Minor Chords

Another Brick in the Wall

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My arrangement of Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd. This is a good example of working around minor chords playing a chop by controlling bar pressure to alternate between percussive sounds and full notes. I'll eventually get around to posting a lesson on this at my website, but for now I just wanted to put this out there for anyone who is looking for some ideas on how to work around minor chords while playing a chop 

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!


stacy phillips workshop in Lexington, MA

I'll be giving a dobro workshop on Monday, October 22 from 7-9:30
        at the Music Emporium, 165 Mass. Avenue, Lexington, MA

Participants will have a big say in what is taught, so please send me an email with suggestions of what you'd like covered. 

For details and to sign up please go to the Music Emporium site at:  http://www.themusicemporium.com/events-reader/events/stacy-phillips-dobr...

Please pass the word.

           Stacy Phillips

Playing Minor Chords (Without Slants Or Bends)

(The original version of this Reso-Nation post from 3 years ago no longer shows its chord tablature with proper alignment in RN3, so I've reformatted and reposted it here.)


Many resoists mistakenly believe that except for a few special cases it's generally not possible to play Minor chords on a G-tuned reso without using slants and/or string bends, however a Minor chord requires only three scale notes (1, b3 & 5) so there's actually MANY positions where complete Minor chords can be played simply by combining open and barred notes.  By using these positions it's possible to play many songs containing Minors without needing to play only a partial chord and rely on other instruments to fill in the missing notes.

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