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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Doc Watson's Rambling Hobo

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caimen - Posted - 01/07/2011:  04:15:10

Hey all

Anyone got a good tab for Doc Watson's version of Rambling Hobo, in online format? Would be much abliged.


janolov - Posted - 01/07/2011:  05:49:10

Try here:

ZEPP - Posted - 01/07/2011:  07:11:35

Originally posted by janolov

Try here:

Disclaimer: the "transcriptions" are transcriptions of my playing done by Chris Holcomb, who kindly allowed me to post his efforts for other people's use. The "Z" in a file name indicates that I checked it over and made any "corrections."

Thus, this file is a pretty close version of what I played in

It is not a transcription of Doc's recording (though his was the first I ever heard of this tune, and it influenced me, obviously!).


R Buck - Posted - 01/07/2011:  08:09:42


What would you say are the differences between Ramblin' Hobo and Last Chance? The going up to the 10th fret but aren't they kind of close? Or is my ear failing me again?

ZEPP - Posted - 01/07/2011:  11:03:32

They are, indeed, very similar tunes, I think. I should not be surprised to learn that they come from a common source. They are the types of tunes one does not want to play back-to-back at jams, that's for sure.

There are enough differences in melody and structure that they can be told apart, but I'm sure to anyone unfamiliar with the genre, they could just was well be the same tune. But then, that's true of most old-time tunes, isn't it?


themountaineer - Posted - 04/26/2011:  12:59:09

Zepp (or any other readers),


I can't get this tab to download into a readable format. I'm going to play this song as part of a final performance at Appalachian State for my Appalachian Strings class, but I don't have tab for it yet. Thanks for your help everyone!!




banjo_brad - Posted - 04/26/2011:  17:05:35

That tab is in TEF format.  You can obtain the free TEFview program from

Edited by - banjo_brad on 04/26/2011 17:06:22

ZEPP - Posted - 04/26/2011:  19:18:44


Originally posted by banjo_brad

That tab is in TEF format.  You can obtain the free TEFview program from

Indeed, and if that doesn't work for you, please contact me privately, and I'll send it to you  as a jpeg or pdf.



themountaineer - Posted - 04/27/2011:  13:29:07

Thanks Zepp and Banjo Brad! Yall are such a huge help!!


stevel - Posted - 04/28/2011:  11:23:56

there is a clawhammer tab right here in the tab section:



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