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Dobro Lessons: “The Camptown Races”

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So now that we've been working on some
double stops and got familiar with one,
four, five chord progressions
we're gonna get into another tune, keep
expanding that repertoire.
So what we're gonna do is the Camp Town
Races in the key of C.
And you're probably familiar with the
tune, Camp Town Race is Five Miles Long.
So this is, the melody itself is not that
but what we're doing now, we're adding
double stops to the melody.
So, we're not just playing single note
melody anymore,
we're actually gonna be sort of playing
little chords for the melody.
And this is one other cool thing about the
Dobro, that you've got the whole
key right here on one fret,
so using some of these double stops can
really sort of enhance the sound of a
melody as opposed to just playing
a single note.
We're going to do double notes.
And it just adds a nice sound and
what I liken it to, sometimes,
it's almost the sound of like an organ or
even a pedal steel.
And this is an area where the Dobro can
really sort of stand out is some of these
chord melody type things.
I'll give you, a little example of how I
might use, finger this with my right hand.
So, for, if you take a look at your music,
you can see that it starts with these
double stops on the fifth fret.
I'm just using my two,
these two fingers for those, the index and
the middle.
Seems to be the easiest.
Once again you might want to use your
thumb in there, but for me.
I save my thumb if I wanna use, hit a
lower string,
I'm just using these two fingers so
and then when I hit that double stop of
fives, I use the thumb and the index
because I just played a note with my.
Middle finger,
see how that works, so this is,
you wanna get efficient with using these
fingers so I use the middle finger for
two notes right here and then I've got
these two available for
this double stop here, and then the next
one is five zero five zero.
[SOUND] So again, I use my thumb and my
index for this double-stop.
And that leaves this middle finger open to
play the open high string
in the second measure.
So hopefully,
that'll give you a little bit of direction
on what to do with the right hand.
But let's go ahead and play this.
We're gonna play it at a really slow
And this tempo's slower than you would
normally play it, but it's just to,
sort of help demonstrate some of the
techniques, and
this is little bit more challenging using
these double stop melodies.
So we'll play it real slow and just so you
can see what I'm doing here.
So here we go, the Camptown Races in the
key of C.
And, we're
gonna do it at,
52, 52
beats per
minutes all
right [SOUND]
like I said that was played pretty slow
but it's good.
It gives you just a feel of, of what we're
doing and
it gets your right hand able to get a hold
of some of those double stops.
Now you notice also on the music I've got
the chords, written out there.
And you can see this, this song is another
example of where you're just,
you're using one four and five chords.
Not necessarily in that order.
You can see the C from the first measure
is one, and
then your second chord in the second
measure is actually a five.
And then the C is a one, five, one.
You don't get to the four chord, until the
second line.
But, you're still just using those three
chords, the one, the four, and the five
chord so having the chords listed in the
music can sort of help you understand,
where you are in the song and what chords
are being played behind the melody.
Well we've got the camptown Races here,
lets see if we can get some of these
double stops
going in the song with the backing track.
We'll try it a little bit slow for the
first one.
So here we go.
>> One, two, three ready, go.
Well, now let's try the Camptown Races at
a slightly faster tempo.
>> One, two, three, go.