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Well, now we're gonna talk a little
bit about basic right and left hand
technique.
So you've got two things you sort of need
to be thinking about.
You've got the bar and the bar hand,
that's the left hand.
And then the right hand, your, your
plucking hand.
So with the left hand in the bar, you
know,
you want the bar to be just resting
comfortably.
Your index finger should be on top, the
middle finger of the left hand should
be on the side, and then the thumb should
come in on the other side, so
you've got thumb on one side, index on
top, middle finger on the other side,
and that should give you a nice, stable
hold with the bar.
It should be pretty well tucked up back
against, you know, the inside of your and
and just comfortable, you know, you may
want to just have a bar around,
you can just, you know, just sort of mess
with it, get comfortable with it.
And as you place it on the strings, like I
said, you should be relaxed.
There can be a little bit of an arc to
your hand.
It shouldn't, you shouldn't be like this.
There shouldn't be tension.
It should be relaxed.
Your shoulders should be relaxed.
And the pinky and ring finger should just
be gliding along.
They're, they're, they are laying on the
strings, they give you a little bit of
stability, but they're not rigid, and they
shouldn't be flying up like this.
They shouldn't be too hard down on the
strings, they should just be relaxed.
So you wanna hold the bar with a little
bit of pressure but not too much.
Generally relax.
You don't have to press down too hard on
the strings.
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Just hard enough to where all the notes
are clean, so you can sort of experiment
with that.
You can put a light pressure.
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And hear some of that buzzing and
just press a little bit more.
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And you've got a clean sound,
all the notes are clean.
With the right hand once again, I've got a
thumb pick, and that's the only
pick I'm using for for these lessons, so
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you want the right hand again to rest on
the strings, it should, you should be
generally curled into somewhat of a fist,
not a full fist, but your hand should be
curled under.
If you just laid your hand down on the
strings you know,
about how it falls should be how your hand
sits.
And so you want to be able to, to pluck.
It's almost like plucking up and towards
you.
You don't wanna be, have your hand too
open.
You're not plucking down on the strings.
You're plucking back and towards you with
these two fingers.
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Just with the very tips of your fingers.
And if you have a little bit of a
fingernail,
a little bit of nail can just add sort of
a bit of attack there.
The thumb pick, you don't want it to be
too out like this.
You don't want it to be too curved like
this.
It should, once again, be relaxed,
and you should strike the string not
completely perpendicular but
just a little bit of an angle is naturally
how that's going to happen.
So you may want to just practice with your
thumb just striking some of those strings.
And you kind of pluck through, you know.
You don't, you don't pluck down,
but you just kind of pluck forward at a
slight angle.
And just practice that.
And then again, practice plucking strings
with these two fingers.
You can kind of go back and forth like
this.
And just, just get comfortable with that.
Now, your hand shouldn't be locked on
here.
It should be resting but able to move
forward and back,
so that you can move like this.
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And you can even practice just pinching
strings like this, moving your hand
forward and backwards.
That's a good little practice technique.
Now you may wanna get your left hand
involved too and place it on a fret.
Let's say the fifth fret.
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And
you can just practice getting those hands
working together.
You've got the left hand on the fret
board, you've got the right hand
plucking strings, and that's just basic
lap slide technique.
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You can move that bar
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here you've got a G chord.
Here you've got an A chord.
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All the way at the 12th fret,
you've got a D as well as your open D.
So that just gives you sort of how to get
started.
If you want a little bit more in depth
explanation of some of these right and
left hand techniques, I have that in my
Dobro curriculum.
So if you're starting on lap steel,
you want a little bit more in depth you
can go to those Dobro lessons.
And I'm gonna spend a lot of time just
talking about the bar, the right and
left hand, and so forth.
So I hope that's helpful for you.
A little bit of right and left hand
technique.
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