Gimme A Break: 002 - Dream You Back

**The intent of this column is to aid in learning a particular segment of a referenced piece of music. All media in this and all posts in this series are strictly for educational use. Do not duplicate this material in any way.**

Perhaps the most requested break for this column is Andy Hall's break on 'Dream You Back' with The Infamous Stringdusters. This break is a great example of Andy's fluid style and his mastery of driving rolls and syncopated rhythm.

The tune is rather briskly in the key of B (capo on the fourth) and is in 4/4 time. Here's the break...

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and again @ 75%...

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Here's how the break sounds to me:

& @ 75.. err a... 50% ;) ...

Here's the tab (standard disclaimers - maybe Andy will chime in here if corrections are needed):

Dream You Back - Tablature

Dream You Back - Tablature

Dream You Back - Tablature

Dream You Back - Tablature

The intro sets the mood for the entire piece. Andy can integrate a reverse roll very seamlessly, and with razor sharp timing it fills any downtime with plenty of push.

Sorry it's been so long since our last break... up next will be Randy Kohrs!


Shop Tips: Padding Your Tailpiece

Over the past few years, I've seen, setup and played guitars of all makes and models. One thing they almost all had or needed was some way to dampen the area between the tailpiece and the coverplate. This area is notorious for potential buzzes and rattles. People have used different materials from leather strips to foam rubber for padding. Initially, I cutout foam pieces and placed them under the tailpeice, but they moved around and didn't look very good. Adhering the bumper to the tailpiece was a great step because it eliminates the possibility of the piece sliding around and requiring adjustment. I initially got the idea of using adhesive velcro from Tim Scheerhorn. This is my variation.

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A New Resonance for Doyle Lawson

Josh Swift, formerly the resoist for Carrie Hassler is the newest member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. I recently met and picked a while with Josh at this years Galax Fiddlers Convention. He's a great musician and a top notch resoist. Congrats on the new gig from reso-nation!

For those who aren't familiar with Josh, here he's slinging the bro in a jam from Galax this past August.

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IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award to Mike Auldridge

For those who were unable to be present at the IBMA Special Awards Luncheon yesterday when the Distinguished Achievement Award was presented to Mike Auldridge, here is the text of Rob's speech presenting the award. There were two large screens on either side of the stage showing the photographs described in parentheticals, and the music that was played is also described in parentheticals.

There was a huge standing ovation by a very full house, and it was a very moving event for all of us privileged to be present. I've posted about the dobro party on Jerry's board, but since I'm still at IBMA and computer time is scarce, I won't re-post that here.


(presented by Rob Ickes)

(photos to show onscreen during presentation, in synch with script)
(Intro music: Pickaway, fade as Rob is ready to speak)
(photo: Mike leaning on tree)
(photo: Mike with Josh Graves)

Mike Auldridge has described his life's course as follows: "Josh Graves basically defined what I was going to do with my life when I was 14 years old. That first encounter sealed my fate."

(photo: Mike with first Dobro & brother Dave)

Today, we pay tribute to the lifetime achievements that 14-year-old went on to attain, and to a man who has himself inspired and sealed the fate of so many others, myself included.

(photo: album cover: Mike Auldridge Dobro)

Listen to these opening notes of "Tennessee Stud" from Mike's first solo album, Dobro, released in 1972:

(Music: " Tennessee Stud" 00:00 to 00:25 )

From those first few bars, it was clear: Mike Auldridge had set a new standard for tone on the Dobro. To this day, that tone is the holy grail of contemporary resophonic guitar players.

(photo: Emerson & Waldron, 1969)

This seminal album, along with his performances and other recordings in the '60s and '70s, provided early evidence of the significant innovations that would form his rich legacy not only to the world of the Dobro, but also to bluegrass music and to music in general.

(photo: side view of Mike with sideburns playing Dobro)

He stretched the boundaries of the instrument in terms of technique, musical vision and elegant taste firmly rooted in a "less is more" ethic.

(photo: Mike Auldridge with band in Columbia , Md. 1974)

He stretched the reach of the instrument by performing with such varied musicians as Linda Ronstadt, Lowell George, Emmylou Harris, Vassar Clements and Tony Rice.

(photo: Tony Rice & Mike)

He embraced nontraditional instrumentation such as drums along with nontraditional repertoire. As Jerry Douglas has observed, "His gift to us has been the grace and effortless adaptation to all forms of music, always keeping his bluegrass roots showing."

(additional photos of bands—Waldron, Seldom Scene, Chesapeake , Auldridge/Bennett & Gaudreau, John Starling & Carolina Star, Good Deale Bluegrass Band)

His musical collaborations have included such notable bands as Emerson & Waldron; Cliff Waldron and New Shades of Grass; The Seldom Scene, of which Mike was a founding member; Chesapeake; Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau; and his current bands, John Starling & Carolina Star and the Good Deale Bluegrass Band.

(photo: Mike with Jim Heffernan & Hal Rugg)

In addition to his legacy on the 6-string Dobro, his passions have also led him to create a strong body of work on the 8-string resophonic guitar and pedal steel, including collaborations with Jeff Newman, Hal Rugg & Jim Heffernan. This clip from "Little Rock Getaway" is from his highly influential 1988 album, Eight-String Swing.

(Music: Little Rock Getaway, 00:00 to 00:20 )

(photo: current close-up of Mike holding Beard reso guitar)

It is also worth noting that his love of the instrument gave rise to a collaboration with Paul Beard to produce a signature resophonic guitar, in both 6- and 8-string versions, that incorporates Mike's aesthetic and sonic values.

(photo: back to first photo of Mike, leaning against tree)

Today Mike carries within him, in full force, the passion he developed for the Dobro in his early years. His active schedule guarantees many additions to a substantial body of work in times to come. But it is fitting to pause today, with the international bluegrass community gathered together, to recognize the distinguished achievements of one of the foremost musical masters of our times: Mike Auldridge.

(Music: Wait a Minute from 00:00 ; fade as Mike is ready to speak)

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