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Picking-Hand Technique, Part 3: Arpeggios and Anchoring

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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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Picking-Hand Technique, Part 3: Arpeggios and Anchoring
Picking-Hand Technique, Part 3: Arpeggios and Anchoring
 
Now that you’ve got a few roll patterns under your fingers, in this lesson you’ll learn a great arpeggio exercise that will help you learn to play with the center of your fingerpicks to avoid getting a scratchy sound. Mike also weighs in on whether to anchor the pinky of your picking hand on the cover plate or not.

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