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Dobro Lessons: Guiding the Chord Changes

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One thing the Dobro is particularly
good at doing is guiding a song through
the chord changes.
Basically during chord transitions, when,
when the chords are changing or when
a song is going from, you know, an A part
to a B part, from a verse to a chorus.
Those transitional areas a lot of times
need a little bit of, of help, you know,
when, when you're playing in a group.
And a Dobro is particularly well suited at
guiding the song through transitions
through chord changes.
So I want to talk to you just a little bit
about that.
You know, here's an example.
If I was gonna be playing let's say we're
in B flat on the third fret,
and I wanna go from B flat up to an E
flat, up to an F, back to a B flat.
That's sort of a one, four, five in B
And if the song was going along.
And then what's it's gonna change
I might just do, you know, a lick or
a few notes that help the ear sort of
anticipate the chord that's coming,
so you know, if the songs going along.
So basically I'm
letting the chords rest
while they're playing,
and then when it's about time for
the chord to transition
I begin a lick that starts
on say the B-flat chord and
ends on a note that's an E flat.
So a good example would be this.
That's should a forward roll in B flat.
Ending on a E flat note on the second fret
there of the four,
of the sorry fourth fret of the second
So the Dobro, and a lot of times you'll
find that those are the spaces
between when a singer is, you know, is
So when the singer's not singing the
chord's about to change the Dobro can come
in and really help the ear with some
pretty sort of licks.
It can be scalic, or it can be non-scalic
So, you know, you gotta know,
you have to have a pretty good grasp on
your scales but if you can do that,
the Dobro can be so nice, and you can do
it with single notes or
you can use chords to, to help guide the
Here's an example of that.
That rest,
and then
The chord change
that come in.
And I can do it
on low strings.
Maybe vary
the rhythm.
So, and that's just on a one, four,
five change.
You know, you might have a more involved
chord changes.
Like, say you're in B-flat.
You've got B-flat.
G minor.
C minor.
Like, a one, six, two, five.
I've ever been known as.
You can guide through that really nicely
So the Dobro is really
good at guiding those chord
changes, you'll notice,
and that's a lot of times
what people are looking for
in a Dobro player.
More than taking a solo, they wanna hear a
Dobro do back-up.
And the lead a song through the chord
changes, and those transitions.
And that's one thing that a Dobro can do
really well,
better than a lot of instruments, so check
that out.
You can use country songs as a great way
to practice that with some simple changes
guiding through the chords, guiding
through the transitions.
And yeah, just practice some of that.
I think you'll find it'll be a real
valuable asset.