Jerry Douglas is a true master of the resonator guitar. He seems to easily translate his distinct resophonic slide sound across myriad musical languages, from bluegrass to Celtic to country … you name it. His playing can be heard on albums from Earl Scruggs, Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, not to discuss his own groups, the Earls of Leicester and the Jerry Douglas Band. Suffice to state he is the Dobro man, man!

For this AG Sessions in Location Douglas performs “Foggy Mountain Rock,” a rocking bluegrass tune made popular by Josh Graves with Flatt and Scruggs. He also happily reveals some of the strategies he utilizes, while breaking down a couple parts of the song for anyone who wants to attempt it for themselves.

He likewise displays his Signature Blackbeard resophonic guitar, based off a 1928 Dobro, the first reso guitar he ever saw. Douglas’ all-mahogany design likewise has a “double hip shot,” which is a lever that allows him to change back and forth from G tuning to open D tuning.

If you wish to find out more, Douglas recently introduced a training course called The Resophonic Guitar, with Modern Music Masters. “I desired to put out a course that provided some easily comprehended beginning places for the beginner reso player … that likewise offers more sophisticated players and even fans of the instrument some insight into how reso guitars are constructed, played correctly, and how I approach making music on them.”