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Dobro Lessons: Rake Scales

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[MUSIC]
All right.
Here we're gonna do an exercise that's
gonna help you work on rakes and
sort of enhance the, some of your
practicing techniques.
You know, a lot of times when we play
scales
they just sort of sound [SOUND] kind of
plain.
Which is fine you are just trying to get
accustomed to where the scale is and
getting a clean note.
But once you have the scale down, you can
add this sort of technique it to,
to practice your rakes and to make things
sound a, a little more exciting.
So [SOUND] if I was in the key of B here,
say and I were to do a major scale,
you know, the basic way you do it is you
just pluck the notes.
[MUSIC]
And that sounds fine, but, you know,
sometimes you wanna add some excitement to
what you're doing.
And, you know, basically you want to
incorporate into your practice routine.
How you would really play something as if
you were performing it, you know?
So it's good to incorporate some of these
techniques like a rake.
So check this out.
I can rake and practice my rakes and do
the whole scale that way.
[MUSIC]
And it sounds sort of a lot more exciting.
[MUSIC]
And so what this is going to do is,
it's going to help you get your rakes on
the high string.
[SOUND] Which for me, I just use the thumb
all the way across.
[SOUND] And then when you're doing rakes
on strings
other than the high string, I do basically
a pinch rakes.
So I go across with the thumb and
then pluck with one of the with my middle
finger generally, so.
[SOUND] And I also, if you look at my
left-hand,
I tilt the bar [SOUND] at the very end.
So, I leave the bar down.
[SOUND] And when I pluck the one note that
you actually want to have ring,
I lift the bar so that only that note is
being plucked, so.
[MUSIC]
And, you know, on a major scale, you know,
it sounds, you know, it sounds good, but
it sounds particularly good when you're
doing like a blues scale.
[MUSIC]
You know, you get that gr,
drive and that growl from the rake when
you're doing blues stuff, for sure.
So [SOUND] now, you can't really rake on a
low string or some of the lower strings.
It's just, it just doesn't work that way,
so.
[SOUND] Really 4th string is where you can
start to get a little bit of that effect.
[MUSIC]
And certainly on the 3rd string.
[MUSIC]
So as you're going through and
practicing scales, practicing exercises,
really anything in closed position.
Add a rake to it, you know?
You can do the regular scale [SOUND] to
get comfortable.
[MUSIC]
Or if it's a blue scale.
[MUSIC]
Get comfortable with that and
then add the rake to it.
And what it's going to do is, it's going
to get that rake feeling really natural.
And and so that you'll be able to use that
whenever, whenever it calls for it,
whenever you like.
[MUSIC]