In this Dobro Lesson, Troy Brenningmeyer teaches the Traditional Christmas Song "Angels We Have Heard On High".
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Hi welcome to LessonsWithTroy.com and today’s lesson we’re going to learn the traditional Christmas tune “Angels we have heard on High”. It’s on key of G and I'm at G-B-D tuning.
And let’s go and get started with that first phrase and if you have your tab go ahead and print it out. These are going to be measures one, two, three and four in your tab. Let me play it a few times to get it in your head. Here is what it sounds like.
Okay, so what we’re doing here—let’s take this measure by measure. Here’s measure one. It’s all open strings and the first thing you do is you do this triple stuff here and you're going to be seeing a lot of these rolls—really quick rolls with your thumb-index. And I’ll show you what that looks like with the right hand in just a sec. We just want to roll it really quick. Thumb-index roll and that’s going to be on your sixth, third and second string. So roll that and then play your second string again. And you're going to do a triple stop here on your fourth, third and second and then you open string in there.
Not much is going on the left hand as you can see. I’ll show you the right hand in just a second for that. In measure two, come up here to your seventh fret and I’ll be doing this triple stop here on your fifth, fourth and third string. You’re on your seventh fret. You move back down to your fifth fret and then play your open fourth, third and second string and an open sixth. The second measure sounds like this.
And in the measure three you go back to that open sixth, third and second and then you play here on your seventh fret, sixth fret and fourth string and then in measure four—once again that open sixth, third and second string and then that’s seventh fret on your sixth, fifth and fourth string and then open fifth, fourth and third and open sixth. Once again, here’s measure four.
So let’s take that slowly and just combine measures one and two and I’ll show you how that sounds like this, and measures one, two and three sounds like this.
Let me show you how the right hand looks like. So here’s the right hand for measure hand it’s going to look like this. I’ll play through each measure slowly so you can see exactly what I'm doing on my right hand for each measure.
And I've also have got the fingering written out on the tab underneath the numbers so you can tell what fingers you should be playing.
Measure two looks like this. Measure three is—when you just get at your sixth string, third string and second just use your thumb, index and middle. If you look on your tab and you see that arrow that’s pointing up that’s that really quick roll with your thumb, index and the middle. So if I count measure one it looks like this—and that’s just and ornament. You can put that kind of wherever you want. I just kind of have examples there where I've written that in.
Measure three once again with that roll, move down here. Now on this part when you move down to these lower strings it’s really easy to get a bad angle and start getting this. Make sure you have your picks turned where they're still straight on the string, you get a nice clean sound. And then measure four is—once again that quick roll on sixth, three and two. You go to your seventh fret.
So there’s measure one through four and that’s basically the A part. You're going to repeat that, so you'll play through all four measures twice and the B part has a lot of arpeggios. That’s going to be measure five.