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Dobro Lessons: “Poor Boy's Delight”

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Well, let's talk about the song Poor Boy's
Delight here.
This is a song that, my band, the Infamous
String Dusters do and,
it's a song that we get a lot of requests
for and had a request,
to teach it here on the site so I thought
I'd, go ahead and do that.
So let's talk a little bit about it.
It's in the key of C, first of all.
And it's a waltz, it's in waltz time.
So, you know, you're thinking, one, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two.
That's sort of the feel.
And the melody definitely follows that.
That sort of rhythmic element.
Is what the melody sort of follows.
You know, you just keep that in mind as as
we go through this.
So we're in the key of C, which is the
fifth fret barred straight across,
that's your c chord.
And you, you use it's a very kinda scalic
It's starts off with a couple pick up
notes which are notes that happen
basically before the down beat of the
So when you have pickup notes, you are
basically the first
thing that people hear,
so that last note is where,
it's like the band would come in, and
these, the two notes previous are just,
you know, say you or whatever instrument
is kicking it off,
so rhythmically it's dah, dah, daaaa.
And then, you begin the melody.
So the first little phrase is right there
on the fifth fret.
And that little slide is just.
Third fret to the fifth fret on the
seconds string.
And then you pluck, once you're up there.
You pluck the high string fifth fret.
And then you're gonna go up to your other
sort of.
Area that you end up with in a lot of this
which is at the 10th fret, which is the F
So it starts with the pickup notes.
One more quick note on the fifth fret.
And then you slide up to the 10th fret,
high string.
There's your four chord, your F chord, so.
And then you're back to the C chord.
And that leads you down to the G chord.
That little like
And one thing I'll mention here is it,
this, most of this melody is all single
note playing.
So, you wanna make sure you're tilting
your bar.
Forward like this so you're only getting
the string, you know, that you're playing.
Your bar's only on the note that you're
So if I do this here.
Those few notes there where I go from the
high string to the second string.
I wanna bring my bar down to that second
string so it's not touching the first
string once I get to the second.
So you may wanna just practice that,
going from the first string to the second
And then I play the same lick all on the
first string to lead me down to
the big G chord.
And that's the whole first phrase, so, the
whole first half.
So then you do the pickups once again.
And this here gets a little different,
cause you're leading down to an A minor
You play that note [SOUND] here on the
fifth fret,
but it's the same
as that.
So this, this here.
That's an a minor and then you go back up
to the tenth fret for the final lick.
Which is essentially all that is is a C
scale going from C here to C here.
So you got the high C, tenth fret, high
And you're going down into this lower C,
fifth fret, third string.
So this is a great little scale exercise.
[SOUND] And as you're doing this, make
sure you're giving enough bar pressure so
that [SOUND] you don't get zings.
[SOUND] You know, like that.
And make sure you can slide into some of
these notes too.
You know, and give a little bit of a
Particularly, the last note you can do a
little chord and slide in like that.
A little bit, a little bit of vibrato.
So, you just wanna keep that, that waltz
You know, play it pretty.
It's a, it's a pretty little waltz.
You know, sort of a love song.
So just get in that vibe as you're playing
Get some emotion into it, your slides, you
know a little bit of vibrato and
it's this is a great great song.
It ends up being a great wedding song.
Any occasion where a love song would be
appropriate this is good for.
So, there's the poor boys to life for you,
hope you enjoyed it.