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Dobro Lessons: Passing and Chromatic Notes

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In this lesson,
we're gonna talk about passing notes and
using chromatic notes to add a little bit
of interest to your playing.
Chromatic, as you probably know is playing
a bunch of half step notes in succession.
So there's, really there's 11 total notes
we can play,
and it's basically playing some of those,
or all of those, in succession.
So a, the chromatic scale is essentially
all the notes.
So it would sound like this starting on
the low G.
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Now it's good to know that,
and it's not something that I would
necessarily play in that order,
but maybe I would play a few.
For instance
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If I was in the key of A, I might do
something like this.
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So what that's doing is using a few
chromatic notes or passing notes to sort
of add a,
kind of a cool interest to the sound.
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Another thing you can do aside from just
chromatic notes is you can sort
of outline a note that you might wanna
play with a few other notes.
Say I wanted to play a G note here.
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Instead of just landing on this G note.
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I might surround the note with a, with a
few other notes first like this.
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or
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or even
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So you, instead of just playing a note on
its own, you can sort of outline
that note, maybe play a note below it,
another above it, and then the note.
Or, if I say,
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wanna go from this
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G note up to the A note,
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I might just add that chromatic note in
the middle.
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So, instead
of just playing
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Or I could even play,
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So these are notes that aren't necessarily
diatonic to the key you're playing in,
but you can use them if they're just in
passing or played quickly.
A lot of times you don't wanna hang on
these notes for
very long cuz they're not in the key.
They're not diatonic.
But just when they go by quickly it can
really add a lot of interest to your
playing.
I'll show you another way you can do some
chromatics.
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That's a few things in G.
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So using some of these passing notes and
chromatic notes can really add a lot of
interesting stuff and so
what I would recommend doing is, practice
your chromatic scales.
You can do it in an open position like
here, G,
starting
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Or you can also
do it in a closed
position,
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So, it's just another way to get you think
outside the box a little bit and
sort of embellish your playing in some new
and interesting ways.
We've been covering some pretty advanced
topics, diminished chords,
diminished scales, passing notes and
chromatic notes.
I'd like to hear what you're doing with
these.
So if you'd like, feel free and do a video
using some of these more advanced
melodic techniques, and I'd like to see
what you come up with, or
you could take a look and see what other
responses I've made regarding this.
Feel free to, to do a video and send it on
in.
Happy to take a look at it.
Gives you some feedback on some of these
more advanced techniques.
Cut.
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