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Dobro Lessons: E Blues Exercises

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[MUSIC]
Let's talk a little
bit about the key of E.
And we're talking about the open E, not
using a capo.
There's quite a lot you can do in the key
of open E,
particularly when it comes to, bluesy type
stuff.
Same sort of as an A, or E minor.
But let's focus right now on the E major
pentatonic scale.
So, I'll play it for you and you can hear
what it sounds like.
[MUSIC].
So, it's mostly closed position down here,
in the lower part of the neck.
And I'll go a little slow so you can check
it out.
[SOUND] Four fret of the lowest string
[SOUND].
And then two on the fifth and fourth
string [SOUND].
Fourth fret on the fourth string [SOUND].
First fret on the G string there [SOUND].
Open B, [SOUND] second fret, [SOUND] and
then your E, [SOUND].
So this E note right here [SOUND] that's
sort of home base for this exercise.
Going down it sounds the same.
[MUSIC].
Then there's also one other way you could
play it.
I've got the first note as being played
like this.
[SOUND] Well that's a B note.
You could also play that as an open B.
[SOUND] So you could play it like this.
[MUSIC]
So any chance you have
to use an open string,
it can be beneficial.
So that's E major pentatonic.
Now let's go over a little bit of blues
here in the key of E.
[MUSIC]
E is a great key for the blues.
[MUSIC]
And we covered some of that.
But let me just show you a few other ways
you can use the E blues.
Here's some exercises that I've written
out.
[MUSIC]
So there is one and what you've got
here that's nice in E is the open G string
and
then the first fret G string.
[MUSIC].
So you can do those blues notes, those
chromatic blues notes.
The flatted third and the major third,
right?
Like this.
[SOUND] So that can create a pretty nice
effect right there.
That's the second exercise.
So let's try
another one
[MUSIC].
Here's one that's a little more involved.
[MUSIC].
And another.
[MUSIC]
Here's
one more.
[MUSIC]
So this last exercise uses a nice
effect that you can get an E which is by
using the open D string.
[MUSIC]
As well as the flattened third on
the second string here on the eighth fret.
[SOUND] So I do those as a pinch together.
[MUSIC]
And you can pinch there on the first and
second string [SOUND] and move your bar,
[SOUND] so you get flatted third here.
[SOUND] A four note there.
[SOUND] Five note here.
[MUSIC].
So that can create a real nice effect for
a bluesy sound.
[MUSIC]
Course,
you can use that same thing on the lowest
three strings.
[MUSIC]
So that gives you a little bit more
in the key of E, particularly the E major
pentatonic and some more E blues.
[MUSIC]