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Dobro Lessons: Behind The Bar

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Well let's get into a technique
called bending behind the bar.
This is a something that I use
It's a really cool effect and it can,
can be really neat in emulating sort of a
pedal steel kind of sound.
So, what I'm talking about here with
bending behind the bar,
is I use my ring finger on my left hand
right here, to
bend the B string so, it sounds like this
[SOUND] What I'm doing is, and it's
usually just used on the B string,
the wound strings are a little too heavy
to bend, really you might be able
to try it a little bit but I tend to just
use this B string.
theoretically you could bend the high
string maybe one note.
Maybe for a.
That kind of effect.
But generally it's the B string.
And what I'm doing here is, I'm pulling
this, the B string
toward me with the ring finger like this
what you don't want to do is push
the string down so that it.
Gets pushed below the bar that's a common
mistake when people are trying to,
first trying to do this, is they actually
push the string down and,
and it goes below the bar.
Has to stay even with the other strings,
so you have to just pull it towards you,
so you really want to hook it with your
ring finger.
And do that kind of motion
so you can get a nice effect.
And like I say you, it's, it's hard to
bend it more than one note, one step.
You can maybe get a whole step, two frets.
Up higher, it's easier to do up higher,
there's like a little less tension up here
Now one thing I'll just mention to,
is you don't want to practice this too
much at one time,
because you'll notice your finger can
start to get a little achy or sore.
It's not good to practice it too,
too much if you feel any discomfort don't,
you know, don't worry about it.
But just, it's something to keep in mind
and like I said I don't use it over and
over again.
But maybe in the middle of a solo or
something it'll just make for
a nice effect.
And what it is, is
you're really creating like a suss chord
where you've got a D chord say if we're on
the seventh fret and
you just raise the third to a, to a four.
So, so that's the effect, and
as I say, you know, it's generally
used on just a major chord, and.
One thing that I can do is use to emulate
going from a five to a one so
from say a D to a G in this instance.
Cuz I've got an f sharp note here on the
second string and I bend it up to a G.
I could slide up like that so that's a
little bit of bending behind the bar.
You can practice that and once you get it
going you could maybe get it to where
you're, you're doing a pretty it quick.
You know?