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Thread #64982   Message #1068630
Posted By: M.Ted
09-Dec-03 - 02:45 PM
Thread Name: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
Subject: RE: The Evolution of Country Fingerpicking
I have dug out the Rich Kienzle book that comes with the Bear Family Boxed set(which shows that Merle did much more than fingerpick),which seems to have been written much later than this--in it, he says that Kennedy Jones learned the picking style from his mother, Alice Jones, who was a multi-instrumentalist, and also taught music, and not from Arnold Shultz, as is often thought--he also quotes Merle as saying that as a boy, he'd learned a lot from 78's, particulary one of Nick Lucas(who guitar solo version of "Tiptoe thru the Tulips" introduced the guitar to the popular music audience)--

On thing that bothers me about Kienzle--he talks about "syncopated bass" in both this article and the book, and in Travis picking, the bass plays square on-the-beat eighth notes, while the melody or lead line is the thing that is syncopated--