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Old 10-19-2010, 10:18 AM
Location: Austin
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If you look at my posts, you might see the point I'm trying to make....and that is that the old canard that white guitar players and rock in general would be hapless and clueless without the "influence" of black blues guitar players is patently absurd....

There was a ton of influence from the guitar school of southern country boogie, bluegrass, folk, western swing, and many white jazz guitarists, not to mention pop(Les Paul amongst many others)...Chet Atkins himself created practically an entire school of guitar-playing with his work...and on and on...and, after all is said, the Memphis Sun crew, legendary as they were, showcased guitar work, from Scotty Moore on, that was directly influenced by country, country boogie, and bluegrass style picking..

Of course, there were blendings of styles, but, believe it or not, the white artists DID influence the black players as well, especially since the black players didnt get their work heard on the radio as much as the country boogie players did, so thats what they heard when they turned on their radios and heard shows such as the "Louisiana hayride" and such...

If I could just make one person out there understand this, it would make the time in writing these posts worthwhile..

Here is one of the legendary southern guitar virtuosos, Doc Watson, who was one of the pioneers of "Flatpicking"(simply using a pick, which surprisingly was not common till he essentially pioneered the use of one in the early 50's, as the bluegress fiddle sound he emulated on his guitar, per the runs, was too fast for his fingers to play without the pick...flatpicking(using a pick) was traditionally used for banjo playing, always was, cause of the crazy quick runs(no fingers can pluck that fast alone, trust me). Doc brought the use of it for the guitar in common usage, and the black electric blues players followed suit..

Here is the great Doc Watson(blind from age 1, BTW), playing fantastically...

And thanks for reading this...BTW, the guitar is pretty easy to learn to play...anyone who ever was even half thinking of buying one should act on it...life is short! why not?

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