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Thread #64982   Message #1068519
Posted By: Mark Clark
09-Dec-03 - 12:45 PM
Thread Name: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
Subject: RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
M.Ted, What you say makes a lot of sense. (As seems so often the case.) I've read that historical cowboys didn't play guitars, at least not on the big drives, because they aren't easily portable on horseback and don't weather well. Their lifestyle and mode of travel meant a lot of unaccompanied singing, harmonica, jews harp, and perhaps the odd mandolin or fiddle with the corners smoothed off.

Likewise early blues were played on fiddles, partly because of sheer availablilty and partly because the instrument isn't limited to the European scale.

      - Mark