New this month from Jimmy, “Essentials” – Blues Dobro Solos offered through TrueFire
The Road To Home, the latest recording from Jimmy Heffernan and Jim Mitchell. Available as a CD or MP3 download. An updated look at the roots of Country music through the songs of Jimmie Rodgers Country’s first superstar. Order here.
Jimmy now offers Republic Guitars & JBovier custom made Mandolins! Check them out here.
Check out Jimmy’s “Dobro Handbook” offered through TrueFire:
Jimmy, I just purchased your Dobro Handbook! WOW I have learned more in a week, than the entire last year. The lessons are fantastic! My Dobro is not a “Wall Hanger” anymore thanks to you! I was doing everything wrong…..After the course, it actually sounds pretty good! What a difference! Thanks! ~ Tom
I’m very pleased to announce my new resophonic video lesson website JimmyHeffernan.com. I’ve been working hard on this and with the aid of a couple of good friends have made a new Dobro learning tool that I am proud of. The audio and video quality is state of the art, videos are in High Definition (that’s why you’ll only see my hands).
I have a bunch of lessons that run a half hour to a couple over and hour with more being added as I write. I also have a couple free licks that you can learn with more of those added as we go along. The “Free Ones” have this pretty cool feature where I’ll use the lick in the song of your choice and post a video on my next upload. The only catch is you’ll have to be a certain number in the email order to get your choice. Feel free to suggest future material for lessons by the way. I have devoted at least one day a week to this so suggest today and you might see it next week.
There are a couple lessons included in the first round of lessons that I feel are extremely important. “Scales and How To Use Them” will be a musical life changer for many of you. You’ll get a whole new pattern of notes from the major scale and start seeing them up and down the neck. The notes lay out in a form that is easy to visualize and are exact patterns that all the top players use. That’s right, I said all the top players use this pattern. You’ll also learn how to use the major scale to play over all the common chord progressions you’ll encounter, both major and minor chords.
The second lesson that I feel is crucial is “Common Mistakes and How To Fix Them“. If you are teaching yourself how to play and don’t have someone to guide you this video is for you. After many workshops and private lessons I have gathered the most common technical errors that people make. They are so common that I pretty much know what I’ll have to teach before I even see a student play. I teach you why players sound sloppy and how you can stop it!
So, thanks for your time and please click around, have look and kick the tires. I hope to provide a useful learning tool for everyone that will promote better practice and more fun when you play.
Thanks for your support through the years as well as in the future.
All the best,
Thanks! I really like the syncopation that you work into your lessons–I’ve done a bunch of Troy’s lessons and they’re very helpful, but missing the edge that your arrangements have.
Been watching your “How to Play Backup” DVD. Buddy, as a teacher, you really don’t have any competition. That’s some clear and well presented material. Sorry I don’t live any closer.
I just wanted to thank you for all the effort you put into helping reso players to achieve their goal, Your videos and teaching aids are a huge resource for all of us to continue on our journey to reso nirvana! On behalf of all reso players who have been influenced by your knowledge of the dobro guitar I say a huge Thank You for them and hope someday to meet you in person.
I’m a beginner and have purchased several books and dvds that I thought were good until I purchased one of your lessons.
Wow! Can’t put the Dobro down now!
Thanks, Carl Smithson
I just got through the Scales lesson for the first time and it is by far the best instructional material I have ever used! Jimmy, you are a great teacher. (Coming from a career industrial teacher/trainer in a very high tech industry!) Clear, informative, at exactly the right level for those of us who need this basic information.
I’ve been playing guitar for over 40 years, and no one has ever made scales interesting or useful to me. I learned them and forgot them, playing solos by memory. I’ve only played dobro for a couple of years and am getting back to it after several years “layoff,” and this lesson has progressed my understanding (and playing!) more than all the information I’ve received before. Can’t wait to go over it again!
Warren “Skip” Toney
Essex Junction, VT
Hi Jimmy – just wanted to thank you for your site. I’m a long-time banjo and guitar player who picked up the reso last year and have been smitten…I just got your Scales lesson and the lightbulb finally went off on a lot of concepts that never registered. As you described from your experience with Bill Keith, I’ve tried to read and study and ‘get’ the scales, notes, triads, etc. a few times and it’s never made a lot of sense and typically flew over my head as well.
Your instruction and teaching technique is great and it ‘resonates’ with me. I’ve always played banjo mostly by ear or mimic/mod per my roll tendencies and knowing chord positions but not so much music theory or truly understanding scale structures.
I have been working on the reso for about 1 ¾ years. Up until earlier this year I was downloading lessons off the Bluegrasscollege org site. Great stuff! But I seemed to be missing some fine details on how to control this instrument.
I got word about your method from some discussion forum posts contacts from the Reso Hangout. (That is also a cool site). I downloaded your “Common mistakes and how to fix them”, the scales and how to use them, and some of the tunes.
Wow! This really helped me find out what the heck some of my problems were.
I can tell by the quality of presentation and the level of detail, you have put your soul into helping us out here. These lessons are more than the tunes, you are explaining the magic of what happens and what needs to happen to voice this instrument.
Dang, your material is some of the best of what I have seen.
Many thanks! My wife thanks you too, as now this instrument is sounding like something here in the cave.
Norton Shores, Michigan
Thank you Jimmy.
I just want you to know how much I appreciate your playing and teachings. You are very gifted in both. You make learning resonator guitar fun and much easier than other instruction I have purchased on line. You add invaluable insights throughout each lesson, things I just haven’t heard elsewhere. I am addicted to your lessons.
Thank you for the effort you put into every one. Please add more when you have the time.