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Dobro Lessons: “Aloha Oe”

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Alright, I thought it was high
time we learned a Hawaiian song.
Go back to some of the, the roots of slide
guitar, and of, of the dobro, and
check out some of that music that, was so
popular back in the 20s and 30s.
And that the Dobro sounds so nice playing.
So we're going to go over a tune called
Aloha A.
And it's a, it's an old Hawaiian song,
that I learned off a record.
And just think it's beautiful, and
really captures the essence of that
sliding Hawaiian sound.
So, it's in the key of A, and we're not
going to capo.
We're going to play it in A without a
capo, just because there's
a lot of sliding going on and without the
capo you can slide into notes a lot
easier down here, so, we leave the capo
off and so your main
chord is this A chord: Second fret, just
barred straight across, A major.
And like a lot of these basic tunes the
chords are just one, four, and five.
Which is A, D on the seventh fret, and E
major on the ninth fret.
And so this tune has two halves,
it has an A section and a B section.
And the A section is, is starts on the A
chord and
the B section actually starts on the D
So it's sort of divided into two halves.
And it starts with a, sort of a, a big
arpeggio all on the highest strings.
So that's the first
sort of phrase.
So that first phrase, this is a good
little phrase and exercise to get your,
you know, your eye and your ear trained at
doing sort of some, some bigger leaps.
So second fret
seventh fret
and then eleventh fret.
So you can just practice that.
You can already hear this sort of Hawaiian
influence of these,
sliding chords, so the first lick
and then
You're using sort of a, a, a pinch,
a pluck with these two fingers on the
highest two strings.
And then you have a little chromatic
little note there.
That's just going from the sixth fret to
the seventh fret.
And then when you do, what you do here is
you pluck on the top two strings,
and then on the second and third string.
So you might wanna get comfortable doing
where you're just plucking one and two
strings, and then two and three.
And then one and two plucked on
this A chord and two and three, so
you're gonna find that a lot in this tune,
is this type of pattern,
so up to there, we've got
And then we slide all the way up to the
11th fret
which is gonna guide us to the five cord E
and stays on that E and
sometimes with these Hawaiian tunes,
when you've got a long held out chord, you
can do this sort of,
this tremolo effect that sounds really
If you've got enough time and the chord is
just hanging you,
you can do this tremolo effect to add sort
of a nice sound.
That's definitely Hawaiian sounding and so
so from the top.
And here's where I would do a little
And then once again, a similar phrase.
And then here we
go to the four chord.
So that last little lick sort of wraps up
all those phrases into a nice little
and it ends on this high A note,
seventh fret.
So that's a neat little way to wrap this
Back up to the eleventh fret, ninth fret,
and then I'll slide down on the second
string and
then back up on the third string.
and then,
and that's the whole a part.
Now the b part goes up to the d chord.
The four chord.
And does these arpeggios.
And then the a chord we remember that one.
And then
And so then, that phrase ends on
the 11th fret which is over an a chord.
And then once again
that's four.
This arpeggio
And our first arpeggio.
And then this is how it ends.
Same way it ends.
The first part.
It ends the second part.
and as you're playing this,
really milk those slides, you know?
That's one thing with the Hawaiian sound
is the slides are kinda slower and longer.
And it makes for a sort of a dreamy, you
know, classic sound.
So I'll play it one more time through just
And you can watch me slide slowly into
the, into the slides.
And also vibrato is really important here,
this is a great song to practice your
vibrato on.
See the vibrato?
Here we can do a little tremolo,
and once again,
More vibrato.
You can kinda, do a little tremlow there,
I do that on the octave, so I'm playing
seventh fret first and fourth string.
Than the b part.
These arpeggios.
You can do that octave arpeggio.
And here's
how we end it.
So that's the whole,
sort of synopsis of this tune, Aloha A.
You can check out this and then you can go
look at the recorded versions of me
playing through with the backing track.
You can play along with a backing track,
and hopefully this will add something
kinda unique to your repertoire.