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Dobro Lessons: C Major Scale

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So, now that we've covered the key of G
pretty well, let's move on to another
key that we use in Bluegrass, which is the
key of C.
The key of C is rooted right here on the
fifth fret.
So, if you place your bar on fifth fret,
strum across.
[SOUND] That's your C chord.
So, we're gonna learn about the key of C,
and we're gonna learn the C major scales.
So, now, as you get out of the key of G,
you're gonna notice you're gonna be using
your bar in a closed position a lot more.
Obviously, when you're in G,
you're open position is just all the
strings unfretted like so.
[SOUND] But once you're playing in the key
of C, this chord here [SOUND],
this is sort of home base.
You might think of it.
[SOUND] So, once you leave the key of G,
you're starting to use more closed
position playing.
Now, when you do that you still can in a
lot of these keys
use some of the open notes.
And in fact, every open string like this,
your G chord, all those notes are actually
in a C scale.
Just sort of in a different place than
they would be in the G scale, so.
We can do an open C scale using all kinds
of open strings.
So I'm gonna show you that and we can
refer to the tablature that I have.
But, I'm just gonna give you a little
demonstration of a C major scale
in what I would consider to be an open
So you wanna find your C note down here,
which is right here.
[SOUND] This is the first fret of the
second string, okay.
As you know, open is B, that's your open B
So the first fret, that's gonna be C.
Now your other C note is gonna be on the
second fret, also on the first on the,
sorry, second string also on the first
So this is in a little octave here.
Here's C.
And here's C.
in-between there is gonna be your C major
So we'll start on the C note, and go like
So there is one octave of a C major scale.
Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna
expand that and go a little bit further.
We're gonna go all the way up to a G note
on the C scale.
So watch how this works.
So there's an octave and half of C scale,
C major scale.
So you can practice that.
You can use a metronome, if you like or
you can just do it free form.
Now what I like to do [SOUND] when I'm
doing a scale like that,
I might strum the major chord [SOUND] just
to get myself the sound of the key I'm in.
[SOUND] And then begin.
So there's your C major
scale in the open position.
Now that we've got the C-scale in the open
under our hands let's try C-scale in a
closed position.
Now closed position means you're not gonna
be using any of the open strings.
It's gonna be all fretted notes.
So it's a little bit more challenging but
it's gonna offer you a nice reward here
and I'll tell you what that is so.
[SOUND] You're gonna get in your C
position and
we're gonna go through all the notes of
the C major scale in closed position.
So, let's do that first.
Here we go.
And once again you can refer to the music
I have here.
And again, this is a little more
complicated because it's all
closed position.
You're gonna be moving your bar.
Actually I'll discuss that a little bit
before we go over this scale.
[SOUND] When you're playing a lot of
closed position notes, your bar is
gonna sort of be [SOUND] hopping a little
bit when you go from string to string.
[SOUND] Because you're only gonna be
playing the string that you want,
as we've discussed before with the tilted
When you go like this, and you switch to
the next string,
that can be a little tricky at first.
[SOUND] So your bar can do just a little
To get to that next string.
So let's go over the c major scale and
we'll talk about a little more after.
Here we go.
And it ends there on the high C note.
Now let's try it descending.
So that's a lot of closed position c right
there but the neat thing is,
is [SOUND] there's your c chord.
You get the pattern together and one of
the nice things about this close
position is you can move it to any fret
and you've got,
with that same pattern another major
So, if I [SOUND] start on this fifth fret
and play that pattern,
I've got my C-major scale.
Well if I were to move up two frets to D
on the seventh fret, and
play that same exact pattern, I'd have
myself a D Major scale.
So the cool thing about this particular
pattern is, it can be moved up and
down the neck, and used for any key.
So where, wherever you move it,
if I move down one fret to the fourth
fret, that's a B.
Well, if I do this same pattern, I've got
a B-major scale.
So all of a sudden with this one pattern,
you've opened up the whole spectrum of
major scales.
So it's, it's definitely worth practicing.
Although it might be a little bit more
it offers a nice reward in that, it c,
it's totally moveable.
And that's the case with, really anything
you play in a closed position.
As I said before, I'm a very visual
And so, I see these patterns and you can
move them up and
down the neck to really expand your