This is a question that's been on my mind for a few months. Some of the people posting on RN are quite advanced and some are just setting out to learn their way around on the dobro. No one will argue that you should NOT spend time messing around, exploring the neck, jamming with your friends, and playing along with recordings of songs, and of course, slowing down a favorite dobro break and trying to work it out yourself, note-by-note, by ear.
And then there's structured learning: time spent with the metronome, running through scales in different positions or different keys, drilling on those three-finger rolls, and gradually building up speed on Shenandoah Breakdown until it ripples effortlesslessly out of your fingers, the way it does for Mr. Douglas back when he recorded songs like that for his solo releases.read more »
Here's a (less than perfect) group snapshot. Rear left: yours truly. Martin Gross is fifth from left in the rear row. To his left, Winnie Wohlbold (pedal steeler extraordinaire). Rear row, fourth from right: Ralf (aka banjoman) with his home-built 'horn lookalike* (the one that Rob played "A Song For Jennifer" on in the video).
Front row, next to Rob, displaying his Wolfe: Huib from Holland (aka Triple D, the creator of the three videos). Rob's other neighbor, with guitar on knee, Hans Stachler who got the whole workshop going in the first place.
The 1600x1085 px original can be downloaded from here:read more »
Camp Ben McCullough, Driftwood, TX
I've just learned that I'll be hosting a Dobro workshop at the upcoming Austin String Band Festival on Saturday, October 18. It'll take place at 12:30 at Camp Ben McCullough, near Driftwood, TX, which is also the site of the Old Settlers Festival in April.
This is quite a fun little festival held at a really pleasant time of year in Texas. It's not nearly as big an event as the Old Settlers Festival; the camping is very uncrowded and the whole atmosphere is laid back.
Generally, there's some very good jamming, too. A bunch of my bluegrass friends, who avoid Old Settlers, actually show up for this one!
Anyway, see you there -
East Snook, TX