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Dobro Lessons: Playing With Intent

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Well we've been covering a lotta ground
here, and in this lesson I want to talk a
little bit about how to play
with intent and what I mean by that is,
how to really communicate
the notes that you're playing to other
people, whether it be an audience or
just one other person that you're playing
for, or even just yourself.
How to play in such a way to really be
able to communicate what you're saying and
the, what I liken it to is being a public
If you imagine somebody who's really good
at public speaking,
they they really emote.
They really project, and when they speak
it makes people wanna listen.
So you wanna have sort of the same effect
with your playing,
and I know it's tough if you're, you know,
you're practicing or if you hadn't played
out a lot that you might be a little timid
or maybe not real confident.
But, that's okay.
I mean, really what you wanna do is just,
whatever you've got,
whatever skills you have, whatever tune
you're playing, you wanna really let
it out there, and so you'll need a little
bit of confidence with this, but
just by practicing playing with intent,
can really help your confidence level.
You don't need confidence to do it.
You just need to do it and you'll gain
confidence from it.
So what do I mean by playing with intent
is, it's not just volume.
Volume is part of it.
But it's also really just embodying and
believing in what you're playing.
So I'll play you, like, a little example
you can sort of hear what I'm talking
This is
just a, a
sort of,
song, so
So that's just a little bit of a, of a
slow song, and
you can hear sort of the, the impact that
I'm trying to make.
It's not just playing loud, you wanna
actually be dynamic.
If you're always playing loud people sort
of get a little immune to it and
it loses some of its impact, so you wanna
be able to play loud and
with intent but then also have dynamics.
You know, any public speaker, they're not
speaking in a monotone or at one volume.
They're gonna spea, speak louder when it's
an impactful part, and
then when it's a more delicate part, they
come down in volume.
So you wanna kinda be aware of these
You wanna keep dynamics in mind.
You don't want it to be all one volume,
but you do wanna really strike the strings
with intent and really try and communicate
what you're playing.
It becomes easier when you're playing
songs that you've practiced a lot.
You know, if you're playing something
you're not as familiar with you might
be a little more timid.
But, what you wanna do is do this in your
practice regiment.
Don't just do it when you're playing for
somebody else, and
that goes for really all techniques.
A lot of times when people are at home
they're sitting down.
They're in their practice room and they
don't feel that they have to play loud or
maybe you don't feel like you have to
practice standing up, and
then when it comes time to play,
you're, you're doing techniques that you
hadn't been practicing.
So I encourage people to practice with
intent, when you're practicing,
and it's really gonna help your