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Dobro Lessons: Playing in 3/4 or Waltz Time

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[MUSIC]
Here's a lesson about playing in
three-quarter time, or waltz time.
Now, as we've, a lot of the exercises
we've been doing have been in four-four
time, which means there's four beats to a
measure, and it has a certain feel.
One, two, three, four, two, two, three,
four.
Just like that.
Well three-quarter time just has three
notes per measure, so
it's it's the waltz feel, one, two, three,
two, two, three,
one, two, three, two, two, three, so it's
a very different feel.
There's a lot of songs that are in this
waltz time, and even they have waltz in
the title you think of Kentucky Waltz
Tennessee Waltz, things like that.
So I'm gonna give you just a little bit of
instruction on how to play rhythm and
how to feel the waltz time.
And then we're gonna go ahead and learn a
really neat song.
It's a song of mine called the Dead Cedar
Waltz that's in a waltz time.
So first let's go over the rhythm and
what you can do as far as back-up and
chopping in a waltz time.
So what we'll do is we'll get a metronome
going, and
I’ll show you two different ways you can
accentuate the waltz time with rhythm.
So you count it off one, two, three, two,
two,
three, one, two, three, two, two, three.
So as the metronome's going I play on two
and three.
One, two, three, one, two, three, one,
two, three.
I just accentuate the two, three.
I leave the one open.
One, two, three, two, two.
Like that.
The other thing you could do is one, two,
three, one, two, three.
Just hit the three.
Two, three.
One, two, three.
For me, I like the one, two, three, two,
two, three.
So you get two chops there on the two and
three.
Just practice along with that.
We're chopping here in G right now.
And then we can go to a C chord.
Two, two, three, one, two, three, two,
two, three.
Back to the G.
Two, three.
Try a D chord.
And back to the G.
Okay, that's good on the metronome.
So, that just gives you an idea of how to
play rhythm.
You've got three beats.
You could play on the two and three, or
maybe just on the three.
But that'll just give you a little bit of
the feel of the waltz time.
And now, we can't get into showing you the
song called The Dead Cedar Waltz.
[MUSIC]