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Dobro Lessons: Open B Position

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[MUSIC]
Well, here I
wanna talk a little
bit about playing in
open B position.
As we know in bluegrass the key of B is a
really common key for, for bands to play
in, it's got a really bright sound, a lot
of times people are capoing up high up
on the fourth fret to play in B, and it's
just got a really neat driving sound.
What I'd like to talk about is how you can
get some really cool sounds without a capo
in the key of B, particularly on minor or
bluesy sounding stuff.
So, at the start of this,
I just played you a little something that,
that has that sound.
[MUSIC]
So
we're talking about right here on the
fourth fret.
[MUSIC]
And one cool thing about playing in
an open position, particularly like open
B,
is if you capo there, you can't slide up
to the B, [SOUND] you know,
you can't slide into the low notes because
your capo's there.
So, you can get some really cool sounds by
not using a capo.
As we know in the key of open B, it's,
we've sort of got a B minor note here,
[SOUND] with our high D string [SOUND]
being open.
[SOUND] We also have a B note [SOUND] on
our second string, so we've got B and D.
[SOUND] So we can do some cool bluesy
double stops right there,
[MUSIC]
by playing the top two strings.
[MUSIC]
Add that in with some of our closed
position playing and you can get a really
neat sound.
[MUSIC]
Another thing that you can do,
is you can close your bar over the second
string, so
you've got the minor note in B D, [SOUND]
and then you've got a D sharp,
[SOUND] and you can sort of do those blues
licks.
[MUSIC]
But mainly we're gonna be
focusing on the minor.
So, let's go over just sort of a, a B
minor scale, and
you'll see how you get to actually use a
lot of open strings here.
One thing to keep in mind is that B minor
is the relative minor of D major,
so, you've got all your D major notes,
same as in B minor.
So, let's just play this first exercise
I've got here.
[MUSIC]
So you can hear how you've
got all these open strings,
including the open B strings.
[MUSIC]
Now, remember,
we tune our open B strings just a little
bit flat, so, you know,
you want, you might hear a little bit of
intonation,
sketchiness, but it's okay, you know,
don't worry about it,
that's just sort of the nature of the
beast.
[MUSIC]
But what you can do with this B minor
scale, you can make it kinda bluesy, and
you can do quite a bit interesting stuff.
[MUSIC]
So, you can, you can do sort of different
patterns using all these open strings.
[MUSIC]
That just gives you a whole lot
of interesting stuff.
And the other thing you can do, is you can
use some hammer-ons and
pull-offs on your high D string.
[MUSIC]
So this is your high B note up here,
ninth fret, [SOUND] and you can kinda
bounce up and
down off of this D string.
[MUSIC]
I've got an exercise here,
it sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
So there's quite a bit you can do so, for
instance, if we're in a song like say Nine
Pound Hammer,
somebody was playing it in B,
you can play it right here in open
position.
[MUSIC]
So, I recommend trying
some of these B minor and
B blues exercises, and
just getting a feel for
what it sounds like to play
in this open B position,
it can sound pretty cool.
[MUSIC]