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Dobro Lessons: “Sally Ann”

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All right, here's the song Sally Anne.
This is a really cool song that you hear
in jams a lot.
It's in the key of G, and
there's a few different versions that you
may hear out there.
And this is just one of them.
And usually the versions vary on sort of
where the chords fall and how the parts
fit together.
But this is sort of the most common
version that I hear at jams.
And [SOUND] so it's really, it's just two
part song.
And the two parts are not that different.
But the first part starts on the key of C.
So you got a couple pick, pick up notes.
So it's just C, G, C, G, that's the A part
and then the B part is D, G, D, G.
So the form is really simple, you know.
What makes this tune interesting is the
sort of this
sort of more complex roll that I do on the
C chord.
And that's what I think makes this song
sort of more of an intermediate song,
as opposed to a beginner, is this.
This right here.
What's cool about that rule is it's kind
of syncopated, but
it puts all the melody notes in the right
So it sort of, it's not a straightforward
or reverse roll,
it's like a back-and-forth type of thing.
So let me just show you a little bit about
Let's start off with just, and
I'll kind of rake that.
The other nice thing I like about this is
right at the very
you've got this cool little sort of riff
where you pull-off.
So you, I slide into the fifth fret.
Slide down to the fourth fret,
and then pull-off.
So that can be a little bit tricky.
And then a big C chord.
And then you start that roll.
And to get the, the D note melody,
I hammer on to the second fret
second string, third fret.
So, that first little bit is sort of
contained quite a few little,
little pieces.
Well that's all there is to it.
Once you get that you've got the whole A
And then the B part.
And that's pretty much it.
So it's, it's really just two phrases.
The A part has a phrase and the B part has
a phrase, and
once you get that they kind of repeat.
So, with the B part,
it starts with the hammer on,
And I think the right hand technique is
kind of important for this B part as well.
So, the way I do this,
it seems the most efficient is,
I use my middle finger for that.
And then, here, you know,
I've got my index finger ready to go on
the second string.
So I go index, thumb, middle on the high
So that's a pretty common way I would play
those three notes, is index,
middle, index, sorry, index, thumb,
middle, index, thumb, middle.
And then thumb comes back and can play as
this second fret, third string.
So you might wanna just try that.
Take that little piece out and just
And then, you got, kinda, like a pedal
steel roll, classic Dobro pinch.
And with that I'm pinching
Index and middle, these two.
So, my thumb is available for this low
So you might wanna practice that.
So, all these phrases can be broken down
into just little sections.
So, but the nice thing about this one is,
you can actually get this roll and these,
these patterns going pretty fast, you
But the nice thing about the song is there
is not that much to it.
Once you get those pieces, they just sort
of repeat and but
hopefully there's a few techniques in
there that can really help you.
Pay attention to what I'm doing with my
right hand because you know,
it's really nice to get the right hand
doing things that sort of,
the most efficient, you know?
I'm real big on efficiency of motion and
if you,
if you sort of focus on how the right hand
strikes the strings and
what I'm doing there, I think it'll
benefit you in the long run.
So hope you enjoyed Sally Ann.
Check out the tracks and we'll see you the
next time.