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Dobro Lessons: “Salt Creek”

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[MUSIC]
So this lesson is gonna
focus on the song Salt Creek.
Classic jam tune great tune to learn the
melody to solo over.
And it's in the key of A, right here.
And I'll just you the chords, kinda break
down how I play the melody.
And we'll go from there.
So, so this is gonna incorporate some
rolls and
some hammer-ons right in here in the A
section.
So before we get into that let me
just show you the chords, so so
you got one, four, flat seven, five, one.
Four, one, four, five, one.
And then the beat part is pretty much just
one and flat seven.
One, flat seven.
One, and then a one, four, five, one.
Now some people will play one.
Flat seven and then a quick five.
One.
A flat seven.
So that's sorta the chord structure.
So when we start, we start with this
forward roll.
Which is two forward rolls on the fourth,
third and first strings.
Just your standard bluegrass forward roll.
And then we begin the first phrase, which
is a few hammer-ons.
That takes us to the four chord.
That note right there is the root of the
four chord.
And then the next phrase,
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That's all over the flat seven.
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That very last note that's
over the five chord, so
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And why I'm doing that with my right hand
is you get forward roll, thumb, index,
middle,
twice and then I leave with the thumb
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So thumb, middle, thumb, middle, thumb.
So a lot of times I'll end up playing
using my thumb on a higher strings
on an emphasis note like that
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Because the thumb being the strongest
finger really, you know,
a lot of times I'll use it even on the
highest string, so, and then this lick.
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I start it with the thumb,
and then thumb again and then,
so it's thumb, thumb, index,
thumb, thumb, index.
So there's a lot of thumb there.
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And then thumb again for
this low slide for the five chord.
And then it repeats that again.
The first lick and the ending lick is this
here.
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And the way I play that is I pluck
generally all three of those notes
by going middle, thumb, middle.
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So I do a lot of that when I play like
a three notes in a row on the top string,
say I, I do an alternating
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And then I slide and pull-off for
the end of that
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And then some pull-offs.
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So that's the whole A part,
I'll just go through it one more time.
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And
then the beat
part goes up.
This is where we're going sort of up the
neck a little bit into the higher
register.
This is sort of the second position.
And it starts with a roll.
Where you go, you slide up here.
To the high A note and then leave the
other, these two strings below open and
do a reverse roll.
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And then a pretty common lick here
up going up to the 11th fret, and
using the second string root note
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And then that lick right there is a really
cool lick, over the flat seventh chord.
So you slide up to the ninth fret, down
here.
Use the open, high string, and land on
that note there.
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And it ends the same,
the B part ends the same as the A part.
It does that twice.
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So as you're learning this and
watching the videos, pay close attention
to my right hand and
how interchanging between the rolls and
some of the hammer-ons and pull-offs,.
And you'll get a good sense of the proper
right hand technique to use for
these tunes and yeah, just make sure
you're doing it with drive and and
conviction and, and assertiveness and it's
gonna sound great.
So that's a break down of Salt Creek,
you can check out the the backing tracks
if you wanna play along to it,
I've got a couple of tempos there and good
luck with that.
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