The late Doc Watson was a giant of American traditional music, a virtuoso guitarist in both fingerpicking and flatpicking. His playing profoundly influenced countless musicians who came after him, from renowned professionals to back-porch pickers worldwide. As the producers of Doc's only instructional videos, we at Homespun are very proud of our long association with the Watson Family.
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Doc's Guitar: Fingerpicking and Flatpicking
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.
Flatpicking With Doc - Hosted by Steve Kaufman
Starting with the old gospel song Open Up Them Pearly Gates, Doc shows how he uses hammer-ons and pull-offs to easily add notes to his accompaniment. He then launches into a crosspicking solo, moving effortlessly up the neck in simple movable positions that create a complex-sounding break. Moving to the classic ballad Little Sadie, Doc explains how he devises his licks and positions in D minor. On More Pretty Girls Than One, New River Train and White House Blues he slows down the flashy runs that punctuate each line of the song. This is one of Doc's signature guitar techniques that has baffled many students of Doc's guitar style. He then carefully breaks down of the solo to each song.
Doc and Steve launch into breathtaking versions of classic fiddle tunes Salt Creek and Ragtime Annie, showing you the lead and back-up, as well as the "twin" harmony parts. (Try these out with a friend.) These show stoppers are also slowed down so you can really see what these two incredible guitarists are playing.
Changing gears, Doc teaches his version of the hauntingly lovely Goodnight Waltz, as well as his improvisations to the country and jazz tunes, When It's Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia and Sweet Georgia Brown. Finally, as an extra treat, Doc brings on his grandson Richard Watson for a performance of three bluesy songs they have been performing together: Walk On, Boy, Chicago Blues and the evergreen Summertime.