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Okay we're gonna talk about some slides
now which is one of the sort of
quintessential sounds of the Dobro, one of
the things that does best.
So, but first of all let's make sure we're
still in tune, so let's get a.
Let's check with our tuner here and see
how we're doing.
[SOUND] So once again, I'll start with
this middle G string here.
And then maybe the high D.
Looking pretty in tune.
[SOUND] A low D [SOUND] which is the
fourth string.
And then a low G.
Then once I've got those,
I'll check my B strings, the second and
fifth string.
So they're looking a little bit flat,
which is where I prefer them.
Now a note about that.
You can, if you prefer the sound of the B
string tuned, right to the tuner,
you can do that.
And there have been Dobro players who do
G Munin, was a good example of one.
The reason he liked to tune his B strings
directly to the tuner is
because he used a technique called slants
a lot, that sort of required that.
For me and a lot of other Dobro players
it's really much more common to,
to tune the Bs a little bit flat.
So you get these nice full chords.
So it looks like we're in tune and
also just another bit of technique I
wanted to make sure that
I was demonstrating the, the proper grip
on the bar here.
We're doing a lot of bar work now and a
lot of sliding, we're about to, anyway.
So let's make sure you've got a correct
hand position on the bar.
So you can see that it just rests between
the index finger and the middle finger,
and then the thumb comes in on the side to
sort of give it some, some strength.
And then it's just placed gently on the
fret board.
So now I'm gonna go ahead and do this
It's called the proper use of slides.
And you can follow along on your
So, the way you do a slide,
is you start below the note you wanna end
up in and slide up to it.
So one thing that I might do if I were
wanting to slide up to let's say the fifth
fret of the first string, which is this
This G-note right here, if I wanted to
play that with a slide, I might start
two frets below it and pluck that, [SOUND]
and then slide up into the note.
You don't wanna go too slow.
[SOUND] It should be, you know, a fairly
quick slide, [SOUND] about like that.
So you can try that,
so that's the idea,
you just want to gently slide.
And once again, you're tilting the bar so
you're only playing the string that you
wanna be playing.
[SOUND] So let's try this this exercise I
have here.
It starts off with a slide into the G.
And once again, when you're looking at the
tablets here, the tablature,
that's what that notation is, that little
That's a slide, obviously.
So that's
just going
through all
the examples I
have here.
So you'll notice I went through single
note slides, and then I went through two
note slides, and then I went through the
three note slides so
it sort of corresponds to some of the
previous exercises.
One thing you also notice is you can
change the length of the slide to give
it sort of some inflection.
So, if I go slower on the slide,
it gives it a little bit more of maybe a
bluesy sound or a sad sound.
[SOUND] It's a little more, a longing
sound almost.
And [COUGH] one thing that I'll also
mention about the Dobro,
one of the things that it's great at is
sounding like a voice.
That's one of the reasons I got to,
into the instrument is because it almost
emulates the sound of a singer.
And with these slides, slow, fast,
various, you can really get expressive and
that's one thing that a lot of other
instruments don't have,
is, that ability to slide into notes and
be very expressive.
So, this is one of the coolest parts about
the Dobro is the sliding element.
So, you can go slow.
You can go fast.
it just gives a different characteristic,
you know?
You can also slide out of notes.
Or you can slide down to a note.
there's a lot of different ways you can
use it.
And as the example went on here, I started
sliding into chords.
You know?
There's some three note chords.
Or some two note chords.
I mean,
you could even do a full strum as a chord.
Creates quite a nice sound.
Very full.
That's just strumming with the thumb.
[SOUND] And make sure you're putting the
right amount of pressure on.
So you're not getting [SOUND] any of these
[SOUND] So that's just a basic
introduction to some slides.
And you'll notice as these exercises and
songs continue.
We, we'll make a lot of use of those