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Dobro Lessons: Right Hand Dynamics

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Here in this lesson I'd like to talk a
little bit about right hand dynamics.
So we've been doing a lot of right hand
One thing I just want to talk about is how
you can use your right hand
to really adjust the volume of your
Now, when I play live a lot of times I'm
plugged in and so
a lot of my volume comes strictly from my
right hand.
Now if you're playing live, one thing you
can do to adjust your volume if you're
playing on a microphone is work that
Step in and out of the microphone to
adjust your volume.
But if you're in a jam session or in a
recording session or
you plug in any of those types of things,
you're gonna wanna
have a good handle on right hand dynamics
to be able to adjust your volume for
emotion, for practicality, just so you can
be heard during a solo.
There's a lot to it.
So a lot of this comes with sort of mixing
yourself and
knowing how to play in a group.
So one thing that you wanna [SOUND] keep
in mind is,
if you're going from rhythm to soloing.
You wanna make sure that the rhythm is
at a nice volume and then that soloing
comes out above that.
You don't want the rhythm to be much
louder than your solo so you can,
you can keep that in mind when you going.
You might want to go a little lighter on
the rhythm and then come in a loud, a
little bit louder for you solo.
You can use right hand dynamics to really
accentuate some emotion and
really create some cool tension.
Here, I'll show you what I mean.
So you can see there, I was kind of
exaggerating a little bit, but
you can really see how that can be useful,
coming down in volume.
When you come down in volume people really
kinda tend to focus more, and
you draw them in.
And then boom, you explode and you start
to make it a little bit louder,
and it's really has a lot of impact.
So you can really use right hand dynamics
to really impact an audience.
If you think of classical music.
That's, that's really one of the best ways
I can sort of describe this.
You're listening to classical music, the
soft spots get really soft,
and then boom when it gets big and loud,
it's just so amazing.
So you wanna keep in mind your dynamics,
and a lot of that comes from the right
It's not really any sort of different
it's just really the amount of force
you're using.
You can really adjust it.
The Dobro is really dynamic, you can get
really soft and pretty,
and it can get really loud.
So, I recommend trying to keep your right
hand dynamics in mind as you go along.