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Harmonized Scale Licks: “When Papa Played the Dobro”

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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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When Papa Played the Dobro  
 
When Papa Played the Dobro  
 
Harmonized Scale Licks: “When Papa Played the Dobro”
Harmonized Scale Licks: “When Papa Played the Dobro”
 
The Johnny Cash song “When Papa Played the Dobro” was recorded by Flatt and Scruggs (on their 1964 album The Fabulous Sound of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs)with Josh Graves playing some classic dobro licks that every dobro player should know (Shot Jackson played the dobro on Cash’s original 1960 recording). It’s also a good introduction to playing harmony scales out of straight bar position. Mike starts by showing you a harmonized scale in the key of D (the key “When Papa Played the Dobro” is in) and then takes apart the solo, phrase by phrase, including the classic “whoop-de-doo” ending lick.

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