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radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,964
Santa Cruz
Doc is such a great inspiration. We do Deep River Blues and Blue Railroad Train al Doc.
How cool

I saw him with his son Earl in 1971. I have been hooked ever since. I play a few of the songs that I watched him perform back then, including Blue Railroad Train.

It is so much fun to see a young kid like Billy Strings honor Doc and pay so much respect to him.
 

RR-G2420T

Electromatic
Mar 25, 2022
20
Colorado USA 80517
The RAILROAD RAMBLERS
Distant Harbor / Allenspark Colorado
4th of July Show / before and after parade / 10am &-1pm

First set
Rolling and Tumbling / G / banjo/guitar/slide guitar/ bass
San Francisco Bay blues / G# /w/ kazoo / banjo/guitar/slide/ bass
She' a Wrangler G / guitar/mando/slide guitar/bass
To an Old Friend /D, C form up 2 / guitar/mando / slide guitar / bass
Deep River Blues / E guitar/guitar/guitar/ bass
Milk Cow Blues / A / banjo/mando/guitar/ bass
Driving Nails in my Coffin / C / banjo/mando/guitar/ bass
Ring of Fire / G /banjo/lap steel/guitar/bass
Jambalaya / C / banjo/ lap steel /guitar/bass
Working Man's Blues / A/ banjo/guitar/guitar/bass
Back Porch Pickin Blues G / banjo/guitar/ guitar/bass
Mystery Train - E / banjo/guitar/guitar/bass

Next set
Spaghetti Western /Am /banjo/guitar/guitar/ bass
Sweetest Winds /drop D guitar /guitar/mando / bass
Columbus Stockade Blues / capo 2 Bm /banjo/guitar/guitar/ bass
Pancho and Lefty guitar/G/ guitar/mando/guitar/ bass
Write Me a Song / A /guitar/mandolin/slide guitar/ bass
Bubbles in my Beer / C / guitar/mando/slide guitar /bass
Blue Railroad Train / E capo 2 banjo/guitar/guitar/ bass
Walking Up and Down / G /banjo / guitar/ Robbie mando/ bass
L & N Doesn't Stop Here / Am / banjo / guitar/ Robbie/mando
That’s Alright Mama / A / banjo/ lap steel /guitar / bass
Train Whistle Blues / G / banjo/ lap steel /guitar / bass
Take The Time / C /guitar/mando/ slide guitar/ bass
Old General Store's Burning Down / Bb banjo/ guitar/guitar / bass

REX HEDLUND -
Guitar / Vocals / Mandolin / Lap Steel Guitar / Harmonica
ROBBIE LEAVITT -
Guitar / Vocals / Slide Guitar / Bass / Mandolin
BEVERLY SENCENBAUGH - Guitar, banjo and vocals
STACI LEAVITT - Bass guitar

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Viking Power

Synchromatic
Jun 11, 2018
715
Mountlake Terrace, WA
The RAILROAD RAMBLERS
Distant Harbor / Allenspark Colorado
4th of July Show / before and after parade / 10am &-1pm

First set
Rolling and Tumbling / G / banjo/guitar/slide guitar/ bass
San Francisco Bay blues / G# /w/ kazoo / banjo/guitar/slide/ bass
She' a Wrangler G / guitar/mando/slide guitar/bass
To an Old Friend /D, C form up 2 / guitar/mando / slide guitar / bass
Deep River Blues / E guitar/guitar/guitar/ bass
Milk Cow Blues / A / banjo/mando/guitar/ bass
Driving Nails in my Coffin / C / banjo/mando/guitar/ bass
Ring of Fire / G /banjo/lap steel/guitar/bass
Jambalaya / C / banjo/ lap steel /guitar/bass
Working Man's Blues / A/ banjo/guitar/guitar/bass
Back Porch Pickin Blues G / banjo/guitar/ guitar/bass
Mystery Train - E / banjo/guitar/guitar/bass

