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Dobro Lessons: A Blues Open Positions

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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
Especially if we're playing anything
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.
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.
So that little scale right there,
that's like an A major pentatonic.
So everything is right there on
the 2nd fret, except for one note.
F, so follow along, you'll see.
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.
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.
So you could just do hammer-ons and
pull-offs to go between [SOUND] the open
in the 2nd posit, 2nd fret A stuff here.
So [SOUND] and I had showed before,
you can get a really nice A 7 chord by
barring the lowest three strings and
leaving the 3rd string, G open.
this position right here becomes really
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.
So what we're using in that
scale is the flatted 3rd and the natural
So if you follow along, it's the 2nd fret
on the lowest string to start.
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.
So the same thing applies,
you can go on the way down.
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
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.
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
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
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
[SOUND] And then finish with the A note
And as we know, we can move that down to
the lowest three strings and play the same
thing an octave lower.
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.