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Dobro Lessons: “I Saw the Light”

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Here we have, I Saw the Light.
This is our first song on the lap steel
curriculum that we're
doing in the G tuning.
And, if you wanna a little extra to help
get you going in this G tuning,
some scales, some exercises,
you can check out the Dobro curriculum in
the beginners' section.
There'll be a whole bunch of stuff that
you can look at that you,
that'll give you some scales.
Some exercises that really sort of get you
sort of started in this G tuning if you
feel like you lead, need a little big more
before you jump into this tune.
So from there we'll go ahead and discuss a
little bit of this song.
Pretty straightforward.
It's a three chord, you know, standard old
gospel song.
And, it, basically we do it in two
octaves.
So we do the low octave, which is all in
the center strings mostly.
And in the open position.
So.
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That's how it starts real simple.
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And then when we go the C chord.
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All right here, in these couple frets.
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In the open position.
Back to the G chord, second line.
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Then we jump to the high string.
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So very simple, you know.
Just as the chords go by you're playing a
lot of the sort of, same type of,
of licks and that's what make the song so
pretty is it's very simple.
The chords go by and you're playing just a
few notes here and there.
It's a familiar sounding song.
So that's the open
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position version.
From the top.
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And once again
second line.
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Jump to the high D string.
Very straight forward.
Now, the second half is where we are going
to start playing up the neck a little bit.
And you really start getting some nice
sliding sounds in this when you get higher
up on the neck.
So-
The second half begins on
the open D string
[MUSIC].
And now that we're playing some things on
the higher strings,
a little higher up on the neck,
we can start to use some of that vibrato
we talked about earlier in the curriculum.
You know, a little bit of that back and
forth vibrato.
Remember to tilt your bar forward so-
And that little lick there where we're
doing open high string,
fifth fret of the second string, and then
the high string again-
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This is one of those instances where you
may have to sort of lift the bar a little
bit to get from this second
string to the first string so you're not,
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you know sort of getting jammed up here.
You wanna
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you can kinda flatten the bar out so
it can get over that first string.
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You know just kind of a quick
motion
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you can also mute and lift but I kinda
like on this one to keep the sustained
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so I just flatten the bar,.
Slide it over that first string, so.
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And then here comes the C chord.
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Back to the G, and
then it repeats.
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And you can use a little bit of
that rake that we also talked about.
Where you use the thumb pick to sort of
rake over
the strings as you tilt the bar forward.
And then the last lick is way up here on
the 12th fret,
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and that gets a few real nice slides in,
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that right there is particularly you know
sounds good to me when you slide from the
12th to the tenth.
On the second fret and then finish on the
12th fret of the third string.
It just has a nice bluesy sound.
So-
So that's the whole thing, you know?
The cool part about that is you get two
octaves worth.
So you've gone from playing all the way
down here-
And these low strings in the, in the open
position
all the way up to the 12th and 14th fret,
so it covers a lot of the fret board, but
it's a simple melody.
You know, you can sort of hum it and know
it, and
that's actually a good technique to, to
try before you even learn a song.
If it's a simple song like this, maybe you
already know the melody.
Try and hum it a little bit in your head
and that'll sort of, it, it'll sort
of get the song going in your head and
it'll be that much easier to learn.
So a lot of times if I'm learning a new
song,
I wanna be able to kind of hum it in my
head, sing it to myself a little bit and
that's sort of makes learning it a little
bit faster.
So check this out as I Saw the Light and
the G major tuning.
And once again if you need a little bit
more help developing your skills in this
open G tuning you can refer to the the
Dobro curriculum in the beginning section.
So hope you enjoyed this
song I Saw the Light
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