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Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Dobro Paperback – May 4, 2006


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Clayton on July 14, 2009
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I play the guitar and mandolin and wanted to try the dobro.
All the music has dobro tabs and standard notation which is a great way to learn music and it will allow me to use the music I have to apply it to the dobro. The book also shows which fingers should be picking the notes to help you get good timing and speed. The cd is very useful for practice and see how the music and exercises should sound. One of the best starter books for learing the basics of music that I have seen. Great Job.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikoli Gogol on September 15, 2011
I play guitar and dobro is a second instrument to me.

There are few teaching materials for this instrument and this is one of the best. The book is very easy to follow. The emphasis is on playing melodies; not how to use the dobro in a band or to accompany other musicians.

The one failing of he book is in giving clear consistent instruction on how to pick the strings with the right hand. Certain rules have to be adopted and internalized to develop proper technique and with proper technique you can play faster and cleaner and adapt your knowledge to play music not found in this particular book. Although the author indicates in the notation to use the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, there is no method to his choice. A song played using a combination of fingers is played entirely differently in another related example.

If you are willing to overlook the lack of right hand instruction, or already have already learned right hand technique, this is a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Harvey on June 10, 2014
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This manual seems to be an excellent one for someone starting out as a beginner in learning to play the dobro guitar. I haven't actually use it much, but it looked through it and it appears to be a great one that is very detailed and comes with a CD where you can listen to the lessons in terms of the actual music itself. I definitely recommend it! I think that it would be a good combination to order both this book and also Learning Bluegrass Dobro by Cindy Cashdollar since with this combination you have both the visual as well as the written out instructions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Pelletier on September 19, 2013
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A little hard to understand for someone that doesn't know how to play any music, hopefully I will be able to pick it up
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This is a great book for the square neck resonator instruments. Lesson book advertisement information should let the consumer know which instrument the lesson book is for. The instrument choice between the square neck or round neck resonator should be added to the title after Play Dobro. The way the instruments are displayed on the cover make it appear the lesson book is for the round neck resonator guitar played with a bottleneck.
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By William on February 4, 2014
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In a town my size, it would be unusual that someone would be teaching this instrument. The book starts out assuming the student knows very little about music - and starts you off with very simple exercises and progresses a an acceptable speed. Why only 4 stars? It assumes you know some things that I didn't, like how to hold the steel, how to dampen the strings behind it, how to tilt it or lay it down, even the best way to hold the instrument. I've played stringed instruments for many years, but this one is new to me. Self-teaching can be a great start - but it can also set up some bad habits that will take much longer to unlearn than to learn. Now - to be fair - I only got a small way into the book before abandoning it for online lessons. If you are looking to play a passable Dobro - then this and similar books will be fine.
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