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Dobro Lessons: “Down in the Willow Garden” on the Weisssenborn

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All right well welcome to part two of this
introduction to Weissenborn.
In the first lesson I sort of gave you,
you know,
an overview of what this instruments all
about, you know, some technique things and
how it sounds, and in this lesson we'll go
ahead and learn a tune on the Weissenborn.
The song is gonna be Down in the Willow
Garden and
we'll do it right here in the key in D,
since we're tuned to D.
And it's a three-quarter timed song, it's
a waltz.
So the timing will be waltz timing.
And what I'll do is I'll play it through
once in a low octave,
the melody, once in a higher octave.
And I'll play it for you with a metronome
just so
you can get a feel of how the three
quarter timing works with the melody.
You can refer to the tablature with this
And then after I play it through,
I'll sort of break down some of the tricky
parts, to sorta help you with that.
So let me get my metronome going here.
And, a one, two, three, two, two.
So that was basically playing the melody
through twice.
Once in the low octave, once in the high.
So I'm just gonna play it slower, so that
you can sorta get a feel for it.
One thing you'll notice on that
performance is.
I've played the melody and in between
sometimes I do little fills or
notes to sort of help keep things rolling
along cause there's a lot of space between
the notes so I'll just play it a little
bit slower for
you without a metronome so you can get a
feel for what's going on.
So that's the first tricky part is this
minor chord on the ninth fret.
And that's the melody note on the fourth
string, ninth fret.
So I wanna only have my bar on the lowest
three strings.
I want the highest note I play to be the
fourth string.
That's how I get that b minor chord.
And then that's another way I play the B
minor chord by
just fretting the second fret of the fifth
string, and
leaving all the other strings open, I get
a nice b minor chord.
And then then once again.
So the second time instead of a B minor
chord it's a major chord, it's a G chord.
And that's how it finishes off.
So once again, this melody, like a lot of
you can almost divide into 4 parts.
The first part being.
Then the second part being.
The third part is similar to the first,
but you end on a major chord.
On the fifth fret.
So that's in the low register.
In the high register, it's very similar.
There's a few changes just because you,
you run out of strings going this way.
So once again, the tricky part on this one
is at the end of the first segment of
the melody when you play this B minor on
the ninth fret, you know, you're playing,
it's a minor chord, so you don't want to
play the third string.
The third string is your, would be your
major third.
So you don't want that.
So I just play the first, second and
fourth strings.
So, once again.
And then.
So the second part, I use a lot of these
fifths where I'm pinching the top
two strings with my you know, my two metal
And then that's a tricky part going to
this minor chord on the ninth fret.
So, that much again.
The minor chord.
And once again, you want your bar only on
the lowest three strings for that note.
And then.
And so, this would be where the major
chord is, but to play this melody note
in the higher register, you have to sort
of, you can't really play this chord.
You have to get up here for this note.
One other way you could play it if you
want to get the full major chord
is way up here on the 17th fret.
On the third, fourth, and fifth strings.
So the the high register altogether.
So that's Down in the Willow Garden.
You can check out the tablature for all
the details,
and the main thing with this, you know, I
want you to focus on is just intonation.
You know, with Weissenborn intonation can
be a little bit trickier particularly when
you're going up here to the 17th Fret, so
I just want you to focus on that, try and
get it in tune, play it slow I recom,
recommend doing it with a metronome.
My metronome for that, for the
performance, was on 126, so
you might want to start it more like it,
you know, 104, 110 something like that.
Work your way up to 126.
And just be gentle with your touch.
You don't have to strike it too hard.
You know, really try and milk the
sweetness of the weissenborn sound.
I hope you enjoyed that lesson.
I'll probably do more of these in the
future, but check back for
more lessons and feel free to send me any
video questions.
You know, we've got the video exchanges
here, so anytime you have a question,
send it along.
Thanks for tuning in and we'll see you
next time.