And if you've ever listened to Jimmy
Roger's music, you hear a lot of that.
A lot of his songs are blue yodel number
nine or various ones like that.
So, you wanna learn this b, real basic
It's not too hard.
I'll show it to you on the 12th fret in G.
So go to the 12th fret right there in G,
and basically it's just this.
There's sort of very, different variations
the, fourth and
second string on the 12th fret
maybe with a slide.
And then chromatically down on the fourth
to the tenth fret, and then you shift down
to the fifth and third strings and come up
So you probably recognize that sound, you
can do that on any major chord if we
were in D on the seventh fret you could do
the same thing.
Sort of a classic sound.
And what you can do is you can use these
sort of make your own variations.
So you can sort of develop
some of these exercises for
the yodel lick.
Now, another thing that I'll just go over
quickly is a few sort of
classic Uncle Josh licks, or a little bit
of Uncle Josh vocabulary.
Now I've mentioned him before, I recommend
you get some of his Dobro work.
He's done a lot of cool albums.
And there's with flattened Scruggs mainly.
But he's done actually quite a few solo
So you should really check out his
You'd be amazed at how much you hear in
modern Dobro playing that
is based off of his playing that he was
doing, you know, 50 years ago.
So, I'll just go through some of these
exercises that I've written out that
sort of will give you a little bit of that
A lot of these are based off of banjo
So check it out, I'll play it one more
That could be an ending type of lick.
Here's another one that's actually quite
And that in, that lick in particular has
been sort of the foundation for
a more modern type of hammer on thing that
I do quite often.
Something like this.
But all that is based off of this sort of
classic Uncle Josh
thing where you start on the ninth fret
and then play the open D open B open D.
And then fifth fret
With a little ending.
So a lot of times, like I was saying with
the yodel lick,
these, these licks on their own, maybe
it's not something you would use.
But if you get them under your belt,
they can sort of lead you to other more
You can use them as a jumping off point to
create your own kind of licks, so.
Another example might be
and then one classic one is this sort of,
they call it the rippitdy-do lick, so it's
And you do, it's kind of like a rake
a rake and a mute
And that one's on the 12th fret, ends on
the 12th fret but it starts on the 14th,
a big slide up to the 14th.
You've probably heard that sound.
Here's another one
And then maybe a yodel.
I'm gonna play a little piece here that's
I'm gonna improvise but it's gonna use
some of this vocabulary, and
just so you can see how these types of
things might sound in context.
So that's just an overview of some of the
sounds of old school Dobro.
Now there's a lot more to go that you can
through listening to Bashful Brother
Oswald Josh Graves and others.
And I highly recommend you check out some
of that traditional Dobro
stuff as it is the foundation for really
all modern Bluegrass Dobro.