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Bluegrass Rhythm: The Chop 

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Learn the basics of the lap-style resophonic slide guitar, with essential tips on right- and left-hand technique as well as arrangements of classic tunes and songs.
 
 
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In this lesson, you'll learn the popular gospel classic "Amazing Grace." The melody can be played almost entirely on the first string of the dobro, and besides being a great melody, makes a great exercise for practicing your intonation on the first string. It's also a great way to start developing the natural "singing" quality of the dobro in your playing. The best way to do that is to work on playing on one string at a time, which this arrangement does, of course. Once you've learned the melody see if you can play the melody on the first string cleanly without lifting the bar. Mike also talks about using a shallow vibrato on certain notes, adding texture to the note without really changing the pitch very much.
 
 
 
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Bluegrass Rhythm: The Chop 
Bluegrass Rhythm: The Chop 
 
In most bluegrass situations, the dobro fulfills the same rhythmic function as the mandolin, providing a percussive chop on the back beat. Mike shows you a couple of different ways to play the chop, starting with your thumb on the downbeat on the bass strings and your fingers on the offbeat playing two treble strings. Mike shows you how to create a nice percussive sound, and create different sounds depending on which treble strings you’re playing. He also shows you a percussive rhythm that uses more of a roll pattern, and a simple offbeat chop. Mike finishes by taking you through the bluegrass standard "Long Journey Home" with guitarist Scott Nygaard, so you can practice playing rhythm on a complete song. 

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