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GUEST,Pete Peterson The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking (60* d) RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking 09 Dec 03

THis is a great article-- includes ideas I agree with and disagree with. His central figure is Merle Travis and as an hourglass-- "These were Travis' sources. This is Travis. These are the people he has influenced" it's great. Where I disagree is on emphasis. Just for an example, Roy Harvey is mentioned, but Maybelle and Riley aren't. Cannonball Blues, anybody? (yes, she learned it from Leslie Riddle; where did he get his ideas?) and Riley's Fuzzy Rag. . . I also don't think that EC Ball's style is that different from early Merle Travis. As M. Ted says, there was lots of great guitar playing. . .and there were MANY "traditional guitar styles". . . and I think Maybelle invented lots of them.

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