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Dobro Lessons: Chicken Pickin

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In this lesson we're gonna talk a little
bit about
getting sort of a country chicken picking
type of sound on the Dobro.
And what I mean by that is sort of
staccato type of picking that might
emulate, maybe like a telecaster or
something, like this kind of thing.
So you are using, maybe, a combination of
chords and muted notes.
And, what I'm gonna show you here is how
to mute with the right hand,
to achieve this.
How to mute with the left hand, to achieve
And, maybe a few exercises that you can
you use,
to sort of get you goin' with this chicken
pickin' idea.
So, the idea, like I said, is staccato.
So a lot of this muting I'm doing with my
right hand palm.
In this particular little lick here.
I'm muting the low string, to get kind of
a, you hear the note but
it's a little bit muted.
And then, to mute the second notes, the
little chord notes.
I'm lifting the bar of the left hand.
Just, just really briefly.
So you can really get sort of a muted kind
of effect.
So, you, you can practice that.
And, basically, you know, your right hand
is, is resting on this, palm rest, and
I just, get it a little bit more over the
So I can, really mute the low strings.
And then with the left hand I'm just
lifting the bar quickly.
They other technique that I'm using is,
is these really muted notes in between
chords so I might do something like this.
So I might play this chord, and lift the
bar to get a muted sound.
And then, just strike a muted string,
here, as sort of like an interim note.
It's really just a grace note.
It's just meant to keep the rhythmic
element of the lick going.
So, I've got a few exercises here.
Let's just go through.
And it'll give you sort of a, the idea of
what we're doing.
So, here's the first one.
And you can hear sort of a, like, a Jerry
Reed kind of influence here.
That's what we're going for.
Really, like, a Jerry Reed kinda muted
chording kind of effect.
So that's one real common lick, is this,
So we're using the second and third string
and then just.
Hammering on the E note on the fourth
Another way you can do this is in a closed
position, maybe on the seventh fret.
This lick'll be in D.
So that's using your blues notes on the
fifth string, a little chromatic there.
And you can get into some more sort of
lengthy licks.
That type of thing, all the way up on the
12th fret.
So not only am I, and I using these muting
I'm also using some chords kinda back and
Here I'm going back and forth between the
12th fret and the tenth fret.
So I've got a G and an F kinda flat seven
So you get that kind of thing.
Another way you can use this is on some
single note playing.
So I've got this sort of, real staccato
style thing, and
it sorta comes off of my alternate
But what I'm doing to keep things muted on
this is, I'm just using the technique of
keeping the tip of my bar only on the
strings that I'm playing.
So if I'm going from high to low.
The bar continues down as I change
And then,
my ring finger here is muting all the
strings that I have just played, so.
So that's another way you can sort of get
this effect.
So, I recommend practicing some of these
And remember, with the right hand you're
gonna be muting some of the lower strings.
With the left hand, you can lift the bar
to mute.
And if you're doing single strings.
You want to keep your bar only on the
string you're playing and
as you go from high to low, use this ring
finger on the bar hand to mute the strings
that you just coming off of to create a
muted effect.
Try this out and see how you do.