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May 12, 2021 - 4:05:08 PM

Bob78

Canada

38 posts since 8/18/2019

Could anyone tell me how Mike Auldridge gets the dobro sound on
"Silver threads" from you tube.
I have never heard a better sound than what he has done to this song. Wow!!!!
Thanks guys, bob

May 12, 2021 - 4:21:45 PM

2134 posts since 8/3/2008

You know the answer!

h

May 12, 2021 - 4:44:31 PM

Bob78

Canada

38 posts since 8/18/2019

I do?

May 12, 2021 - 5:08:47 PM
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2134 posts since 8/3/2008

You should:

Like all top players it was thousands of hours, a complete dedication to his instruments and an artistic vision.

Now...If you had hours and days to sit down I could explain many of the technicalities and techniques because I just don't have the energy or time to type. ;-)

h

Edited by - hlpdobro on 05/12/2021 17:11:42

May 12, 2021 - 5:31:59 PM

docslyd

USA

330 posts since 11/27/2014

...what Howard is saying is that his sound is in his touch, not in any mechanical means such as recording, electronics or guitar set-up.

May 12, 2021 - 8:29:18 PM
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wlgiii

USA

1227 posts since 9/28/2010

Years ago My folks saw the Seldom Scene, and afterwards asked for my sake how to play like him. His Legendship's own handwriting:


May 12, 2021 - 10:59:04 PM

11 posts since 3/31/2020

Hi Bob!

You may need to narrow down your question to get the answer you're looking for. I listened to Silver Threads, and here's what I can hear going on:
- Auldridge is playing what sounds like a very traditional dobro. Probably something with an "R" body and a soundwell.
- Where his playing relies on double stops, there are probably a few bar slants involved.
- If your question is as simple as "how does he play all that at once?" the answer is that he doesn't. There is at least one overdubbed dobro track. It's mostly harmonies and a few fills, with a lot of artificial harmonics.

Mike Auldridge Silver Threads
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHYx0IhkXyw

May 13, 2021 - 5:18:38 AM
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42 posts since 4/8/2021

@wlgii that is a fantastic treasure! He even complimented your mother in the process, a true gentleman.

May 13, 2021 - 7:06:28 AM

Bob78

Canada

38 posts since 8/18/2019

thank you all, "dobro enthusiast" gave me the answer I wanted.
I guess I didn't explain what I wanted to know properly.

May 13, 2021 - 9:45:37 AM

11 posts since 3/31/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Bob78

thank you all, "dobro enthusiast" gave me the answer I wanted.
I guess I didn't explain what I wanted to know properly.


Glad to have helped! Not a bad question at all, just a broad one. There are so many aspects to someone's sound (aside from philosophy) that it's often difficult to know where to start or what to ask. I think that's just what this forum can be great for.

May 13, 2021 - 1:08:16 PM

Bob78

Canada

38 posts since 8/18/2019

I've been looking through the internet and it is possible that he is using an aura??
I'm not experienced enough to say for sure but he uses one on many of his videos.
Seems like they can only be used with a fishman pickup?? bob

May 13, 2021 - 2:09:19 PM

3575 posts since 7/27/2008

I'm calling "time out" on this thread to make sure we're all on the same page here because I'm a little confused.  The video embedded below is the one in Enthusiast's link. 

Bob, is this the video you watched that motivated you to start the thread? If it is, it's from Mike's first solo album entitled Dobro recorded in the early '70s, the record which inspired many of us to hunt down a Dobro and learn how to play. Mike was playing one of his two mid 1930s Regal-built in Chicago Model 37 Dobros.

This is decades prior to Fishman inventing the Aura technology. The company didn't even exist until 1981. Mike was there at the beginning of the Aura technology for the spider bridge resonator guitar, there is even a video or two of him checking it out with Jimmy Heffernan at Beard Guitars in Maryland - but he never really embraced it for his personal use. In the final few years of his life when he played out somewhere I'm pretty sure he stuck with microphones. 

Yes, the Aura technology is designed to work with under the saddle pickups like the Fishman Nashville that Jerry Douglas uses the majority of the time. Same deal with acoustic flattop top guitars - under the saddle piezo transducers. If memory serves, Fishman does recommend the Aura on flattops for soundhole pickups as well. I don't recall the exact date, but the Fishman Nashville pickup was introduced to the market around 2008-2009 in conjunction with the Aura Jerry Douglas pedal. 

 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 05/13/2021 14:13:09

May 13, 2021 - 4:01:07 PM

172 posts since 11/24/2019

Even though Howard's answer was not exactly the one Robert wanted to hear, I can second his comment, at least as far as the basic sound of Mike's playing is concerned. Much of my early picking was on a 5-string banjo. I wondered how Earl for the sound he got out of the instrument. I heard all sorts of theories (tried most of them!), but it all boiled down to the fact that Earl had played the banjo many hours for many years.

I concluded that "Ninety-five percent of the sound of a banjo can be attributed to the nut that holds the picks." Same thing is true for the dobro.

May 13, 2021 - 5:29:32 PM

Andy B

USA

142 posts since 11/4/2008

If memory serves, Mike and Josh Graves both play on that cut (from Mike’s first solo LP, “Dobro”). So you are hearing two dobros played in harmony (by two of the all time greats) on at least part of that recording.

May 13, 2021 - 5:30:36 PM

Colin Irvine

Canada

96 posts since 10/17/2017

If you want to imitate his sound or adopt some of his sound into your playing, I agree that it takes practice like some have mentioned but I would argue that directionless practice won’t make you sound more like Mike. If I was you, I would watch videos of him playing and also listen to his songs a bunch and try to see what makes his playing style unique to him, then try to imitate those things. For instance, I think he plays with his right hand closer to the fretboard than some other players do and that gives his playing a more round, mellow sound.
I would pay attention to all the small details because those are what make his playing so unique!

May 13, 2021 - 7:13:55 PM

Bob78

Canada

38 posts since 8/18/2019

All good answers. thank you all.
I guesss there are no short cuts:-)
At 80 years I need to find all the help I can find.
What made me curious was Mike Auldridge doing a demo with a Beard
where he says that he is using an aura w/fishman pickup.
Enough said, If I opened a can of beans here, my apologies
but how else would I find out. Bob Black

May 13, 2021 - 7:43:25 PM

11 posts since 3/31/2020

Breaking down someone's sound into identifiable techniques and/or equipment is a great way to imitate and learn from others. For example, Tony Trischka has some great instructional material explaining the unique banjo style of Earl Scruggs. Nothing is unlearnable or "magic" - it just takes practice, study, and maybe a helpful online community like this one. laugh

May 13, 2021 - 8:27:06 PM

docslyd

USA

330 posts since 11/27/2014

Bob....no need to apologize. The players here rather enjoy discussion, if not debate, related to these subjects.

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