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Dobro Lessons: A Blues Open Positions

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[MUSIC]
Well, let's get into
a little bit of the A open position.
[SOUND] the A chord on the Dobro with no
capo is actually
a really cool place that we can get a lot
done.
Especially if we're playing anything
bluesy,
anything minor major pentatonic even.
Anything with a flat 7 chord in it is
gonna work really well in the key of A,
A-flat 7th.
So cuz what you have here is you've got
this A chord and
you've got a G chord one whole step
beneath it.
So
[MUSIC]
you've got this whole position right here
where you can use the, all the open
strings, as well as this,
everything here on the 2nd fret right here
in A.
[MUSIC]
So that little scale right there,
that's like an A major pentatonic.
[MUSIC]
So everything is right there on
the 2nd fret, except for one note.
F, so follow along, you'll see.
[MUSIC]
Right there,
you go the 4th fret of the 4th string.
[SOUND] And then the 2nd fret of the 3rd
string to finish off with an A.
And then the same thing going up.
[MUSIC]
And
then you go to the 4th fret of the highest
string [SOUND] and
finish on the A note, it's the 7th fret of
the highest string.
That's your A.
[MUSIC]
So you could just do hammer-ons and
pull-offs to go between [SOUND] the open
strings
in the 2nd posit, 2nd fret A stuff here.
[MUSIC]
So [SOUND] and I had showed before,
you can get a really nice A 7 chord by
just
barring the lowest three strings and
leaving the 3rd string, G open.
[MUSIC]
So
this position right here becomes really
useful.
[MUSIC]
So, that's
the A major pentatonic.
Now any time we get a, a pentatonic type
scale, particularly one with a flat 7,
we can quickly transition to basically
like a blues scale.
So [SOUND] A, open A is a great key to
play blues in.
For instance, I've got an exercise here
that demonstrates this A blues scale.
Check this out.
[MUSIC]
So what we're using in that
scale is the flatted 3rd and the natural
3rd.
So if you follow along, it's the 2nd fret
on the lowest string to start.
[MUSIC]
Open 5th string.
[SOUND] 1st fret and 2nd fret.
So you go chromatically [SOUND] from the
flat 3 to the major 3.
[SOUND] Open D string, 2nd fret.
[SOUND] Open G string, 2nd fret.
[SOUND] Open B string, 1st fret, 2nd fret.
[SOUND] So you get the blues notes right
in there.
[MUSIC]
So the same thing applies,
you can go on the way down.
[MUSIC]
So you get the blues
notes in there, real easy.
Another thing you can do to give a bluesy
sound right here in the key of A is by
using the flatted 5th, which sounds like
this.
[MUSIC]
So the flatted 5th,
you're gonna find on the 4th string.
[SOUND] That is the, that in between
note,1st fret really of the 4
string to lead you to the 5th second fret
of the 4 string.
And then [SOUND] that right there.
[MUSIC]
So you got this
A blues scale right here.
So if you ever here a song in the key of A
and it's got sort of a bluesy sound,
you may wanna consider not using the capo
and
utilizing some of these open strings to
help you along.
[SOUND] There's a few other exercises,
I'll just show you really quick.
Just a few little licks in this A blues
position.
[MUSIC]
Now this is a good one.
You can use a hammer-on and a pull-off on
the 1st fret of the highest string.
[SOUND] And then the 1st fret of the 2nd
string.
[SOUND] And then finish with the A note
there.
[MUSIC]
And as we know, we can move that down to
the lowest three strings and play the same
thing an octave lower.
[MUSIC]
So, I encourage you
to experiment some in this
key of A in the open position.
Anything bluesy is gonna sound really good
in that position.
[MUSIC]