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Dobro Lessons: E Blues

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[MUSIC]
All right.
Well here's another blues number that I
came up with.
And this one is in the key of E.
[MUSIC]
E major.
So another way I wanted to just
demonstrate how you can play in more than
just the D that you're tuned to.
[MUSIC]
You actually play off the second fret.
[MUSIC]
And the second fret blues works really
well because you can use a lot of those
notes that are the open notes.
So you've got E and then this open D.
[MUSIC]
So playing out of E blues in this D
tuning, actually, is pretty pretty useful.
So yeah, just and, so you get your second
fret home right here E.
And then
[MUSIC]
the octave up on the 14th fret is also E.
So part of the song focuses on this low E.
[MUSIC]
And then part of
it focuses up here,
the octave up.
So the nice thing about this song,
is it gets you covering the whole range of
the fretboard, from the second fret,
actually from open all the way to the
fourteenth fret.
So it gives you a lot sort of to work
with.
And it starts with just sort of this rake
with the thumb, like this.
[SOUND] And what I'm doing, is I'm just
dragging my thumb across the strings,
my palm is muting these strings.
My palm is resting on the strings here.
[MUSIC]
So [SOUND] you get this big rake and then,
some double stops with these two fingers.
[MUSIC]
And again, like a lot of times,
I'm muting [SOUND] with these fingers as
well.
So I pluck.
And then rest and back on there to mute.
[MUSIC]
For a nice sort of tight sound.
[MUSIC]
So the way I pluck those notes,
those single notes at the end of the first
line is.
[MUSIC]
Just like that.
[MUSIC]
And then another rake, so.
[MUSIC]
And then I got this big slide up.
[MUSIC]
And this is leading you to
the four chord which is gonna be an A.
[MUSIC]
So,
we're ending this big sliding with
[MUSIC]
the 12 fret
[MUSIC]
seven and then
[MUSIC]
all the way up to the 14th fret for
this E.
[MUSIC]
And when we finish that,
complete that lick.
[MUSIC]
That note represents
the four chord, the A.
[MUSIC]
So
[MUSIC].
A couple of double stops here on the tenth
fret.
[MUSIC]
Which are also related to this A chord,
there.
It's, like, an A7 on the second and third
string.
[MUSIC]
And
then, guiding you back down to this low A.
[MUSIC]
So that's the way that whole phrase ends,
is with these little pull-offs.
[MUSIC]
And then that big rake.
[MUSIC]
Where you can really dig in.
[MUSIC]
Similar to the first part.
[MUSIC]
And
then when we slide up to that four on the
fourth string.
[MUSIC]
That's when you're
playing the five chord, which is a B.
[MUSIC]
So, da, da, da, da, da.
That's all over that.
[MUSIC]
And
that's sort of a lot of left hand
movement.
[MUSIC]
And then to finish it,
couple big double stops on these fourth
and fifth string.
[MUSIC]
So this, and
then the last lick is a couple of
pull-offs.
[MUSIC]
And then
[MUSIC]
once again a rake.
[MUSIC]
And to finish it off.
[MUSIC]
Just turns around back to the five chord
like most of the blues songs do.
So.
You know the big thing with this one is,
course start practicing that rake, you
know that just muted chord, and
some of these double stops where you're
muting a little bit.
[MUSIC]
And then,
[MUSIC]
you know,
playing a little bit here up on the 14th
fret so,
try some of those practice techniques like
this rake here a little bit.
Some of these double stops and then, go
ahead and
check out the performances I have.
I did two tempos.
And so see what you think of this E blues.
[MUSIC]