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Dobro Lessons: “John Hardy”

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Alright welcome back.
Here we have the song, John Hardy.
I put this in the advanced section just
because the tempo of this one can,
can really get to moving and there's some
kind of cool,
interesting, challenging rolls in it.
It's in the key of A.
Capo two.
And the first chord is, is is a four
A D chord in the key of A.
So there's a few pick up notes
and then that's really the down beat is on
that four chord.
I kinda do a little roll there.
[SOUND] It's a little reverse roll with a
high string open.
[SOUND] And then I just play those as
single notes, maybe raking.
[SOUND] So a lot of times when I do that,
I'll rake with the thumb [SOUND] and
then come back [SOUND] and pluck that with
my middle finger.
Again middle, and
then a little, some hammer-ons to fill it
So that role in there is actually
pretty cool and the way I do it, it makes
it so
everything blends together,
you don't miss any beats or notes.
so I do a hammer-on, on the second fret,
a fast one like a 30 second note.
And then a hammer on with my thumb,
using my thumb pick,
on the second, string, third fret.
And then a couple reversed rolls, so
and then when you end with your thumb on
the, this string and you're,
that sets you up for the pick up notes.
Back to the C chord so it's kinda cool.
And then finally I get to the five chord,
which is a long E chord,
it stays on that E for quite a while and,
this kinda, there's not necessarily a
specific melody here,
even in the, you know, in the vocal, it's
just kind of a space.
So we fill it out with
so the timing of that is kind
of interesting.
And sometimes when I get these complex
licks, I actually try to sing them for,
before I even play them.
So it kinda gets up you to that E note and
And then I slide up to that ninth fret and
do a roll there.
So that whole thing
together is
And then to end it, I do a, a, a lick
going from the e resolving back to the a.
that's pretty simple and
I do a rake there.
And then it's just,
sort of an a panatonic dobro type lick
with a few pull-offs.
So the nice thing about this version is
there's enough space to where you can get
it going
pretty fast the tracks that I have for you
are going at
moderate tempos, you know more like
practice tempos,
but you can get a metronome and get this
going pretty fast.
You know, so if the backing tracks aren't
going quite fast enough for you,
if you've got this down and you wanna bump
it up, you can use a metronome.
Vary the tempo and you know, sort of do it
that way.
So the backing tracks, I have, go at like,
nice, solid, practice tempos.
I got two tempos you can check out.
And then if you, if you get to where those
are comfortable, you can get on
a metronome and bump it up and just see
how, you know, how fast you can get it.
Cuz a lot of times if you're playing this
in a band or
in a jam, it'll end up going pretty fast.
Faster than you think.
Always good to practice things a little
faster sometimes than you think.
Cuz, when you get into that context where
you're playing it
live you don't want it to be a shock, you
know, the, the fast tempo.
So, there's John Hardy.
Hope you enjoyed that, and we'll check you