dobro lessons with andy hall

Founder of "Infamous Stringdusters", Multi IBMA Player of the Year Award
Bluegrass and Blues for dobro and lap steel - all levels'

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Learn Dobro and Lap Steel Guitar
with Online Lessons from Andy Hall

Whether you want to learn Dobro or lap steel guitar, you won't find a better instructor than Andy Hall. Students have unlimited access to hundreds of video lessons - plus tabs, backing tracks, and an online community of Dobro enthusiasts from all over the world.

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for personalized feedback using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Andy Hall reviews each submission and records a video response, offering tips about how to improve. All students can access Andy’s Video Exchange library, which is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Dobro Lessons

  • 100s of Dobro lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from beginner to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping

Video Exchange® Learning

  • Submit practice videos to Andy Hall
  • Get custom feedback on your playing
  • Practice the advice and get better faster
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress your playing

Andy Hall Dobro Lessons

Click a lesson category below to explore the curriculum
  • Basic Dobro
  • Intermediate Dobro
  • Advanced Dobro
  • Lap Steel

Basic Dobro

  • Introduction To Basic Dobro
  • History of The Dobro
  • Parts of The Dobro
  • How To Hold The Dobro
  • Picks, Capo, and Gear
  • Names of the Strings and Tuning
  • Changing Your Strings
  • How To Wear The Picks
  • How To Read Tabs
  • Basic Right Hand Technique
  • Developing the Thumb
  • Under The Bar
  • Basic Left Hand Technique
  • Getting The Hands Working Together
  • “Mary Had A Little Lamb”
  • The Key of G
  • “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”
  • Slides
  • Introduction To Chords
  • C Major Scale
  • “Wildwood Flower” - Key of C
  • Basic Chord Progressions
  • “The Camptown Races”
  • Basic Rhythm Chops
  • Beginning Forward Rolls
  • Beginning Reverse Rolls
  • D Major Scale
  • “Midnight On The Stormy Deep”
  • Playing Standing Up
  • Using a Capo
  • Right Hand Technique
  • Learning The Neck
  • How To Learn Songs By Ear
  • “Amazing Grace”
  • “Maiden's Prayer”
  • “Aloha Oe”
  • “Poor Boy's Delight”
  • “The Little Girl I Left Behind Me”
  • “Goodbye Liza Jane”
  • “Shenandoah”
  • “I am a Pilgrim”
  • “Mountain Sage”
  • “In the Sweet By and By” -NEW!

Intermediate Dobro

  • Introduction
  • Efficiency of Motion
  • More than 3 String Rolls
  • Rolls: “Salty Dog Blues”
  • Picking Patterns: Alternating Bass Strings
  • Expanding The Key Of D
  • "Angeline The Baker"
  • Closed Position D Minor
  • Open and Closed G Minor
  • Octaves
  • Intonation
  • Sound Quality
  • Playing Over 12 Bar Blues
  • The Blues
  • "12 Bar Blues"
  • Chopping: The Next Step
  • Chopping: Minor Chords
  • Chord Backup
  • "Wildwood Flower" Chord Melody
  • Reducing Excess Noise
  • Minor Chords
  • Expanding the Key of G: 2nd Position Minor Pentatonic
  • "Cluck Old Hen"
  • Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
  • Harmonics
  • "Silver Bells"
  • Slants: Two Note, Forward Slants
  • Slants: Three Note, Forward Slants
  • Slants: Reverse Slants
  • Slants:"Wildwood Flower"
  • Old School Dobro
  • "Wabash Cannonball"
  • Embellishments
  • A Blues Open Positions
  • E Blues Exercises
  • "Deep Ellum Blues"
  • A Minor Scale
  • "Shady Grove"
  • E Minor Scale
  • B Minor Scale
  • Playing in 3/4 or Waltz Time
  • "Dead Cedar Waltz"
  • Metronome: The Next Step
  • "May The Circle Be Unbroken"
  • Major Arpeggios
  • Minor Arpeggios
  • "Wayfaring Stranger"
  • Left Hand Efficiency Over Chord Changes
  • How To "Dobroify" A Melody If Needed
  • "Kentucky Waltz"
  • Rake Scales
  • Increasing Feel & Emotion
  • Making Rolls Musical
  • “Salt Creek”
  • Maximizing Practice Time
  • Breaking Free From Scales
  • Guiding the Chord Changes
  • Harmonizing a Melody
  • Introduction to Weissenborn
  • “Down in the Willow Garden” on the Weisssenborn
  • “Sally Ann”
  • “Stoney Point”
  • “Dixie Hoedown”
  • “Whiskey Before Breakfast”
  • “Walkin Boss” -NEW!
  • "Still the One" - NEW
  • All Note Locations for Every Key -NEW!
  • Other Student Submitted Tunes

