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Dobro Lessons: "Kentucky Waltz"

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Today, we're gonna do a lesson on the
Kentucky Waltz.
And I'm gonna play it for you with a, a
metronome and
then we'll go over a few of the sort of
finer points.
I'll sort of talk you through it and
there'll be tablature with this.
So but we're gonna do it in the key of C
and I'll just play it for
you one time and then we'll we'll go
through it.
So, I've got my trusty, Boss drum machine
here from 1991 or so.
And it'll give us a little tempo.
So here we go.
[SOUND] A one, two, three, two.
[MUSIC]
So,
that's
the
Kentucky
Waltz
one time
through
there in
the key
of C.
And so, it's got sort of a lot of
different techniques.
It's got some chord work, it has a few
slants.
A few single note things.
But the main thing with this song is you
just want it to be pretty and
to sorta get the melody.
So [SOUND] as I say, it's in the key of C,
so you start right here on the 5th fret.
[SOUND] And it starts with a walk-up,
which is basically pick up notes.
[SOUND] And the 1st chord is this slant
where you're playing the 10th
fret on the high string and the 9th fret
on the 3rd string.
[SOUND] So.
[MUSIC]
And you can refer to the tab.
[MUSIC]
So for a lot of these, these chords,
I'm doing real full three note chords, you
know?
[MUSIC]
That's a three note pinch [SOUND]
where you pinch with all three strings.
[MUSIC]
Another couple chords there.
The C [SOUND] on the three strings.
Two, three, four strings.
[SOUND] An then one, two, three strings
for the C.
[SOUND] And then you're in a G chord.
[SOUND] Where you're hitting the open G
string and
sliding up all the way up to the 9th fret.
[SOUND] So you've gotta really tilt the
bar, so
you're getting the high string fretted
with the bar and then the 3rd string open.
[MUSIC]
And
then this chord is a little bit tricky.
[SOUND] This is a G 7 chord, so.
[MUSIC]
So you've gotta have your bar just right,
you wanna be fretting only the 2nd string.
And the 1st string and the 3rd strings are
open.
[SOUND] So, 1st and 3rd, open.
2nd fretted on the 6th fret.
[MUSIC]
And then this last little
G lick is sorta chromatic.
So it's open B, 3rd fret, B-flat.
[SOUND] 3rd string, 2d fret A note and
then open.
[MUSIC]
And then once again the second
half starts out same as the first.
[MUSIC]
And then here we go up high.
[SOUND] All the way up to the 17th fret.
[SOUND] And that's the 2nd and 4th
strings.
[SOUND] And then down to the 3rd and 5th
strings.
[MUSIC]
You got another slant right
there on the 10th fre excuse me.
12th fret high string, 11th fret, 3rd
string so.
[MUSIC]
And then it ends with this.
[MUSIC]
So that last little lick is
a lot of sliding on the high string.
[SOUND] And that lick there sort of
emulates a vocal
really is, sounds like a country vocal to
me.
So, [SOUND] so it's
just a few strikes.
And then [SOUND] and you're back to the
start.
So and one other thing I'll point is
you've got a lot of spaces in between the
notes.
So what you, what I do a lot of times is
if there's a space as I do
a little [SOUND] sorta tremolo back and
forth.
For instance, at the beginning of the
song.
[MUSIC]
And then there is a space there.
[SOUND] So, I do just a little tremolo.
[SOUND] You could just let it ring.
[MUSIC]
But I, like I say, I like to do a little
tremolo just to sort of keep things moving
along.
And so I hope you enjoy that.
It's a great song, it's a real pretty
Dobro song.
And feel free and send me a video if you
have any questions.
[MUSIC]