In a freeling falling laboratory...

Tesla said "If you want to understand the secrets of the universe, then study frequency and vibration"... I read that and it got me thinking about the dobro..


So lets say you sat there on the earth and tuned up and played your dobro. Then you jumped on a rocket and zoomed up to outer space. Durning the acceleration of the trip, would the tension on the strings increase due to the increased "gravity" of acceleration? This would make the pitch go up, right?  And once you got up into space, would the pitch go up even higher since there was no gravity pulling on the strings? If so, then why would MORE gravity (pulling the tension tighter) make the pitch go up the same as having zero gravity on the strings (No increased tension)...


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Congratulations to Phil Leadbetter - 2014 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year!

Congratulations to the 2014 Dobro® Player of the Year - Phil Leadbetter!

I like this Nati-Horn-its no DeNeve, but it's got its good qualities...

Ok, they are a little bit more expensive than a DeNeve, but this Nati-Horn Mahogany I got last week is a nice dobro. The frets are in the right places. It sounds good over a mic, and there were just  a couple of things that I think I'll modify straight out of the box.

One is, the nut is too skinny. It's only about 3/16th thick. It's been my experience that a thicker nut fattens up the tone and the volume. Just like better tuners would. Not that the standard Gotohs are bad at 16:1...the buttons on them are a little small for big fat fingers. Loren Postma told me he replaced his with a set of buttons he got from Stew Mac.

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Workshop at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago. Sept. 22 7pm

Hi all -if you're within reach of Chicago on Monday, Sept. 22, I'm giving an hour-and-a-half workshop on Dobro minor chords, double-stops, and arpeggios--and generally how to navigate minor chords when they appear in a song. In all my years of teaching Dobro, I've found that most students are less adept at playing melodies over minor chords than they are at major chords. There's no good reason for this, especially given that Dobro sounds so good and expressive over minor chords. Most players - from beginning to advanced - will come away with some good concepts that can be used right away to play better music. After the workshop, I think the plan is for Chris and me to play a few songs together, too.

We're in the Chicago area the 2 days prior as well: Saturday in Lockport for "A Slice of Bluegrass" concert and Sunday at Uncommon Ground on Clark. Hope to see some of you there!

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