Mudcat Café message #3357320 The Mudcat Café TM
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Posted By: GUEST,grover
30-May-12 - 01:47 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Doc Watson 1923 - 2012
Subject: RE: Obit: Doc Watson 1923 - 2012
First time I heard Mr. Watson's version of Black Moutain Rag I slowed it to 16 on my record player until I could play it note for note. Took 3 solid days w/no sleep and alot of coffee. My roommates thought I was crazy. Best three days I've ever spent. THAT music lesson taught me more in learning one song than the rest of my career combined. Took MONTHS to play it clean at speed. The most difficult thing wasn't playing it clean and fast it was figuring out how he did that little 'chimes' thing in the middle of the song.

The same for Deep River Blues. The song that introduced me to jazz chords w/Travis picking combined. Everything I do as a guitar player can be traced to those two songs. Two completely different disciplines.

RIP, Mr. Watson. From just one of millions of people blessed by your existance. Thank you.