Beginning Dobro w/John Bidwell

Beginning Dobro

*Purchasing a dobro is not necessary for the class. A beat-up old steel string guitar will work with use of a "riser" or "extension nut" made by Golden Gate. Here are two websites which carry them:
Stewart-MacDonald (
Musician's Friend (

The beginning Dobro Class will briefly examine the "genealogy" of lap slide guitars and then focus on instruction in the standard dobro tuning (GBDGBD). The class will cover fundamental techniques including, scales, rolls, slants, hammer-on and pull-offs, fills, backbeat rhythm chops, and how to jam. Instruction will only touch on tabulature, and focus more on underlying theory with the intent of launching students' ability to jam in bluegrass and other genres.

John Bidwell

John Bidwell learned from teachers Sally Van Meter, Rob Ickes, and Michael Witcher and has played the dobro for 25 years. He is an "occasional" professional player of three types of lap slide guitar styles, dobro, weissenborn, and electric lap steel having performed and recorded with several local Bay Area bands.

$130 Early Bird before 10/31/17/$140 Regular


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