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Dobro Lessons: “This Little Light of Mine”

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[MUSIC].
Here's the song This Little Light of Mine
sort of a classic gospel song.
And what I wanted to demonstrate with this
song is just that you can
actually play in other keys even when you
tune to this D tuning
you can play in a key like A
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or
E or G
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for that matter.
But right here we're going to do this song
in the key of E.
So, second fret, your bar
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and this is gonna be your home base
right here.
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So, the chords are gonna be E
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A
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and B on the ninth fret.
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but most of your melody playing is gonna
be all down here out of this E position so
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that's kind of right there,
the basic position that you need to know.
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Sort of like an E major pentatonic
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second fret, second string.
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Fourth fret, second fret, first string
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fourth fret, sixth fret.
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so that basic little pattern will get you
sorta free far down the line if you're
playing anything in, in,
in a major key and especially, you know,
in the second fret here.
so
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that's how it starts and you'll notice.
A lot of the time while I'm playing this,
I'm muting a little bit with the right
hand.
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you know, how the,
how that strikes the string, if you let it
ring out that's one way.
But
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you can kind of mute
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like that.
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and so
I do quite a bit a lot quite a bit of that
on this song just because
it adds a little bit of groove to it, you
know, you can do.
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you know, you can sort of
make those a little more staccato,
it gives them a little bit of punch.
So from the very start we've got
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and another thing I'll do to add some
inflection is what I call a rake,
which is where you
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I generally use my thumb pick and
I just drag it across the strings.
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and
really the left hand is where this you,
you need to sort of pay
attention to this cuz it,
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you
know,
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the left hand will be flat with the bar.
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and
then quickly tilts forward as you rake the
thumb forward.
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So you should try that a little bit.
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Adds a really nice effect.
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And at first, you may get sort of a
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you know, a few little extraneous notes.
But once you get it
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it makes for a nice effect.
So, you may hear me do some of that
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second line.
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We're up here on the, on the A chord.
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And then back to the E.
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This section, third line, same as the
first.
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And to round out that phrase, we just do.
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The very last few notes I kinda flat that
third
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right there, fifth fret,
as opposed to
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sixth fret,
I
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gives it a little bit of a bluesy sound.
So we do that whole progression
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on the high strings and
then we do the exact same thing on the low
strings once again, an octave lower.
So
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and to do those
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sometimes I'll walk back and
forth with my right fingers like this or
you can sometimes use your thumb.
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And then right here.
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You know, you can either use your thumb
for those quick notes on the one fret.
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Or you can use these two fingers.
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Like that.
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And coming to the end here.
And once again
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to end it I flat that third, fifth fret,
fourth string.
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So there's not too much to the song, the
melody's pretty straight forward.
But I just wanted to demonstrate that once
you get some of these
basic
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patterns going.
You can play in any key in this tuning.
Particularly if it's you know, a diatonic
song or a simple three chord song.
So, as this little light of mine, in the
key of E with no Capo.
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