Next set
Spaghetti Western /Am /banjo/guitar/guitar/ bass
Sweetest Winds /drop D guitar /guitar/mando / bass
Columbus Stockade Blues / capo 2 Bm /banjo/guitar/guitar/ bass
Pancho and Lefty guitar/G/ guitar/mando/guitar/ bass
Write Me a Song / A /guitar/mandolin/slide guitar/ bass
Bubbles in my Beer / C / guitar/mando/slide guitar /bass
Blue Railroad Train / E capo 2 banjo/guitar/guitar/ bass
Walking Up and Down / G /banjo / guitar/ Robbie mando/ bass
L & N Doesn't Stop Here / Am / banjo / guitar/ Robbie/mando
That’s Alright Mama / A / banjo/ lap steel /guitar / bass
Train Whistle Blues / G / banjo/ lap steel /guitar / bass
Take The Time / C /guitar/mando/ slide guitar/ bass
Old General Store's Burning Down / Bb banjo/ guitar/guitar / bass

REX HEDLUND -
Guitar / Vocals / Mandolin / Lap Steel Guitar / Harmonica
ROBBIE LEAVITT -
Guitar / Vocals / Slide Guitar / Bass / Mandolin
BEVERLY SENCENBAUGH - Guitar, banjo and vocals
STACI LEAVITT - Bass guitar

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You sir are a busy man.
 

Jim Krause

Electromatic
May 2, 2022
77
Lawrence, Kansas
I've been working on contest entries for the State Guitar fingerpicking championship held at the end of August.

Last night while poking around Youtube I found this old 1930s pop song that's been covered quite a bit: "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." I even found a Chet Atkins cover of it from sometime in the mid 1950s, I'd guess from the sound of his guitar.

Typical of the pop songs of the '30s, the melody follows the circle of fifths. So it shouldn't be too hard to come up with a fun arrangement.
 

HypotenusLuvTriangle

Country Gent
Oct 27, 2010
3,804
Whittier, Ca
Trying to memorize a bunch of Ghost songs for a project I'm working on. Never thought I'd have trouble learning and memorizing basslines when I learned and memorized Holy Wars... the Punishment Due in less than a week on guitar.
 

Back in Black

Country Gent
Jun 22, 2020
1,509
Ontario Canada
I have not seen this subject in awhile and I enjoy learning what people are working on.

Me, still on my Freddy King kick.

EC’s version I like a lot, it is pretty true to the original.

I’ve got most of it down, just putting it all together, cleaning it up and working on singing it as I play it.....That sing’n play’n thing, never as easy as it appears.





Hey radd, what a great topic!!

Now that it's repaired, and working again,

I've been playing Motorhead...and learning ''ACE OF SPADES"

I never knew these guys up until a few months ago, man, could they rock!!

Best,

BIB


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blueruins

Country Gent
May 28, 2013
4,792
Savannah, GA
Trying not to be so lousy and back to square one.

Been focusing on phrasing and timing. I’ve never been a disciplined player or disciplined at really anything in life. I play nearly everyday and have for forty years now but have really gotten tired of sucking eggs last couple years.

Guitar has always been a tool for songwriting for me until I started playing professionally. That exposed so much that I want to improve.

These days I’m just trying to learn to make it feel good.
 

Viper

Electromatic
Feb 1, 2009
49
Iowa City, Iowa


”Katy Warren Breakdown” has been keeping me busy. I played rhythm on a recording of this tune in the mid-1980s and finally got around to working out a serviceable version. I will NEVER be able to play it as fast as Joe’s 1957 take. It’s a good exercise for rapid alternate picking, cross picking, hybrid picking, and scale tone triads all wrapped up in one little two-minute set piece.
 

radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,964
Santa Cruz


”Katy Warren Breakdown” has been keeping me busy. I played rhythm on a recording of this tune in the mid-1980s and finally got around to working out a serviceable version. I will NEVER be able to play it as fast as Joe’s 1957 take. It’s a good exercise for rapid alternate picking, cross picking, hybrid picking, and scale tone triads all wrapped up in one little two-minute set piece.


That is crazy fast!
 

Viper

Electromatic
Feb 1, 2009
49
Iowa City, Iowa
That is crazy fast!

They’re blasting at around 135 beats per minute. Right now, if can make it through at 100 I’m happy. Playing at breakneck speed is impressive, but not my goal on this tune. It still makes a nice piece at a more forgiving tempo.
 

radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,964
Santa Cruz
They’re blasting at around 135 beats per minute. Right now, if can make it through at 100 I’m happy. Playing at breakneck speed is impressive, but not my goal on this tune. It still makes a nice piece at a more forgiving tempo.

