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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Doc Watsons country blues tab?

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Banjo BIng - Posted - 11/10/2020:  15:58:59

Howdy, been working on Doc watson’s country blues. Does anyone have or know of an accurate TAB? So far it seems its not exactly clawhammer and the tunings ECFGC in 451hz. how the heck do you play this darn thing? its been a troubling my mind lol and is that even the right tuning?

Edited by - Banjo BIng on 11/10/2020 16:00:21

lapsteel - Posted - 11/10/2020:  17:22:08

Try the double C tuning. His is tuned a little sharp on the record. He didn't play clawhammer. He picked up with his index finger.

Edited by - lapsteel on 11/10/2020 17:24:26

lapsteel - Posted - 11/10/2020:  18:22:57

You could also try f#DF#CD.

Edited by - lapsteel on 11/10/2020 18:24:35

Banjo BIng - Posted - 11/10/2020:  23:28:37

Awesome, thanks! ill give that a shot.

Banjo BIng - Posted - 11/16/2020:  08:54:06

n his Art of the Mountain Banjo Book / CD, Rosenbaum tabs and plays this song in f#CGAD, as Burns writes above. Sounds perfect to my ears.

Explaining the tuning, Rosenbaum writes that f#CGAD is one of Dock's favoured D-tunings, the other being f#DGAD

janolov - Posted - 11/16/2020:  09:54:45

Dock Boggs played it in f#CGAD with his own three-finger style, and the fifth string is played only occasionally (

Doc Watson played with a two-finger index style which gives the same rhythm as clawhammer and with a more frequent use of the fifth string. Then the f#CGAD tuning is not a good solution, but perhaps aCGAD would work. But I think Doc Watson played in Double C tuning gCGCD (

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