Advanced Dobro

  • Pick Blocking
  • Behind The Bar
  • Chicken Pickin
  • "Forked Deer"
  • Low String Bass Notes
  • Playing With Intent
  • Rolls: The Final Frontier - Banjo Style
  • Melodic Style Playing
  • "Arkansas Traveler"
  • Fiddle Tunes On The Dobro
  • "St. Annes Reel"
  • Swing Tunes and using The 6th Note
  • More Rhythm Techniques
  • Open B Position
  • "Angeline The Baker" (in open D)
  • "Black Rock"
  • Alternate Tunings: Open D
  • Alternate Tunings: Pedal Steel Sound
  • Alternate Tunings: E Minor and G 6th
  • Alternate Tunings: D6
  • Theory and Chord Scales
  • Improvising and Writing
  • Right Hand Dynamics
  • Hammer-ons and Pull-offs: The Next Step
  • Diminished Scales and Chords
  • Passing and Chromatic Notes
  • Ear Training: The Copycat Exercise
  • Building Solos
  • Solo: "Always You"
  • Kickoffs and Endings
  • The Mental Game of Performance
  • Advanced Right Hand Technique
  • "Soldiers Joy"
  • Major 7 Arpeggios
  • Chord Substitutions
  • Alternate Picking
  • “Bill Cheatham”
  • “Greensleeves”
  • “Lucky Shuffle”
  • Getting Drive in Closed Position
  • Advanced Passing Notes
  • “John Hardy”
  • “Cherokee Shuffle”
  • “Shady Grove”
  • “Cattle in the Cane” -NEW!
  • “You Can't Stop the Changes” -NEW!

Lap Steel

  • Introduction to Lap Steel
  • Dobro vs. Lap Steel
  • Right & Left Hand Technique
  • Basic Blues Scale (Key of D)
  • Double Stops & Chords
  • 12 Bar Blues
  • Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs
  • Sliding
  • Vibrato
  • “Movin Blues”
  • “Sweet Home Chicago”
  • D Major Pentatonic Scale
  • “When the Saints Go Marching In”
  • Double Stops in D
  • “Jambalaya”
  • “Deep River Blues”
  • “Indian Peaks”
  • “Preachin Blues”
  • “This Little Light of Mine”
  • E Blues
  • Open G Tuning
  • “I Saw the Light”
  • “Auld Lang Syne”
  • “Oh Susannah”
  • “Panhandle Rag” -NEW!

Reviews for Andy Hall's Dobro Lessons

  • "So glad to see this site come along. I can't find anyone locally that can help me. I know several good guitar pickers, they just look at me like I'm crazy. Now I have the help I need."tp3
  • "Thanks Andy and ArtistWorks for providing an excellent resource here. I feel like the lessons are well-paced and appropriately arranged."jonhuge1
  • "I would recommend this to anyone regardless of your playing skills from beginner to advanced. Super user friendly 24/7 fun filled hours of the best instruction this side of a knee to knee one on one and no intimidation!!! This will be money well spent in pursuit of being the best you can be!! "UKDavid
  • "There's something for everyone in here! I've looked at most of the videos and the pacing and topics are great."pasrich
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About Andy

Andy Hall graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. While originally an electric guitarist, Andy was immediately drawn to the unique and interesting sound of the resonator guitar when he first heard one almost 20 years ago. He has since gone on to play Dobro in the studio and on stage with Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Lee Greenwood, Zack Brown, Charlie Daniels, Rodney Crowell and many others. Andy is a founding member of the acclaimed band, The Infamous Stringdusters, who in 2007 won 3 IBMA awards for their debut album, Fork In The Road. He has also released 3 albums of his own: Aquafier (2010), The Sound Of The Slide Guitar (2007), and Redwing (2004). Andy brings forth a new generation attitude and remarkable passion toward the traditional Dobro guitar in his online lessons.

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