In most music forms, including Bluegrass, I’m impressed by incredible speed but I also get bored listening to it quickly. I find a lot of the Bluegass tunes on guitar that were originally fiddle tunes are more enjoyable at slower speeds.
 

Viper

Electromatic
Feb 1, 2009
49
Iowa City, Iowa
In most music forms, including Bluegrass, I’m impressed by incredible speed but I also get bored listening to it quickly. I find a lot of the Bluegass tunes on guitar that were originally fiddle tunes are more enjoyable at slower speeds.

Agreed! Listener fatigue sets in very quickly when the music on stage is one super-fast tune after another. Fiddle tunes are a big part of my repertoire, but get used very sparingly for live shows. Swing, old R.&B., rockabilly, and Bakersfield style country seem to reach a lot more listeners in a favorable way. If we throw in a fiddle tune or two they may be more sedate than bluegrass players usually play them. Whats the hurry?
 

radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,964
Santa Cruz
Agreed! Listener fatigue sets in very quickly when the music on stage is one super-fast tune after another. Fiddle tunes are a big part of my repertoire, but get used very sparingly for live shows. Swing, old R.&B., rockabilly, and Bakersfield style country seem to reach a lot more listeners in a favorable way. If we throw in a fiddle tune or two they may be more sedate than bluegrass players usually play them. Whats the hurry?

Swing….we are in camp on the Oregon coast and the last two days has been sitting outside working on some swing/jump Blues. Not my regular thing, but it is fun to play.
 

Viper

Electromatic
Feb 1, 2009
49
Iowa City, Iowa
Swing….we are in camp on the Oregon coast and the last two days has been sitting outside working on some swing/jump Blues. Not my regular thing, but it is fun to play.
Guys who have played strictly pentatonic scales and want to increase their versatility often find that playing Benny Goodman tunes or Texas fiddle tunes builds a whole new world for them. After a friend picked up the fiddle, his guitar abilities expanded exponentially. Using tunes out of my comfort zone as practice exercises usually gives me a bunch of new ideas and techniques that apply to what I do on stage.

Keep playing that swing! You might not ever play in a swing band, but the Charlie Christian influence alone is an eye-opening gateway to keep you learning new stuff. It’s so much fun to keep gathering new ideas that it’s hard to put the guitar down.
 

radd

Friend of Fred
Dec 27, 2017
5,964
Santa Cruz
@Viper

Charlie Christian, what a talent and sadly gone at only 25 yrs old after only two years on top.

This is what I’m playing in camp, my heavily modified mim Tele…With a Charlie Christian PU I put in the neck. Love that pick up.

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juks

Country Gent
Nov 26, 2020
2,843
Fremont, California
Couple of Dr Feelgood tunes. I'll never be ably to play the way Wilco Johnsson did. But trying to figure out my own pick version of it. Learning how he played chords has been very eye opening for me and hoping to master thet.
 

Teledriver

Synchromatic
Feb 12, 2011
983
Iowa City, IA
Currently my plate is a little full.
It's acoustic-heavy, and my finger-style is coming along nicely-
Working on finessing "Blackbird", re-visiting 'Across the 'Universe', finally learning 'Norwegian Wood', getting out of my particular finger-style on 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' to be more like Page's (not that mine was bad...sounded great actually, but trying it his style to see what develops), re-learning 'Thank You' and re-learning the ending to 'Tangerine' (how could I forget that?!?! Used to gig it!).
All this acoustic and finger-style stuff has been by design. I'm really working on the finger stuff to become truly second nature (and it's getting close IMHO), with the ultimate goal of getting more accurate playing of Scotty Moore, Brian Setzer, Chet, etc etc. I've always been a flat-picker, and I think getting out of that for me at least, is a good thing.
Baby steps. And break some bad habits!

Now I'm off to change my acoustic's strings. Third time in July.
 

Wonderland Drive

Gretschie
Nov 29, 2017
234
Durham, NC
The Byrds “Everybody’s Been Burned”. I first went at it a year or so ago, and I found that I forgot some of the different picking patterns.

I don’t fingerpick all to often, or use a capo, or play songs with alternate tuning. It’s a kick to get it right. I feel almost 100% there now.

I’m also working on “Orange Skies” by Arthur Lee and Love. I like the way he constructs songs.
 


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