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Morning project, Salt Creek recording and slide show.

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Below is a video I created using Sony Vegas. The song is Salt Creek, a traditional fiddle tune, I play rhythm guitar and lead mandolin. I plan on having Jenna Mobley, a great fiddle player in town record over this, giving it that high and lonesome sound. The slideshow was an experiment of sorts. So many tools at our disposal in the information age.

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Ragtime Annie

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Here is a performance video where I play an arrangement of Ragtime Annie that I learned from listening to Doc Watson. It is a fun song to play and sounds great with a fiddle player. Doc’s playing is a major influence in the way I play the guitar.

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Doc Watson is the greatest

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I could write a novel about how much I admire Doc Watson as a person and how I first fell in love with his music, but I will keep it short. Below is a video of me attempting to play Salt Creek as arranged by Doc Watson.

When I was 16 years old my father bought me the homespun instructional video with Doc Watson sharing secrets and Steve Kaufman playing with him and highlighting techniques that made him unique. I still to this day use the VHS I have to improve my guitar playing. Doc’s kind manner, humble attitude, and smokin’ playing has made him a musical icon.

One of the most influential American musicians for any acoustic player. In folk, bluegrass, country, swing, traditional, and beyond his playing and singing has touched many of us already. As well as many more young guns to come who will be lucky enough be turned on to Doc for the first time. His music defines timeless.

I did get to see Doc live once, my father took me to the Variety Playhouse. I knew the songs he played and wanted to go home and practice so one day I could do that. That experience changed my life. My family wishes Doc and his family only the best, because he is the best. No doubt in my mind. His message will forever be received.

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Sweet Georgia Brown backtrack in F

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This is the first recording in a series of backtracks I will be posting to my site. The tracks are meant to be played along to as practice for musicians tackling any instrument. I am in 440 tuning at 96bp, playing the song “Sweet Georgia Brown,” in the key of F which cromatically walks down to a D7 then goes around the circle of 5th’s in the A part. Here are the chords I am playing.

F, D7, G7, C7, Fmaj7, A7

The B part starts the same, deviates from the original melody, then has a turnaround

F, D7, G7, Dm, A7, Dm, A7, turnaround which is
F, D7, G7, C7 each held for 2 beats resolving back to F. This is called a 1-6-2-5 turnaround. Or I-VI7-II7-V7

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Doc Watson lick on Mandolin

Monday, December 5th, 2011

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Salt Creek

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Arranging traditional fiddle music for other instruments like guitar and mandolin is challenging and fun. Salt Creek also known as Salt River is an old favorite around bluegrass jam sessions. On this recording I am playing 2 guitar parts and one mandolin part, also I attempt it at the speed I have heard Doc Watson record it. This is a speed I am becoming more comfortable playing at, but still, those changes come quick!

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Georgia

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Dickey Betts and Vasser Clements.

Tony Rice Playing “Georgia on my Mind,” when he still had his voice.

Doc, Dawg and Jack Lawrence playing, “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

Django Reinhardt playing the same tune, with his own interpretation.

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