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Dobro Lessons: Chord Substitutions

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Well in this lesson, we're gonna explore
some different sounds with chords and
some chord substitutions.
So what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna figure out real simple ways to
play a lot of different chords.
So a lot of the chords share the same
So is, if you see a chord progression or
there's a chord progression happening that
has a lot of different changes in it.
You don't necessarily have to be jumping
all over
the neck trying to find these different
A lot of times you can stay in the same
place and
even play the same notes while chords
change underneath.
So I've got Scott Long here.
He's off camera, but he's going to be
playing a few chords that I call out.
And we're going to just listen to some of
these sounds.
And sorta show you and
explain how you can use real simple chords
over a lot of different changes.
So we'll start in the key of C [SOUND],
just get our C position, and
we're gonna use the top two notes here.
We've got E and G, [SOUND], the top two
So before we, get into the chord with
Scott, we'll just say,
well, this right here, E and G, that's in
a C chord [SOUND].
It's also in a E minor chord, it's in a G6
chord and it's in an A7 chord.
So we're gonna play these chords so you
can hear what it sounds like.
So we'll go first with a C.
And then an E minor.
And now an A7.
Now a G6.
So those same two notes work really nice
just over four chords.
So you can explore this technique over a
lot of different chords.
Let's try another example in the key of F.
So the chords we're gonna use for this are
A-minor, D7, D-minor 7.
You can use a bunch of different chords
for this one.
So, this is,
these notes right here.
It's just a C and an A.
So, we've got that in F, right here.
We hear the F chord.
Now, lets hear an A-minor chord.
How about a D7 chord.
D-minor 7.
So you can hear how that works over a lot
of different chords.
It's, it's a pretty cool sorta technique.
So just experiment with that.
What you know is, if we're in the key of
These, these two notes relate to the D.
They relate to the A-minor.
The F.
So use this, experiment with it, you can
make up chord progressions and
have a guitar player friend play chords.
And just experiment different ways to do
Now I'm just going to show you a few other
chords that I hadn't talked about yet
and [SOUND] one is a D7 chord, and [SOUND]
it's right here.
This D7 chord is a little tough to play,
but man, it sounds cool.
Let's hear what this D7 chord sounds like.
So this is a slant chord, I just wanna
show you real quick.
We've got a C chor, a C note
F sharp.
And D.
And it's a slant, just like that over
three stings.
And it can be moved.
Let's play a G7 chord, see what it sounds
like in G.
So there's not a lot of times when you can
get a cool three note chord like this with
a lot of color.
But this is one, so for a G.
We go down a whole step for the first
So really the way I think of this is if
we're in a G it's just a whole step note.
Let's hear that G7, one more time.
Now there's one other way to play this G7
and it's with a reverse slant right here.
Now this is, this is a great little chord.
Let's hear that G7 one more time.
And now one way we can use this in a, in a
one, four, five chord progression.
We've got G here.
Now let's play a C7.
Just take that down one half step.
You've got some notes right there in C7,
then go back to G7.
So here's a couple more chords you can add
to your repertoire.
And you can understand what I'm trying to
say here is that you can use the same
notes over a lot of different chord
And you don't have to move your left hand
all that much.
Check it out.
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