Doc's Guitar: Fingerpicking and Flatpicking

Doc Watson

Lessons From a Master

90 minute video, includes tab on pdf file. With Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Jack Lawrence, Kirk Sutphin
  • Code:DLDOKGT21
  • Skill Level:Intermediate (4)

Doc Watson, a true master of traditional guitar styles and one of the most beloved folk musicians of all time, teaches some of the most requested fingerpicking and flatpicking tunes in his vast repertoire.

Split-screen images allow you to watch his picking and fretting hands at the same time. You'll see and hear Doc's guitar playing in slowed-down, close-up detail, and, with his clear explanations and demonstrations, you'll soon be playing his definitive arrangements of Deep River Blues, Blue Railroad Train, Bluebell, Windy and Warm, Southbound, Black Mountain Rag, Beaumont Rag, Georgie, East Tennessee Blues, Way Downtown, The Cuckoo, Don't Let Your Deal Go Down and other great folk and country songs.

As an added treat, Doc is joined in music and conversation by Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger (banjo), Kirk Sutphin (fiddle), and long-time musical partner Jack Lawrence (guitar), who adds some invaluable pointers on back-up guitar and his own excellent flatpicking style.

Produced by Smithsonian/Folkways and Homespun Video



"This instructional video has everything you'd expect from Watson -- friendly, folksy talk and plenty of fast and clean picking." -- Acoustic Guitar

"A very well-done festival workshop performed in front of cameras instead of an audience. If you have been playing guitar and want to know more about Doc Watson's style or just want something to challenge you to improve, this is a very good video. If you are a dyed in the wool Doc Watson fan, you'll enjoy this video just to watch him work." -- Bluegrass Unlimited

"This is an opportunity to visit (albeit passively) with one of the great musicians of our time and to pick up some of his licks and notions." -- Sing Out! Magazine


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