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Dobro Lessons: Sliding

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Well, now we're gonna talk about,
sort of, the crux of playing,
lap steel guitar, and that is the slide.
Actually using the bar to slide.
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And this is what we're really looking for
when we play lap steel.
This is what makes us unique when we,
when we're lap steel players is the
ability to slide into notes.
There's not a lot of instruments that can
do that, and so we want to get good at
that and just take advantage of, of that
fact that we have the ability to do that.
So let's just do a little practice
sliding.
So when I do this.
I'm gonna pluck a string, in this instance
the high string.
I'm on the third fret barring.
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And
I just want to slide to the fifth fret.
Try that.
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And so what happens with the left hand is.
I begin to move and you, you'll notice
these fingers kind of,
they take a minute and then they catch up.
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And you want this pinkie and
ring finger to be on the strings.
They keep, they keep things sort of, muted
behind, but
also it gives you a bit of stability.
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To be able to stop when you need to.
To stop, and that's sort of one of the
tricks with slides
is
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stopping and getting it in tune.
So you want that bar to be right over the
fret marker when you stop.
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And
there's a 1000,000 different ways you can
slide.
You can go fast,
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you can go slow
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and this is just sliding up.
Course you can slide down
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the same way.
Right here I'm just going from five to
three
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you can go slow or fast
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And of course,
you can slide,
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up the neck.
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So this is using just that
basic Blues pentatonic scale you
can use that to practice your slides
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So, while I'm sliding, what I do is that
I, I pluck, and then slide.
So, the right hand pluck comes first, and
then, the slide happens.
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They can kind of happen at the same time
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as well.
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So that's just single string slides, you
can also slide entire chords.
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And that can have a really nice effect
when you just, you strum with your thumb
for instance.
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And just slide into that chord.
Once again, don't put too much pressure on
the bar.
Just enough to where everything's clean
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and you can do it slow,
you can do it fast.
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So you wanna get
comfortable with that.
Like I said I mean there's gonna be some
pressure on the bar but
you want the hand to be generally relaxed.
That's how you're gonna get your most
accurate slide.
And if you're sliding a chord,
make sure the bar stays perpendicular to
the fret you don't,
you know you're not doing this, cuz then
you're gonna be out of tune just,
make sure that bar stays in line with the
fret markers.
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And you can really start to
use that sliding effect.
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So go ahead and
use some of that D Blues pentatonic scale
and
just practice sliding into some of those
notes.
You can do single notes you can do double
stats.
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Just two notes.
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Or you can do whole chords.
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