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Dobro Lessons: “Auld Lang Syne”

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All right, here we have a song we all know
we've all heard many times,
it's the Auld Lang Syne.
And I thought I'd just do this one,
it's nice to some times teach songs that
people just have in their head, you know.
And it makes it a little bit easier, I
think, to sort of extract that out and
actually play it on your instrument.
So once again, we're using the G-tuning.
But I thought we'd go to sort of a
different key closed position key and
play out of F.
I don't teach a lot of things in the key
of F and
I thought it would be nice just to try
something there.
This is a pretty melody.
And basically, you know, you're, you're,
you're just going between the tenth fret,
which is
your F chord right here on ten and
C and a little bit of the B-flat.
But the melody starts out with just.
And again, you know, when I'm playing two
notes like this.
On two strings.
And I wanna do one.
And move the bar.
I gotta tilt it, to, to mute this string.
So if I'm playing strings three and four,
on the tenth fret.
And then I just wanna play one string, on
the ninth fret.
I gotta tilt that bar.
To mute it so, cuz if I don't,
you get that sound.
But you just want
so it's going from tilt, flat, tilt, flat.
So you may just wanna try that a little
So all, the key to a song like this, again
the notes aren't all that hard
it's really about muting the strings you
know when appropriate.
So you know this is one technique that I
just showed you to tilt the bar.
Another technique when I go from here down
to the these
two fives in the third bar,
I may wanna lift the bar like that.
That's and exaggerated version, but you
can see how that makes everything,
sort of, a little bit cleaner.
So you can just lift the bar a little bit,
you know.
And if you don't, you can do that too, you
Kind of slide down.
And then again here when I'm doing this
I'm using that same technique,
flat bar to tilted bar.
So when I'm going from two notes
next to each other, to one.
And then back to flat.
And again when I'm going from the first
string to the second string,
I make sure I'm pull my bar off of the
first string when I hit the second.
it's on the first string right.
And see how it just falls off of that
first string when I hit the second string.
And then this, this, actually,
the ring finger on this hand comes as
ahead of the bar.
So it mutes the high string.
And then the second half
Remember tilted bar, flat bar.
Flat bar to tilted bar, and I can use a
little rake there.
Bar falls of that first string, and off of
the second string,
when I get to the third string.
So again, it's not so much that the notes
are hard to get to or play.
It's just using the bar and
using this hand to, to make things sound
clean and smooth.
So, you know, that's going to take a
little while,
it's going to take some practice, but just
something to be aware of, you know.
Always in your mind.
Try to think about eliminating extraneous
noise and
just playing the strings you wanna play.
You may come up with some of your own ways
to do that, sometimes it might be right
hand muting technique, sometimes it might
be a left hand muting technique.
But the goal in the end is to try and get
these things sort of clean and smooth and
pretty sounding.
So here's a good one you can share at the
new year, it's Auld Lang Syne.