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Dobro Lessons: Under The Bar

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All right.
In this video, we're gonna sort of reveal
the left hand
placing of the bar in a lot of different
So you can get a really unique view
of the proper way to hold the bar for a
variety of different techniques.
So this is a cool, really neat unique way
to see the bar,
cuz a lot of times the left hand is
covering it.
So, this is basically,
right here is just good, relaxed bar,
So this is for basic bar technique, you
just want your hand relaxed and
you want your, these fingers to be past
the tip of the bar,
ideally, so that they can come back and
mute strings as you, move the bar back and
move the bar forward.
[SOUND] And the thumb is just gripping the
bar right here like this.
So, [SOUND] you just wanna give it enough
pressure so
that, that you're not getting a rattle.
[SOUND] Now, one thing that you can't see
generally when I'm holding
the bar is what it looks like when I tilt
the bar to just play one string.
[SOUND] So that's about a good angle right
there for
tilting the bar to play one string.
So, when you're playing one string you
just wanna do that and see how my fingers
are coming forward pass
the end of the bar, to mute the two
strings in front right here, so,
you see how these fingers they're, they're
muting these top strings.
So, and as I bring the bar back,
you can see those fingers just fall on the
strings and mute the strings so.
And one other cool thing about this shot
is I can show you a tricky thing,
which is sometimes if you're playing a
lower note, [SOUND] and
you wanna move the bar forward, [SOUND]
how to do that?
[SOUND] So you can see I sort of rock the
bar just a little bit, cuz,
if you just go straight forward, the bar
is gonna hit this next string, right?
You may have encountered that, so.
[SOUND] I kinda, [SOUND] do this motion.
[SOUND] When I'm going backwards, I can
just drag it straight back, but
when I'm going forwards, [SOUND] you can
see that little motion,
just to sort of get over the, the hump and
string there, so.
[SOUND] It's a subtle motion but it's
great to see here.
Now, one other thing that we can show with
this shot is, another angle on how I might
do a slant.
So, [SOUND] let's use a forward slant on
the third and fifth string.
[SOUND] So we're in C right here.
[SOUND] You can see, how my hand acts when
I do a sling.
[SOUND] And then goes back into position.
And you can also see really
clearly the vibrato effect.
So the vibrato you can see is just subtle,
[SOUND] but it's about like that.
And you can see, the bar is just tilted
just a little bit.
You don't want it tilted too much, you
don't wanna have your bar
tilted like this, you want it to be
relatively straight.
It can be tilted a little bit but.
One other thing I'd like to show
here is the proper way to do a pull-off.
So, you're holding your bar, and if I'm
gonna pull-off on this string,
[SOUND] you can see I kinda go more back
than up.
[SOUND] So I'm not going, [SOUND] because
if you do that,
the bar sorta sizzles on the string as you
lift it.
[SOUND] But if you go back, [SOUND] it's
real clean.
[SOUND] And you can even give it just a
little bit of a,
just a little bit of a grab, a little bit
of a pop.
So that's good.
So, you know, this you know,
when you're starting a lot of people will
hold the bar sort of like this.
And, that can be okay but, you know, a
more versatile way to hold the bar
is like this, so you've really got it
tucked into the back of your hand there.
So, that's probably the, generally the way
to do it.
Some people even hold it like this.
I think this is ta, tailor style.
You know, it's really up to you but you
know, for
me the most versatile thing to do is, is
this position right here.
So hopefully, these unique camera angles
can really give you some special insight
on left hand technique and how to properly
hold and use the bar.