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Dobro Lessons: E Blues Exercises

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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
E is a great key for the blues.
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
So there is one and what you've got
here that's nice in E is the open G string
then the first fret G string.
So you can do those blues notes, those
chromatic blues notes.
The flatted third and the major third,
Like this.
[SOUND] So that can create a pretty nice
effect right there.
That's the second exercise.
So let's try
another one
Here's one that's a little more involved.
And another.
one more.
So this last exercise uses a nice
effect that you can get an E which is by
using the open D string.
As well as the flattened third on
the second string here on the eighth fret.
[SOUND] So I do those as a pinch together.
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.
So that can create a real nice effect for
a bluesy sound.
you can use that same thing on the lowest
three strings.
So that gives you a little bit more
in the key of E, particularly the E major
pentatonic and some more E blues.