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Dobro Lessons: “Bill Cheatham”

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So in this lesson we're gonna work on the
song Bill Cheatham.
It's a song I've been playing for many
years and
learned it from a Jerry Douglas version.
And so that's what this version is sort of
based off of is is a, a,
a classic kind of Jerry Douglas version of
this song.
It's the key of A capo two for it, so
you know, you've got all your open A stuff
that you can play.
And there's kind of a lot of different
elements to this song, and it's really one
of the things to focus on this one is
getting your right hand picking patterns
efficient and, and comfortable so that you
can make the best use of that, cuz,
there's a, sort of a lot of different
roles and arpeggios and things.
So, I'm gonna spend, in this, breakdown,
a good amount of time on what to do with
your right hand.
Or at least, what I do with my right hand,
to hopefully, make things real efficient.
So, we'll sorta go through this, kinda
It starts off in the A part, with some
hammer ons.
So that's the first little section.
And when I do this hammer on.
I, I also play the open high string.
Just for a little added something.
And then I play the flat seven note, and
then slide up, to the to the four chord.
So that little lick is a little tricky.
And that's something you want sort of pay
attention on your right hand.
So I'm going thumb, middle, thumb,
index, thumb, middle, index, thumb.
It ends with a reverse role.
So it's sorta back and forth, with your
thumb and switching these two fingers.
So that maybe something you wanna sort of
practice on your own.
So that much.
So that, that bit right there is, can be a
little challenging with the right hand.
Then it repeats that first phrase.
So the, the thing on that second lick, the
second half of that is.
You've got a roll that ha,
that goes from the lowest six string all
the way to the highest first string.
And that is a sort of a classic thing to
do is.
As opposed to just,
You add one more note on the high string,
To sort of continue the rolling pattern
and keep the drive, so the whole, that's
the whole A part, so let's go over that
one more time slow all the way through.
So that's the whole A part, and that
repeats twice.
So the form of this song is A, A, B, B, so
each section is played twice.
The A part is played twice and the B part
is played twice.
So that's the breakdown of the A section.
Now, the B section is really fun.
And kinda what makes this song unique, and
the chords move pretty fast on this one,
on the B part.
So you're gonna be going.
Really pretty quick.
And how it sounds, I'll just start playing
a little bit.
That's sort of the main focus of, of the B
part is.
So, it's really, it's rolls it's rolls on
the top three strings.
So, that right there, I go, middle.
Thumb and then reverse roll open.
And a forward roll on the four chord.
And then that's a forward roll starting on
the high string, so
you go middle, thumb, index, middle.
So you've got three sort of different
rolls, You've got
reverse, forward and
then forward starting on the middle.
And then the last note is this A note.
So altogether that's.
And the second phrase is, starts the same.
And then
that's your five chord.
First lick again and then it's with this
melodic lick.
And I like playing that melodic cuz it
just keeps in this sort
of rolling pattern.
You could also play it down here.
With hammer ons and pull offs.
And that works great as well.
In my version what I have tabbed out is
the is the melodic version.
And when I say melodic I have another
lesson that discusses melodic style
And it's when you're doing.
This middle of the neck kind of scalic
stuff where you're letting certain
strings ring so.
So that's a little bit of a tongue twister
So, you know this is a song where it's
good to break down all the different parts
and just play each little section on its
own, and then combine them all,
cuz each one of these little sections can
be an exercise.
You know, that ending lick on its own is,
is a bit challenging so
you can just use that as an exercise for,
for working on your melodic stuff.
Or if you want to work on rolls you can do
you know, the beginning of the b part.
That's a great exercise right there.
So I really encourage you on this one to
break this down to really small bits and
just practice those little bits.
And also to get this clean you're gonna
wanna use you know,
some of your left hand muting.
You know, when I play that last note I've
got all these other strings
below muted with the fingers of this hand.
So you wanna work on getting those clean
all the notes are have a nice separation.
So just focus on that as you're practicing
as well.
So, that's a breakdown of, of Bill
Cheatham, start to finish, all the sort of
intricacies of it, and you can play along
with the tracks, check those out.
We've got a couple of different tempos.
And, hopefully you enjoyed this lesson.