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Dobro Lessons: Basic Blues Scale (Key of D)

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So with a lap steel,
a lot of what we're gonna focus on
is blues-oriented music.
So what I want to do is just show you guys
a basic blues scale in this
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D major tuning.
So what we're gonna do is we're gonna do
sort of a blues minor blues pentatonic,
something you would commonly use in a in a
D blues.
So, lets start with the lowest string,
that's a D
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so we're gonna wanna go D
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F, on the third fret of the lowest string.
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G,
here on the fourth fret of the lowest
string.
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Then you're gonna switch strings the fifth
string open that's an A, and then you've
got a C note.
On the third fret of the fifth string, and
then, D.
So, let's just try that one more time
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it's a very simple pattern on those two
strings.
Now, when you get to this D note, fifth.
Fifth fret of the fifth string,
that's the same as your open fourth string
right here so
you also have the option of doing this
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for your last note, plucking this open.
From there we go open, third fret,
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fifth fret.
And then we're gonna skip the third string
and
go straight to
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open second string.
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Third fret.
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And then fifth fret.
So all together that looks like this.
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And once again at when
you get to this last note,
that's also the same
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as this open string.
So you can play
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for your last few notes.
So let's try that going down.
From the open high string
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open
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third fret
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and then we jump down to
the fourth string.
We skip one string
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Fifth fret, third fret.
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So I want you
to just practice
that basic blues
pentatonic scale in D,
and as you get going
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And that's gonna be sort of the base.
The building blocks, if you will, of the
the blues sound.
So just practice that scale.
You can also do a similar scale just on
the high string.
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Going all the way up here to this high D
note, so
that would be open third fret, fifth fret,
seventh fret,
tenth fret, 12th fret, and what you're
gonna want to do is,
you know, you can use these fret markers
to sort of help you.
You know, if I say open, that's
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pretty straightforward.
If I say third fret, you know, you've got
a fret marker there.
You've got one on the fifth fret.
One on the seventh fret, and you've got
one on the ninth fret.
But say, we're gonna play the tenth fret
here, and
then the 12th fret again generally
you're gonna have two dots there, so
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So that's your basic blues pentatonic
scale in the key of D.
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