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Dobro Lessons: “Midnight On The Stormy Deep”

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All right.
We've got Midnight On The Stormy Deep
In the key of D.
We're gonna use some of the things we just
learned about the key of D to play this
pretty little song.
Made popular by Doc Watson, at least
that's where I learned it.
So, let's give it a try and see how we do.
It's got.
Some D major scale stuff, a few double
stops, some nice slides and
let's see how we do so, we'll try this at
65 beats per minute and
we're off ready one, two, three, four,
Simple enough.
So it's Midnight On The Stormy Deep key of
One thing that I was noticing as I was
playing there,
I started to pay attention to my
And this is something that I haven't
talked about yet so
since it just came to mind I think I'll
mention it really quick.
You notice a lot of these tunes have
They have a chunk of notes and then a
space, basically.
Sort of like you would have in
To me, that's part of what makes really
good music and good melodies is,
they have nice phrasing.
So that it'll, it'll basically say a
And then have a pause.
So let me just talk for a second about the
One thing that can happen when you're
playing is especially you're, you know,
you get the metronome going or something,
you're feeling a little, okay, here we go.
Little excited.
People can hold their breath while they're
What I encourage people to do is.
Breathe in those spaces, almost as if you
were a singer.
You can, a lot of the times on the Dobro
you can think of yourself
almost like a singer it's got these long
sustained notes, so
if you look at some of the first phrases
in the song,
the very beginning
That would be one phrase, so
right there would be a great place to take
a nice breath.
You don't want to think too much about it
and feel like it's something you have to
worry about and incorporate but it's
something to be aware of.
You don't want to hold your breath while
your playing.
You want to keep a nice, you want to
breath [LAUGH] basically.
And it's going to help your phrasing, it's
going to help you emote.
Strangely enough if you view yourself
almost like a singer and breathe in
the spaces, it's going to really help you
develop an emotive style and
also it's going to help you maintain being
relaxed as you play.
Let's give Midnight on
the Stormy Deep a try here in the key of
We've got some music, we've got a backing
track so, let's give it a shot.
>> One, two, three.
All right.
That's a pretty song.
Well, we got it under the slow tempo,
let's bump it up a few notches and
play it just a little bit faster with a
backing track.
[NOISE] One, two, three.
All right, well done.