Merlefest at 21, Doc Watson at 85

by | 3 Apr, 2008

doc-watsonA Great American Music Festival and its Host At The Crossroads

by Derek Halsey.
…Doc would learn how to play that little 8-inch diameter banjo, as well as the harmonica and guitar, as time went on. As he grew older, however, the guitar would become his first love. By the 1950’s Doc was playing electric guitar in a local dance band and on the nights when the fiddler didn’t show up, he would try and play the fiddle parts with his guitar. It took him a long time to learn those riffs, but that simple adjustment set him on the path to creating the unique lead licks on the acoustic guitar that he is known for, a technique called flat picking.

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Submitted by Ted Lehmann (New Hampshire USA)