This is one of our favorite Doc Watson songs, the old traditional mountain ballad "Little Sadie." On this video lesson, Doc sits down with Steve Kaufman, a top-notch flatpicker in his own right, and shows how he plays some of his most beloved songs and instrumentals. He and Steve trade licks and play duets, and Doc slows his playing down so that you will be able to follow along as you learn to play these fabulous tunes.
Here's a great little pull-off lick that's easy to play but sounds really dynamic as an ending, or something for between verses or phrases. Happy simplifies it for novice pickers who want to perk up their listeners' ears. You'll have a lot of fun with this one!
Here's an easy but dynamic lick that you can learn and play in the key of C. It works as an ending, an intro, or a fill-in when playing a bluesy song or instrumental. I use it quite a lot in my playing and I'm sure you will too when you get it into your playing.
Here's a fancy bluegrass lick that follows the standard I - IV - V progression in G. It will give you some nice practice with your flatpick and will come in handy when jamming on any number of bluegrass tunes. Check out all of Adam's lessons.
The late Tony Rice graced us at Homespun with the only instructional materials on his playing style that he ever did. We feel so fortunate to have been his friend and the recipient of these amazing lessons. Here's one of our favorites, from his first Homespun video, "An Intimate Lesson with Tony Rice."