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Dobro Lessons: “Indian Peaks”

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Well here's a song that I came up with
called Indian Peaks, and
I wrote this to try and demonstrate sort
of another sound that we could use.
We've been doing a lot of diatonic blues
sounds and
so I just wanted to give, give you
something to practice.
That has a few different chords in it and
a little bit of a different sound, so
this is definitely not fall into the blues
category, it's more of a, you know,
a little bit more of a pretty sound that
you can use with this open d tuning.
So you've got a bunch of different chords,
you've got D,
you've got G, you've got B minor.
A and G.
You've also got
So it's got a variety of sort of
interesting chords.
Now one thing we haven't talked about yet
is playing a minor chord In this tuning.
So if you're barring straight across, so
the minor chord
we're using here is B minor, so that's
going to be on the ninth fret.
Now, if you play all the notes straight
across, you get a major chord.
And it's major because of this note here,
the third string.
So to make that a minor you need to
flatten it.
One half step
Now we can't bar all the way across and
have that happen.
We have to arpeggiate it and play it on
its own so.
So that's sorta minor arpeggio there.
All the notes are the same as they would
be in a major chord except for
the one on the third string.
So we kinda have to jump that down one
That gives us a B minor arpeggio, so in
this song,
I guess it's going to be, you'll notice
the B minor chord where
plays the ninth fret to the eight fret
sliding to the seventh.
Takes us from a B minor chord to an A
To a G chord.
So we can use this minor chord.
Or this minor arpeggio I should say to
create a sort of a different sound.
Again, you wouldn't use this in blues,
but it is
timed to the key of G D,
so, let's just go through the song a
little bit, step by step.
It starts with a basic arpeggio,
and a slide.
So for those first three notes, I'm
probably gonna go ahead and
use my thumb for all of them.
That's one way to do it.
You could also
Do or use the thumb on the low string.
Index on the second string.
And middle there.
The low strings are kinda heavy and so to
use your flesh to get a strong tone.
It might be easier to just use the thumb
Sometimes these fingers won't be able to
quite get enough out of it, so
you can experiment with that.
So then the second bar.
Is a pret, very pretty C excuse me, G
So, you're gonna use this open second
Creates a really nice chord there.
And, then, you go up to the B minor.
And, jumping from the ninth fret,
to the eighth fret.
You're probably going to want to tilt the
bar when you get there.
So that these other strings don't ring
Cuz if you just play this,
and you don't mute the low strings,
you get a very strange chord that you
don't want.
So you, you got to play these three, the
first three on that nine, nine, nine.
And then tilt the bar to get the eight,
slide down
and then this, just sort of wrap it up.
And that's just a quick slide, four to
The same there.
And then you've got nine.
And again.
I play these first three notes on the
ninth fret.
For the B minor.
And then I tilt the bar forward to mute
And then we slide up to the C chord on the
tenth fret.
Which has a real nice sound in this
And then,
back to the A.
And then we go a little up here to the
tenth fret and do a little C and D.
And so that's kind of like thumb, thumb,
double stop, double stop.
And then same thing.
And you can even mute a little bit with
your palm.
So sometimes if you bring your palm over
on top of the strings,
of the palm of the right hand.
You can kind of mute.
You can also lift the bar to mute in this
So you might do that.
And create that sound.
So lifting the bar can be real effective
way to create a mute as well.
And then it repeats just the first part.
So if you're ever worried about extraneous
noise you can always lift
the bar to create a full mute.
So if you're switching chords.
And you want to create a mute you can just
lift the bar.
And when you lift the bar you're almost
turning your hand like this, so
that the pinky and ring finger stay on the
strings and that's what's muting them.
If you, if you lift your whole hand
Obviously the strings continue to ring.
The idea is to mute the strings so you
And then lift the bar off, but
keep your pinkie and ring finger on the
And that just mutes it right away, so if
you're ever wondering how to make things
a little less noisy, a little less strings
sort of ringing around,
you can always just mute that way, so
that's a song Indian Peaks,
Hope you enjoy it and got a couple
examples of me performing it for you.