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Dobro Lessons: “Movin Blues”

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[MUSIC]
Alright, here's a little song called
Movin Blues that I came up with to just
demonstrate
some of the basic techniques of sliding,
picking all encompassed in a 12-bar blues
form.
So let's just go over a little bit of the
tablature here.
Now you'll notice when you see a little
dash going up to
a number like you do on the very first
note.
That's a slide.
[MUSIC]
It could be a small slide.
[MUSIC]
But that is a slide.
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
So, you know,
you just wanna get comfortable playing, a
little bit of that.
That's just the first measure.
Three, oh, three, oh, oh.
And the fingers I'm using on my right
hand,
are I'm gonna use my middle finger for the
high string.
[MUSIC]
And then I do a pull-off.
[MUSIC]
You can just try that and
then the second string
[MUSIC]
I use my thumb.
And a pull off so
[MUSIC]
just want to give that a try.
[MUSIC]
Then second measure
[MUSIC]
I actually slide up.
[MUSIC]
Like that.
The third measure.
[MUSIC]
And now, when you're switching strings,
sometimes it's gonna take a while for
your fingers to actually strike the right
string, and that's,
that's just muscle memory so as you go
through this, you can go really slow.
You can even look at your right hand and
make sure that that the finger you want
is, is plucking the string you want and
that's a challenge at first.
It's gonna take a little bit of getting
used to.
So don't worry if you're missing a string
or
striking the wrong string just you know,
just practice that and
your fingers over time will, will start
going to the right place.
So on that third measure.
[MUSIC]
That slide up, that last note of the third
measure when you slide up on the third
string.
You know, I'm using my thumb for that.
And then on the fourth measure,
[MUSIC]
I slide down to the firs, first fret.
[MUSIC]
And then third fret of the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
And then open.
So those first few
measures
[MUSIC].
And then here's the hard part.
You go down to the third string.
[SOUND] Slide up to the third fret.
[SOUND] Slide down.
[SOUND] And so that basically happens two
times.
So we go to the, the next slide.
[MUSIC].
Now we're on the third line, and
when we slide up to the fifth fret of the
fourth string, we're on a g chord.
That's the four chord.
[MUSIC]
So that second measure of the third line,
you're on the fifth fret of the fourth
string,
and then you slide into the fifth fret of
the third string.
And then pluck the fifth fret of the
second string.
So just try that.
That's a pretty common sound for, for
slide guitar here.
You can just practice that a few times and
just get comfortable with that.
And then the last line of the,
the last measure of the third line,
[MUSIC]
we've got a couple quick strikes in a row.
And you can either use your thumb for
those.
[MUSIC]
It's nice and easy with the thumb pick.
Or you can use, you know, your middle
finger.
[MUSIC]
And then use your thumb for
the three to five on the second string
[MUSIC].
Or you could use your thumb for all of it.
It's not going too fast.
[MUSIC]
And
then you're resting as the chords go by.
And then when you get to the A seven
chord, which is the two,
on the high string.
[MUSIC]
That's the way that sounds.
[MUSIC]
So I have to jump from the second fret of
the first string to the second string.
So that my bar is going from here [SOUND].
And when I do that, I generally have the
tip of my bar angled forward.
[SOUND] So I'm playing the high string.
And then when I go to this second string,
I pull the tip of my bar off of that so
that, so that it's only now on the second
string and not on the first string.
[MUSIC]
Although you,
you don't necessarily have to, but that's
what I would do.
[MUSIC]
I slide down into the second fret.
And then it ends on the last line of the
tablature.
[MUSIC].
And then the very last measure.
There's a little turn around that takes
you to the A chord.
And then it begins again.
So we're going to play this along with a
metronome.
I've got two different speeds.
You can check it out.
You can just listen or you can play along.
[MUSIC]