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[MUSIC]
So here I am up
out of my chair.
I wanted to talk a little bit about
playing standing up.
It's something that if you ever decide
you'd like to try and perform,
or play in a jam.
Maybe at a festival or something.
It's something that's good to get used to
doing.
So, you want to get yourself a nice sturdy
strap.
It doesn't have to be quite as flashy as
this one, but, but
you want to get yourself a good,
comfortable strap you know,
Dobros are a little bit heavy so,
something wide is going to help.
You know, if you've got a real narrow
strap, it's,
it's a little more pressure for you.
So, get something just wide.
Some of them have like padding on them.
Can be real comfortable.
The way I do my strap is I tie it between
the two furthest sets of tuning pegs.
The reason I try and get it as far to the
end of the neck as possible is that
just provides the most stability and also
if you've got it more closer in here.
Your bar hand can get, can start to end up
hitting the strap so
it keeps it out of the way of your hand
and
the farther to the end of the neck it is,
sort of more stable it is.
You know, I've got a strap button here and
this little mechanism's actually a locking
thing so it just, it can't even come off.
It's, it's solid on there.
You want the Dobro to rest just at a
comfortable level
different people wear it differently.
Some people wear it a little higher.
For me I like to try and have the arms,
you know,
at maybe a 90 degree angle, maybe even a
little more open.
You can see that.
The Dobro kind of tilts tilts forward just
a little bit.
And you should be able to just stand
comfortably with it.
Resting sort of on the side of your
midsection like that.
Sort of on your hip and.
Your right hand should be able to just
rest comfortably and what I do is I,
you've got the strap just over the left
shoulder and
then it comes around the back like this.
It's not over the right shoulder and then
I hook my arm through like this, and
what that does is provides a lot of
stability.
Now, some people actually wear their dobro
strap like this.
Just around their neck, so both their arms
are free.
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It's not as common and, for
me it's not quite as comfortable, but it's
definitely an option.
I do the, the arm hooking.
Like this.
And you feel it's just really sturdy.
What a lot of people have trouble with is
a lot of times, they feel like
the Dobro is kind of bouncing a little bit
when they place their bar on it.
But with this arm hook technique, it makes
it stable.
And at first, you know, like I say, it'll
be maybe a little uncomfortable, but.
If you practice this way, it gets more
comfortable over time.
So, the one thing that I noticed is,
when I would play at home by myself, I
would always be sitting down.
It's just sort of the natural way to play
a Dobro.
And then, maybe three weeks ago didn't
have a gig or something.
And then, I would get to the gig and all
of the sudden,
I'd be performing standing up.
And I thought well, this is uncomfortable,
I haven't been.
Doing this much lately so,
the way to really get comfortable with it
is to do it.
You can practice some of the lessons here
in the curriculum
standing up if you'd like.
Maybe play along to a CD, whatever it is.
Walk around your house playing a little
Dobro
it just gets you comfortable standing and
it's a good technique to sort of feel
comfortable with so
that's a little bit about playing standing
up.
[MUSIC]