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Dobro Lessons: D Major Scale

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All right, let's talk about the key of D a
little bit.
In some previous lessons, we've discussed
the key of G and the key of C.
Well the key of D is actually one of the
more common keys as well.
And it affords us the opportunity to use
some open strings which is always nice,
on the Dobro.
So we're gonna discuss the key of D, now.
The seventh fret, barred straight across,
that's your D major right there.
That's kinda home base.
But also,
as we know, if we remember the names of
the different strings.
We've also got two open D strings,
which is the highest string
and the four string
So we play those together, we've got a
couple D notes.
So in there, in this open position,
we've got a nice D position that we can
play out of.
Generally how I think of this D position
is like so,
where I'll fret the second fret of the
third string,
which is an A note, that's the fifth in D.
You count up five from D, five notes in
the scale,
you get an A
and you get this nice sort of open D chord
if you can play this one note.
Now don't forget when you play one note at
a time like this, you tilt the bar
forward, and so you're just hitting that
one note, second fret of the third string,
and then the fourth string open
high string open.
So that's sort of can also be home base
for open D.
So I'll show you the notes of a one octave
of and open D scale.
So starting on this fourth string open,
that D note, let's go from there and
play one octave of D Major scale
then back down.
So that's one octave up and
back of a D major scale.
Now, we can use some more of the strings
if we want to expand that D major scale.
We could start down on this note, on the A
the fifth of D, and play the D major scale
from there,
and go all the way up to the high, high
note right here, the high D.
So, so let's start on this low string and
go from here.
back down.
So we went a little bit below the low D
note, all the way down to an A and
then back up to the D.
And that just gets us using all the
So we, we, we did the one octave of D, and
then we added an octave and
a half on the low end.
But, this D major scale is actually quite
nice and fairly easy to play.
So, I encourage you to
practice that a little bit.
One nice thing about the key of D is that,
as we get further into our lessons,
we're going to find that a lot of fiddle
tunes are played out of the key of D.
So, we wanna get that key under our belt.
Once we get the key of D sort of
then we're gonna have three main keys that
we've sort of learned about.
The key of G, the key of C, and the key of
Once we get those three main.
Sort of open position and close position
we're gonna have the foundation to be able
to play in any key with the use of a capo,
which we're gonna talk about here in an
upcoming lesson.
But back to the key of D, that's your open
position D,
and practice that a little bit.
I've got some music here, some tablature
you can look at,
if you need some help and let's see how we
do on that.
So lets discuss the closed position key of
So [MUSIC] that's gonna be home base for
that it's gonna be the seventh fret right
here so if you bar across, play that,
that's your d chord, that's.
It's gonna be sort of where we start and
end from.
So, [SOUND] What we'll do is we're gonna
play this D major scale.
And in a previous lesson we had talked
about a C major scale, closed position.
Well this is actually the same pattern as
that, but
we're gonna go back over it here in the
key of D.
[SOUND] So, let's start on the lowest
string, this D note.
[SOUND] And you can refer to the tablature
if it helps you a little bit, but
we're gonna play.
A D major scale closed position two
octaves, okay?
So, here we go.
Real slow.
Remember that pattern?
We played that once before in c key
section, so let's try this again in
reverse from this high d note on the 12th
fret, highest string.
So you've got two octaves there of a D
major scale in closed position.
Now once again with all this closed
position stuff,
you may have to make a little adjustment
when you switch strings.
So you go two notes on the lowest string
And then you're doing a little jump there
from the ninth.
fret of the lowest string to the seventh
fret of the fifth string, like that.
That little jump there can be a little
tricky, so a lot of times what I'll do,
especially since the bar is tapered a
little bit and it almost has a,
sort of a lip.
So what I'll do is
I'll kind of just.
Flatten the bar out like if I'm tilting it
like I normally would,
you don't want to have it too tilted when
you do this coz you might get stuck and
not quite get up onto that string.
So if I've got my bar tilted to play just
one note I might
flatten a little bit to get to that next
string if you know what I mean.
Once you experiment with it you'll
Let me try this just a little bit faster.
You can start to hear how this can be
So key of D, close position, just a little
So, as I've said previously this pattern
can be used to any closed position fret
and that's gonna be your major scale for
whatever fret your on so right here we're
in the seventh fret.
That's D major.
If we were to slide up two frets to the
ninth fret,
that's an E chord we could play the same
exact pattern, and have an E major scale.
So just wanted to remind you about the
flexibility of this particular pattern.
I have one more example, that I've notated
that's gonna show you how to.
Blend the open position D scale with the
closed position D scale.
So, I'll play that for you just so you can
see how that works.
If you can get those two positions,
the open [SOUND] mixed with the [SOUND]
one closed we just learned, you've got.
Almost the whole neck covered in the key
of d major.
So if you can start to blend the open
scale with a closed position scale you've
got two scales there it's,
it's the same scale but two different
positions I should say.
We've got a whole lot of the neck covered
We'll try this exercise I have here.
So you can see, I went all the way from
this low open D string [SOUND] all the way
up to this high D note on the 12th fret.
And I've got this whole neck part of the,
the neck covered.
That's the second two lines of the example
I've written out for
D major closed position.
Practice that a little bit.
And, I think you're gonna find that, the
key of D opens up a lot for you.